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Pink and Gray Elephant Nursery


A feminine and serene room for my baby girl.

Design Inspiration

The crib bedding was the starting point for the color palette, mood and style of the nursery – soft grays, pinks, creams and whites with romantic prints and fun accents. Elephants emerged as another theme (for good luck!) and I collected them as I went along.

Decorating Style

A mix of traditional and vintage. I wanted to create a sophisticated space that will grow with her beyond the baby stage.

Project Details

Wall color: Mix of Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (50%) and Atrium White (50%) – many paint stores will do a custom mix if you ask

Trim and ceiling color: Benjamin Moore Atrium White

Crib: Jenny Lind Fixed-Side Crib on

Crib bedding: Serena & Lily Colette collection

Crocheted blanket: Handmade by me

Letters: Taylors Treasures on

Hamper: Home Decorators Collection rattan elephant hamper (size small)

Dresser and nightstands: Ikea Hemnes nightstand and Ikea Hemnes dresser - already owned and were in the room (former guest room), replaced knobs

Baskets: Ikea Byholma baskets

Knobs and hooks (used as curtain tiebacks): Anthropologie

Tabletop lamp: Ikea Lyrik table lamp

Mirror: Ikea Kolja mirror

Mobile: BellesNurseryDecor on

Elephant painting (on tin panel): Olde Good Things at Brimfield Antique Show

Tray: West Elm lacquer tray

Floral pot planter (used as storage): Ikea

Sofabed: Ikea Ektorp sofa bed

Canvas pillow: Sugarboo Designs

Glider and ottoman: Serena & Lily Hayes glider and gliding ottoman

Cashmere monogrammed blanket: Ralph Lauren

“L” letter pillow: Jonathan Adler Pink Junior Letter Pillow

Lamps: “Vintage” Crate & Barrel (c. 1980s) - already owned

Lampshades: Pottery Barn Linen drum lamp shade

Shelf: Vintage, from my bedroom growing up

Area rug: Pottery Barn Kids Dhurrie Border Rug (negotiated a lower price by picking up in-store)

Faux sheepskin rug: Ikea

Curtains: Restoration Hardware Opaque Belgian Linen Drapes, Optic White - were already in the room

Pom Poms: Martha Stewart Pom Poms (mounted with adhesive cup hooks, thin fishing thread, and satin bows tied onto hooks to hide them) from

Dress mannequin: Vintage at Brimfield Antique Show (I sanded and repainted it in Benjamin Moore Petal Pink)

Favorite Items

The vintage dress mannequin is my favorite. I found it on the side of the road at a flea market. It was something I dreamed of using for a baby girl’s nursery. I hope she will enjoy it as she grows.


-Plan according to function – your nursery “works” harder than the average room when you are caring for a baby.

-Choose a soothing paint color and let colorful accents shine.

-Use “adult” furniture and accessories (for example, using a dresser as a changing table).

-Splurge on key items and be thrifty with the rest – don’t be afraid to DIY.

-Look at nursery blogs for inspiration to cherrypick your favorite items, and then use what you love!


Wednesday 24th of April 2013

Can you please share where you purchased that cutout butterfly picture? Its adorable!


Sunday 30th of June 2013

Hi Jennifer - it's from Ikea.

Rob Gibbons

Tuesday 9th of October 2012

Dear Dena, I think the nursery you designed is beautiful, sophisticated, yet peaceful and inviting - original to combine grey and pink and white for a little girl's room. Congratulations on your beautiful baby and your unerring design sense. Rob Gibbons (Westchester resident; work in Manhattan)


Monday 8th of October 2012

Love what you did with the space. The colors, proportions, and design are beautiful. Great job!


Monday 8th of October 2012

Thanks, HBMOM. I really appreciate it!