Monday, January 10, 2011

Stella's Nursery: Inspiration

One of the projects I've had the most fun with was converting our office into Stella's nursery before she was born. I had two criteria that made it pretty easy to decide on the theme / look of the room: 1) I didn't want the room to be too girly girl (not too pink and frilly!) and 2) I really wanted to put this West Elm zebra print rug we already had in the office to use:

So, the 'safari' nursery theme was set! Here is what the office looked like pre-nursery. I did really like the room:

The main source of inspiration I had for the look and feel of the room, was this picture of a nursery I found in Domino magazine. I loved the mix of colors and that it was a loose interpretation of 'safari' with a floral rug and different art on the walls . I have never been a big fan of nursery sets that are too matchy-matchy (where the bedding, window treatments, wall art, and decorative lamp all come from the same set). While there are some really cute sets, I think that takes a lot of the fun out of decorating the room! It can also get expensive.

(Source: Domino Magazine, July 2007)

So my goal was to piece together a safari theme with a mix of different patterns and objects I came across... and to do it on the cheap! I initially really wanted to buy the massive stuffed giraffe in the picture above for the room (which they conveniently sell in the toy store next door), but eventually decided against it because of the $100 price tag and I thought it would take up too much space in the room.

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