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It’s a Jungle Out There: Safari-Inspired Nursery

Restoration Hardware Safari Inspired Nursery

Lil’ Teapot is on his way!  And you know what that means…. the home renovations are in overdrive.

The first thing I did after learning I’m expecting is find a doctor… and THEN… start designing the nursery.  Of course, it wasn’t until I discovered we’re having a boy that I could really go to town!  My goal was to create a whimsical and nurturing environment that’s timeless and more importantly, ageless.  I want furniture and decor that will last!

My inspiration room is a stunner from Restoration Hardware Baby and Child.  It’s a safari-inspired escape, complete with mosquito netting and over-sized African art.  Of course, each of the four prints costs $800.  Yikes!  I decided to order the furniture from Restoration Hardware and find knock-offs for other pieces.  I chose the Emelia Conversion Crib in French Grey, which transforms from a crib to a toddler bed and finally, a full-sized headboard.  The Emelia Dresser becomes a changing table by adding a simple topper.  And the Emelia Bookcase is what it is.  I’m hoping these picks will last until I kick our kid out of the house for UCLA… or Princeton… or Yale. ;-)

To address the art dilemma, I searched online for months (no joke).  I finally came across some incredible antique reproductions in the Granger Collection from Fine Art America.  I’ll have those matted and framed locally to save some dough.  I’m also pondering letter blocks, paper mâché animal heads, antique suitcases and other safari-inspired accessories.

We’ve already cleaned out the closets, painted the room Behr’s Gobi Desert and the wainscoting installation is underway.  When that’s complete, we’ll refinish the floors, change the light fixture and start filling up the nursery for Baby Beau.  If it’s anything like I imagine, it’s going to be wild!!

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