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A Gentleman and Giraffe Nursery


We were working with a small space and a lot of love. I had to reel in many of my ideas, so the room didn't look cluttered. We also had a smaller budget in mind, so we could make larger purchases towards baby equipment and etc. My husband and I didn't want anything too baby-ish, and we knew that giraffes were one of our favorite animals. They are sleek and majestic. I wanted an accent wall, so we made it a striped one with pops of colors, and an awesome giraffe decal. Everything else was pretty monochromatic (white, gray, black). I played a little with patterns, great for baby's visual stimulation I heard, from the staggered chevron crib sheet to the mini chevron changing pad cover. We were inspired by Scripture and framed encouraging verses for our son to live by. It is an overall simple, clean, and gentlemanly look.

Design Inspiration

Subtle patterns, pops of color meet monochromatic, and raising a gentleman (expressed via bowties and encouraging Scripture).

Decorating Style

Clean,Ā chic, crafty, and on a budget! I love DIY crafts as part of my decorating style.

Project Details

Gray "Ava" Nursery Set: Baby Mod
"KACY Collection Morgan" Swivel Glider: Little Castle Furniture
"KACY Collection Morgan" GlidingĀ Ottoman: Little Castle Furniture
"Funky Yellow" and Muted Blue Paint: Sherwin Williams

DIY Touches:
1. Paper Bowties (used as a garland and in the shadow box - made by a friend for my baby shower)
2. Lucky Paper Stars Ombre Mobile
3. Cardboard Marquee Letter
Our paper floor lantern ("Rutbo") was a steal from IKEA at $39.99. It was in the clearnace/"buy-as-is" corner, and the only one left. The 2 shelves ("Ritka") are also from IKEA.

We went antiquing to find the 2 mini chalkboards. My husband and I plan to use these to write little messages to our son as he grows.

Favorite Items

It's a tie between the giraffe decal against that accent wall, and the ombre paper stars mobile.


If you're on a budget and have crafting ability, look stuff up on blogs and in magazines. There is a lot you can make and DIY to save money. Also, when working with a small space, do not over-clutter! Keep it simple and achieve a cleaner look.

Baby Room is done! | Edamommy Dearest

Saturday 7th of February 2015

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