Inside Shonda Rhimes’s Pretty in Pink Nursery

04/06/2012 at 10:00 AM ET

Before Shonda Rhimes brought newborn daughter Emerson Pearl (whom she welcomed via domestic adoption in February) home, the Grey’s Anatomy creator worked tirelessly to create the perfect nursery befitting a princess.

Well, mission accomplished. With the help of reVISIONS designing duo Sandie Bailey and Delorse Bond, her dreams of a pretty-in-pink baby room more than came true.

Spantman Photography, Inset: Craig Sjodin/ABC/Getty


A mix of Parisian and shabby chic, the nursery features soft fabrics and traditional furniture — including a day bed and white dresser — that can easily adapt to Emerson’s needs as she gets older. The writer/producer and her team of decorators also used Carousel Designs‘s nursery tool to create her beautiful bedding.

“It was so fun to choose my colors and pick my bedding!” she says. “I’m not someone who can look at a fabric and make a decision so it was helpful to see the visual example of what I was getting.”

From designing the nursery to finding the right baby gear, Rhimes, who is already mom to Harper, 10, is somewhat of a parenting pro. “It’s exciting to be going through this for the second time. I found that I’m a much calmer mom to a newborn this time around,” she adds.

Some of her favorite mommy must-haves are Tribe‘s roomy diaper bag and Itzy Ritzy‘s handy Wrap & Roll.

“First-time motherhood is so nerve-wracking — you feel like you have no idea what you are doing! This time I’m just really enjoying every moment of this.”

– Anya Leon

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Tee on

Wow, that is one very pink room! Reminds me of Jay of Rascal Flatts’ daughter’s nursery! Congratulations to Shonda on her new daughter!

allie on

Absolutely LOVE it! pink pink pink!

denise on

too much… but if shonda and emerson like it?

Patesmom on

I love it. Very girly and pretty.

Jen DC on

Reminds me of my childhood bedroom… hated it. I hope Emerson likes and enjoys it with her Mom and sister.

Sarah S. on

The dresser looks like pale pink here, not white. Anyway, that definitely looks like an easy room to transition to toddler to pre-school and up. Great job…I like it a lot!

Manal from Jordan on

Lovely room!!

Is her other daughter adopted too?…

Meela on

Holy Pink!

Pretty but too much!

Shannon on

That’s a lot of pink. Congrats on the adoption though.

Marky on

Love it! Looks like my daughter’s room when she was growing up–very feminine, just like my daughter! Nurseries are for parents, so to speak, not for the child. Once the child is about 2, their rooms can be done to their taste, but when they are babies, it’s all about what the parents like, LOL!!

Anonymous on

Manal from Jordan- I did some digging around, and according to a Huffington Post article about her adoption Emerson, her older daughter is indeed also adopted.

Anyway, the nursery is a bit too much pink for my taste, and I don’t particularly like how it’s arranged, either. The crib in the middle of the room just looks odd. It looks as thougn someone just plonked it there temporarily, without really thinking about it.

Anonymous on

Now that I think about it, I wonder if the crib is normally on the other side of the room and they just moved it in front of the daybed for the photoshoot so they could showcase all the furniture and stuff in one photo.

Anonymous on

Yes it’s a bit too pink for me but it does looks cosy which is the main thing. Nice chandelier & vintage-style crib. Also like the leather diaper bag – looks pretty luxe.

Erika on

That is a gorgeous room! It looks similar to my room when I was little lol.

JRW on

That is beautiful!

Never thought of putting the crib in the middle of the room but I sort of love that.

Marky on

If, indeed, the crib is always in the middle of the room, one nice thing about that is the child can’t reach a blind cord, objects on a piece of the other furniture in the room, and the baby is easily seen from every direction.

Dee on

The crib in the middle is a good thing….I had to adapt to it as all three walls had plugs and my lil man is a pro at ripping those darn protectors out. In the middle of the room he has no access…..but hey that’s just me…lol….ok and Shondra…..

Too pink for my personal taste but beautiful nonetheless :)

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