Girl Nursery Design: A Room for Ruby.

It’s only right that a little girl named Ruby should have a nursery bathed in vivid color – its walls mint green, its floors patterned in emerald and rose and sunflower yellow. Black and white spotted sheets and a duo of cornflower blue doors; a lavender changer and a gold chandelier shaped like a sea urchin.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

“The first thing I decided on was the wall color,” says Ruby’s mother, Rachelle. “I wanted the room to feel fresh, bright, and not too babyish, so I mixed a variety of patterns and textures in keeping with the theme of the unexpected.”

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Above the crib, which is accented by a smattering of gilded polka dots, is another colorful addition: our very own Flamingo, who fits in famously, we think, among the pops of pink. “As soon as I saw it, I knew it was right,” says Rachelle. “Parts of the nursery were feeling a bit busy to me, and the simplicity of the print really helped balance it out.”

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

“‘I’ve found that some of the most beautiful things aren’t meant for babies at all,” she tells us. Handmade treasures help, too. Ruby’s nursery features a table made by Rachelle’s husband and a cozy blanket crafted by a friend of the family. A handmade sign hung between two brightly-lit windows spells Ruby in grassy green script. “All of these things are very special,” says Rachelle. “I know they’ll be cherished.”

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful space with us, Ruby and Rachelle!

ROOM SOURCES

Paint color: Benjamin Moore’s Cool Mint
Crib: Nursery Works
Glider: West Elm 
Dresser: West Elm
Chandelier: Stimulight
Woven rug: Lulu & Georgia
Curtains: PBteen
Gold chest: Vintage
Changer: Keekaroo
Bookshelves: Ikea
Pouf: Overstock
Gold dot decals: Cuckoo 4 Design
Flamingo print: The Animal Print Shop
Crib sheets: Cotton Tale Designs
Heart pillow: Sukan
Bebe pillow: Max & Me
Stuffed bunny: Jellycat
Stump side table: Handmade
“Ruby” sign: Handmade
Room Design: Rachelle Bell

New! Baby Horse + A Room for Kids

Sharon is always threatening to move The Animal Print Shop to a cabin in the woods, and who knows? Maybe one day she’ll actually do it. In the meantime, her love of nature serves as subtle inspiration for our newest Nursery Project (kids’ room edition)–and we can’t think of a better way to welcome Baby Horse and Baby Horse Little Darling than in this spirited, summer-splashed bedroom, made for play.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Its kid-friendly highlights include sky-blue wallpaper with shapes reminiscent of pine tress, a cozy sand-colored tent, and a chalkboard wall featuring a sweeping sketch of Yosemite Valley (soon to be gone in place of tic-tac-toe boards, ABC’s, and spaceships). 

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

In keeping with the theme of nature, there’s also a rain cloud cushion and a desk made of reclaimed cedar. And above the bed, painted in lake colors, there are six Little Darlings, including our newest, leading the pack.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

ROOM SOURCES

Wall Paint Color: Benjamin Moore’s White Dove
Bed Paint Color: Benjamin Moore’s Newburyport Blue
Wire Pendant: Urban Outfitters (painted white)
Cloud and House Pillows: Beanie on Helina
Animal Photographs (10″x13″ framed with mat and 40″ x 52″): The Animal Print Shop
Wallpaper: Cones by Studio Printworks
Pillow Shams: West Elm
Rug: Overstock
Pom-Fringe Duvet Cover: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Tent: DIY (stay tuned for a post on that!)
Bed: Custom made
Reclaimed Wood Desk: Monroe Workshop
Whale Pillow: Talpa Things
Vintage Fiber Art and Blanket (tent): Houseworking
Truck Crayon Holder: Nellie Fellow Vintage
Rainbow Felt Ball Garland: Mellsva
Chalk Drawing: Chalk Chalk

We’re working on more Nursery Projects, so be sure to stay tuned. Watch for Sharon’s instagram sneak peek’s (@sharonmontrose) #theanimalprintshopnurseryproject

Products We Love: Fabric Mobiles.

Bring a token of the outdoors in, with these handmade mobiles crafted from linen, cotton, and leather. With their soft branches and liberty-print leaves, colored stars and crescent moons, we can’t imagine a prettier addition to a nursery, or a more magical introduction to nature.

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Made in Brooklyn by Yume. Available for purchase at Acorn Toy Shop, here.

Gender-neutral Nursery: Baby Sebastian.

When Catherine Chan and her husband began planning for the arrival of their son, Sebastian, much thought was given to the future. “We knew we wanted his nursery to be gender-neutral, since if we ever decided to have another child, it’d be sharing a room with our first,” says Catherine. “And we used furniture we already owned – like the bookshelf and the dresser – as often as possible. That way, as Sebastian grows up, the pieces don’t need to change as much.”

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

We’re honored, then, that eight of our Little Darlings make cameos in Sebastian’s warm, whimsical, made-to-grow nursery.  Baby Giraffe was chosen first – to match a Jonathan Adler lamp and a towering stuffed toy stationed near a set of wooden shelves; “from there,” says Catherine, “my husband I chose the rest of the animals together. They’re an ideal way to make Sebastian’s space fun and kid-appropriate. That area instantly became a strong focal point in the room.”

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

“We love that sitting area,” Catherine continues. “My husband and I spend hours there, with me nursing the baby and him reading. It’s a great place for us to unwind after a long day and reconnect.”

With love – and so many friendly faces – all around, we have a feeling it’ll remain that way for years to come.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Thank you so much for sharing, Catherine! 

 

The Sweetest Softies.

In our opinion, no nursery’s complete without dolls designed for cuddling, so as a follow-up to last month’s accent pillow round-up, we’ve put together a collection of top-quality toys made from materials like organic fleece, eco-friendly yarn, sheepswool, and alpaca. We call them softies, and we’re smitten. (We guess that makes us softies, too.)

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1. Craftspring ram, $32

2. The Dear Ones bear by Oh, Albatross, $68

3. Bru Diy crochet bear, $67.25

4. Cordy Roy fox, $24

5. Nicholas Bear Cub by Hazel Village, from $39

6. Maileg wolf, $34

7. Lucky Boy Sunday Stanley doll, $123

8. Twoolies Plush Small Wool Zebra, $22

A Chic Room for a Lucky Little Girl

We know Baby Giraffe Little Darling is happiest with her head in the trees. So when interior designer Liz Caan told us that the theme for this beautiful bedroom was “modern tree house,” we knew our friend had found the perfect home.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Located in a historic house outside of Boston, this bright blue oasis belongs to a lucky little girl who’s one of four children. “The room was designed about one-and-a-half years ago, when she was four,” Liz explains. “I wanted a room that felt youthful, but would still feel chic when she’s sixteen. I love the restrained palette and the modern furnishings, which are rooted in the classics. We took a four-poster bed, for example, and stripped it back so it felt a little more modern. Same with her console table and the pink acrylic mirror hanging over it.”

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

And how did Baby Giraffe Little Darling find her way into the mix? “I let each child in this family choose a wallpaper for their room, and then a piece of art,” Liz says. “The four-year-old chose the giraffe, and it worked perfectly. Who wouldn’t love to sleep with a baby giraffe watching over you?” (Later, she adds, “Her brother chose the Zebra.”) Nothing makes us happier than seeing them in such bright, soulful spaces.

Thank you to Liz Caan for sharing! (See more of the designer’s beautiful work at Liz Caan Interiors.) 

The Animal Print Shop in Germany!

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We have great news for our German customers!

We started running this little business out of the house five years ago–since then we’ve moved into a proper shop and hired some much needed help. A lot has changed since the days of shipping out of the living room, but seeing orders come in from all over the world is still as exciting now as it was five years ago.

We’re grateful to our customers both domestic and international, so it wasn’t without hesitation when we had to make the sad decision to stop shipping to Germany in the beginning of 2013. Of all the orders we shipped to Germany, less than 10% were successfully delivered–the rest were lost or damaged.

We’ve spent the last year and a half fielding emails from disappointed German customers. Saying no hasn’t been easy, so we’re incredibly excited to announce our friends at LeoZ have stepped in to save the day!

LeoZ will act as our distributor for Germany, Austria, Swtizerland, and Luxembourg. LeoZ has a selection of our bestsellers (including the entire Little Darlings series) available for immediate shipment.

Visit our LeoZ distribution site: theanimalprintshop.de or in Berlin, visit the LeoZ Showroom: Greifenhagener Str 6 10437 Berlin

Thank you LeoZ. We are so grateful!

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Inspired Finds: Baby Squirrel.

This month, in honor of our rascally, resourceful Baby Squirrel, we’ve got our eye on items made for equally playful tots: an organic cotton onesie in a spring-like shade of leafy green, an embroidered animal totem with a pair of sturdy squirrels in the middle, a collection of rainbow acorns, and a handmade linen tree for make-believe safekeeping. (More treasures below.)

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1. Onesie, $26
2. “The Squirrel’s Birthday and Other Parties,” $11.66
3. Pillow, $74
4. Puzzle, $15.67
5. Linen tree, $58
6. Acorn sorting toys, $15
7. Finger puppet mobile, $95

Baby Deer Joins Our Little Darlings Family in a Spring Inspired Nursery

There’s no time like spring, and for the past couple months, we’ve been relishing its sunshine; its pure, crisp colors; and its new arrivals (birds, bees, budding trees!) as we’ve prepared to announce two of our very own: Baby Deer Little Darling, and a brand-new nursery designed to celebrate what we love most about the season.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The latest addition to our Nursery Project series features bird-patterned wallpaper in shades of pink and gray; painted trim in robins egg blue echoes a sunny afternoon sky. A trio of familiar faces (with new Baby Deer Little Darling taking center stage) watch over a DwellStudio crib, while a ceramic pendant light by Jonathan Adler allows it all to shine. 

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

ROOM SOURCES

Paint Color: Benjamin Moore’s Waterfall
Wallpaper: Tyler Hall Sanctuary in Pinkberry
Crib: Dwell Studio Mid-Century French White
Animal Artwork (10″x13″ framed with mat): The Animal Print Shop
Loloi Sahara Rug: RugsUSA
Crib Sheet Auggie Painted Stripe in Grey
Pendant Lamp: Jonathan Adler 
Grey Pillow: West Elm
Pink Pillow: HD Buttercup
Blocks, Red Sailboat, and Squirrel Plush Toy: Poketo
Bunny Plush Toy: oh, albatross
Dresser and Chair: Thrift Shop Finds
Changing Tray: Room and Board
Felt Ottoman: Ligne Roset
Designer: Sharon Montrose

We’re working on more Nursery Projects, so be sure to stay tuned. Watch for Sharon’s instagram sneak peek’s (@sharonmontrose) #theanimalprintshopnurseryproject

(Photos by Joe Schmelzer for The Animal Print Shop)