When Jessica Simpson, 31, and fiancé Eric Johnson, 32, set out to plan their dream nursery months before daughter Maxwell Drew was born, they turned to Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic Couture.
“Jessica is very pretty and feminine, but she didn’t want this to be over-the-top frilly,” the British-born designer told People Magazine.
“The words she used were ‘gypsy’ and ‘bohemian,’ so we brought in lavenders and mauves with a bit of pink and aqua.”
To achieve the look, the designer apparently started with vintage butterfly wallpaper and luxe furniture from her boutiques. She then added carefully selected vintage pieces she discovered in flea markets and had converted into nursery necessities, such as a changing table.
Simpson, who was known for her good humor during her pregnancy, never acted like a diva according to Ashwell.
“They were probably the most un-neurotic people I’ve ever known,” she told People. “Jessica wanted [the nursery] be cozy and cute, and she was very respectful of Eric, asking, ‘Do you like this?’ And he was nicely opinionated.”
The designer found the couple so inspiring and easy to collaborate with, she said she sent them a thank you: “a little note saying, ‘It’s been such a privilege to be part of making your home for you, because I know it’s going to be a house of substance.’”
For an inside look at Maxwell’s bohemian nursery – and an update on Simpson and Johnson as new parents – check out this week’s issue of People, on newsstands Friday.