Soft & Subtle Animal Nursery

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My goal was to create a soft and sweet nursery that still maintained a level of sophistication that matched the rest of the house. I had a general idea in my head, but it came together over several months and I can't wait to bring our new son home to his room.

Design Inspiration

I knew I wanted a soft blue and green palate, but the addition of the different types of animals just happened. I planned to work with a decorator for the cornice boxes, but ended up making them myself out of foam board.

Decorating Style

I tend to use a transitional style to decorate with elements of mid-century or regency style. I think the nursery is more traditional than other parts of the house, but it just felt like the right style for the nursery.

Project Details

Creating a style board before I started made a huge difference.

  • The bedding and rug are from Serena and Lily.
  • Crib is Restoration Hardware.
  • The blue and green prints above the changing table:
  • Custom pillow:
  • Glider is a Little Castle.
  • Giraffe is Melissa and Doug
  • Elephant Hamper:
  • Mobile:


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    I just love the soft and muted colors you used, especially the pale green. I also like the elephants and giraffes. Is that an elephant-shaped storage bin beside the changing table? Where did you get that? It’s so cute!

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    This nursery is simple, beautiful and classy. I like how spacious it is. You didn’t overdo your decor, so it’s got plenty of space to breathe in. I like that monogrammed pillow on the glider, by the way.

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    I love the new nursery emily! you did a great job… i love the colors and love all the space you have in the room… congrats on the little one!

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    LOVE everything, but have to know about the artwork above the dresser! Did you paint that? It’s gorgeous!

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    Your nursery is so soothing. I adore it. Where did you get the white picture frames that are above your dressing table?

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    I bought the table on, which is a flash sale site. I actually bought the lamp at Home Goods.

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    Yes, the glider is the Little Castle Monaco glider. I’m really happy with it. So easy to customize and it’s really comfortable.

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    Hi, I actually got the frames through the wholesale framer I use. If you’re close to DFW, let me know, they are great and have fabulous prices for custom framing.

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    Adorable nursery! Also, I am the mom of a little boy named Beck (it’s my mom’s maiden name), so I LOVE the name! I hope you have as much fun with your Beck as we are having with ours!

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    It is so peaceful! Two questions. What is the paint on the wall, and where did you get the scroly L brackets imholding the wall shelves up?

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    This is exactly the look I was envisioning for my nursery! What color is the blue on the walls? It’s the perfect shade.

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