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Max’s Modern Safari Nursery


While on bed rest for 8 weeks, I had the joy of designing a special room for my little guy.  I am by no means a designer, so this was my first crack and a complete room re-do and I loved every second of it.  I chose the bright colors because I wanted Max to have lots of fun things to look at and explore in his room.  

Design Inspiration

I have always loved elephants and giraffes, so I knew I had to incorporate them into the design of the room.  I didn't want it to feel too baby baby, but at the same time, wanted it to be a fun space that Max would be able to enjoy for as long as we are living in our current home.  

I was so lucky that my parents saved so many of my childhood books so I wanted to make sure that they were displayed in a special way!

Decorating Style

Modern and fun with pops of color.  This is by far the most colorful room in our house though!

Project Details

Paint color is "Chirp" from Quiet Nursery

Crib is from Land of Nod

Daybed is from West Elm

Rug is from ebay

Dresser is from IKEA - I repainted the knobs myself.

Small Round Table is from Homegoods

Elephant Lamp is from Homegoods - shade was recovered with fabric from JoAnn's.

Tall Bookshelf is from IKEA

Rocker is a family heirloom

Small rug in front of dresser is from IKEA

Elephant hooks from Anthropologie

Elephant and Giraffe paintings done as a gift by a friend (Message me if you are interested - she is will to do custom orders!) 

Crib skirt - DIYed with fabric from

Green and White curtains for the closet doors - DIYed with fabric from

"M" on shelf above changing table - letter from JoAnn's, painted by me with craft paints.

Silhouette pictures - DIYed by me; backed on craft paper from Michaels

Frames from IKEA

Brass Giraffes from Etsy


 Bookshelves are IKEA spice racks, spray painted white

Favorite Items

I fell in love with the elephant lamp from Homegoods!  The shade it came with what not so cute, but I found that cute fabric and it turned out great!


You can make so many things on your own without having to spend a ton of money on them!  I had a lot of time on my hands, so I spend a lot of time DIYing, but so many of the things in this room were not expensive at all!


Thursday 12th of April 2012

The colors in this room are so nice together! Way to put that bed rest to good use.


Tuesday 10th of April 2012

It's nice that you mixed the safari theme with the blue and white color scheme. It's a unique combination. I usually think of green or brown or black when one says safari.


Friday 6th of April 2012

Great repurposing idea of the spice racks!! Great wall color!


Friday 6th of April 2012

Thanks Katie! They are actually spice racks from IKEA -


Thursday 5th of April 2012

Great room! Where did you find the wall mounted book holders?