February 11, 2013

Nursery Design: Stefan’s Stripes

It may have been the first nursery commission of his career, but when it came to the design of baby Stefan’s soothing, sunlit bedroom, Patrick Hamilton was full of inspiration.

“My clients wanted happy, calm, and cool” the designer explains. “Also, the gender of the incoming resident was a surprise for all, so we had to be flexible. Notknowing made the choices really fun. Each decision had to be tempered by the next, to make sure we got a masculine-feminine balance – which all good rooms need, not just surprise nurseries!”

After settling on a gender-neutral wildlife theme, Patrick set to work, choosing a bold Marimekko printed fabric as a unifying element. A pair of portraits from The Animal Print Shop followed soon after.

“I knew pretty early on that I wanted Baby Chick, for its puff of soft yellow, ” says Patrick. And, Stefan’s parents refer to the little man as “Stefanchik,” making the print an especially apt choice.

“I also settled on the Lamb Close-up, primarily for the color – white was a very intentional color choice in this room. And then there was the whole “counting sheep” thing – which may be wishful thinking in a nursery, sometimes!”

White frames and custom 8-ply mats were selected for the prints’ display, while furniture from Room and Board, West Elm, and CB2; a mobile from Land of Nod, and animal-themed lighting from Jonathan Adler added tasteful, stylish flair.

Patrick’s favorite details?

“I love the stripes and the painted ceiling.” he says. “But really, I love how it feels, at all times of day and night. And it was a real joy to use the animal prints. I know that as Stefan gets older, they will help him understand things about the natural world beyond his door. I can’t think of anything better than that!”

We’re honored. Thank you, Patrick, for bringing this beautiful room to our attention!

Photos by Jody Kivort.

December 21, 2012

Molly Sims’ nursery + little darlings

We finally got our hands on these beautiful new images of the nursery Kishani Perera and Layla Grayce designed for Molly Sim’s sweet baby, Brooks.

What a gorgeous, calm space. Oh, and hello amazing Sputnik light fixture!

Kishani made us proud with grouping ten of our Little Darlings for baby Brooks to wake up to.

Other highlights include the Austin Crib with matching Savannah Changer, a wood carved giraffe, a fun Ellie Side Table, and a whole lot of beautiful, soft textiles.

Photographed by Laure Joliet for Kishani Perera and The Animal Print Shop.

October 24, 2012

The Fun Lux Nursery

The Animal Print Shop is setting out to inspire our customers with high-design spaces. First up, The Fun Lux Nursery: A sophisticated space filled with soft textiles and glam gold touches.

Collaborating with us to kick off the The Animal Print Shop Nursery Project, interior designer Morgan Satterfield brought the Fun Lux Nursery to life in Palm Springs, CA.

Mixing modern design with vintage accents, we created a modern and glamorous nursery, without sacrificing comfort. The Animal Print Shop’s Baby Animal Nursery Art complemented by an unexpected coral and navy palate, and soft neutral textiles accented by a bold, focal point patterned wall of random chevrons.

Other features are a vintage brass lotus light fixture and an old knock-off Dorothy Draper dresser Satterfield brought back to life after finding it stripped to bare wood on Craigslist. In place of a mobile, a glistening tissue tassel garland blows in the desert breeze.


Thank you so much to Rove Concepts and Oeuf for contributing to the room. The giveaway we ran for this room is now closed, but make sure you like our facebook page to stay tuned for more Nursery Projects, giveaways, and news to come!Interior Design: Morgan Satterfield
(Room Photographed for The Animal Print Shop by Laure Joliet.)

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

October 21, 2012

Kids Room Design: Isabelle Grace

To say that Shelley Westerman’s three-year-old daughter, Isabelle, likes giraffes would be understating things a little. “My daughter loves giraffes,” Shelley says. “She has stuffed giraffes taking over her room.”

Indeed, Isabelle (Izzy, for short) shares a bedroom – a “big girl room” designed by her mother – with quite a few long-necked friends, including our very own Baby Giraffe.

“Without question, I knew The Animal Print Shop’s baby giraffe prints were for her,” says Shelley. I went with a white mat and frame so the giraffe would take center stage. I didn’t want anything taking away from that cuteness.”

The room’s furniture and decor reflect a thoughtful balance of old and new. “My favorite details are the dresser and the wingback chair she inherited from her great-grandmother. They were reworked so they would work in the space, but I love having these pieces as part of Izzy’s everyday life.”

Many of the room’s other heartfelt touches – the sapphire-hued throw pillow, the polka-dotted sock monkey, the paper pom poms in various shades of pink and red – are handmade. “Not only does making my own accessories slash cost, it’s also nice knowing she has a one-of-a-kind item made special just for her,” says Shelley, who managed to design and decorate the room for just $350.

“When decorating her room, I wanted to make sure I chose items that would have staying power. I didn’t want it all to feel so young now that everything would need to be redone in a couple of years – I think a child’s room can be mature and sweet at the same time.”

And speaking of sweet: “One of Izzy’s favorite things to do is feed the giraffes at our local zoo,” says Shelley. “Her favorite is a male named Emmett – he always licks her. When she first saw the giraffe prints, she asked it they were of Emmett. I might have told her they were his baby pictures.”

We love that. Thank you so much for sharing, Shelley and Izzy!


September 26, 2012

Nursery Design: Grayson William.

Grayson William’s Chapel Hill, NC nursery may be baby-friendly, but don’t get the wrong idea – the decor, punctuated with shades of blue and gray, is decidedly un-babyish. “Overall, I just wanted a clean modern vibe for the room,” says his mother, furniture and interior designer Tracy Kalman Jordan.

“My favorite details in the room are the animal prints – particularly the babywhite tiger; he has the sweetest face – and the nostalgic items, such as the vintage wooden train set that belonged to my brother when he was a child,” says Tracy.

“I used white Ribba gallery frames from Ikea for the prints, which are simple, clean, and work well with the room’s modern look. I loved all of the animals, but in the end, I chose based mainly on color scheme and facial expression. I didn’t have a particular animal theme for the room, so I was open to choose the ones that spoke to me.”

Baby Grayson is a fan of the prints, too-he will stare at them forever! He loves the baby kangaroo, in particular,” Tracy says. “Not sure if he’s drawn to its ears or what!”

Tracy’s nursery-ware shops of choice? Ikea (for my pendant light fixture, the bookcase, and several stuffed animals”), Overstock.com (“great for rugs”), and West Elm (where she found her patterned drapes and felt storage bins). Birch tree wall decals came from the Etsy shop Artwall Project.

“The best place to shop, however,” she says, “is in your own home. I pulled in lamps and a side table from another room, and repurposed an old dresser by painting it gray. Moving items from room to room helps keep everything fresh and new.”

Thank you so much for sharing, Tracy!

Nursery photos by Tracy Kalman Jordan.

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