Pink and Gray Elephant Nursery

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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!


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

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    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)

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