Designer Shalena Smith on The REAL Talk Show

Exciting news!

Designer Shalena Smith was on The REAL Talk Show today, 05/06, at 3:00PM PST, but if you missed it you can still catch it tonight on BET. Watch Shalena completely transform a space for a mom and dad-to-be who both recently lost their jobs! Watch her hook them up with a nursery of their dreams!

For furniture, bedding, accessories, and decor items as seen on The REAL please email us at info@gagadesigns.com.

Shalena Smith on The Real Talk Show

Shalena Smith on The Real Talk Show

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Nursery Designer Shalena Smith on The Real Talk Show

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Powerful in Pink: Ariah’s Nursery Reveal

I’m so excited to reveal my latest celebrity nursery and share my heart and the spirit that went into designing it!! 

I’ve had the privilege of designing the nursery for Tamera Mowry and revealing it on her website, TameraMowry.com Below is what I posted on her site as a guest blogger, but please visit her site to see more pictures and enjoy other lovely post on her blog.

All along this fun, creative journey, we’ve referred to this nursery as “Pretty In Pink”. It was the theme of Tamera’s amazing shower, and made sense, but as I look at the finished product, I can’t help but to think that while yes, it is “pretty”, what we really created for sweet little Ariah was a space that says “Power in Pink”. For months, Tamera and I have been preparing for her baby girl’s arrival and along the way I’ve been able to share with you how-to’s and tips based off of my design process, so today I’d rather try to share with you the part that doesn’t come with a how-to… the heart and spirit that went into it.

It is so easy to get wrapped up in the sweetness of a little girl! We did tap into that, as it is almost impossible not to. However, as I know from experience with my own two beauties, it is so important to not just give our girls the idea that their power and worth is tied into their beauty and sweetness, but more so into their faith, heart and conviction.

When I look at the crown above the crib, I don’t see the crown of a princess, but of a future queen of creation and love. When I look at the angel wings on the wall, I don’t just see that they are there because Ariah herself is a heavenly, little angel (which let’s face it, she is), but that they are a reminder that all the heavenly angels above will be watching over Ariah, as she plays, as she sleeps, as she grows, to protect and guide her spirit.

Tamera Mowry Nursery for baby Ariah

Tamera Mowry Nursery for baby Ariah

 

Speaking strictly about the design elements, I would have to say that my most loved aspect of the room is the way the gold crown and the beautiful Bratt Décor crib look against the two-tone striped wall, which adds sophistication. Also, the personalized ceiling medallion, pillow and gorgeous chandelier add a perfect hint of glamour, but again, my most favorite touches came from the heart, with anticipation of love-filled moments of the future. Like the tiny stool in the corner, that Tamera has had for years. She thought it was the perfect addition to the room, because one day, big brother Aden will sit there and read his baby sister stories. Or the soccer ball artwork hanging on the wall, which was Daddy’s special addition to the room, because yes, she’ll be Daddy’s little girl, but that only means he’ll be cheering her on that much louder from the sidelines when she scores the winning goal for her team.

No matter the project, or the client, the final step of my process is to stand in the finished labor of love that is the nursery and say a prayer asking for only the deepest most profound love and protection be brought to the little soul who’s cries and laughter will soon fill the four walls around me. I had that moment with Tamera. That moment, more than the nursery itself, is what keeps me coming back for more.

Little Ariah will surely be pretty in pink in this nursery for many years to come, but she will be powerful in purpose for all the years that follow. — Shalena

To see the completed blog and see additional pictures, click here.

God bless,

Shalena Smith

Quick Tips To Makeover Your Family Room

Here are a few quick tips to makeover your family room!

We all get tired of the same look year after year and we hesitate to redecorate because of time and money. What if you could transform the look of your space without spending thousands of dollars and wasting lots of time?

Here are a few quick and inexpensive tips to get your makeover started and it only took one week and $600 in new purchases.

  • First declutter the space. You’d be surprised how quickly your space opens up once unnecessary items have been removed. Once you can breathe again move on to the next step.
  • Figure out what you want your accent color to be. What piece of furniture or art will be your inspiration for the makeover?
  • Add a pop of color by incorporating new pillows and a throw blanket.
  • Decorate with candles, flowers and make your space feel homey and warm by adding new picture frames with current family photos.
  • Organize and redecorate your bookshelf or console table with cute little knickknacks.
  • Decorate your table with a cute inexpensive center piece or a decorated serving tray.

Here are a few pictures from a Los Angeles family room makeover. What space in your home needs a space-lift? Please let me know how I can help you and if you have any questions.

God bless,

Shalena Smith

Add extra color and texture to your room by lining a bookcase.

Add extra color and texture to your room by lining a bookcase.

Declutter and organize. The add a few new accessories.

Declutter and organize. Then add a few new accessories.

Add a simple table center piece and runner.

Add a simple center piece and table runner.

Purchase a serving tray and decorate it for your coffee table or ottoman.

Purchase a serving tray and decorate it for your coffee table or ottoman.

So simple and easy to do. This picture frame added some height to the side table and tied in our color.

So simple and easy to do. This picture frame added some height to the side table and tied in our color.

Spurs up your old sofa with a few new pillow and a throw blanket. Also incorporating your new color.

Spurs up your old sofa with a few new pillow and a throw blanket. Also incorporating your new color.

Organize and declutter giving the space a fresh new look. Plus add a few new frames and photos to update the space.

Organize and declutter giving the space a fresh new look. Plus add a few new frames and photos to update the space.