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Quentin’s Animal Nursery


When I started to shop for baby bedding, I was struck by how theme-y the sets are. I would find a crib sheet and quilt that I really liked, but was hit over the head with the theme again & again. Curtains, diaper stackers and bumpers, Oh My! All of which, I had no intention of using. So I decided to avoid an overt theme. and instead try to create a space that Baby Q could grow into and make his own. I mean what if I created a baseball nursery and he grew up to hate sports? I know this is maybe silly and maybe even unlikely, but I tried to create a functional and transitional space for my little one with pretty neutral colors and a loose animal theme. Additionally, at my baby shower guests were asked to bring a children's book instead of a card. The little guy has quite the library, so we wanted a place to store and display his books. The glider now doubles as a space for feeding & reading with all the books easily accessible without even getting up out of the chair. Reading is important to my husband and I so we really want to pass that on.

Design Inspiration

I wanted to use a loose theme of jungle and safari animals but opted to avoid the traditional powder baby blue, and opted for more gender neutral colors like the seafoam wall color.  The typographic prints give the space a contemporary feel. The traditional dark furniture , chocolate brown glider, and espresso gallery frames stay within the design flow of the rest of our home.


Decorating Style

I am a big believer in less is more. I tend to gravitate towards more traditional furniture in dark wood, and keep my walls a neutral color while adding interesting wall art, prints, and pops of color with pillows, rugs, and so on.

Project Details


Torino Crib & Double Dresser in Cherry from BuyBuy Baby

Chelsea Glider & Ottoman in Chocolate Brown from BuyBuy Baby

Bookcase (anchored to wall) in Espresso from Target

Bedding & Mobile:

Cocalo Nail Jungle crib sheet & Cocalo Nail Jungle mobile

Safari Animals blanket by Art Walk
(draped on back of chair) Several other blankets pictured in the room were hand knit or crocheted by family members and given to us as a gift.

Toy Baskets are from HomeGoods

The My Stuff bin was a shower gift

The "Read" Wooden blocks are from The Land of Nod

Wall Art:

Q- Kidsline Espresso Letters

Where the Wild Things Are Nursery Printable, I'll Eat You Up I Love You So by Olive & Birch

Circus Stack Print by Delivered by Danielle

Alphabet Poster by SeaUrchin Studio

Custom Birth Announcement Print by Papermint Studio

Playroom Rules Print by Dalloway Place

Espresso Gallery Frames (11x14 mat opening) from Pottery Barn Kids

Large 16x20 frame is from Michael's

Favorite Items

My favorite item in the nursery is the knit Safari Animals blanket by Art Walk draped over the glider. It was a gift from my mother and is lined on the back with a super soft fabric. I had purchased an Art Walk baby blanket as a gift for one of my friends little ones in a neutral animal style years ago, and really wanted one for my guy. I think it really makes the room, and I think Quentin will have it for years to come.


Friday 1st of February 2013

Thank you

Jillian Scotts

Friday 1st of February 2013

Nice wall color. It's soothing and easy on the eyes. The simplicity and laid-back feel of the room is quite refreshing.