Liv’s Baby Animal Nursery

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A Project For



7 months


San Diego, California


Using diy projects and fun finds, we designed a contemporary baby animal-themed nursery for our daughter, Liv. The nursery includes a made-over Jenny Lind Craigslist changing table, a modern glider revamp, handmade crib bedding, a fabric-lined bookcase, plenty of diy art, a fabric pennant in fun patterns, handmade fabric basket liners, striped walls and hand painted, life size baby animals (by artists in our family!). We love this room and hope that you do, too!

Design Inspiration

Not knowing whether Liv was a boy or girl, we designed a nursery around playful images and contemporary oversized wall characters. When we met our beautiful daughter in January, coral, pink and red accents were added for a feminine touch.

Decorating Style

We like to think of our decorating style as contemporary - a safe mix of modern and practical. We live in a 1930s Spanish bungalow and also try to keep to the natural design and ambiance of the original architecture.

Project Details

Our goal was to create a traditional-esq nursery that would fit in with our Spanish bungalow. To do this, we kept the walls neutral (with one subtlety striped accent wall) and the furniture in mahogany tones (with the exception of our Jenny Lind Craigslist changing table makeover). Additional projects include: handmade bunting, crib bedding, basket liners, curtains and modern slip covers for the glider. The animals on the walls were all hand painted by artists in our family (though you could use wallpaper silhouettes or decals to create a similar look) - check out the rest of the chronicled projects over at:

Favorite Items

So tough! I would say that the glider transformation is one of my favorite pieces of the room. I loved the comfort (and the price) of a standard rocker and was thrilled to find a simple solution for adding a modern pattern to the space (plus, the slip covers are washable!).


Start with an inspiration board and then let the room grow with you. Some of our favorite finds were vintage thrift store goodies found over time. No need to follow the trends, decorate with what speaks to YOU and you'll love it!


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    Love the subdued earth colors. I also like the cutesie details. I think this nursery fits just fine in your Spanish house.

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    I really like this room…I’m also in San Diego…
    Where did you get the monkey on a palm tree wall sticker and the giraffe, they are so cute!


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