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

Shalena Smith Touted as the Top Kids’ Space Designer

Wow!! What a huge blessing to be recognized by Mommy Nearest as one of the top 5 kids’ space designers. This is proof that anything is possible if you have a passion for your work and a love for the people that you’re working for! I started my company when my first daughter was only 3 months old. I didn’t have an official business plan, I didn’t know where the start up money was going to come from and I had more naysayers then I had supporters. I literally only had a vision and a desire to create amazing spaces for expecting parents.

Now 14 years later and all I can say is, “Look at God!!” It’s God that I credit for all of my success and for sending me all the amazing clients that I’ve had throughout the years. It’s been an amazing journey with many ups and downs, but I’m so thankful that I’ve persevered and that I continue to pursue my ultimate dreams. I’m excited about the future of my business, I look forward to growing my brand, but mostly I look forward to developing new relationships and creating fabulous spaces with you!!

Please share this post with your friends and family that might be looking for an interior designer. We do everything from whole house design projects to our favorite specialty, designing kids’ spaces. We are also on social media, follow us, all the links are below. Thank you and God bless you!! SS

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Here is a snippet of the article that named us as one of the top five nursery designers in Los Angeles.

5 Great Interior Designers For Kids’ Spaces in LA

 

Top Nursery Designer

 

National and International Nursery Designer

The Depth of your Struggle…

My sister just texted me this quote to encourage me after some disappointing news I received today. In return, I wanted to share it with you.

“The depth of your struggle will determine the height of your success!”

She ended her text by letting me know that it’s okay to be disappointed tonight as long as I know that, “Joy comes in the morning.” I’m thankful to have people in my corner, cheering me on, dusting me off along the way, but mostly I’m thankful that my encouragement and hope comes from the Lord. I know that He is the ultimate decision maker and that as long as I rely on His direction, nothing is impossible!!

I’m reminded of a scripture in Galatians and as I’m feeling a little “tender” (as my dear friend Angie would say) I will keep it close to my heart. I pray that you have the same hope in the Lord and if by chance you’re struggling with something today, that you will also hold this scripture close.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Continue to press on and never give up on your dreams!

Love,

Shalena

 

Happy March!!

I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you, I can’t believe March is already here!

I just wanted to hop online to say hello and that I hope to blog more in the near future to update you on the amazing things going on in the world of Baby Concierge and Interior Design.

I also wanted to encourage you to use this year to pursue your dreams without hesitation. Enjoy life by doing what you love, while serving and giving to others! Be undaunted, without fear of the future!!

God bless you!!

Shalena

June Bloom of Blessings!!

June Bloom is a new family tradition that we started today! Will you join us this month and participate in June Bloom with our family?

June GLOOM as defined in Wikipedia is a southern California term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer, most commonly in the month of June. The overcast skies often are accompanied by fog and drizzle, though usually not rain.

June BLOOM as defined by the Smith family is a daily commitment to acknowledge the blessings in our lives. It is a daily pattern of showing gratitude which will results in happiness, contentment and a spirit of thankfulness. June Bloom is a month of expectancy, a forecast of clear skies, prosperity and overall well being.

Today the girls covered a mason jar with a sign that says, June Bloom. Everyday we will write on a piece of paper what we’re thankful for, share it with each other and place it inside the jar. A thankful heart is often accompanied by joy, peace, kindness and a clear perspective and awareness that God is merciful and sovereign, always present.

Our family has had a challenging year and these thank you notes will be a constant reminder to “Be present in all things and thankful for all things,” Dr. Maya Angelou. They are also seeds of faith that we’re planting and believing God for supernatural things, knowing that He hears our cries, and yet we are grateful.

I’ll be on Facebook and tweeting #JuneBloomBlessings. You can follow me @shalenasmith and share with me what you’re thankful for by using the same hashtag.

I pray that June is a month of blooming blessings for you!!!

Love,

Shalena

P.S. “Say thank you because you know God can put a rainbow in the clouds.” Dr. Angelou

Happy New Year!!!

Sorry this post is a little late but I didn’t want January to end without wishing some of my biggest supporters a Happy New Year!!

The beginning of a new year brings many resolutions and new commitments. My prayer for you is that as you seek Gods will for the next season of your life that you receive the direction and momentum that you need to have a successful year!

Every year I select a scripture that I STAND on and a SONG that I sing. One is spiritual and the other, NOT so much… Haha! My scripture this year is Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.” For my song of choice I’m taking it way back in the day with Diana Ross “I’m Coming Out”! Now I know that song means different things to different people but for me at this stage of my life, it’s the perfect song choice. 🙂 I’m so excited for what this year will bring for my family and I.

What is your New Years resolution and is there anything specifically that you do to prepare for the new year? Please share, I can’t wait to hear!

Love,

Shalena

 

The Coolest Black Family in America, No.32: The Smiths

The headline read, “High school sweethearts Shalena and Calvin Smith have nurtured their love through 14 cool years of marriage.”

What a blessing to honestly and openly share our testimony with Ebony.com! I can’t say that we’re the coolest but we definitely are a family! Thank you Jesus for being the glue that keeps us together. I’m so thankful for my husband and my two daughters…. And how can I forget to mention our multipoo Kobe!

It was pretty amazing to wake up yesterday and see our family on the home page of Ebony.com! Thank you Alexandra Phanor-Faury for contacting us and telling our story!

I look forward to celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary in 2014 and all the other awesome things that God has in store for our family!

Wishing you tons of love and success in the New Year!

Shalena xo

Ebony Magazine Home Page Slide- The Smith Family

Miracle Twins

You can’t tell just by looking at someone that they’ve struggled, you can’t see the true depth of their pain or their courage for that matter. Sometimes all you see is the victory and the Glory that belongs to God. I saw this picture today of my friend and client that has an amazing story. It’s not mine to tell, but let me just say this…
Miracles happen and God is always faithful to complete the good work that He begins in you. This photo of a “real life” family and their little boys is my proof that God is the greatest!!
And by the way, their nursery is super cute!! One day, I’ll have to share.
Love,
Shalena

Do You Have a Dream? Don’t Give Up!

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family. Most days I give myself time for a devotional and afterwards I journal to keep record of my experiences. The journal entry that I wrote a few days ago was meant for my eyes only but it’s been pressing on my heart to share with you.

Do you have a dream? Can’t we all relate to being exhausted at pursuing something that God has put on our heart? I feel it’s human nature to doubt at times and this week I had one of those days. Thankfully it quickly passed, but if this blog is meant to be about “All Things Baby” then it’s only appropriate to talk about that “baby” we all have… That deep rooted dream within our soul that we’re pushing to give birth to and share with the world! I hope this encourages you to KEEP PUSHING and to NOT GIVE UP!!

Journal Entry from October 08, 2013 (Unedited) 

“So this is what it feels like right before your huge breakthrough and blessing. This is what all the Greats of our past and present must have felt. You feel disappointed, you feel deceived and you want to give up. The point that you question everything that you’ve done and are doing. The point that you start considering other options, different directions.. Wondering what made you select the road less traveled in the first place.
That voice that says you’ve Been turned down and rejected and it’s only a pipe dream.  
So….I too feel all those things… I AM at the point that even though all those things run through my mind there’s still a relentless drive that says to believe, to have faith, and to keep going. 
The stronger voice of the Holy Spirit that says I have the power to call things that be not as though they are. That supernatural power that makes me feel like I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.

Today I have lots of emotions but the strongest one that continues to win the battle of the mind in the midst of the confusion Screams one of HOPE!!! Plans to be prosperous and unharmed, plans of hope and future! So I will continue to stand strong and be courageous. I will not be afraid or discouraged for I stand ONLY on the promises of God and not of mans… #undaunted #intrepid” 

Please share with me your DREAMS and how you’re encouraged to keep going.

Wishing you all the BEST!

SS