Nursery Design: Urban Jungle.

Animal print: it’s as polarizing as Sarah Palin. It can be a whole lotta wrong, or a whole lotta right, depending how it’s used or who it’s on. I picked up a pair of cheetah print peep toe pumps the other day, and as I was paying for them, remember hearing somewhere that “animal print is like a neutral.” I wish I knew the person to credit with this ridiculous genius thought, but I like it. As a stay-at-home mom, I'm not really sure when I'll get to show off my new cheetah print heels, but I know that when I do, I will completely rock them. The good news is that you don't have to limit animal print to your outfit accessories - a graphic zebra print looks hot with neutrals or a single bright color, like yellow or fuchsia. The cheetah print is the perfect pattern in a neutral-hued room. And surprisingly, they work well together against a palette of warm browns, beige and ivories.

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However, the last I heard, kids don't really like beige. For the little ones, why not do animal prints with a twist? Starting off with the amazing Jonathan Adler zebra pattern rug, then adding in a bit of an urban landscape with the Dwell Studio Skyline Light Blue bedding and layering on a few fun accessories, I created a bright and totally beige-free nursery look.

1. Dwell Studio Fabric, 2. Clever Tomato Print and Print, 3. Room & Board Nelson Pendant, 4. Dwell Studio Crib Bedding, 5. Danish Rocking Sheep, 6. Room & Board Nelson Bubble Lamp, 7. West Elm Side Table, 8. Serena & Lily Glider, 9. Jonathan Adler Rug, 10. Plan Toys Zebra Pull Toy

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