Face it, working moms have their hands full. Actress and author Naya Rivera is no different and has a lot on her plate too. After six seasons on Glee, she appeared on Lifetime’s Devious Maids, not to mention the actress’s lifestyle website, where she shares personal essays, recipes, fashion advice, makeup reviews, and more. Oh, and she is expecting her first baby with husband Ryan Dorsey later this summer. In preparation for the baby’s arrival, the star created a serene but impactful space full of high-contrast and graphic elements.
The nursery’s design—a daring combination of soft, baby-like pieces and bold patterns—works thanks to the room’s restrained color palette and consistent animal theme. Seeking to create a space that was gender-neutral and would grow with the new baby, Rivera partnered with a designer she’d worked with previously to create a tranquil but fashionable space. Keep scrolling to take a tour!
The actress enlisted the help of designer Angelo Surmelis (whom she had worked with previously on other rooms in the home) to create a nursery that was gender-neutral and not overly “kid-like.” The jumping-off point for the design? An attention-grabbing teepee that Rivera and Dorsey had purchased before they were pregnant. “I actually was really inspired by the teepee and sort of built the room around that,” Rivera tells us. “Then I stayed within the color palette of black, white, cream, and gray.”
Though the color palette is limited and neutral, the space isn’t lacking drama or impact. “I'm a big fan of wallpaper, and the graphic prints on the walls and the striped Roman shades gave the room a nice contrast that will be great for our baby,” Rivera says. “Babies can only really see black and white and stark contrast for the first few weeks, and they pick up the shape of objects from that.”
Wanting to create a space that would function for baby but also grow with their newborn, the couple chose furniture that could perform multiple functions. “Some of the pieces we got—like the changing table—are just great ‘adult’ pieces that can be moved to any room later down the line,” she tells us.
A departure from the room’s strict color palette, the copper wire chandelier with bird figurines lends the space a playful, fantasy-like vibe. “I love so many things in the nursery, but my favorite would have to be the bird chandelier,” Rivera says. “It's so fun and adds a pop of color and youth!”
The room’s bookshelves are styled with personal photos and meaningful objects. “My favorite item in the bookshelf is the photo of Ryan and I at our wedding, and the baby's ultrasound picture,” the actress says. “You can see the baby’s face so clearly!”
Though the nursery is a chic space, it won’t be until the baby’s eagerly anticipated arrival that the room’s true serenity is exposed. “I'm looking forward to using the glider once the baby arrives,” Rivera tells us. “I'm sure many nights will be spent bonding with our baby in that chair.”