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Baby Boy Safari Room


I wanted to use a lot of color in our son's room.  It is a small space and we already had a few furniture pieces to work with, including my great grandmother's large dresser and small rocking chair.  It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be to find a crib and small dresser to match these pieces!  

Design Inspiration

I found a wall decal of an elephant with paisley print that I used almost entirely as the inspiration for the rest of the room.  

Decorating Style

Mixture of old and new; lots of color; eclectic decor throughout most of my house 

Project Details

The wall decals we ordered online through various sites...The elephant was the first thing we ordered...he can be found by googling Mabuza the elephant wall decal.  The other animals and banana tree are part of the same set of decals...we kept adding more.  The navy blue stripe on the wall was the only thing we actually had to paint in the room...I wanted to keep the neutral overall wall color.  Because of all the print on the walls, I kept the bedding very blue sheet and crib dust ruffle.  My mom made the blanket on the rocking chair.  The art work we decided to just lean against the wall because I felt like if I hung the pictures above the stripe, they were practically on the ceiling.  The stacking baskets were a must because the room is small and I need as much storage as I can get, so all of the changing things (diapers, wipes, etc) are in there.  I actually already had these baskets from college. 

Favorite Items

My favorite item in the room is the stuffed zebra on the large dresser.  I saw him in Pier 1 and knew I had to have him.  As an English teacher, I also love our little book cases.  We purchased them unfinished and painted them ourselves.  


I was frustrated at first because I knew I was working with a small room.  (Our house is fairly small, so I'm used to it, but of course we wanted to give our new baby as much space as possible.)  I soon realized that with the right layout, you can create a room with storage and space.  

Frauline Melfi

Monday 16th of April 2012

I like the animal wall decals in different colors and various patterns. They really add a very interesting dimension to the room. And I really think it's great that you have heirloom pieces here.