Nursery Decorating Ideas: Safari meets Elegant

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When Dina, from Honey & Fitz, emailed me saying that this blog was “a constant inspiration for us throughout our pregnancy” and that she wanted to share with us the results of her nursery design adventure, nothing could have prepared me for this design home run!

With vintage pieces and a modern and fresh color palette, Dina shares with us her spin of a modern safari nursery.

Child’s Name: Knox

Child’s Age: 6 weeks

Location: North Carolina

What was your inspiration for the room?

It started with the Jonathan Adler Giraffe sconces. I fell in love with them and knew I wanted to use them in the room design. A loose safari theme sort of took off from there, though I hesitate to even call it a “theme” because I was really against having it all be matchy-matchy. A modern color scheme and some vintage finds kept it fresh.

Describe your decorating style.

My theory on decorating is that a mix of high priced, low priced new and vintage items is what really makes a room special and keeps it from looking like you just bought everything in one afternoon at Pottery Barn Kids. I’m ok with a few splurge items, but I always try to balance those with a hefty dose of DIY and flea market shopping. And because a nursery is used for such a short amount of time, I was determined to invest in pieces that I could use throughout our home after Knox had outgrown the room.

More images and room details AFTER the jump!

Favorite Items.

This is so hard but I’d probably narrow it down to the Jonathan Adler sconces that inspired the whole space, the yellow Moroccan pouf ottoman and the vintage brass elephant hooks.

Money saving tips.

– Raid the ‘future grandparents’ stashes. It’s amazing what you’re parents kept from your childhood and those toys and small touches are what bring personality and character to a space for free!

– Etsy, eBay and flea markets should be your best friends. You can find virtually everything you need for accessorizing your space using these 3 resources. And if you can’t find it on Etsy, you can use their Alchemy feature to find someone to make it for you!

– If you find something at a big box store that ‘s interesting but not quite perfect, don’t dismiss it right away. A little spray paint or fabric glue can completely transform a “not quite right” piece into an expensive looking, custom piece.

Decorating Advice.

Don’t be afraid of color and don’t be afraid of stepping outside the pink and blue spectrum. Balance out strong colors with a healthy dose of white and black so you don’t end up with a crayola box effect. You only need a few showstopping color pieces for the entire room to “read” a certain color palette. You would look at our room and say it’s yellow and gray but really the only yellow in the room comes from the dresser, ottoman and bumper ties. Those 3 elements are enough to create the effect.

Be true to your own style. Just because it’s a nursery doesn’t mean it has to look completely different from the way the rest of your house is decorated.

There will always be things that don’t “go” with your overall decor but they still deserve a special place in your little one’s room. Bookshelves are great for this kind of thing.

Room Details.

Paint: Benjamin Moore Silvery Moon

Ceiling Light: Boja pendant from IKEA

Crib: Jenny Lind crib in black

Fitted crib sheet: Squares in dove grey from Dwell Studio

Leather pouf: Yellow from John Derian (Also available from Tazi Designs. Other colors at GREAT prices on these poufs here and here)

Glider: Vintage from eBay

Side table: Accordion side table from Urban Outfitters

Lamp: Originally from and spray painted gray. Sadly it looks like it’s no longer available. For a similar look try this one from Z Gallerie.

Storage baskets: Branas from IKEA

Custom bench: Sugar Hill Upholstery

Dresser/Changing Table: Vintage from Shelton’s Furniture

Dresser paint: Benjamin Moore Bold Yellow

Abacus: CB2

Wall shelves: Ekby from IKEA with Bjarnum brackets

Bedtime Bus Roll Art: MySweetPrints from Etsy

Brass Giraffes: Vintage but similar available in my Etsy shop

Giraffe Sconces: Jonathan Adler from MisoMod

Library wall shelves: Ribba picture ledges from IKEA

Brass Elephant Hooks: Vintage from High Street Market

Large toy bins: Industrial mesh from CB2

Area Rug: Safari rug in platinum from West Elm


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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. Yay Dina! You have such an eye for design. I’m so glad to see your hard work on sites like this!

  2. Lovely! If you ever do decide to do this for a living, I have a couple rooms that need some help. ;)

  3. Love the window seat and the changing station. So cute.
    .-= kalanicut’s last blog ..Merry Martha Christmas =-.

  4. stephanie says:

    where did you find your crib skirt? I love it!


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