Tori Spelling’s fourth pregnancy required her to be on bedrest for several months due to a condition called placenta previa, a condition that can cause internal bleeding and can be dangerous to both Mom and the baby. The 39-year-old actress and interior designer couldn't wait to get to work on her son’s baby nursery — but she needed some help!
She enlisted the help of her longtime friends, Bill Horn and Scout Masterson (who she affectionately calls “The Guncles” or “gay uncles“) of Marque Communications to help her design Finn’s baby nursery, which she orchestrated all from her LA-area hospital bed!
The baby nursery needed to be completed quickly because of the possibility that Tori would deliver early, however Bill and Scout also had to keep her condition under wraps.
“We were thrilled when Tori asked us to help her decorate Finn’s nursery. When we started the project we didn’t know that Finn's journey into this world would be such a dangerous and emotional one,“ the Guncles said.
Luckily, Bill and Scout knew how to create the perfect space for baby Finn.
“We loved collaborating with Tori on Finn’s nursery because she has a similar design philosophy — every item in the room should have a story or meaning,” Bill and Scout told SheKnows. “The chair is named ’Finn’, the mobile was handmade, the wallpaper is the same print we used in her hospital room. She doesn’t do ’cookie cutter’ design or open up a catalog, point to something and say ’I’d like that.’“
“In the early stages of my pregnancy I was shopping at a flea market and found an adorable vintage giraffe figurine,” Tori said. “That was when I came up for the vision of Finn’s nursery. I wanted to do a blend of vintage touches and modern regency.”
“Dean and I have always known since Stella was born that we would have another baby boy one day and we would name him Finn,” she continued.
“Although we didn't find out the sex of the baby, I committed whole-heartedly to a baby boy giraffe nursery for Finn. That very first vintage giraffe figurine I found also stayed on my bedside table in my hospital room for the 2-1/2 months I was there. It gave me hope.”
“I wanted his nursery to be bright and bold pop colors so I went with turquoise and orange. Then to add the vintage touch I added in a retro yellow,” said Tori.
The wallpaper in Finn’s nursery is temporary, self-adhesive “peel-and-stick” in a Marrakesh Honey Jade design from Tempaper. This is the same print that the Guncles hung in her hospital room for her long stay.
“The idea of chic yet temporary wallpaper is genius!” said Tori. “When I learned that I would potentially be spending my entire pregnancy in a hospital room I wanted to decorate to make it feel like home and to give myself a DIY project. Nothing permanent can be on the hospital walls so the Guncles found Tempaper. Dean hung it and every day that wallpaper made me happy. It was a bright spot for me during tough times. I knew it had to be a part of Finn’s nursery as it had been such a huge part of our journey together. Plus I wanted him to finally get to see it and love it as much as I had.”
Tori and Dean picked the ducduc Regency crib and Savannah changer, which were custom finished and shipped to them from the East Coast.
“I'm obsessed with the crib and changer by ducduc,” said Tori. “I had never seen anything like their designs. Their pieces exude style and glamour. And I knew the Regency crib would be the perfect pinnacle of Finn's nursery.”
The orange SPI “Beckett” baby dresser is the one that that sits in Hattie’s nursery — except hers is in pink, of course.
“I love their dressers. They are so chic and the orange gives that amazing color pop in the room,” she said. She found the two antique mirrors hanging above the dresser on her own site from her own LA-area home decor and gift boutique, InvenTORI.
She also used the Nook Sleep Systems “Pebble” mattress and matching custom orange change pad. “Gorgeous and so cozy for Baby,” Tori said. “Finn loves it.”
The chair is from Anthropologie – and Tori knew it was perfect as soon as she saw it. “When I saw this chair online from my hospital bed and it fit the decor, was the perfect yellow for the nursery, and was named ‘Finn’, I knew it was a sign.”
Tori loves DIY decor that adds her own personal style and meaningful touches to the room. She revealed that the orange area rug was actually vintage placements she found at an estate sale and she made into a rug.
“The macrame mobile with hanging paper mâché giraffes was made with a friend who taught me how to macrame,” said Tori. “I love making things for a room. Makes it so personal.”
She also got the siblings in on the fun!
“Finn's yellow bookshelf was an old chipped red $5 bookshelf I found at a yard sale. Liam and Stella and I sanded it and painted it yellow to match Finn's chair. The kids loved making something for the new baby's room.”
Tori said the 4moms mamaRoo baby swing is at the top of her list of must-haves. “The mamaRoo has been a constant in my babies’ lives. Hattie loved hers and now Finn adores his. It's so soothing for Baby. A must-have.”
She found the vintage giraffe lamps sitting on the dresser online, had custom-made curtains and pillows from fabric she found from Rikshaw Design and added in the large letter “F” that hangs on the wall next to the crib from Fab.com. The orange Ubbi diaper pail is both functional and fun.
The 5-foot-tall stuffed giraffe was a gift from Bill and Scout to Finn on the day he was born. “We hope that the room’s decor is a chic and calming space for our little nephew, and a reminder to Tori and Dean of what an amazing gift little Finn is,” Bill and Scout said.
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