Carnival at the Baby's Animal Sanctuary Nursery

by Carrie
(Lexington, KY)

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Ice Cream Cart Changing Table
Owl and Bunting Banner Window Treatment
Vintage Locker Unit and Side Wall

My husband and I are HUGE animal lovers, so I knew that our baby on the way's nursery MUST revolve around animals...very happy, colorful, whimsical animals! We needed a gender neutral nursery since we are holding out for the world's greatest surprise!



So, I chose a vintage inspired red, golden yellow and an aqua blue for the color scheme. It was also a top priority that the nursery be very eco-friendly with a focus on handmade and recycled items. Decorating this room was truly a labor of love!


To start, a very talented friend of mine painted the stripes on the walls, the frames around the windows and the sky mural on the ceiling. I added the details. There are stars, butterflies, a plane, a kite, a sun, etc. all painted with VOC free Mythic Paints. I also painted the ceiling medallion to give it a circus-y feel.

Our next project was the changing table. I refurbished a primitive kitchen cabinet found at a local flea market and painted it to look like a retro ice cream cart inspired by the Alison Jay giclee painting hanging above it.

I also redid the hot air balloon hanging above the changing table. I repainted a "balloon" that my friend had crafted, added the basket and a clay rabbit passenger that I made. Then I tacked on fishing net to add an antique touch.

I found a $45 dresser at Goodwill and repainted it to coordinate with the color scheme to use as storage for blankets and burp cloths. It is topped with fun little vintage accessories. There are glass jars filled with wooden blocks and fishing lures and a sale lamp from Hobby Lobby that I repainted.

The window treatments are simple Ikea curtains and sheers adorned with kitschy flea market owls that I repainted that are "holding" a fabric bunting banner that I found on Etsy.

I ordered an unfinished Kalon Caravan Crib (made with sustainable wood) and painted it myself. My wonderful mom made the pillows and crib skirt.

The ceiling pendant light was a basic Lowe's linen pendant that I painted with scrolls and added handmade red pom poms to the edges.

The nursery rocker is an Ikea Poang rocking chair that I painted. And again, my awesome mom made the chevron cover for the ottoman and I added the wooden blue legs.

I created the faux polar bear rug using FLOR squares (made from 100% recycled materials) by cutting the edges.

My last favorite item is a colorful 1970s locker unit that I rescued several years ago from a loading dock. It was headed to the dumpster but now it is the perfect solution for storing baby clothes and supplies.

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit to the carnival at the baby's animal sanctuary nursery and that you will vote for my nursery pictures to win Unique Baby Gear Ideas' baby photo contest.

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Just wow
by: Nicole

I love it! So beautiful and cheerful. Very well done! Thanks for sharing and providing such complete details.

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Love it ... Love it
by: Cindy P

So adorable! You are sooo talented!

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wow
by: Anonymous

What a fun and festive nursery....their new addition will love coming home to this beautiful room.

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magazine quality
by: Anonymous

This nursery is gorgeous and looks like it belongs in a magazine or home decor book. It is amazing and every little detail is just right. Spectacular!!!!

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Stunning talent!!!!
by: Anonymous

Carrie is an amazing designer. When I first saw pictures of the nursery, I was completely stunned by the magical atmosphere she had created. Her design reflects so much love and shows off her truly creative soul. I can not express in words how inspiring her room design is. Congratulations on such fine work!

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Amazing
by: Deehgee

This is by far the most amazing nursery I've ever seen!

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just magical :)
by: brigitte

gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

i have had the pleasure of seeing this nursery in person and my first thought was that any child who gets a room like this will grow up thinking that anything is possible. it is just magical. now the only thing this nursery needs is a baby!

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Best Zoo Ever
by: Nancy

Baby lovers are so proud of the Sanctuary! The baby will sleep like an angel.

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Squeal Worthy!
by: Carla

My goodness gracious - this nursery is definitely SQUEAL WORTHY!!! The creativity in using colors, textures, ideas, and materials is what sets this nursery apart from other nurseries. You should be a professional nursery decorator.


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Squeal Worthy!
by: Carla

My goodness gracious - this nursery is definitely SQUEAL WORTHY!!! The creativity in using colors, textures, ideas, and materials is what sets this nursery apart from other nurseries. You should be a professional nursery decorator.


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Amaaayzing!!!!
by: June

Delightful color scheme. Can't wait to see the details in person! Fantastic use of recycled and sustainable materials.

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Wow, Wow, Wow
by: Cindy

This is amazingly artistic. Maybe you could design a room for my 7 year old son:) You are so creative and such an artist and I'm sure your child will be too!

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Wow, Wow, Wow
by: Cindy

This is amazingly artistic. Maybe you could design a room for my 7 year old son:) You are so creative and such an artist and I'm sure your child will be too!

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Greatest Baby Room Ever!
by: Ronna

So creative. So fun. I just love this room!

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Wow
by: Joy

Amazed by this nursery and have a habit of showing it to anyone who will listen. It's beautiful, creative and so very artistic <3 Great great great job!

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Speechless
by: Jenny W

Breathtakingly beautiful! I adore the whole room and the obvious deep love that went into every detail. This nursery should be in a magazine! Lucky little bear, oops, baby!

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Baby Heaven
by: Pam

Magical!

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So Clever...
by: Karen H.

..and such a wonderful use of colour !!
Lucky baby !!

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Awesome nursery!
by: Anonymous

Such an awesome nursery that any baby would love!

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What A Treasure
by: Sheree C

You took time to enjoy! The greatest gift this child can receive is well in motion. This room speaks of the greatest joy. The treasures of this journey abound.

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Beautiful and unique!
by: Anonymous

Love it!
Best wishes!

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Animal sanctuary by Carrie
by: Pam m

So whimsically awesome!

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Funnest Baby Nursery ever!
by: Ria

So creative! What a lucky baby.

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Adorable
by: Sis

Cutest nursery ever!!!!

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Beautiful!
by: Evelyn

What a beautiful nursery! Love the primary colors and theme. Hope you WIN!

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The Best!
by: Lenora

I LOVE your nursery. It is filled with whimsy. I love the colors. It makes me wish I was a baby again so that I could reside in your nursery. Your little one will grow up loving his/her bedroom.

I hope you win! You deserve it.

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Delicious!
by: Julie

who wouldn't want to live in this room!? It has the best of everything.

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Carnival at the baby's animal sanctuary
by: barbara sigelb

Your style, color choices, imagination and beautiful heart make this my favorite, of all time.

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Looking Forward
by: Jean

Amazingly lovely for this baby. All happiness and good wishes from Tucson. <3

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Magical
by: Pam

Sweet baby dreams are going to happen in this room....simply magical!

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The BEST Nursery!
by: Anonymous

I love the uniqueness of this nursery. The colors are restful, yet cheerful, and the creativity abounds!

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An Amazing Artisan!
by: Susan Faye

This amazing Cat Lady and artist has put together an amazing room for one lucky kitten- er- baby! Her sense of whimsy and playful color combos always make me smile and it's been so much fun watching the progress as she has transformed each piece of furniture and each accessory with her signature style. She is amazing!

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Perfect for any child
by: David

My grandchildren would love that room!

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Love it!
by: Anonymous

If i were a baby, i'd love starting out the world in this sanctuary! No way he or she won't grow to be an animal lover!

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Welcome, Baby!!! Welcome!!
by: Pegi

What a beautiful nursery! It has just enough color to bring brightness and cheer and yet it's a calm room. I love everything about it!!!
~ p.s. The kitty adds a nice touch, too!!!~ Pegi

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All smiles
by: Anonymous

Such a sunny feeling in this cleverly done room. No cranky baby possible here!

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Fun! Fun! Fun!
by: Ann Adore

This is a beautiful nursery. Such an enjoyable room to spend time in. Very creative. Very original. Very current. Love the color combination. What a lucky baby :)

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Fun! Fun! Fun!
by: Ann Adore

This is a beautiful nursery. Such an enjoyable room to spend time in. Very creative. Very original. Very current. Love the color combination. What a lucky baby :)

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WOW
by: Tia Hagnas

What am amazing nursery. Simply stunning. It's a room any child would love to grow up in. I kind of want to live in it and I'm 45 (would need a bead instead of a crib though!).

The attention to detail is amazing.

Just goes to show that you can have one of the best nurseries ever without spending a fortune.

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WONDERFUL!
by: Dawn Edmonson

What an absolutely precious, whimsical nursery!!! Such a sweet way to welcome your new baby ~ I just love it!

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wow!!
by: Victoria

Your vision is awe inspiring! And you brought it together absolutely perfectly! I love it!

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this nursery is the best!
by: Anonymous

Everything about this nursery says that the prospective parents love life, and love all living things. This baby will grow in an environment which respects those with whom we share the earth. Bright colors, cheerful images all make for stimulating surroundings for the new arrival! WOW! The nursery has coordinating accents without being overbearing. The palette is stimulating, and the choice of furniture is perfect! What a beautiful way to welcome a most precious gift a family can ever have!

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Amazing!
by: Mona

This is so stunningly beautiful! I am both humbled and inspired by it! Absolutely breathtaking!

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Amazingly creative!
by: Rhonda

I just love your little nursery! It so bright and colorful and full of LOVE! I am so smitten with this. Love the themed idea for the nursery. Very creative.

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Cheerful
by: Anonymous

The word that popped in my mind when I saw this pic on Facebook was "cheerful"!

Love it!

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