Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images; Inset: Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture
Jessica Simpson's nursery for baby Maxwell Drew was featured in this week's issue of People. In true celebrity style she hired a designer -- Rachel Ashwell of Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture -- but the couple apparently had a clear vision of their own in mind, too. Yes, that's right, the couple, meaning even fiancé Eric Johnson had a say in the nursery decor. According to People, he shared her vision and loved nearly every idea she proposed, but he wasn't afraid to voice his opinion.
Simpson described her vision as "gypsy" and "bohemian," and didn't want her baby girl's nursery to be too over-the-top frilly, according to Ashwell. So the décor includes lavender and mauve with hints of pink and aqua. Vintage butterfly wallpaper hung on one wall set the tone for the nursery, and then Ashwell brought in a mix of Shabby Chic furniture and vintage flea market finds.
I picked up the issue because I wanted to see the photos of Jessica Simpson's nursery, which very obviously fits the signature Shabby Chic look. Items found inside include a slipcovered Finn Rocker, a pink, romantic-feeling Petticoat crib skirt, an old dresser turned custom changing table, touches of floral and white towels monogrammed with pink "M's."
Part of my curiousity stems from the fact that I'm beginning the nursery design process myself. My husband and I closed on our new condo last week, making us first time homeowners. Now I'm involved in a frenzy of picking paint colors and shopping for furniture -- especially for the baby nursery we now have to decorate. (If only I had Jessica Simpson's budget!)
Like Jessica -- who always asked Eric if he liked everything in the baby's room -- I'm running the possibilities by my husband, but for the most part he's given me free reign to decorate as I like (within a reasonable budget, that is). So far I've decided on a pale aqua blue color for the walls, and I'm leaning toward modern, eco-friendly furniture (like a crib from Oeuf and a rocking chair from Monte). Shabby chic isn't my style, and I'm still trying to nail down an overall look and feel for the nursery. (Is "beachy" better than "woodland"? My husband thinks so!) Ultimately, whatever the final nursery looks like, I want to make sure we both like it.
iVillage Making a Mama blogger Julie Seguss loves all things health and fitness, and holds a personal trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise. She is expecting her first child, or second if you count her very spoiled French bulldog. Find more from Julie at Inhabitots and Momtourage.