How to create a celebrity style nursery for your new arrival
Singer Beyonce and husband Jay-Z splashed out £1m on their new arrival’s nursery. Gabrielle Fagan discovers how to kit out a celebrity-style room for your own little VIP.
Every baby is a star in its proud parents' eyes, but celebrities certainly like to give theirs the red-carpet treatment from the moment they're born. When it comes to creating a nursery, nothing but the best will do and no luxurious detail is overlooked, whether it's furniture embellished with glittering crystals, elaborate fantasy murals, or exquisite hand-built furniture.
Singer Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z reportedly spent around £1 million kitting out three nurseries in their various homes for daughter Blue Ivy Carter, born last month.
As well as a miniature pink bath, studded with 45,000 Swarovski crystals, and a matching high chair (£10,000), they're also said to have a solid gold rocking horse as one of their daughter's first toys.
“It's certainly not unusual for those with wealth and status to opt for the wow factor,” says Lizzie Mackey, senior designer at nursery boutique Dragons of Walton Street, which boasts many celebrity clients.
“This is a room on which people lavish a huge amount of care, attention and money. And they want it to match the rest of their home and their style.
“They view a nursery as a particularly special space. After all, it's their child's first view of the world and a room they will probably never forget, so getting it right is incredibly important to them.”
On-trend parents are opting for more colour and personality in their rooms, and moving away from neutrals, she says. There's a desire to create out-of-this-world settings, often featuring hand-painted murals.
“One of my favourite nurseries had a cot upholstered to resemble a fluffy cloud, with drapes hung with crystal droplets to replicate rain drops, and we created a mural to resemble a glowing pink sunrise and sky. It cost around £90,000.”
The company furnished a nursery for singer Lily Allen, whose daughter, Ethel Mary, was born in November. It supplied pieces hand-decorated with ladybirds and bumble bees.
“She fell in love with a fabric which featured garden insects and we worked around that theme. It was colourful and magical, but very peaceful,” she says.
“People love bespoke details. For Elton John's baby son we made a miniature chair featuring musical notes. Clients view crafted bespoke pieces as heirlooms which can be handed down through the generations.”
Even if your budget isn't celebrity-sized, you can be inspired by the style of Beyonce, Victoria Beckham, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera.
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The R&B singer and her rapper husband are not known as the King and Queen of Bling for nothing, and their three nurseries sparkle with style, crystals and chandeliers.
“When my client is someone who ‘models' nappies and takes naps the majority of the day, a room should be simple but stunning,” says interior designer Lori Gardner who spent months creating the Swarovski crystal-studded baby bath for the couple.
“A neutral palette, soft lighting, quality linens and a few luxurious items combine to create a perfect nursery — ensuring baby's first taste of life is served on a silver spoon.”
GET THE LOOK: Beyonce's miniature Swarovski-studded porcelain bath, £3,200, from The Diamond BathTub. A newborn of music royalty could snooze in style in this Moses basket dressed in silk, studded with crystals, £7,300, Dragons of Walton Street, available on request.
SAVE BABY SAVE: Let your little darling hold court on a vintage French-style throne chair, £165, Made With Love Designs (available from February 7). And it may not be gold but it's cute — famous toy manufacturer Steiff's Franzi riding pony rocking horse, £385. Swaddle and swank using Aden + Anais aptly named Super Stars Swaddle muslins, which have a host of celebrity fans including Julia Roberts, Jamie Oliver and Mel B, £38.95 for a four-pack.
VICTORIA BECKHAM’S STYLE
The fashion designer and former Spice Girl reportedly treated her daughter Harper Seven, now seven months old, to a £50,000 “pink, very girly and OTT” nursery.
It's French-inspired hand-carved furniture included an £1,800 wardrobe featuring rabbits frolicking around the frame, and a chaise longue.
“A traditional choice of pink for a girl remains popular,” says Mackey. “One particularly glamorous nursery had a centrepiece of a four-poster cot upholstered in pink linen with drapes pinned with huge crystal buttons.”
GET THE LOOK: A custom-made iron Cinderella cot, with curved canopy
posts and crowned with a decorative wreath, birds, and leaves, £5,560, from Punkin Patch. Just as grand, The Little Duchess Upholstered four-poster cot, starts from £12,000 plus VAT, from House Couturier. Make a fairytale come true with designer and furniture maker Mark Wilkinson's Cinderella Coach, which costs around £40,000 (available on request) and follow the theme with a pink Flower Fairies-inspired bedroom from Dragons of Walton Street. Its nursery furniture starts from around £3,000, also available on request.
SAVE BABY SAVE: Obaby Grace Cot Bed, plus White with pink bedding includes mattress, quilt & bumper, £179, from Tesco Direct; and a Deluxe Cinderella Coach bed, £1,118.27, from Childrens Fun Beds.
MARIAH CAREY’S STYLE
Singer Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon created a serene nursery in ivory and pale green for their boy and girl twins, Moroccan and Monroe, now nine months old.
Carey's aim was to conjure a “beautiful, tranquil, cosy environment” and it was embellished with her signature motif, butterflies and featured a huge toy giraffe, which was a gift from Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.
“Personalising the space is essential and those little touches are very important to celebrities,” says Toks Aruoture, owner of specialist nursery company Punkin Patch. “Mel B has hand-painted violet orchids on her nursery wall in Los Angeles, and a Big Ben wall clock to remind her of the UK.”
GET THE LOOK: Macedonia Luxury Cradle, with carved, curved legs, £1,200, from Bambizi; alternatively Chic Shack's classic painted Santiago cotbed with drawer, £599, Glamour wardrobe, £1,690, and Angel wall sculpture, £138.
SAVE BABY SAVE: Mothercare's new Treasured collection combines elegance with luxury. Treasured Moses basket with stand and satin drape, £134.99.
Singer and actress Christina Aguilera made a feature of an 11-foot crescent moon structure, a prop from her 2007 Back to Basics tour, in her son Max's nursery, which also had a round cot and a mural.
“Safari murals are particularly popular for boys,” says Mackey. “Usually they feature on one wall, but we decorated a whole room with one which spanned four scenes — the African jungle, polar bears in a snowy landscape, geese flying over Canadian mountains, and monkeys in Indonesia.
“It's all about stimulating the child's imagination and creating a fantasy setting.” Murals, from Dragons, start from £5,000.
GET THE LOOK: An Orpheus round cot, £1,895, and wall stickers, from £95, from Bambizi; and the Toy Town furniture collection featuring a castle, from Mark Wilkinson, available on request.
SAVE BABY SAVE: Stokke Sleepi (rounded cot) mini package in white, which includes bed extension and bedding, £831, Mamas & Papas. Handmade wooden decorative woodland creatures for a wall, including mice and rabbits, start from £30, from Victoria Burnett Designs.Aden + Anais: adenandanais.co.uk