<p><span></span><strong>HGT</strong>V <em>Design Star</em> judge <strong>Genevieve Gorder</strong> certainly made <strong>Rosie Pope</strong> a happy mama!</p>
In this week's issue of Life & Style, Pregnant in Heels star Rosie introduces her 7-week-old daughter, Vivienne Madison Pope, to the world and gives Life & Style readers a sneak peek inside her nursery -- courtesy of Genevieve!
Life & Style sat down with the designer as she dished all about the fabulous new nursery and gave some tips for how you can get the perfect one too!
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Photo credit: Amanda Schwab/Startraks
<p><strong>What was your inspiration for the nursery? Was it different because there were two kids in there?</strong><br />
No, because I never design nurseries for a specific gender -- I think it's way too predicable and quite boring. When they're too predictable they are boring!
When you design, do you look toward the future, the kid growing up in the room?
I think for children these ages -- we have a 1-month-old and a 16-month-old sharing the room -- the more graphic, the better, because that's how they see clearest and most vividly. That's why we start our children on little black forms, because they see that clearly. And until they're quite a few weeks old, they can't see as far as we can. As a graphic designer, I'm comfortable playing with the graphic elements first, then bringing in the layers of soft and sweet. That's kind of my formula for nurseries. They always have to be soft and sweet, no matter if it's for a boy or a girl. And they always have to be cool, so the nursery doesn't feel like a complete departure from the rest of the house.
Because you're spending a lot of time in there.
You're building their design vocabulary. Just like food, you introduce them to everything. With design, you introduce them to elegance and sophistication from the beginning.
What's your favorite part of the nursery?
The wallpaper is by far my favorite thing, and I basically built the room around the wallpaper. I absolutely adore it. It feels really antique and at the same time completely new. There's a lot of new and old fusion, which is my favorite.
Have you done frames like that before?
I haven't done that before. I love a good oval frame; I think they're really classic. We all remember them from when we were children, but they're not readily available now, so there's kind of some sentimental quality to it. Because the wallpaper's so busy, I don't want to crowd it up with photography, so I did something soft.
What are four or five things everyone needs in their nursery, style-wise?
When it comes to bedding, I believe your child's first blanket should be an heirloom. It should be something that they keep for the rest of their lives. Whether or not they use it avidly is to be determined. But I like to do things that are really organic, that won't irritate that fresh, beautiful skin that hasn't been touched by the world yet. So I'd opt for something really soft and pure. I like embroidery, again, because it has that timeless, classic quality and it's for a boy or girl, for everybody. Animals are a really sweet way to bring in childhood without referencing a television show or a cartoon.
How do you select a color palate?
You need grounding colors, neutrals, highlights and accent colors. Here, the accents come out in the powerful orange moments in the wallpaper. It's the same in any room, whether it's a nursery, living room, bathroom or kitchen. It's not different just because the room is for a kid.
You're usually designing the nursery before the child is born, right?
I think women have different times that they absolutely need to get this done, depending on their hormones or comfort with doing home renovation or decoration. I mean, I did mine in the final five days before I had my daughter. It's not something that needs to be overthought. The baby will be in your room the majority of the time that first year, so you don't need all the things that the world says you need!
And a rocking chair always?
Always. Babies rock in our bellies, and that's why we rock them. It's what lulls them to sleep, what gives them comfort. And gliders are infamously ugly and really huge, so for urban moms it's hard to really find something that works in our architecture.
Since having your baby, did you change how you design?
I understand nurseries more. And with life experience comes better design. I've been more places; I've done more things.
Do you enjoy designing nurseries?
I love designing nurseries, because it's the first experience of a human being, and you get to play a part of that: the colors, the shapes, the design vocabulary. You're setting the stage for them. So it's an honor to do a nursery. Always.
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