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When sharing her home design tips earlier this year, Kelsey Barnard Clark declared on Instagram, "It doesn’t go on the wall if it isn’t personal or have a hidden meaning." Now, just days away from her expected due date, the pregnant Bravo's Top Chef Season 16 winner is ready to bring her daughter home to a nursery that is filled with nods to the generations that came before her.
"She is being named after both of our grandmothers so I wanted to include them [in the design] as much as possible," Kelsey wrote to BravoTV.com via email. "I really just wanted to keep it classic, timeless, and comfortable."
As the KBC owner and her husband, Deavours Clark, thought about what the room for their second child would eventually come to look like, they knew they wanted every inch of the space to tell a part of their family's story. "Truly every item has meaning," Kelsey explained. "I made a commitment right off that bat that nothing would go in the room that did not hold meaning and we stuck with it."
Scroll down to see photos of the stunning nursery and learn about each item's special history.
Sweet Sleeping Spaces
"The crib was mine as a baby, her iron bed was in Deavours' childhood room, [and] the nightstands and dressers are from my childhood room," Kelsey explained. "The art on the wall is original landscape designs of our home in hopes that she'll love gardening as much as we do."
"I was brainstorming her nursery one day, trying to figure out how to piece together everything we had and I somehow thought of my grandmother's china," Kelsey said of the pieces now mounted to the wall. "I have stacks of it that I rarely use and have always admired. It is naturally feminine and innocent with faintly painted flowers around the scalloped rim of each plate. From there, the whole room kind of just came together."
"The changing table was my great-grandmother's vanity," Kelsey explained.
Kelsey, whose home has what she previously described as an "antique, classic feel," put special thought into every single detail of the room. "The photos are my grandmother's christening pictures," Kelsey said. "Even down to the pillows that my mom monogrammed her soon-to-be initials on by hand, we really went all out in keeping it special and not feeling 'store bought'."
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