How to Get a Celebrity Mom-Worthy Nursery on a Budget (Yes, It's Possible!)

Shalena Smith, interior designer and baby concierge to the stars, shares how she gifted one lucky couple with a nursery inspired by star mom Tamera Mowry-Housley.

How would you like to have a nursery worthy of a celebrity mom? Yeah, me too! Well, this was a reality for one deserving couple, courtesy of daytime talk show The Real, when Tamera Mowry-Housley and interior designer Shalena Smith created a space inspired by the star's own nursery.

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(Video clip courtesy of "The Real"/ Warner Bros. Television)

Bummed not to be those lucky parents? Don't worry, Shalena has some tips for how to design a star-worthy nursery without a blockbuster budget. First, let's look at how the interior designer-to-the-stars transformed the Abrams' nursery.

This is what the room looked like before Shalena got her hands on it!

Shalena Smith Interiors & Baby Concierge

And here's the after photo!

Shalena Smith Interiors & Baby Concierge

Shalena told Parents.com she used the same color scheme as in Tamera's nursery, which she describes as elegant and traditional. See?

Shalena Smith Interiors & Baby Concierge

"The crib is a major focal point in both rooms," she explains. "I used the same beautiful soft pink walls, incorporated the gold bows, and to save money I used a striped wallpaper that was easy to apply."

"Having an accent wall always saves money versus painting the entire room," Shalena says about the stunning striped effect on the walls. She recommends using Tempaper, which allows you to get the look of wallpaper, but it's removable and easy to apply.

Shalena says the sheers she draped over the crib can be achieved for as little as $110. And see those sweet angel wings above the portrait of the Abrams in the photo below? Shalena reveals she found plain wings and spray painted them gold, saving a ton of money.

Shalena Smith Interiors & Baby Concierge

When it comes to designing your own nursery, Shalena suggests not veering too far off course from your typical style. "It's important to tie in the same design elements as the rest of the house so when people walk into the room it doesn't scream, 'That Nursery Designer' has been here!"

No matter what your desired aesthetic, Shalena says safety should always come first. "Once I set up the room, I go through it in detail with my clients to let them know all the safety issue that may arise as the baby gets older. For example, removing the canopy and mobile once they start standing up, and even possibly removing the curtains until they are past the toddler stage, which is why I always have curtains and shutters or roman shades, so they have the option to remove the curtains." She adds the beautiful gold bows on the crib were selected because bumpers aren't safe for baby.

She offers these additional tips for designing a dream nursery on a budget:

  • Repurpose. "Look around the house, check your garage, and see what you can incorporate into the nursery," she says. "In the Abrams' case, I was able to use their bookcase that was already in the room, and I was able to transform it with paper from dcfix."
  • Check furniture stores for their discontinued pieces. "Many times there's nothing wrong with the piece, but it's at a great price because it was a floor model or they're bringing in a new furniture line."

To learn more about Shalena, visit her YouTube channel and website.

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.

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