Emaline’s Elephant Nursery

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Baby Girl Nursery

Design Inspiration

I knew I wanted to do something a little different for the color scheme, and decided on gray and aqua. Then I searched for fabrics that were not standard "baby" patterns, but would still look great in a nursery. Playing on the gray color, I decided to incorporate elephants, but didn't want to go overboard with a "theme", which was a bit of a challenge since I found SO many adorable elephants! I also love books, and want to instill in my daughter a love of reading, so large, fun display of books was a must.

Decorating Style

I wanted something non-traditional, nothing too girly, but still modern, sweet and fun for my daughter's room. I also wanted to incorporate several one-of-a-kind homemade items, which was mostly made possible by my incredibly talented Mom, who made all the bedding, drapes, mobile and elephant paintings.

Project Details

Furniture: Land of Nod "Straight-Up" Crib; Land of Nod "Blake" Dresser & Nightstand; Restoration Hardware Knobs "Traditional Glass"; Crate&Barrel "Sloan Leaning Bookcase"; Little Castle Recliner.

Ballard Design Orb Chandelier

Crib Bedding & Drapes: Homemade by my Mom

Elephant Mobile: Homemade by my Mom

Elephant Lamp: Jonathan Adler "Utopia"

Book Ledges: IKEA "Ribbi" shelves

Fabric Orbs: Homemade (construction method closely followed this: http://emilyshares.blogspot.com/2011/02/fabric-pom-pom-tutorial.html)

Elephant Paintings: Homemade by my Mom

Alphabet Wall: Homemade (inspired by: http://jennibowlinstudioinspiration.blogspot.com/2011/09/back-to-school-with-briana-johnson.html)

Storage Baskets: Land of Nod

Elephant Cross-Stitch: Homemade (pattern from RedGateStitchery on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/96850079/cross-stitch-pattern-pdf-little-elephant?ref=usr_faveitems)

Baby Booties: CurlyTailCrochet on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/listing/93169124/crochet-baby-booties-0-6-or-6-12-months?ref=usr_faveitems)

Elephant Picture Frame: DwellStudio

Photo Credit: Baldwin Photography, Houston (http://www.baldwin-photography.com)


Favorite Items

It's so hard to choose, but I love the Elephant paintings that my Mom made, and the Alphabet Wall that my husband and I made.


Find projects that you can make yourself to give it a personal touch, and start early so you have time to find things that you love and are perfect for your space.


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    I love this room!!! Great job and great color scheme! I was wondering how you made the fabric orbs that are hanging? They are beautiful!

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    Such a beautiful space! Really nice colors, too. Love everything elephant in here, especially the elephant artwork above the crib. I also like how you did the alphabet wall.

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    Yes, I got the letters at Hobby Lobby. They were way easier to attach to the wall than I anticipated. I just put a few pieces of poster putty on each letter. They are so light weight, the attach really easily.

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    Your nursery is absolutely gorgeous!! Can you share the name of the teal floral fabric you used?

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    Your nursery is absolutely gorgeous!! Can you share the name of the teal floral fabric you used?

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    Grandpa Glenn
    What a wonderful Nursery. The Teal / Aqua color is my favoraite. The use of colors and shapes is very focused- but calming- Real Genius Level.
    The Elephants and Alphabet really finish off a beautiful job.
    Emaline is one very fortunate little girl in every way.
    Give her a “Monkey Walk” for me.

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    I wish I could! I don’t know the name of it, and unfortunately the fabric store in Houston where I got it no longer carries it. If I ever come across it again, I will let you know!

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    Grandma Karen

    Your nursery is gorgeous but it can’t compare to beautiful little you. Ironically, your Daddy’s room was filled with elephants when he was a little baby.
    If you are ever “sent to your room for bad baby behavior” (it will never happen) but it will be like spending time in a spa with great books!!!
    I love you so much little girl!
    Grandma Karen

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    Oh my goodness!! I LOVE everything about this!! Where did you get your fabric??? It’s perfect!

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    If you are finished with the bedding and mobile would you be willing to sell? I’m trying this same theme! Love it :)

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    I absolutely love this! I was wondering what your mother used when she made the elephant painting. I want to try and make something like it and really liked the pattern and colors.

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    I was wondering where you got the paper that you covered the letters from. I love the colors and have been looking for paper, but can’t seem to find any.

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    Love your color and fabric choices for the cross stitch elephant. Also the framing. Fabulous!
    -Susan from Red Gate Stitchery

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    just wondering where the material you used for bumper pads was purchased? I would love to find this for my new grand babies nursery. Thank you in advance for your help

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    Could you tell me how you framed your cross stitch? I’ve done one similar and would love to put it in a shadow box type frame! Thank you.

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    Would your mom consider making other people things? I love the fabrics you picked and my theme is elephants as well. Price?

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    love your nursery! looks crisp and modern. As a safe sleep advocate I encourage you to leave off the bumper pads. They are not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.I’m sorry to be the “buzz kill” but hundreds of infants die each year from unsafe sleep environments.

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    would you consider making me an alphabet wall. If so how much would you charge. If not exactly where do I go to get them and how do I cover them or do I paint them or what?? Beautiful idea

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