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A gray and white striped elephant themed nursery that's upbeat and happy.

Design Inspiration

Gray and white stripes I kept seeing everywhere.  I wanted something fun and whimsical - a room that would make me happy at 3 am changing dirty diapers 

Decorating Style

Classic with a bit of fun.  I like to take beautiful things and put them in a casual environment so that anybody who walks in the room is comfortable and happy.

Project Details

I painted the 12" stripes myself using a ruler and painters tape.  I found it easier to just mark the stripes across the top and bottom of the room and line up the tape.  The stripes are Benjamin Moore white dove and owl gray.  

My husband and I painted his old furniture Benjamin Moore Winter White and Swiss Coffee.  We added white pulls from Hobbly Lobby with Black letters of the alphabet.  

The crib bedding is Serena &Lily from the Basics collection.  I wanted to keep it simple since we had so much happening on the walls.  

The elephant photos are from an etsy shop called Trafalger's Square.  

I also had a picture my husband drew as a child framed at Hobby Lobby in a big white ornate frame.  

I purchased many of the baskets and accessories at Home Goods for very little.  

Favorite Items

I love the elephant pictures on etsy because I had seen them long before I had a baby and made a mental note to find them again if I ever got pregnant.

I also love the sterling silver rattle because my mom still has mine from when I was little.  

I also love the little Mary Alice Hadley "We love you" coaster as it was a gift from an old friend when I got engaged.  She's one of the only people who would know that my grandmother collected Hadley.  


Make the nursery your happy place. Paint is cheap and easy to do if you have the time.  You don't have to buy all new things for your baby's room, instead surround him or her with items that you already have that are sentimental to you.  As your child grows older, these items will become sentimental to him or her as well.  


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    Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me what color/brand the blue is you used.  I LOVE your nursery and we are doing a very similar theme (with giraffes instead of elephants, but the grey stripes and blue wall will be happening too!).  Thanks so much!

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    The mobile is wonderful… did you make it yourself ? If yes, would you mind telling us how ?

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    The mobile is wonderful… did you make it yourself ? If yes, would you mind telling us how ?

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    Thanks for the feedback! 

    The blue wall is Benjamin Moore Marlboro Blue. 

    The mobile is from Pottery Barn Kids. However, I’m sure someone craftier than I could make a similar one using fabric and some sort of elephant cut out for a template.  

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    I love the canopy crib against the blue wall but I think it would have made a nice focal point rather than being flanked by other furniture and baby clutter.  The colors in this room are beautiful.  Gray is the new, modern neutral and you’ve put it to good use here.  I agree the mobile is adorable!

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    This room is simply fabulous!  I love how you put all the elements together so that nothing stuck out like a sore thumb.  Also, at first, I thought that you had silver dumbbells in the room and thought that it was odd.  Reading your description, though, I found that it’s a silver rattle :)  Is that yours or did you buy a new one?  Where?

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    I think that the plaster statuette of the angel is a nice touch.  Did you have that custom made?

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    I think that the plaster statuette of the angel is a nice touch.  Did you have that custom made?

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    Thank you so much for the kind words! The silver rattle was a gift and I cannot for the life of me remember where it came from.  As soon as I find out I’ll post it on here.  The angel statuette was just something I’ve had for many years (I think I stole it from my mom’s house).  A lot of the stuff in the room is things I had around the house that I thought might work in a baby’s room.  

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    I agree that you should keep more of your child’s things so that he’d have something to look at when he grows older.   I think that it was a great idea to have your husband’s drawings framed like that.  I can’t imagine how he kept all these over the years!

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    What a great room! I love all of the wonderful elephants. Where did you get the stuffed elephant on the crib?

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    I’m not sure if you’ll see this or not since it’s been almost a year since you’ve posted. But, I love this nursery! We are doing an elephant/giraffe theme for our son due in April. Where did you get the wicker elephant that you have the basket on top of? I’m in love with it. :)

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