When I found out that my long-time friend and agent, Kim, was expecting a little one, I secretly hoped she’d ask me to help out with their nursery. She reps a lot of amazing designers so I didn’t want to be presumptuous, but was super excited to dive in when she did ask! Kim told me she wanted a jungle theme for the nursery, which of course is totally up my ally — but since Kim‘s style and home is a bit ‘quieter’ than mine, I brought in a lot of personality but was conscious to not make it feel too over the top.
The initial design
Here is the initial design for the space. At about 10′ X 6′, the room is pretty small, so it was a fun challenge to make the space feel a little bigger. We started with the mural. I designed the mural for a past collection, and it didn’t make it into the final assortment, so I was thrilled when Kim asked if we could resurrect it for the nursery. It was custom printed for the room, so I nudged some of the design elements around so that no important things were cut off by the window.
Kim says the high contrast of the black and white means that baby Chase is mesmerized by the mural, and they go through and look at the animals together each day, practicing animal names. Oy! My heart can’t stand the cute-ness!!
From there we began to layer on other items. Kim asked for a jungle theme, but we both wanted to interpret it softly — with black and white as an anchor to the space, a calm splashes of color. We chose yellow/gold and aqua for the splashes.
We selected furniture pieces with a petite footprint, like this tower from Lulu and Georgia. The glider, also from Lulu and Georgia, has a small footprint (as far as comfy rocking chairs go), and the soothing aqua color is perfect for the space.
Double the rug, Double the love!
We doubled up on rugs from my collection with Loloi. Fante (the elephant rug) is based directly on one of my drawings. The other rug, from our Symbology collection, is inspired by Moroccan rugs. The yellow and aqua accents woven through it make it the perfect addition to this space. I love the look of them together, too.
I had so much fun with this space for Kim and baby Chase, and that Kim says that this is the definition of “Come home to good vibes” for her — makes it all the better. So excited to watch Chase grow up in here.
Here are all sources for Chase’s nursery:
Elephant Laundry Hamper: Home Depot Home Decorators Collection
Tower Shelf: Lulu and Georgia
Beaded Mirror: Lulu and Georgia
Glider: Lulu and Georgia
Crib: Amazon Home
Crib Sheet: Amazon Home
Orion Egg Lamps: Mitzi Lamps at Lamps Plus
Zebra Wall Art: Coco and Blu on Etsy
You are So Loved Wall Art: Coco and Blue on Etsy
Elephant/Giraffe Wall Art: The Cartorialist
Symbology Rug By Justina Blakeney for Loloi: Jungalow
Fante Rug: Jungalow
Fela Fringe Wall Pendant by Justina Blakeney: Shades of Light
Wallpaper Mural: Custom made by Jungalow by Justina Blakeney
Changing Table/Dresser: All Modern
Justina Blakeney Chi Chi Hook Pillow (similar): Jungalow
Design and Photoggraphy, J. Blakeney for Jungalow