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Henry’s Aqua, Yellow and Gray Elephant Nursery


Henry's elephant nursery was a work of love! I had so much fun finding and creating unique pieces to add to the space. I chose aqua and yellow along with gray as my main colors and incorporated elephants into the theme for a fun twist.

Design Inspiration

I had so much fun browsing the photo galleries on Project Nursery as well as Pinterest for inspiration. I wanted a soothing space that felt put together and timeless. I painted the birch trees and birds behind the crib as a focal point in the room and created a color palette of yellow, aqua, gray and white.  I did a lot of shopping on Etsy for unique, one of a kind pieces as well as doing my own DIY projects.  I knew I wanted to create a space that was restful yet playful and one that Henry could enjoy for many years to come. My mom and I had a wonderful time working on Henry's nursery together!

Project Details

The Provincial style dresser/ mirror was a Craigslist purchase and was painted using Annie Sloan chalk paint (mixing colors: Old White with Provence). Some distressing was added to create a shabby chic look.

I painted the trees and birds by first looking at images of decals that appealed to me and then using pencil to draw in most of what I later painted. It took some patience, but I feel it was well worth it!

Elephant hot air balloon mobile: Etsy shop: TayloredWhimsy

Framed elephant prints: Etsy shop: trafalgarssquare

Elephant fabric diaper caddy on dresser: Etsy shop: hipbabyboutique

Patchwork quilt hanging over crib: Etsy shop: dezignzbyliz

Book shelves: IKEA

Crib, bedding and bedskirt: Pottery Barn Kids

Yellow side table, aqua lamp, Metal "H": Hobby Lobby w (Rochester, MN)

Rug: Wayfair

Elephant hamper, white sheer curtains: Amazon

Hot air balloon with elephants on dresser: Hand made by my mom

Gray and white glider & ottoman: Babies R Us

Changing pad cover: Target

Favorite Items

The painted tree and bird mural really makes the nursery unique and I loved creating something one of a kind for my little boy. I also love the chalk painted aqua dresser that my husband and I painted together.


Start by searching for rooms that you gravitate to on Project Nursery and Pinterest - sometimes it's just the overall feel to a room that draws you in.  Take your time finding unique pieces that speak to you and don't be afraid to do a little DIY of your own. Those pieces usually  end up being your favorite!


Thursday 5th of November 2015

Thank you, Kate! The wall color is Dolphin Fin by Behr. It's a very soothing light gray.


Sunday 25th of October 2015

Love the nursery. What color paint did you use?