FROM the couple who held an all-white themed baby shower at an exclusive Port Elizabeth boutique hotel, you can expect nothing less than a magical designer nursery for their 11-week-old princess. Decorated with damask wallpaper, a recessed ceiling in the shape of a heart, with chandeliers glowing in shades of pink just above a Kim Kardashian-inspired lucite crib, Chanel baby shoes on display and imported designer dresses, baby Isla Rhayne’s nursery is the favourite room in the Beverley Grove home of municipal spokesman Roland Williams and his wife, Shahnaz.
A collaboration of both parents’ personalities, they say the room is a “little haven for our angel – an unfolding story of our love fairytale”.
The Williamses said details such as “her diamond-encrusted silver spoon to the intricately designed imported Turkish mirrors, her range of perfumes, the Anne Geddes doll, the beautiful lettering of her name, the carefully chosen and fitted door-handles” helped express their happiness. Your decor style? Roland: Unpretentiously luxurious, practical, unique, charming, eclectic, uncluttered, spacious, and Shahnaz: Contemporary elegance, clean lines with bits of vintage and theatrical quirk to make a bold statement.
On their decor wish list: The Swarovski-studded high chair by Carla Monchen. Favourite colour: Roland: Definitive black and warm reds, and Shahnaz: Classic whites, rich creams and cocooning greys and silvers. Pet hate in decor? Roland: Impracticality, no colour co-ordination, clutter, lack of balance, lack of space, and Shahnaz: Replication is really unappealing to me.
Our indulgence: Definitely our handcrafted, “couture” lucite crib. A sinfully delicious, yet worthwhile indulgence as our nursery centrepiece! It enables us to admire our bundle of joy and for her to observe all around her.
Special mention must be made of Isla Rhayne’s stylish whirlpool bathtub, with LED lights. “It measures baby’s weight and provides the ideal water temperature. It also allows for a reclining and sitting position. As a result, baby loves bath time!”
Then there is the “Mama-Roo”, an egg-shaped rocker which replicates the feeling of a nest: “It has many different rocking modes and music settings or you can make use of the iPod dock or USB to amuse the tot.”
Last but not least, look up and there in the recessed heart-shaped ceiling and chandelier: “It conveys our strong feeling of love for our baby and each other. The one continuous line accomplishes the very eternal essence of true love.
“Instead of the usual cartoon characters, flowers or butterflies, we chose this as a theme throughout the nursery, from the ceiling to the floor to the lighting, inspired by Drew Barrymore’s new book, Find it in Everything.