New York Post
It’s coming up Rosie
‘Pregnant in Heels’ star’s uptown three-bedroom is all about her children
By MICKI SIEGEL
Posted: 9:18 PM, April 13, 2011
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Walk into Rosie Pope’s Carnegie Hill apartment, and one of the first things you’ll notice is something pasted to the elegant hardwood floor. A closer look reveals that it’s a perfectly squared-off hopscotch board made out of duct tape.
“We don’t have a garden,” Pope explains, “and it’s been such a hard winter. We play here.”
The hopscotch is for her 2½-year-old son, J.R. (which stands for James Roderick). And Pope and her husband, Daron, welcomed his brother, Wells (short for Wellington, named after the late Giants co-owner Wellington Mara), seven weeks ago, so it will also be for him one day.
“This place is all built around the kids,” she says of the three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo.
That’s not surprising, considering that everything Pope, 31, does has to do with little ones. She’s the force behind Rosie Pope Maternity (a shop that primarily sells clothes she designs), MomPrep (prenatal classes, fitness sessions, special “concierge” services like help with baby showers and “everything you need to know when you’re pregnant”) and “Pregnant in Heels,” her new Bravo reality series about the trials and the triumphs of expectant families.
Pope and her family settled in the 2,100-square-foot home in 2009, after moving from TriBeCa.
“My businesses are here,” she says, “on Madison Avenue. Rosie Pope Maternity is on 90th Street, and MomPrep is on 93rd, and I was always traveling uptown and downtown. With a small child at home, it didn’t make any sense. We chose this apartment because of the location.
“We wanted three bedrooms because we knew we wanted more children,” she explains. “There’s also a large living room with a separate dining area and a small kitchen. We wanted enough space so we wouldn’t feel cooped up, and we wanted lots of light.”
Pope describes her home’s décor as “a mixture of English country and Southern home.
“My husband’s from Mississippi and I’m from England, so it’s a mix we like. We’re kind of in that realm where we don’t necessarily want to spend money on new furniture because the kids will ruin it. These things, I don’t mind so much if they get drawn on with crayon.”
A case in point: the matching yellow-silk couch and chair in the living room.
“They’re completely ruined at this point, thanks to my children,” she says.
But not everything her children do in the apartment is destructive. Take the two prints on the wall in the hallway.
“Every year, my oldest son paints a poster board while I’m designing on another board,” she says. “Then, at the end of the year, we frame his work. So now we have one from J.R.’s first year, one from his second, and he’s working on his third. I call them ‘Untitled 1’ and ‘Untitled 2.’”
Another treasured family piece is an authentic Bentwood rocking chair that was her mother-in-law’s.
“She rocked my husband in it,” Pope says. “Now I rock my baby.”
That baby is Wells, the child she feared she’d never have.
“We tried for about 1½ years,” she says. “We discovered that it was a miracle that I got pregnant the first time, and it wasn’t going to happen again. But I had two operations and in vitro fertilization — and still nothing happened.”
She stopped the treatments. And, somehow, she got pregnant again on her own.
“I wasn’t feeling well and went to the doctor. He took some tests and said, ‘You’re not going to believe this.’ ”
Some of her struggles can be seen on “Pregnant in Heels.” The show follows Pope and 16 MomPrep clients who hired her for one-on-one services. What couldn’t air were the problems Pope had when she finally did get pregnant again.
“I had to stay on bed rest while we were filming,” she says. “They had to lift me from one chair to the next. In every scene, I was sitting down! It was fate that I had my own struggles. It meant I had a lot more insight to help people.”
Pope started off as a high-fashion model in England and then came to New York after getting a scholarship to study neuroscience at Columbia. But she always wanted a big family and a career.
“So, I have a career about having a family,” she says.
Now that all her businesses are going so well, Pope is planning a nationwide expansion of her stores and studios while also looking forward to the day when she can decorate her apartment.
“I never have time,” she says, “but in my mind, that’s something I’m going to do.
“The first thing for me is the kids. Then the second thing is that we do things together. It’s things like J.R.’s paintings that I get a lot of joy from. It’s not traditional decorating, but it’s pieces I can have fun making with my kids.”
Rosie Pope’s favorite things
* The yellow couch and chair
* Her son J.R.’s paintings
* Boxes that her grandmother made and filled with mementos
* The monogrammed headboard in J.R.’s room
* A print of former Giants co-owner Wellington Mara; Pope’s father-in-law, Mike, is the tight-ends coach for the team.
* The trunk Pope brought with her from England when she moved here at 18
* The dining table from Restoration Hardware: “I think the table is the centerpiece of any kitchen,” she says. “Just to sit around it and have a nice big table for the family.”