Today’s real nursery comes to us from photography studio owner Laura Novak of Little Nest Portraits, a boutique children’s portrait studio with multiple locations outside the Philadelphia area.

Name: Andrew, 11 Weeks
Location: Wilmington, DE

I started out with items that I really love and went from there. I think if you start with items, colors and prints you naturally gravitate toward, you will be surprised how much it all goes together. My Pinterest board helped me edit and figure out what really went together. I found that to be a really fun and easy way to design vs. buying something and then getting it into the room, only to realize it didn’t work.

This is the entrance to the nursery, which is a very small room in our city row home, so I had to be smart with each area of the space. The Stokke crib, chair, and mobile were hand me downs from a friend (fortunate, I know… but scour craigslist and you can get really lucky). The rug was $60 from RugsUSA during their Cyber Monday sale. The chest was found at an antique store for $35. I decoupaged the front of the chest with a piece of Cavallini Elephant wrapping paper from Paper Source that cost $4. Voila! A beautiful chest for under $50 that holds all Andrew’s blankets and snuggly things.

I love graphic, modern prints and clean lines, so that pulled the room together in terms of which types of prints and patterns I chose. The shades were a splurge – Dwell Studio fabric from The Shade Store. Hopefully this is a print that can stay with him for a long time.

I had the felt animal head from a studio display and knew I always wanted to use that for a baby’s room someday, so that is what started the jungle animal theme. I’m also a huge animal lover (we have two rescue dogs) so sharing that passion for animals with Andrew came naturally to me. Other jungle themed elements include the elephant clock from Decoy Lab ($68) and a $25 Rifle Paper print in an antique frame I found at an antique store.

The changing table is Dwell Studio that I got at a floor sample sale at Giggle in Washington DC. The photos above the table came from Little Nest Portraits – my other ‘splurge’ in the room. My long term my plan is to put his six month and one year photo on either side of the wall collection, and then eventually move the entire collection to a long upstairs hallway once we grow into a bigger home or have a second child, whichever comes first. Andrew loves to look at his wall collection and giggle. It makes changing diapers so fun! I didn’t realize that by putting the collection in black & white, he would enjoy it so much at an early age.

The Landmark books that I used to read as a kid on top of the shelves came from my childhood home and were inherited from my grandmother. The lamp, which is perfect for night feedings, came from a gift store in New Hope, PA. It was something we already had and it just flowed in the room.


Crib – Stokke
Giraffe Print ($45) – Sarah Jane Studios
Rug ($60) – RugsUSA
Chest ($35) –  antique store
Elephant on Chest – Cavallini Elephant wrapping paper
Shades – Dwell Studio fabric from The Shade Store
Felt Animal Head ($80)  –  Roost
Floating bookshelves ($15) –
Giraffe wall decal ($15) –
Elephant clock ($68) – Decoy Lab ($68)
Rifle Paper Animal Print ($25) – antique store, but currently available online
Changing Table – Dwell Studio
Side table – Target
Elephant box – Thomas Paul from One Kings Lane
Vintage Industrial Letter A – Restoration Hardware
Giraffe and Elephant – Restoration Hardware
Shelves – West Elm
Shag Pillow – Target
“A” pillow – etsy


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2. Baby Y's Nursery: Cheap and Cheerful by Mrs. Yoyo
3. Noah's Nautical Nest by Mrs. Hide and Seek
4. Liam's Nursery: After by mrs. tictactoe
5. Big Reveal: Baby H's Nursery! by Mrs. Hopscotch
6. Baby Stroller's Navy and White Elephant Nursery by Mrs. Stroller
7. Baby Stroller's BIG Baby Nursery by Mrs. Stroller
8. Sienna’s Nursery Reveal by Mrs. Sunglasses
9. Real Nursery: Andrew's Modern Jungle by Mini Spaces
10. Lilly Grace's Feminine Floral Bedroom by Mini Spaces
11. Aimee's Gender Neutral Nursery by Mini Spaces