Sidetracked: Nursery Fun!

Already coming into the world in style

Recently a dear friend asked me to help her with the nursery for her bun-in-the-oven. Knowing that this friend is particularly stylish (and particular), I was excited about the challenge. We have much the same taste, with hers trending more traditional and classic. With that in mind, I set out to create a world for the little lucky guy that was A) playful yet sophisticated, B) easy to obtain (i.e. retail options with few custom options as they will be moving a month after he is born), and C) budget-friendly.

Our jumping off point: a large giraffe stuffed animal received for Christmas. We immediately fell in love with Serena & Lily’s Rye Crib Set, and knew we had to incorporate David Hick’s La Fiorentina in tan, somehow, someway. We also knew we wanted a mix of both new and vintage, and that she is big on texture, texture, texture. Here’s what we’ve got so far: playful-sophisticated-stylish-boy-nursery1. Serena & Lily’s Rye Crib Set
2. Bla Bla’s Lion Mobile
3. West Elm’s Ribbon Mirror (don’t you love how it looks like a lion’s mane?)
4. West Elm’s Terracotta Lamp (love how the texture emulates a giraffe’s patterning), Bla Bla’s Inoo-lala doll and the changing pad cover from the crib set collection
5. IKEA’s Hemnes 8-drawer dresser in gray-brown, with added brass ring pulls
6. Morrocan pouf in caramel (still searching for this perfect color!)
7. West Elm’s African graphic printed basket
8. “Where the Wild Things Are” framed vintage print
9. West Elm’s Jacks Table in Sheesham (loving the vintage look of this piece!) with Jonathan Adler’s Elephant bank
10. Pillows that will top a white loveseat: boudoir pillow from Serena & Lily’s Rye collection, custom mustard yellow velvet accent pillow, two custom David Hick’s La Fiorentina in tan with mustard yellow velvet backing and trim, and Jonathan Adler’s initial pillow in a custom color.
11. FAO Schwarz’s 48 inch Gentle Giant Giraffe
12. Vintage 1960’s globe (I think this might be my favorite accent)

The walls will most likely be a warm tan, and curtains will be white with the mustard yellow velvet trim.

OK, now back to my real job!!


Update: see the (nearly) finished room here!


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. I can’t wait to see the room completed! Thank you yet again for being so darn talented!! You never cease to amaze me 😉 Your work is ALWAYS such an inspiration. The little guy is super lucky!!

  2. Wow!! This is awesome. I love, love, love it. I would love to do something similar for my baby girl due this spring. Have you seen any crib bedding appropriate for a girl that would match the rest of this decor?

    Great talent!

  3. Hi Victoria! Have you looked at Serena & Lily’s other collections? I also love Rikshaw Design — their delicately exotic patterns would go really well with the above scheme.

  4. I LOVE this!!!!! You did such a great job! And that Ikea dresser looks WAY more expensive than what it is… Very sophisticated palate, but still adorable! I really love it!

  5. Can you please tell me where you found the brass ring pulls that were added to the Ikea dresser? Thanks so much!!!!

  6. Love this arrangement! What are you using for window treatments? I have 2 windows in my nursery and not sure if I should use painters cloth or burlap?