In this case, the elephant in the room is a charming nod to travel and adventure. Jen fills us in: When my husband and I started transforming this space from an office and guest room into a nursery, we wanted it to be cozy but open, calm yet cheerful--mostly a place where our daughter could rest, play, and grow.
The main challenge is that two closets cover one wall, and a window takes up half of another. The other obstacle was that we didn't want anything too cutesy. While it's clearly a girl's room now, with lots of pink, I think the accent colors of grey, yellow, and white make it feel like a natural extension of the rest of our home.
We splurged on a few pieces of furniture--the crib and dresser from Oeuf, along with the Grano glider by Monte--but searched for more affordable accessories. When I found the animal print crib bedding by DwellStudio, on sale for more than half off at ABC carpet, it made me think about a trip I took to Kenya in 2005, and in particular, the adorable families of elephants I saw on safari. I decided that elephants would be the central design element and a subtle reference to our love of travel. I also found the coordinating rug for more than 60% off--at DwellStudio's sample sale in Soho. My husband found the nightstand and bench, which seem to be Baby E's favorite pieces because they house her books and toys at ground level. She loves to pull them out and look at them on the floor.
Because we had painted the walls relatively recently, I decided to keep the color and use decals to suggest wallpaper without actually going through the process and expense. (I hadn't gotten to this project before our daughter was born 3 weeks early, so all the credit goes to my mom for spacing the blooms out properly and sticking the high ones on there.) Baby E likes looking at the mama and baby elephants above her dresser during diaper changes.
I'd still love to hang artwork over the crib, and I've been trying to decide between this map or this one. I like simple, colorful pieces that are pretty and also educational. Already, Baby E loves hearing the alphabet song while she looks at the letters and we've started counting her fingers and toes, then pointing to the numbers on the canvas above her bench. I fell in love with the sweet sunshine print on Etsy and happened to find the Jonathan Adler mug on sale at the Atlantic Antic street festival in Brooklyn last year. The music box, journal, bank, painting, and stuffed animals were all meaningful gifts that add sentimental and stylish accents.
During the past year, Baby E's room has become my favorite place in our apartment. While I love the furniture and accessories, her joyful smiles and curious spirit are its most important parts.
• Crib and dresser with changing table: Oeuf Sparrow
• Crib bumper, skirt, and sheet: DwellStudio
• Quilt: ToadUSew
• Rug: DwellStudio
• Glider (charcoal): Grano by Monte
• Nightstand: Room and Board
• Bench: Land of Nod
• Bench cushions: Ikea
• Lamps: Ikea
• Stuffed animals: JellyCat and Uglydoll
• Wall decals: Byrdie Graphics and DecoModWalls on Etsy
• Alphabet and number prints: Trendy Peas
• Music box: Giggle
• Journal: Paper Source
• Sunshine art print: SugarFresh on Esty
• Elephant mug: Jonathan Adler
• Elephant bank: Giggle
Thanks Jen! Readers, say hi to Jen at Parenture.