Monday, February 10, 2014

A Gender Neutral Nursery: Modern Safari Theme

Before Raegan was born, Alex & I decided that we wanted the sex of the baby to be a total surprise. We had no idea, other than everyone's predictions, if we were going to be parents to a little guy or baby girl, until Oct. 30. We were completely shocked that Raegan was a girl — we were both convinced we were having a boy!

One of the hardest parts about not knowing, was figuring out how to design the nursery. We knew we had to keep it gender neutral, and easy enough to add a pop of pink or blue if we wanted to. 

After looking around Pinterest for ideas, I decided on a modern safari "theme." I didn't want to go too heavy on the theme, because I hate hate hate super themey rooms (pretty sure I just made up the word "themey" :).

This became my favorite room in our old house & it was a little sad saying goodbye to this room when we moved into our new house. 

I decided to take a trip down memory lane and share some photos from Raegan's nursery. I  have been thinking a lot about how to design R's big girl room and have plans for it to look completely different. Stay tuned! 

Here are some photos of R's nursery, thanks to the talented photographer Ashlee Gadd (If you're in the Sacramento area, definitely consider her for your photos!). She was so fun to work with. Also check out her blog, Where My Heart Resides, here

Room Sources:
Crib: Target here (funny that I just realized this is called a Reagan crib!)
Curtains: Ikea here
Elephant curtain pullbacks: Urban Outfitters here
Shelves: Ikea here
Book racks: Ikea spice racks here
Dresser: Ikea here
Zebra art: Michaels
Animal cutout art: Handmade
Framed animal flash cards: Photo copies of Wee Gallery art cards, jungle collection
Rocking chair: Family heirloom
Toy chest: Family heirloom
Lamp & giraffe on shelf: Cost Plus World Market
Photos by: Ashlee Gadd Photography

If you'd like to know where anything else I forgot to include is from, just let me know!


  1. I love this nursery! It feels both classic and comfortable. It's got a lot of personality, but doesn't feel over-cluttered. Can't wait to see what you have in store for the big girl room.

    1. Thanks Sara! And I can't wait to design R's big girl room! :) Will be sharing ideas soon!

  2. Love lobe love your gender neutral nursery! Do you have any sort if tutorial on how you created your animal cutout art? If not maybe some tips? Thanks!

    1. Thank you Sara! I don't have a tutorial yet, but would love to do one! I'll post something soon. It's such an easy way to get some simple, colorful & inexpensive art up!

  3. What a beautiful gender neutral nursery! What color are the walls?


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