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

 

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

Voted Best of Houzz 2014 Award!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend!!
You can’t image how excited I was to receive the email that Shalena Smith Interiors was voted Best of Houzz 2014! It’s such a honor and it definitely motivates me to continue to pursue my dreams while making customer satisfaction my number one priority.  Thank you to those that have visited my Houzz page and who have written reviews. Here is the press release that was sent out his week:

Remodeling and Home Design

Shalena Smith Interiors of Los Angeles Receives
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award
Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.Los Angeles, CA, February 4, 2014 – Shalena Smith, founder of Gaga Designs has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The interior design company that specializing in nurseries, children’s rooms and playspaces was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

“I was so thankful to receive this award from the Houzz Community,” Smith said. “I love what I do because I enjoy helping people and creating beautiful kids spaces!” 

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Shalena Smith Interiors among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Shalena Smith, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Follow Shalena Smith Interiors on Houzz share and like her page!

About Shalena Smith Interiors & Gaga Designs

Shalena Smith, founder of GaGa Designs, brings more than 15 years of innovative Interior Design and Management experience to her clients. As an national and international Celebrity Designer who specializes in custom baby nurseries, children’s bedrooms and play spaces, Shalena offers a variety of personal services including baby concierge.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

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

Who’s Hot in Hollywood? Rising Star Issue- Behind the Scenes.

Yesterday I had a photo shoot for Localiez Magazine with an amazing photographer Daniel Gonzalez. It was such a honor when I got a call from Super Model/Actor/Designer Sam Sarpong, to model his new clothing line Future Stars Collection. The magazines concept was for Sam to select Rising Stars in Hollywood to represent the fashion line and I was blessed to be one of the people he chose.

They wanted to shoot me in my element followed by a personal Q & A. Here are some of the behind the scenes photos. Follow my Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account to get updates on when the issue is coming out.

Designer Sam Sarpong and Nursery Designer Shalena Smith wearing Future Stars Collections jacket.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Wearing Future Stars Collection T-shirt By Sam Sarpong

It’s a wrap! Pictured with the photographer. I can’t wait for the issue to come out. Stay tuned….

 

Celebrity Nursery Designer Shalena Smith on VH1’s Totally Royal Tots!

Make sure you tune-in to VH1’s special, “TOTALLY ROYAL TOTS” (American Edition) on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 11PM PST.

As a pioneer in creating extraordinary and luxurious living spaces for children, I’m often contacted by various media outlets to discuss All Things Baby! When the producers from ABC News called asking to interview me about my Baby Concierge experience for a VH1 special, I was “totally” excited to participate!

Here are a few behind the scene photos while shooting for the VH1 segment! If you would like to create an amazing space for your home or you see products in these pictures or on the show that you’re interested in, please contact us at info@gagadesigns.com and we’ll be happy to help!

Shalena Smith mic’d up and ready to go inside her clients home to share with producers a few amazing rooms she designed.

Shalena Smith behind the scene while interviewing for VH1, Totally Royal Tots.

Shalena Smith being interviewed in a big girls room she designed for two sisters.

Shalena Smith being interviewed by an ABC News producer in a “totally” beautiful room she designed!

Enjoy the show!!

God bless you,

SS