Vanessa Antonelli, owner of NessaLee, first met with Danielle and Kevin Jonas in her Livingston store and walked them through the best stroller, car seat and gear options for their lifestyle. They moved on to discuss the baby’s future playroom in their new home, and the brainstorming began. Vanessa shared with us her design experience with the young family. Thank you, Vanessa!
When I first meet a client, I ask a ton of questions because I’m trying to get a feel for their personal style and, in the case of a couple, where their styles can come together. It’s not always an easy task. With Danielle and Kevin, it was just the opposite because they have very similar likes. They told me what they wanted their daughter Alena’s playroom to include and how they wanted it to function. I created a few different designs for them, and when they both picked the same one, we got started on their modern navy playroom.
The patterned wallpaper is so beautiful, but I was worried it might be too busy for the entire wall, so we mounted it onto panels for just the right amount of pattern. The oversized letters make it very clear that this is a room for fun! We chose a couch and ottoman that are low to the ground because Alena is going to be small for a long time before she’s big, so she’ll have an easier time getting on and off the furniture.
Danielle is very fashion conscious and shares my love of navy. She was totally ahead of the trend when she picked this design. So many of my clients are now requesting navy spaces, and it’s popping up everywhere in the design world! The area rug is the perfect anchor for the space, and it’s very light and easy to roll up and take outside to shake out because, as we all know, messes happen.
We painted the giant storage cabinets and added navy overlays to mimic the look of the changer. I love these things because they can give anything a totally custom look. There is plenty of storage inside the cabinets, and we left lots of space for baby Alena’s future toys.
We created an entire navy blue chalkboard wall, and while it’s not something Alena will use now, when she’s a little older she can let her imagination go wild or play Pictionary with her dad. During our last day of installation, we had Kevin draw that adorable family photo, complete with their dogs.
The changing table was a mommy must-have to make changing Alena’s diaper on the lower level of their home easy and also to store the infant essentials. There’s nothing worse than having a screaming, naked baby with a dirty diaper and no wipes or cream on hand!
Reading to Alena was something both Danielle and Kevin were excited about before she was even born, so a place to store books was mandatory. Kevin loved the unique tree shape of the bookcase—who wouldn’t? It also matches the subtle theme of the room.
We included a teeny tiny table and chairs from Zuo Mod in the playroom for future reading and art projects. Since Alena is too little to really play right now, I also put a So-Ro Cradle in the room so that Kevin and Danielle could immediately start spending time in there.
NessaLee Baby has two NJ locations and offers online shopping. Customers can find the best in strollers, gear, furniture and decor. They offer a unique nursery design service, which makes creating a dream nursery easier for parents-to-be.