Heather Rae and Tarek El Moussa are going to be the proud parents of a baby boy! The stars of HGTV’s “Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa” and Netflix’s “Selling Sunset” tied the knot less than a year ago.
Heather Rae, who’s already a stepmom to Tarek’s two children with Christina Hall, is over the moon at the prospect of welcoming a new baby—and she’s crowdsourcing her Instagram fans for some help with the nursery’s decor.
According to a recent post, she’s “going for a neutral vibe” and loves gray and taupe shades. She’s also into animals, particularly elephants, which means a safari-themed baby room is quite possible.
Heather Rae is also partial to blond wood, plush textures like sheepskin, greenery, dramatic overhead lighting, and framed animal faces. It’s certainly far more sophisticated than bathing a room in pink or blue pastels, and it’s a look that designers applaud.
“A neutral scheme grows with your baby, which means it’s less work to update the room based on their interests or current trends,” says Elise Armitage, design blogger at What the Fab.
But don’t forget to include some color, Armitage adds, such as “dark blue or green, which add pops without making it feel frilly or childish.”
Heather Rae’s penchant for neutrals, which she describes as “very calming colors” for the nursery, is evident in the house she and Tarek decorated in Newport Beach, CA.
The goal here is probably a subtle yet chic baby room to blend seamlessly into the El Moussa home—and we’re here to help you envision it along with the happy couple. Check out these top suggestions for the newest member of the El Moussa family (or for your own nursery).
Heather Rae’s Instagram story features rooms with adorable photos similar to these hung over the crib and dresser. This black and white nursery art ($28-plus, Etsy) fits the neutral theme she hopes to achieve, and the price for six is reasonable.
A new mother has no time to water and prune an actual tree. But a fake number is ideal for a pop of green in a quiet baby room. Heather Rae’s inspiration board showed glimpses of trees in two of the pictures, and this choice more than fits the bill.
Complete with a planter, fake moss, and the tree ($158, Wayfair), it can be assembled quickly and slid into place.
“A fake tree adds both color and height in a corner. Try faux olive or fiddleleaf figs, too,” suggests Armitage.
Soft floor covering is key for newbie crawlers and tired parents alike. Placing this piece atop a carpet with a shorter nap or opting for sheepskin-stuffed animals are two worthy ways to add texture to nursery decor.
This soft shag ($15-plus, Amazon) features a nonslip design so there’s no need to buy an extra layer to put beneath it.
Armitage notes you can also add texture with a “soft throw on the back of a chair or with woven storage baskets for things like diapers and toys.”
“Skip the changing table and go for a big dresser with a changing pad on top,” Armitage says.
The reason? You’re not stuck with a piece you won’t need again (except with another child), and a bureau can be used for a lifetime.
“This particular item ($350, Ikea) comes in a few different colors, and you can switch out the knobs to match your design,” Armitage adds. We bet Heather Rae chooses lions!
Since clutter in the El Moussas’ nursery just won’t do, this cute pachyderm hamper ($100, Home Depot), which also comes in white, can smartly corral baby laundry or a toy collection.
Why save large lighting for the main areas in a house? A nursery is an ideal spot for this glowing wonder as it could also double as a mobile. This adjustable-height fixture can be installed in most bedrooms, comes with a dimmer option for dark-of-night feedings, and can be ordered with either a brass, chrome, or black finish ($307, Wayfair).
A three-in-one crib, daybed, and toddler twin is a savvy choice for homeowners trying to stretch their budget. We also love the slender spindles and clean lines, plus the fact that it comes in three wood tones, including black and natural and natural and white ($499, Crate & Kids).