Lauren & Miranda's Starry Night Safari

Nursery Tour

Names: Lauren & Miranda (18 months)
Location: Edmonds, WA
Room Size: 12' x 13'

Sure, kids love animals and parents love designing kids' rooms with animal themes. But this nursery design is a mean modern interpretation of the well used safari theme and has something very special going on. By day, it's bright, friendly, and modern. By night, the pièce de résistance is revealed when this safari sanctuary is transported under a sea of stars. Click through to see it -- you are in for a real treat.

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So, tell us, how many stars are there in the starry night ceiling? And what are they made of?
The ceiling includes a few hundred twinkling stars via fiber optics, which were installed one-by-one in the crawl space. The stars were painted over to conceal them during the day, but they create quite a dreamy effect at night. The best possible nightlight, in our opinion. The stars do not brighten the room as much as they appear to in the extended exposure photos.

What is your favorite element in the room?
The starlit ceiling.

Before starting, what did you know you wanted to include, for sure?
Definitely the starlit ceiling.

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What was your inspiration for the room?
We wanted it to be natural and safari-like, without being too literal or girly, while keeping it with a contemporary feel.

Were there any surprises during the process of designing the room?
There are too many shades of green to choose from. We brought home 12 samples of "green" and painted each as a large swatch on the walls to decide.

What was your biggest indulgence?
The Eames elephant.

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Any advice for other people starting this process?
Sourcing and coordinating all of the details will consume you. Start early.

If money was no object, what would your dream source be?
I'd probably hire a team of Disney Imagineers to custom design and build everything.

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Source List:
• KLIPPAN Loveseat Sofa: IKEA
• Wall Flowers: CHIASSO
• Animal Prints on Wood: Petit Collage
• Green Eames Elephant: All Modern
• Cribs and Changing Table: Babyletto Modo
• Fiber Optic Starry Ceiling: LED Starfield Ceiling
• Custom Lasercut Baby Names on Bamboo: Ponoko
• Leather Storage Ottoman: Ebay
• EXPEDIT Cube Storage Shelves: IKEA
• Paper Lanterns: Paper Lantern Store

Thank you John & Kristie! Readers, you can see more of John & Kristie's home projects on their website.

(Images: John Burton Brown & Kristie English)

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