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Molly and Jason Mesnick, who met on season 13 of ABC's The Bachelor and wed in February 2010, welcomed daughter Riley Ann in March – but began preparing her room long before her arrival. "We started when Molly was about four months pregnant, and finished two weeks before she was due," interior designer and fellow former Bachelor star Jillian Harris tells PEOPLE. "The inspiration came from Molly, and the fact that she didn't know if she was having a boy or girl. She's a very classic person, and wanted the room to be neutral and fresh."
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"I wanted to keep the room airy, but with a bit of an edge, so that's why we decided to use the herringbone wallpaper," Harris explains. For the oversize M, the designer tapped her creative assistant Dana who used Christmas lights to make it pop. "We saw a nursery that had a marquee sign similar to this, and we tried to find one, but they were too expensive, and there wasn't a huge budget," she says. Another D.I.Y. Project? The canopy above the "M," which was hung using a toilet paper holder!
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"I really wanted to do a lot of vintage, but Molly wanted fresh and new," Harris shares. "So we partnered with Wayfair Furniture, brought a pair of [Jason's 8-year-old son] Ty's shoes into the mix, added photos of Molly and Jason and a shadow box of items Jason had given Molly to add some character to the room."
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Harris sourced simple prints from a variety of places, including a favorite store in her beloved Vancouver called The Cross. The "Love Love Love You" poster is from Minted.com, while the white tortoise shell is actually from Target. "It's part of the Nate Berkus line, which I love," Harris says. "I'm a huge fan of Kelly Wearstler, who uses expensive tortoise shells in her spaces. So when I saw Nate's version, I thought it was a great modern take on an iconic piece."
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A gray tufted rocking chair and white lamp sit in a corner so mom and dad can hang out for nighttime feedings or cuddling. And to round out the cozy neutral vibe, Harris added a patterned cream curtain, wicker basket full of blankets and floor pouf. "I think every mother wants her baby's room to be so, so beautiful," Harris explains. "But the truth is that as the child gets older, there are certain things that aren't practical. So [consider] something you'd choose for your own room instead of primary colors or pastels."
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