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Modern Koala Cuteness


I wanted to create a space that was modern and sophisticated so it would appeal to me and my husband yet still be fun, cute, and childish so our baby boy would grow to love it.

Design Inspiration

After scouring the web and looking at photo after photo, I finally settled on a color scheme of grey and white with pops of yellow and blue.  In addition to that color palette, I knew I wanted a space that incorporated various animals as I feel that nothing says “childish fun” like a sprinkle of animals around the room.

Decorating Style

Modern, clean, customized, and cute.

Favorite Items

It’s so hard to pick!  There are a lot of little elements I’m in love with, especially since I shopped on Etsy a lot and tried to customize the room.  My absolute favorite though is the “Laugh” sign above the dresser.  Originally, we planned on placing a few prints resting on a ledge, but I found the look to be too “busy”.  And, from a pragmatic perspective, the prints had to be placed high enough on the wall (so the little guy wouldn’t reach them once he was standing) that they weren’t centered and we couldn’t get them well-anchored, which created a safety hazard.  I love that that piece is modern, fun and has a DIY aspect to it in which my husband and I created our own creative stamp in the room.


Take a look at what’s out there by viewing all the photos you can of existing rooms to get an idea of what “look” you love and keep coming back to.  Get a good sense of what you’re going for before you start purchasing.  And if you dedicate yourself to an idea or project but end up just not being happy with it, don’t be afraid to scrap the project, turn it into something else, or place the item somewhere else in the house.  Ultimately, you want to really love the space.  And of course, take advantage of Etsy – it’s addictive for a reason!

*Thank you to Lori Anderson Photographers for all the great photos!

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  2. avatar Amy says:

    Hey love the room! Where did you find the koalas and tree decal?

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  4. avatar Sivan says:

    Sara, I’d say the glider is close to perfect but not quite. The back is definitely not high enough, that’s my only complaint, but it’s pretty annoying to not be able to rest your head back while nursing. You could try using an airplane pillow… Otherwise, I like the firmness, the glide is super smooth, it’s held up very well over the past year, still looks and feels brand new, the arm rests are perfect in terms of height and width. Really, the only complaint is the back height.

  5. avatar Lauren says:

    Hi Sivan- I’m planning to use that same decal, and I was wondering what paint color you used? Thanks! Lauren

  6. avatar Babylove says:

    Hello. I was interested in this crib, but was wondering what I would do about a bed skirt. I love what you did with yours. Is that a bed skirt folded under or is it a second mattress with a sheet?

  7. avatar Sara says:

    I love your nursery!
    I’m shopping now for a glider and wanted to know how you like yours. Is it comfortable? Do you feel like the back comes up high enough to lay your head back if you’re feeling tired too? And how do you feel about the height of the arms when you’re feeding the baby?
    Thanks so much!

  8. avatar Sivan says:


    Costco :)

  9. avatar Amy says:

    Your nursery really inspired some great ideas. You did a fantastic job! Do you mind sharing where you got the wooden lions mobile from? We are expecting a little boy soon that will be a Leo so this would be perfect. Thank you!

  10. avatar Marjie says:

    Sivan–we love what you’ve done with your ‘laugh’ sign…and your entire nursery! Gave you a shout-out on our Facebook page, too…

    Happy summer!

  11. avatar TurquoiseSash says:

    Love your room its gorgeous! I live in Australia and haven’t even seen the Koala decal here, isn’t Etsy great : )

  12. avatar Stephanie says:

    Can you tell me where you found that fabulous white fuzzy rug! I love it!

    Thank you!!

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  14. avatar Pam says:

    Hi- Very cute room. Where did you get the floor lamp? Thanks!

  15. avatar Mira says:

    The color is very calming and soft. Great job!!!

  16. avatar Mira says:

    I love the look of the room..

  17. avatar raz says:

    I love. It

  18. avatar Hagit says:

    Amazing ! Lucky boy

  19. avatar Erin T. says:

    Love love love the room! I am 29 weeks and doing our nursery in the same colors, although we are not finding out what we are having! And I love shopping on Etsy too!!!! I may have to borrow some of your ideas:) Best wishes!

  20. avatar Sivan says:

    The rattan elephant hamper is from Home Decorators Collection ( Thanks!

  21. avatar Cadey says:

    Where did you find the elephant hamper??

  22. avatar Sandy says:

    I love this room! I was hoping you can share where you found that adorable elephant wicker basket? Sorry if I missed this answer some where.

  23. avatar Megan says:

    What are you gonna use for a blanket?? I have been looking everywhere for grey and yellow crib bedding for tiwns, and I have found some, but the price for 2 sets is a little over te top! LOVE what you did with the room

  24. avatar Sivan says:


    Yep, from Ikea.

  25. avatar Ann says:

    Wondering where you got the white wicker storage bins in your shelf? Are they from Ikea as well? Thanks!

  26. avatar RunnerGirl17 says:


    Trash can is from Ikea, and it comes in a few other colors.

  27. avatar Venetia says:

    Hi ,
    Did you get a comforter, bumper pad and crib skirt for your crib set ?If so how did you match it ?


  28. avatar Vita says:

    Hi! I love your room design….was wondering, though, where you found the yellow trash bin? It’s so cute and would go great in my toddler’s room! Thanks!

  29. avatar RunnerGirl17 says:

    Shoot, couldn’t find the paint in the garage (which means that I’m out of luck if we ever need to do touch-ups :( Sorry… In trying to find the “right” shade of grey, I also tried out all kinds of paint colors that I’d seen people use in other nurseries and found that the paint color in the photo never looked the same as what I tested on the wall. I’m guessing each room is different enough in terms of lighting and flooring (and the camera distorts as well) that it’s hard to get what you see in a photo.

    Good luck to everyone!

  30. avatar Joyce says:

    Your koala room is so clean and elegant. You really took advantage of every inch of space.

  31. avatar Rachael says:

    This is the baby room I’ve been looking for as inspiration. LOVE the wall color and the yellow accents. I recently bought white and yellow damask fabric to make curtains. I’m 22 wks pregnant and getting ready to paint, I just need to find the right grey and this is it! As soon as you post the formula for the paint we’ll be heading to Home Depot! Thanks for all the info!!!

  32. avatar Rachel says:

    Also curious about the color…my husband painted our, but I just don’t feel happy with it.We want a gender neutral color and this really is the idea im looking for. If you find the formula, PLEASE do share!

  33. avatar suki_b says:

    I’ve searched all over and I can only find the Maya skirt in grey. If anyone finds it in blue can you post where you find it? I hope it hasn’t been discontinued as I love it.

  34. avatar suki_b says:

    Yes, please post the paint when you find it. It’s beautiful! So may grey tones can look metallic. I love the warmth of this grey. Thanks! Congrats on the baby and designing a beautiful nursery!

  35. avatar RunnerGirl17 says:

    Thank you!!! :)

    Crib Skirt: Maya Baby Crib Bedding by Glenna Jean (found on

    Crib Sheet: Delilah Fitted Sheet by Cocalo Couture (found on

    Paint Color: this was a custom Behr color from Home Depot, we went through 9 paint samples (yes, I was going insane by the end) to try and find the “right” grey with neutral undertones. I’ll look in the garage and see if I find the formula!

    Hope this helps!

  36. avatar Sarah says:

    Beautiful! What paint brand/color did you use?

  37. avatar Lauren says:

    Hi I love your room and am doing my nursery in the same color scheme – wondering the same question as Renee – where did you get the bedding?

  38. avatar Renee says:

    Where did you get the bedding from? Love the room!