When we spotted former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky’s jaw-dropping silk rose covered nursery accent wall, we knew we needed to get the scoop pronto. Luckily our friend, the ever-so-talented Vanessa Antonelli designed the nursery, so we jumped on the chance to get the behind-the-scenes info on this nursery. Vanessa is not only a nursery and kids space designer, she is also a premier modern baby gear expert and the proprietor of NessaLee Baby, a modern one-stop-shop baby store. Now let’s step inside this gorgeous nursery and get all the details from Vanessa and Ali.
How did Ali’s personal style influence your design choices?
Ali wanted a bright, light and inviting space with lots of blush colors and very little gray. Before our first meeting I visited her Instagram page and saw glimpses of her home. There were lots of frills, white and beautiful feminine touches.
That inspired me to come up with ideas that I thought would blend well with the rest of her home, and that’s when the idea of the flower wall was born. Except during our first meeting, Ali was adamant that she was not very “girly.” There was a moment of internal panic, but I figured I’d present it to her anyway. Turns out, Ali is more girly than she thought, and I couldn’t be happier about that!
Did you have any unexpected obstacles when creating this room? How did you overcome them or spin them to your advantage?
The windows in the room have shutters on them, but they do not completely block the light out, and as any parent knows, the darker the room, the better. So I put black out drapes in the design, but very quickly we learned why the previous homeowner chose shutters. Each window is a different size and smaller than the smallest rods we could source. We found a local CA company that was able to fabricate the size, and I’m so happy we did because the drapes really add to the feminine, romantic feel of the room.
Now that the room is complete, what was your favorite part of the process? And what do you and Ali love the most about the finished design?
Ali has expressed that her favorite part of the room is the Flower Wall by The Flower Wall Company and the custom Endure artwork, which was replicated in her grandmother’s handwriting. I usually see a space as a whole, so it’s really hard for me to pick out pieces since each part needs the others to make the complete project come to life.
I have wanted to work with Blueberry Glitter for so long on a custom commissioned piece, so finally getting to do that was a wonderful experience—the artist is to talented! I also loved the Romina crib and dresser from the first time I laid eyes on them, but the pieces were too modern for this project as they were. So I made some slight changes, adding tufted panels to the sides of the crib and swapping the knobs on the dresser for crystal ones. Interestingly, Romina loved the idea so much, they are now offering the tufting on this crib in their collection.
Photography by Christine Farah Photography