Design Reveal: Boy’s Safari Nursery

This week, Little Crown Interiors is taking a break from our Nursery Culture Series to share the story of one of our new nursery design projects (a baby boy’s room that is safari theme nursery in shades of khaki, brown and green).  We hope you enjoy the story below, shared by Naomi of Little Crown Interiors:

Prelude to the Design

I raised my hand to knock on the door of “Client E’s” second story apartment, and was greeted by a sweet brunette with a hand on her belly.  There’s nothing better as a nursery interior designer than seeing how each new client reacts to their first pregnancy.  After the introductions, she explained to us her hopes of creating a Safari or Jungle theme nursery in her small apartment loft space.  E wanted her baby boy’s room to be sophisticated yet whimsical and detailed her favorite colors as taupe, khaki and olive green.

safari theme nursery for a baby boy

We created this rendering to show E our vision for her baby boy's room.

Here's a photo of the room before we started the nursery design.

Putting the Pieces Together

E had one idea in mind for her nursery furniture: dark.  Naturally, we presenterd her with our favorite espresso changing table and  slate iron crib from Bratt Decor.

boys jungle nursery with bratt decor furniture

Next, we delved into fabrics, gathering earthy silks and sateens for her luxurious custom crib bedding design.

custom crib bedding designed for a baby boys nursery

Even in her small space, our floor plan allowed for a cozy glider, topped with throw pillows and their family heirloom plush monkey named “CoCo”.

green and brown baby nursery with safari theme

The Big Picture

This little nursery space needed something big – something spectacular.  The zebra hide area rug and leopard print toy box were not enough to make this baby’s nursery truly amazing.  With the addition of large 3D Safari animals, this nursery went from San Diego Zoo to African Safari!  E’s new baby boy could fall asleep in his new nursery knowing that mama giraffe, baby giraffe, and a friendly zebra were watching over him.

baby room with safari theme

Nursery Fulfillment

Normally, we photograph our nursery designs right away, but in this case, it was several months before we were able to return to E’s home to photograph the finished project.  It was our luck that we got to meet her baby boy, and see him in action. He even posed for a few photos for us (photos courtesy of Full Spectrum Photo Studio)…  As E. held her son in her arms and said goodbye, I was automatically reminded of why I love being a nursery interior designer so much:  Of course, I love the Bratt Decor furniture, designing the custom crib bedding, but more than anything else – it’s the Moms, the Dads, and the children who will spend countless hours making memories in this space.

baby boy in a safari nursery with bratt decor crib

Have a great nursery design story, thought or question about this particular nursery design?  Use the Project Nursery community as your resource – post your comments now!


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    Thank you!! Our client had such a good imagination and was willing to let us explore some not-so-traditional ideas.

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    I love to see the not-so-traditional ideas! I love how the animals look like they’re peeking out.

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    Wow this is beautiful. For such a small space it has everything it needs to make it so welcoming for baby. Where ever did you find those 3d safari animals? I haven’t seen anything like that before!

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    Where did you find those animals they truely do make that nursery one to remember! I love the zebra especially.

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    The 3D animals are from a company called Beetling Design. I have the Baby Giraffe and Tree in my son’s room. I also love how they ‘peek’ out. You can buy their stuff on their website.

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    omg I have been looking everywhere for a giraffe like that!!! where can i get one??? I have a rocking zebra (like a rocking horse). I just had a little boy and we are decorating his room in the safari theme. :)

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    You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I to find this topic to be actually one thing which I think I’d by no means understand. It seems too complicated and very wide for me. I’m taking a look forward to your next submit, I will try to get the dangle of it!

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    This nursery looks great. I wonder though if the giraffe behind the crib would be a safety hazard. In the picture, it looks like if he wanted to he could pull it down. I love the 3 D effects of the trees. This will be super fun for the baby when he starts to explore his environment!

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