Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Safari Nursery

When Isaac and I found out we were going to have a baby, we knew we wanted our baby to develop a soft spot for Zambia.  It made sense to us create a nursery that would reflect some part of that beautiful nation.  When we found out Man Cub was a man cub, we decided to go with a Zambian safari theme.

I had seen a mural that I liked on Pinterest, but it was very 'cartoon-y'.  A friend of ours is a super talented artist, and I asked her if she'd be willing to paint a similar mural but with realistic looking animals. Once we had the mural, we were able to decide how we wanted to set up the rest of the room.  We found beautiful furniture at BuyBuy Baby.  I love that there is a hutch to go on the dresser for when Man Cub is older, and the crib will grow with him two.  We also have two nightstands for him for when he's in a big boy bed.

The glider and ottoman are from a former student.  Love it-so super comfy, and it's just perfect.  The quilt is hand-made by Andrew's bonus grandma (my brother's mother-in-law).  The fabric used for it is all from London, and Paula sewed it for us.  It's beautiful, and we use it each night during our middle-of-the-night nursing session.  The painting and banner are from our shower.

Here's the mural without the furniture:

The mobile and animals on the edges of the crib are from Zambia.  We bought them last summer when we were there to have on hand for shower gifts.  Little did we know that a few months later we'd be hoarding them for ourselves!  Isaac made a cover out of Zambian chitenge (fabric) for the mobile stand.

Isaac made the curtains and bed skirt out of chitenge as well.  I tied the elephant diaper holder low on the crib to use as a toy holder.

The wreath is also a treat left over from our shower.  So cute for his door!

This sweet giraffe was a shower gift, and I have a feeling it might turn in to one of Man Cub's treasures.  The dogs had to learn that it wasn't a monster though...

While we're using the dresser as a changing table, we wanted to hang our elephant painting from Zambia.  It's just a stunning painting, and quite sweet for a nursery.  The lamp was a World Market find, and it's perfect!

We so appreciate this little space to love on and play with our dear boy.

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