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

Design Tips for Creating a “Pretty in Pink” Nursery

 

Have you had a chance to check out Tamera Mowry’s website? Over the next several weeks I’ll be a guest blogger on her site. My first blog titled, “Design Tips for Creating a Pretty in Pink Nursery” was posted a few weeks ago. Truthfully these tips will come in handy for any room that you’re designing in your home so I wanted to make sure I shared it with you.

There’s way more to come and of course I can’t wait for you to see the reveal of this fabulous celebrity nursery. It’s going to be beautiful!!

Shalena

Shalena with Tamera Mowry-Housley designing her "Pretty and Pink" Nursery.

Shalena with Tamera Mowry-Housley designing her “Pretty and Pink” Nursery.

 

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….

 

Shalena Smith on Entertainment Tonight!

Hi,

I hope you’re all having an amazing summer! Sorry for the delayed post but in case you missed it, here is the clip of celebrity Nursery Designer and Baby Concierge Shalena Smith on Entertainment Tonight. There was so much buzz around the Royal Baby, I was excited to be apart of ET’s segment surrounding the birth of Prince George.

ET Interviews Shalena Smith about Celeb Favorite Items for their Babies

Watch Entertainment Tonight this evening at 7:00pm PST to see Baby Concierge, Shalena Smith’s segment on celebs favorite items for their babies!

It’s always such a blessing to be called upon as the expert in all things baby and nursery design. I never have much time to prepare for these interviews, they are always unexpected and I usually only have a few days notice, but that’s what fun about the whole experience.

Stylist and actress Aonika Laurent ran to my rescue to help me find the perfect look for the interview. I fell in love with the dress and the ladies at DVF Los Angeles. In past after my TV segments air, I’m overwhelmed with emails about what designer I’m wearing. This time, I’d thought I’d share with you in advance pictures and information about the dress.

Be sure to watch my segment this evening on Entertainment Tonight!

 

Entertainment Tonight July 23

Shalena Smith on Entertainment Tonight segment July 23, 2013

Here are a few pictures that were taken during the ET interview last week!

Shalena Smith wearing DVF.

Shalena Smith with Bill Horn at Bel Bambini Los Angeles.

Shalena Smith demonstrating a 4moms strollers on ET.

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

Shalena Smith on E! Special ‘Blinging Up Baby!’ (Video)

Hi guys,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I had such a busy May! I will fill you in on all the latest fabulous designs, events and new television interviews very soon.

In the meantime, for those that missed the E! Special, ‘Blinging Up Baby’ here is my segment on the show. They interviewed me about my clients Sean Combs & Kim Porter and Nick & Mariah Cannon.


Celebrity Nursery Designer Shalena Smith on E! ‘Blinging Up Baby!’

Here are a few items featured in the segment: Table & Chair set, Chandelier and the popular life-style Giraffe!

I hope you enjoy the segment, shout out to the producers for doing such an amazing job!! 🙂

Enjoy your summer!!

SS

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!

          

Lighting for your Nursery or Child’s Room

I hope everyone had an amazing Easter!

The one single item that I would say you need to make your nursery, child’s room or playroom fabulous is a chandelier!! As you’ll see from my photos below, chandeliers are available in many different shapes and sizes. These range from $338 to $2250, but the price all depends on how custom you want your lighting to be. Whatever you do, promise to keep it fun and whimsical!

Three of the four chandeliers below are in the homes of my celebrity clients. Can you guess which ones?

Oh and before I sign off, don’t forget to checkout the 3 Arm Pear Chandelier that’s under $200.

Enjoy the Spring season!

SS

 

 

Tamera Napa Nursery Chandelier

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