Evan’s Modern Menagerie

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Since we didn't find out the gender of our baby before he was born, we needed a unisex theme.  Also, the nursery is quite small so we tried to keep it very light and bright to give the appearance of more space.  Overall, we wanted a nursery that was fun and cheery but still functional and with lots of storage.  We're loving how it turned out and Evan seems to enjoy it too!

Design Inspiration

Stuffed elephant, giraffe and lion that we purchased early in the pregnancy; tons of hours spent pouring over design blogs; bright colors

Decorating Style

Modern traditional with lots of color

Project Details

Furniture: crib, dresser and changing table topper - Marlowe collection from restoration hardware baby; rocking chair and ottoman - restoration hardware baby


Wall decals: Dwell Studio (DIY tip:  I used a laser level and painter's tape to mark a line all around the room and then applied the decals just above the tape)


Bedding: Serena and Lily Nursery Basics in Sprout and Spring Green Florentine Crib Sheets; Quilt - custom made by my mom!  (DIY tip:  I purchased extra crib sheets rather than fabric by the yard from Serena and Lily because it was less expensive.  We used the material from the sheets to make changing pad covers, curtain ties, storage baskets in the closet and the backing on the quilt.  We ordered a changing pad cover on sale from restoration hardware baby and took it apart to create a pattern)


Storage: fabric bins sewn by my mom using the same fabrics as the sheets and the quilt.  The pattern for the bins and the tags on the bins were both from Etsy, here:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/91500042/easy-to-sew-fabric-bin-pdf-sewing?ga_search_query=fabric%2Bbin&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5820542 and here:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/76851553/charlotte-frame-appliques-machine?ga_search_query=charlotte&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5866996.  We used an embroidery machine to make the tags and then attached them to the bins with velcro so that we could switch them around, as needed.


Mobile:  custom design from Giftsdefine.com


Quilt: sewn by my mom; fabrics from Serena and Lily sheets and Etsy; pattern from Bunny Hill Baby, here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/57683412/binkies-on-broadway-from-bunny-hill-baby


Chevron pillow: sewn by my mom; material from Etsy, here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66929137/1-yard-zig-zag-fabric-in-corn-yellow


Round rug under ottoman: Dream Menagerie Rug from Anthropologie, here: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=880024&catId=HOME-RUGS&pushId=HOME-RUGS&popId=HOME&navCount=21&color=mul&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&isSubcategory=true&subCategoryId=HOME-RUGS&templateType=hybrid


Bookshelf in closet: Bentley Book/Magazine Rack from Target, here: http://www.target.com/p/Bentley-Book-Magazine-Rack-White/-/A-12462519#?lnk=sc_qi_detaillink


Shelves above changing table: Crown Molding Shelves from Pottery Barn, here: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/crown-molding-shelf/?cm_src=SEARCH_TOPPRODUCT||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Sku_Top_Marketing_Rule|Shelves-_-&cm_re=OnsiteSearch-_-SCHBillboard-_-SEARCH_TOPPRODUCT||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Sku_Top_Marketing_Rule|Shelves-_-


Watercolor prints:  Etsy, here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/trafalgarssquare?ref=seller_info


Glass bird canister: Pottery Barn, here: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/bird-glass-canisters/?pkey=cbath-accessory-countertop


Hammered nickel canister: Pottery Barn, here: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/hammered-nickel-bath-accessories/?pkey=cbath-accessory-countertop


Lamp: Utopia Elephant Lamp from Jonathan Adler, here: http://www.jonathanadler.com/Utopia-Elephant-Lamp/?cat=0&initial=


Bird Mobile: Red Bird Dream Ring from Bla Bla Kids, here: http://www.blablakids.com/Online-Shopping/Mobiles/Red-Bird-Dream-Ring


Curtains: blackout panels from Potterybarn Kids

Favorite Items

The handmade quilt sewn by my mother.


If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, see if you can find a pattern/template and make it yourself!


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    Absolutely love the quilt. It is adorable and made with lots of love I’m sure. Good job mom (grandma) ;)

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    This room is BEAUTIFUL!! love it!!
    I’m sooo in love with the lion, elephant and giraffe.. can you tell where did you find it?!

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    Those animal silhouette wall decals are gorgeous! And you have some really cool wooden toys, too.

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    Very cute. Love the quilt, fabric bins, fabric animals and watercolors. Your mom is great with a sewing machine!

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