In the November issue of Parents, we took a look at raising happy, confident girls—but it looks like The Real talk show co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley has made that a priority for her baby girl from the get-go. The moment little Ariah Talea Housley arrived home earlier this year, she was greeted by a room exuding "Power in Pink"—what mommy and designer, Shalena Smith, came to call the official theme.
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"The boy world is just so saturated with blues and reds and earthy colors and I really wanted to go girl for her nursery," says Mowry-Housley, who welcomed son Aden in 2012.
While many girl's rooms sport pink and white, Ariah's space is striped in pink and gold, equal parts ethereal softness and regal strength. "I truly believe in balance: to be kind and sweet and gentle, but that doesn't mean that you don't have an inner strength —and that's what I love about [the] idea behind the nursery," Mowry-Housley says.
Speaking of royalty, the mom of two says she wanted Ariah to feel like her little princess, so Smith found a Gilt Demilune Canopy Bed Crown from Restoration Hardware Baby as a statement piece above the crib. "Then Shalena said, 'I know she's going to be your little angel, how about we add wings?' And I went crazy." The wings and the stunning chandelier (also from RH Baby) combine for a majestic feel.
But it's not all princess—the room is comfy and practical, too. Mowry-Housley repurposed the armoire and changing table from Aden's nursery (which had been custom-designed by Shalena), adding touches of gold and personalized knobs to match the rest of the room. Also passed down from Aden's room? That cushy glider. "There's lots of memories on that glider of me rocking Aden every night to sleep," Mowry-Housley says. "Now I'm creating new memories with Ariah."
The room truly does bridge together the stages of Mowry-Housley's life, repurposing older pieces and looking ahead to how Ariah and Aden will grow with them. In fact, a sentimental little stool tucked in the corner ties in Mowry-Housley's past, present, and future. "I got that stool for my living room in our condo. We moved to a house and I loved that stool so much I just kept it and then I saw that it matched her room," she says. "I thought, 'Oh my goodness, that stool is perfect for when she gets a little older and her brother wants to come in and play with her.' Or while she's doing tummy time, I can sit on the stool."
The room will definitely grow with her little one. "It's a place where Ariah and I can be girly girls and enjoy her milestones," Mowry-Housley says. "It's comfortable, it's elegant, it's practical, and it's beautiful all in one."
Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she's practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is our resident theater aficionado and can be found constantly running around New York City to find the best new show, the most awesome dance party, or the hottest Bikram yoga studio. Follow her on on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.