If ever there was a nursery designed especially for a little girl, this is it. This feminine pink and gray nursery belongs to sweet Julia, the daughter of actress Lacey Chabert, and we can’t get enough of the beautiful floral wallpaper, the elegant chandelier, the lovely pink accents and the classic vibe that’s perfectly fit for a princess. We chatted with Vanessa Antonelli, the talent behind the design, and she shared her vision for the space, a few helpful hints if you’re hoping to achieve the same look and what it was like to work with Lacey.
What was it like working with Lacey? Did she have any specific requests for her baby’s nursery?
Lacey knew she was having a girl and told me during our first meeting that she wanted the nursery to be very feminine. Nothing gender neutral, nothing that a boy could use later on—she wanted to go big on the girl elements. Beyond that, she was extremely trusting and very excited. She made my job exceptionally easy!
Looks like this nursery combines both vintage-inspired and classic styles. How do you recommend mixing styles seamlessly for our readers?
I think pre-planning is the key to a successful fusion of styles in a space. I don’t recommend picking up pieces here and there that you like and trying to work them together after you own them. It’s so exciting to decorate your nursery, and I see some people get ahead of themselves. I suggest taking the time to create a pin board, and then turn it into a mood board for your specific room. Then let the shopping begin!
Did you face any challenges when designing this nursery?
I wouldn’t say it was challenge as much as that I had to do a little convincing at the last minute. Even though Lacey saw the entire room drawing prior to committing to it, on the day the painters arrived, she saw the gray paint for behind the crib and moldings in person and was second-guessing the decision. She was worried it would be too dark and not feminine enough. She wanted to keep it white, which I’m sure would have looked beautiful as well, but then I think it would have been a little more shabby chic in the end, and that wasn’t what we were going for. So I just assured her that I wouldn’t let the end result be something she wasn’t in love with, and I’m so happy she loves it because I do too!
What do you love most about the end result? How about the couple?
I think different rooms can make you feel different things. I love how when you open the door to Julia’s nursery, it immediately makes you happy and relaxed. It reminds me of all the wonderful and beautiful things I remember about being little—like tea parties, unicorns and cotton candy—but in a room. And I loved working with Lacey. She radiates a sincere sweetness and kindness. Her little girl is so lucky to have a mom like her.
Photography by Christine Farah Photography