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.

4 Ways to Take Your Nursery Walls from “Blah” to “Ahh!”

Happy Earth Day!

This is a guest blog post I wrote for Pish Posh Baby Blog that I think you will enjoy. You can apply these same tips to your master bedroom, family room or any space in your home that you want to quickly transform.

Is your nursery or kids space feeling unfinished or boring? Is it lacking warmth and personality? As a celebrity designer, I’m often hired—after someone has already spent thousands of dollars—to come in and makeover a space. If you feel that your nursery or kids room is missing that little something special and you want to turn it from “blah” to “ahh,” the best place to begin is with the walls. Many people feel intimidated by the thought of tackling the walls of any room, but there’s no need to fear. With the right products, tools, and a little know-how, you can make a big difference in your little one’s room no matter what your budget or skill level might be. Here are a few tips that will make you go gaga!


  1. 1. Color: Why not add a pop of color to your bare walls? When you walk into your nursery or kids room, what’s the one color that stands out the most? It may be a little blanket that inspires you, a colorful picture frame, or a cute pillow. Pick that one color that will tie in with your favorite nursery accessory and paint your walls to match. Be sure to take that item into the paint store, and they can match it for you. Easy peasy!
  2. 2. Stripes: If your space already has painted walls and you’re still not happy, then go with a striped wall. Pick the most prominent wall in the room that will get the most attention and paint stripes. Use a darker or lighter version of the color that already exists on the wall to create a tone-on-one striped wall. Or find a metallic color paint to fancy it up even more, as seen here. IMG_1034You can hire an experienced designer or painter to do this for you, or there are many great online tutorials that will show you exactly how to paint stripes using a level and high quality painter’s tape.
  3. 3. Decals: Placing an inexpensive personalized decal on the wall can add a custom feel to the nursery. Oftentimes my clients have no idea what to put on the wall above the crib. Decals are fantastic because they are lightweight and do not pose a safety hazard. They’re affordable and removable too. Here is one of my favorite decals: https://gagadesigns-com.3dcartstores.com/Princess-Personalized-Wall-Decal_p_3352.html
  4. 4. Wallpaper: I love that wallpaper has made a fierce comeback over the last few years and has made its way back into nurseries. Depending on your budget, you can wallpaper the entire room or just a single wall. Here is an example: (To purchase wallpaper visit Tempaper.) nursery wallpaper

Transforming the walls of your nursery or kids room takes just a little TLC from you. It’s truly the first step in turning the room from “blah” to “ahh!” In some cases it may also require patience as you shop around and find the perfect pieces that are within your budget. It may be a project that you have to do a little at a time or, if you’re lucky, all at once. Either way, just be patient, you’ll eventually get there. And whatever you do, be sure you enjoy the process!

Have fun!

Shalena Smith


Macy’s Distinct Decor with a Purpose!

I love turning the look of a space around or making a moment that much more special with simple decor and accents. It’s even more amazing when you know that what you’re purchasing is making a difference and changing lives. With that being said, I was thrilled when I was asked to collaborate with Macy’s to design a space using their exclusive Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace collections. I love that both of these collections are Gifts That Give Hope!

Whether you need a room makeover or hosting an afternoon or evening tea with a friend, this collection has a unique and distinctive look that will definitely turn any space from Blah to AHHHH!!!

Like all my projects, I started off with a design board to select all the pieces that I needed to transform the space.


Is there a room in your house that needs a “space-lift”? Here’s an example of a living room that needed my help!

This living room needed more color, texture and more dimension. I knew immediately that I would build the design around the Heart of Haiti Vase with Neutral Floral.

Be creative with this unique collection, I was!!! I used their Tobacco Leaf Placemat as a center piece to add texture to the table and I used their Metal Bowls as candle holders because every space could use candles to create a soothing and peaceful environment. My favorite item in the photo below is the picture frame, which can also be a great Christmas gift this year!

I used the fireplace mantle to display their candle holders and the Heart of Haiti Nesting Trays. The trays made more of a statement to me when I used them as artwork verses flat trays, so think outside the box when purchasing your pieces from the collection.

You can also select inexpensive pieces from this collection to make your afternoon or evening tea more festive, while changing the look of the space at the same time. Below you’ll see how this simple, yet distinctive decor changes both an outdoor and indoor space.

I had so much fun collaborating with Macy’s to transforms these spaces, now it’s your turn! What space do you need to transform in your home and what are some of your favorite pieces from this collection?

I can’t wait to hear from you, contact me and lets decorate!!

Shalena xo

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with product for this post about Macy’s Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 


Pin Party with Project Nursery & Britax

Join me for a Spring Fling Pin Party on Pinterest this evening, April 2nd at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. This party will have you falling in love with spring all over again!#BRITAXStyle

I quickly created a design board inspired by the Cool Berry Affinity Stroller. I got the ceiling inspiration photo from Gigi’s big girls room that Pam from Project Nursery designed for her daughter with Serena and Lily. So much fun!!!

Join in on the fun!!




Vote Project Nursery February Finalist


Exciting news!! My nursery has been chosen as one of the six Project Nursery February finalist and I would love your help! They will allow us to vote every 24 hours. Voting ends Feb. 28,2014 so please continue to vote daily. Please go vote now and share this post or the link below on your social media accounts and ask them to Vote for the beautiful Hollywood Glam Nursery. Once you scroll down all the photos, there is an option to vote. Click the button that says the Hollywood Glam Nursery and submit your vote!! Last night I only had 16 votes, one of which is my vote LOL!! Wonder Blog powers activate!! Thank you for all your support!!

(Pictured below is the fabulous nursery)


Glamorous Nursery without Breaking the Budget!

Get the look of a celebrity nursery without breaking the budget! Recently this non-celebrity nursery was featured on MommyNoire and I gave tips on how to create a budget friendly nursery! This particular client is located in Houston,Texas and purchased our virtual interior design package with a $3,000 budget. After creating a concept board, placing orders and lots of communication with my client we created her dream, Hollywood Glam nursery!

We’re not just for celebrities, we want everyone to go Gaga! xo SS

P.S. ProjectNursery also picked this nursery as one of their favorites of the week!

Hollywood Glam Concept Board by Shalena Smith


Behind the Scene with Shalena Smith on E! ‘Blinging Up Baby!’

E! Entertainment producers called nursery expert and baby concierge to the stars, Shalena Smith to be interviewed on their upcoming program special, “Blinging Up Baby!”

Make sure you tune-in to watch the amazing show that they’ve put together.  The show will premiere at 10pm on Thursday, May 2. For the schedule and time in your area check-out  E-Online.

We hope you enjoy it!

The photo below was taken during the “Blinging Up Baby” interview…. Speaking of bling, the fabulous bracelets that Shalena was wearing are from, Bling Design by S. 🙂

Celebrity Nursery Expert and Baby Concierge to the Stars, Shalena Smith.


Nursery and Kids Room Designer Shalena Smith on E! Blinging Up Baby!


Transitional-Modern Nursery on a Budget


I’m often asked if I can create one-of-a-kind nurseries on a budget and the answer is always, YES!! Here is a very cute Grey and Yellow nursery that we just designed with the affordable modern Mercer Crib.  I love the stripe wall with the simple bedding and the yellow sheet to tie in the pop of color.

Above the changing table the client built their own shelving and reframed their childhood artwork with a yellow matte to personalize the nursery.  The adorable 123 wall organizer adds a unique look to what would have been a bare corner. The cute stuffed animals and books add more colors and a little whimsy to the room!

Best of all, you can create this nursery on your own by visiting Gaga Designs or hire Shalena Smith for an in-home or telephone consultations to create your special nursery. Various design packages are available to meet your budget and needs.

Go Gaga!!

I love designing custom nursery and kids bedding!


Oohhh lala…


I got an updated bedding book today from Bella Notte! I love working with their unique fabrics in my nursery and kids rooms. My clients love this line so much that we also order it for their master bedrooms. Velvets, satins, laces, linens, and silks… Putting all the different textures together and designing something special for my clients is the best part of my job! Adding buttons, bows, quilting, ruffles, layers, embroidery… sky is the limit for what you can create for your dream room!





I selected the Bella Notte Chesapeake crib bedding in my latest celebrity nursery for Tamera Mowry-Housely. 

Contact us for an in-home design consultation so you can touch and feel the latest and greatest fabrics for your home! I must end this blog with more comfy bedding pics for you to fall in love with!

xo~ SS















Get the Look: Tamera Mowry-Housley & Adam Housley’s Designer Nursery

First I want to say congratulations to Tamera and Adam on their first born son Aden! The minute Tamera texted me a picture of Aden I was so thankful that he finally arrived safely into our world. A few days later I saw him smiling and laying in his crib that we installed and I felt so blessed to have been the designer that Adam and Tamera chose to create their dream nursery. All the hard work really pays off when it’s reward is a healthy baby and happy family!!

Many of you have been calling and e-mailing us about how to get the look of Tamera’s Napa Valley nursery, so I decided to write this blog. Be sure to tune into The Tia & Tamera show Tuesday, Dec. 4 to see myself, Shalena Smith, reveal the never before seen Los Angeles Celebrity Baby Nursery.

When Tamera hired me, her wish was for her sons nursery to look comfortable and personalized. I had an amazing interview with sweet Danielle Datu over at MyStyle about the fun personal details of designing the Napa Valley Nursery. Check it out when you can!

I love the star sconces and the chandelier on this side of the room. The other side of the room is just as beautiful with the striped wallpaper we installed and unique wall plaques. And of course the room wouldn’t be complete without this custom built-to-last changing table. We’re offering 20% off all the pieces Tamera used in her nursery to help you get the nursery of your dreams too! Use coupon code: BABY20 to receive your discount.

The sweet antique pieces that made this room come together are the items that the couple already had. I did, however, find a few cute additions to add.

I love how you can personalize these blocks to say anything that you want for only $8 a piece. And how this mobile ties in our whimsical star theme.




The most comfy spot in the room is this yummy chair and ottoman by Angel Song. The lovely and soft throw blanket is by one of my favorite brands Barefoot Dreams. As I write this blog I’m snuggled up in one of their amazing throw blankets 🙂

Watch Tia and Tamera’s show to see the reveal of her Napa Valley and Los Angeles nurseries that I had a blast designing! Tune in to The Style Network every Tuesday evening at 9 /8C to watch Tia & Tamera. I’ll be having a Tia & Tamera viewing party over the next few weeks! Any excuse for me to get together with my friends and family, it’s going to be so much fun! xo