Rachael Ross, MD, the warm, real family doctor and sexologist known for co-hosting the CBS show The Doctors, is expecting a little girl every day. She was kind enough to peek at her daughter’s nursery in her Chicago home on Woman’s Day. The reveal of the room was a surprise captured on camera for an episode of the show. Scroll down to see why Ross says she is “Overjoyed” with the results.
Before Dr. Ross found out that she had expected she planned to convert this guest bedroom into a room for her niece, whose mother, Ross’ sister, had passed away. “I thought she’d spend more time here,” says Ross. “I painted the room and bought a nice chandelier, but every time I walked in the room I had no idea what to do with it.”
If her sister were here today, Ross says, she would help decorate the nursery. The establishment of the interior design service Decor Aid “took the strain off my shoulders enormously,” she says. The Decor Aid team took Ross’ personal style, which they describe as eclectic – “You could spend two hours in my living room and still not see it all” – and translated it into something suitable for a little girl.
Ross wanted the room to be clean and simple, with no many things to collect dust. Her design team used Benjamin Moore Natura in Mellow Pink, an allergy-friendly, VOC-free color. “It was great because the house never had that smell of paint,” says Ross.
Chicago baby boutique Twinkle Twinkle Little One provided the furniture and accessories, and Lauren Cotter of Laurenish Design created the custom “Dream” banner.
The designers added Pops, which Ross calls a “subdued gem”: a silver Moroccan side table, metallic pull handles for the cabinet door and glass fittings for the dresser.
Ross wanted her daughter to feel a sense of strength and pride, so she asked designers to create custom copy around texts from the Black American National Anthem. “It’s a song that keeps us connected to our heritage. The lyrics are words that have guided us through slavery and the era of civil rights. I want her to know that and dream big, ”says Ross, also referring to the“ dream ”banner above the crib.
“It’s kind of selfish, but my favorite part in the room is the glider. As soon as I sat in it I thought this chair was amazing, ”says Ross. “It brings clear, modern lines into the room: a nice visual contrast to the traditional cot.” (The Dutailier chair has a built-in footrest and a motorized reclining function.)