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Classic Gray and Blue Safari Nursery


For Clark's nursery I wanted to create a space that was elegant, calm, and totally different from his brother Sawyer's room. We moved Sawyer into a different bedroom and used his old room (and furniture) for the baby, so it was important to me that Clark's room be unique and not feel like a hand-me-down. I was going for a "classy safari" feel, but I didn't want it to be too "theme-y." The prints above the crib were the first thing I found that I knew I wanted in the room and the rest just flowed from there.

Design Inspiration

I found a picture of a nursery I loved on Pinterest back when I was pregnant with Sawyer, but I just couldn't figure out how to make it work. This time, I decided to stop trying to replicate that nursery and instead try to achieve the same feel, and I think I managed to do that. Also, my husband Jason and I had been eyeing the big giraffe by Melissa and Doug for a long time, so we were excited that it fit in!

Decorating Style

My decorating style can best be describes as classic but comfortable, and maybe a little bit preppy.

Project Details

Cincinnatian Hotel Ashley Atrium Paint: Valspar

Zebra Rocker: Purchased from Once Upon A Child for a whopping $8 on Black Friday

Reese Nursery Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids

Monogram: Etsy shop AlphabetBoutique123

Framed Prints: Etsy shop studioQgallery (frames are from Target)

Wooden Elephant Art: Pottery Barn Kids

Giraffe: Melissa and Doug


Other Items: The lamps both came from Ikea, as did the plant on the dresser. The silver elephant and the white lantern came from TJ Maxx. The wooden car was purchased at a craft fair and the mirrored "C" came from At Home. My mom painted the lion and Jason made the ark when he was in high school. The candle came from Target and the white baby shoes were Jason's when he was a baby. Finally, the little wooden animals in front of the picture frame came from EPCOT in Walt Disney World.

Favorite Items

I love the rocking chair that was once Jason's great-grandmother's; it is so special to me. I also have a soft spot in my heart for the lion on the shelf, which my mom painted when she was little for my grandfather. I always loved looking at that lion perched atop a shelf in his office, so when he passed away in 2011 my grandmother gave it to me. I love that a little piece of my grandfather has made its way into the baby's room. On a less sentimental note, obviously Jason and I are big fans of the giraffe. I think we're glad we have kids to justify the fact that we wanted a big stuffed giraffe! Finally, I'm a sucker for monograms, so I am thrilled with how that turned out as well.


Don't worry about recreating something you like exactly as it is. Instead, try to achieve the same general feel of the room but with your own personal touch. Also, get started early!