Grey, Aqua, Giraffe Nursery

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This contemporary nursery with a grey-aqua-orange color scheme features a towering giraffe, grey-striped walls, and antique touches. For more product information, please visit or the feature on Apartment Therapy. Photography by Andy Wise.

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My favorite parts of the room are the pieces that family members contributed. My late granddad refinished the antique chairs and dresser. My mom reupholstered the rocking chair, which is the same rocker I was rocked in as a baby. My mother-in-law made the beautiful quilt hanging on the crib. These items give the room heart.


A little color goes a long way. I came close to covering the cornice in orange chevron. I'm so glad I didn't. A clean, white canvas enables the touches of orange and aqua to pop throughout the room.


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    I love the lamp that you said is from Target! I would like to buy that for my nursery. Is the lamp shade also from Target, or did you find that somewhere else? Thank you!!

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    Thanks! Its called the Threshold Lacquered 2-Bulb, if you need help finding it. My talented mom made a lampshade cover with fabric from Carousel Designs. There are some pretty good how-tos for covering lampshades out there. Good luck!

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    Thans, Jillian. I tried to edit when it came to adding color. Although, the room has more color now with toys and games for my babe — fine with me!

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    Hey I was hoping you could help. What shade of blue from Carousel did you use in the crib skirt? Was it solid aqua or solid turquoise? Your help is appreciated!

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    First- love the room! Second-can you tell me where you got the elephant? Love how floppy it is.

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    Thanks! I found the elephant puppet at a local store, but it’s available on Amazon bundled with some other products. Search for the Folkmanis Elephant Plush Hand Puppet or follow my link to it at

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    Thanks! I found the elephant at a local store, but it’s available on Amazon bundled with some other products. Search for “Folkmanis Elephant Puppet” or follow the link I included at

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    I love this nursery . Can you tell me where your husband got the photos of the objects for making the “H” art. Thanks.

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    I’m considering this crib but was concerned the skirt will be too tightly fitted with the drawer on the bottom. Did you fold the chevron under? Instead of letting it just hang. Was curious it looks great

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    When the crib’s at its highest, the crib skirt doesn’t interfere with the drawer. As I’ve lowered the crib, the skirt hangs over the drawer. I just keep things in the drawer that I rarely need, so it doesn’t bother me at all. I hope that helps!

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    I was just wondering how thick you did the stripes on the wall. Were they the same size thickness?

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