Jackson’s Alphabet Jungle

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A fun, alphabet & jungle animal themed room for baby Jackson!

Design Inspiration

We took the inspiration for the color scheme from the sky (blue walls, white trim) and sun (bright yellow closet doors).  Even though Jackson was born in the short, dark month of February, we wanted to make sure his world was bright and cheery from the start!

Decorating Style

Overall, I favor a modern style using a base of neutrals mixed with pops of color.  For the baby's room, we definitely used more color to add to the fun factor!

Project Details

The crib, from Munire Urban Collection, was a gift from my parents and the one big splurge for the baby's room.  The glider and ottoman are Shermag, purchased on Amazon.com for a great price.  The other two pieces of furniture are both IKEA's Expedit bookshelves - we turned one into a dresser by adding drawers and use the other as a changing station.

My husband built the frame for the chalkboard wall using molding from the hardware store, and then used two coats of magnet paint covered by two coats of chalkboard paint.  I made all of the alphabet magnets by following the instructions here (except I used colored paper instead of fabric):  http://www.purlbee.com/abc-fabric-magnets/. 

I also made the ABC lightswitch cover and a matching outlet cover (not shown) using scrapbook paper and lots of Mod Podge.

The final DIY project was painting the initial letters - JPON.  I used the same yellow paint for the base coat and then used stencils with different animal patterns for each letter in the same blue as the walls.

The wall decals of the different jungle animals are from Elephannie, an Etsy shop. 

Favorite Items

My favorite is the chalkboard and magnet wall.  Right now it's fun for us to post messages and special mementos, and one day it will be fun for Jackson to put his own creative spin on his room!


Don't be afraid of color or small spaces! This was our laundry room and we figured out a way to make it into a cozy space that fits everything the baby needs (for now!).


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    Love, love, love the yellow doors! The dramatic pops of yellow make the room look so sunny and bright. The little details are fantastic, too.

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    The chalkboard and magnet wall are a wonderful idea. In time, they’d be full of mementos and doodles! And I agree with 12andcounting about the yellow doors. Do they lead to the closet?

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