When Bachelor couple J.P. and Ashley Rosenbaum visited our offices, they told us why they love their son's name: Fordham sounds strong and, in Ashley's words, is "setting him up for success." The little guy's new nursery, as it turns out, is pretty powerful as well! The couple worked with designer Vanessa Antonelli—who has also done baby rooms for Danielle and Kevin Jonas, Rosie Pope, and Kendra Wilkinson—to make a nursery in their Miami home that's both modern and nature-inspired.
"After brainstorming with Ashley I learned that she likes both rustic and modern decor. I spent some time at the drawing board to have the two work together in a way that makes sense," Antonelli says. "Adding in acrylic [in the crib] makes a nursery instantly feel modern. The nature-inspired colors and wood elements gave it the rustic feel she wanted and softened it up for a baby."
The wall behind his crib is perhaps the most dramatic touch; it was an ordinary wall at the start of the project and Antonelli used Stikwood, which is made of reclaimed wood and adheres permanently to a wall surface, to transform it to look like a deep-woods lodge. (The cost of the entire wall was roughly $1,200.)
Ford sleeps in BabyLetto's Harlow convertible crib ($600); Antonelli refinished the base to change it from gray to a warm brown. Inside is Nook's organic Pebble Pure mattress ($395), so pretty it doesn't even need a sheet; the cover it comes with can easily be thrown in the wash.
The glider and ottoman both came from Little Castle, where everything is customizable and chairs start at approximately $700. The Cobblestone Pillow ($59), from OiloStudio, sits on the glider. Ford's bouncer seat, beside his crib, is Nuna's Leaf ($220). And of course he's got his name on the wall in big, bold letters! That's a sign of parents who are super-excited to welcome their baby to the world. —Jessica Hartshorn
Jessica Hartshorn is the Entertainment Editor at Parents and the Senior Lifestyle Editor at American Baby, where she is literally paid to talk about pregnancy, birth, and babies all day.
Images: Ricky Stern Photography