Lucas Gray's Subtle Safari Room

Lucas Gray's Subtle Safari Room

Lauren Hufnagl
Jan 22, 2014
(Image credit: Holly Hicks )

Name: Lucas Gray
Location: Greenville, SC

Lucas’ nursery is my absolute favorite room in our entire house - no contest. Of course, it presented its own set of design challenges, but what room doesn’t?

We were working with a fairly tiny footprint, no closet, no door, and windows on three of the four walls. This gave us only so many options for placement of furniture, but I think we really maximized the space. The subtle safari theme was inspired by that fabulous West Elm rug. Also, I was adamant about picking out pieces, like the rug, that could be used in non-baby spaces later. We went with a soft gray color on the walls, which lent itself nicely to the rug and furniture, keeping this small room very open and airy.

The dresser/changing table was my personal little love project for the nursery. I found it in the back room of a thrift store wearing a sad and sloppy coat of burgundy paint/stain with tarnished bronze drawer pulls and a musty smell, but she checked all the boxes on my “must have” list: solid wood, changing table height, and lots of drawer space. I couldn’t be prouder of how far she’s come! Also on that side of the room, we hung a coat rack directly under some IKEA bookshelves, and they’ve both been incredibly handy.

The quilt was handmade by my mom and was the starting point for my color choices. I absolutely adore this quilt – I’m as sentimental as they come, so it’s priceless in my eyes. My mom’s ingenuity doesn’t end there either. We picked up a brand new (with the tags on) girly pink bumper pad at a garage sale for the grand total of $1 and my mom turned it into the masterpiece you see here! The rocking chair belonged to my great grandfather. I love how it grounds the room and adds a touch of something old.

The EXPEDIT bookshelf from IKEA is perfect for a nursery. It looks great, it’s inexpensive, super sturdy, offers a myriad of options for displaying/storing toys and books, and it can’t possibly fall over on a little one. The whole nursery is really functional, and even though we play in here a lot it’s so easy to keep clean thanks to all the storage.

I love the little frame wall above the bookshelf. The art came from various places - the orange giraffes and the King Louie prints were purchased from online specialty shops. We found the Baloo/Mowgli print (my favorite) and the Lion King print in a calendar style pack of art prints, and both the ohana print and the lullaby (Crazy Ride by Michelle Branch) were things I created in Photoshop.

I’m very proud of this space. For me, a well-designed room is a space you want to really live in, and we really do choose to spend quite a bit of our time in here. Of course, the question that matters is, does Lucas like his nursery?! I’m thinking yes. But his favorite part may just be those windows that I had nothing to do with. Can’t say I blame him!

Thanks, Holly! Readers, you can see more of Holly at her blog, Love. Life. Ohana.


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