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.

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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.”

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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!

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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.

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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)

Round Up: Nursery Pillows.

It’s a problem we’ve encountered on repeat: every time we set out to design a nursery, we look high and low to find accent pillows that are sophisticated, yet mixed with a bit of sweetness and whimsy. We figured we weren’t the only ones, so today we’re sharing a few standouts from our search, which include pinwheels and polka dots, mushrooms and mountains, spunky stripes and forest friends. Here’s to sweet dreaming. nursery-baby-room-pillow-roundup

1. Proud Mary Grey Dot Pillow, $128
2. Ferm Living Whale Cushion, $69
3. Josef Frank Fabric Pillow, $80
4Sukan pink polka-dot pillow, $50
5OYOY Button Cushion, $45
6. Mountain pillow by Colette Bream, $68
7. Camper Organic Pillow by A Little World, $32 
8. Almond and rose cushion by Les Petits Bohemes, about $104
9. Bobby Chair Garden Cushion by Lucky Boy Sunday, $80
10. Donna Wilson Town House Cushion, $74
11. Fig the Fox pillow by Sleepy King, $38
12. Solitaire Toadstool Cushion, about $66

Products We Love: Whale Tissue Holders.

This season, we’re turning to these wooden whale tissue holders to help combat our colds and allergies (all of us at the shop have been hit with the cold that’s been gong around!). Made by hand and available in an array of spring colors, they’re just what the doctor ordered. (Plus, the boxes come in a variety of animal shapes, including elephant, dinosaur, rabbit, or pony.) Consider us cured.

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Made by Sparkly Pony. Shop more on Etsy, here.

Inspired Finds: Baby Chick.

Easter’s coming, and we’re well-prepared. To commemorate the special day, we’ve got chocolate chicks, a stoneware egg crate, a sassy tote bag, and a pillowcase too cute for words. Further, for those who are extra committed, we’ve found the world’s chicest backyard chicken coop, and a woven basket for collecting – what else? – Easter eggs. We think Baby Chick would approve.

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1. Egg crate, $12
2. Chocolate chick, $8
3. Modern chicken coop
4. Woven basket, $22.50
5. Pillowcase, $14
6. Tote bag, $18

Boy Nursery Design: Cruz’s Quarters.

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“I don’t think a donkey is everyone’s first choice when it comes to creating a nursery,” says Priscila Barros, creator of Babiekins Magazine and mother to 7-month-old Cruz, whose white and gold bedroom features a custom-made clothing rack, polka dot sheets, and our very own Donkey print. “Most people might go for a softer, ‘cuter’ animal like a baby chick or a lamb – but there was just something that I loved about this donkey.”

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So what was it, exactly, that drew Priscila to our pal? “When I was a little girl, I used to pass the cutest donkey while helping clean stalls on my dad’s ranch. It had bright yellow teeth, a strange patch of hair on his forehead, and a loud, screechy voice. So maybe, in a way, the donkey print reminds me of a special time in my childhood. It also reminds me to be patient and kind (like the donkey I knew) – things I hope Cruz grows up to be.”  

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The nursery’s array of textiles – a sheepskin throw here, personality-packed pillows by Colette Bream there – add warmth and a wink; the patterned ceiling brings depth. “The triangles are gold decals put up by our interior designer Amy Fjeldsted. She mapped out the whole ceiling so it wouldn’t be crooked, and put each up by hand. Cruz loves to stare up at the shapes,” Priscila says. “Actually, when we started the design process, I only had a few concrete elements in mind – knew I wanted some sort of design on the ceiling, and I knew that I wanted that donkey. That was about it!” 

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We’re thrilled he’s found such a loving home – thank you to Priscila and Cruz for sharing this room with us! Photos by Angelina Lopez.