{Nursery Ideas} Gray and White Elephant


Modern Baby Nursery Ideas - Gray and White - Elephants - Gender Neutral

I’ve posted pics of SJ’s nursery before, but not since it’s been completely finished. And not since I”ve learned how to use my Canon T3i better. 😉

When you have 3 boys…trying to come up with another “boy themed” room is not easy.

I’ve done blue. I’ve done green. So I knew I wanted to do something more modern and light for SJ!

Who doesn’t love gray and white stripes? And elephants?

Modern Baby Nursery Ideas For Boys

Gray Stripe Color: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl (OC-52)

Nursery ideas birth announcement sign

Thanks to Tonya from Love of Family and Home I now have this lovely personalized birth announcement sign to match his room!

Most of the furniture in SJ’s room was hand-me-down. That’s what happens when you become baby #3.

Modern Baby Nursery

This changing table has been through all three of the boys and it’s still going strong! I found those adorable wall elephants on clearance at Hobby Lobby!

Nursery Ideas Boy

This lovely piece of furniture…use to be mine in college. We did a quick little paint job on it and a hardware switch and voila…it’s like new!

Gray and White Elephant Nursery

All of the bedding was custom made from a family friend. I picked out my fabric on Fabric.com. It is a Michael Miller fabric called zoology and I just love the pop of teal!

Again, staying on the “hand-me-down” theme…we have the refurbished bookcase that almost went in the trash. I talked the hubby in to letting me keep it and paint it white. His trash is my treasure. :)

Nursery ideas glider

The chair is my FAVORITE piece in my entire house. Literally.

It’s from PoshTots and it’s the Regal Loose in Opheila Dove…and it’s such a statement piece. Not to mention, comfy!

Nursery Glider

Another sweet sign with words that mean so much.

Nursery Ideas Wall Art


Ahhhhh! My heart melts when I read it!

Here is a view from the entrance of his room.

Nursery Ideas Monogram

This mirror actually came on a dresser that I found on Craigslist and I had it stored for awhile. I really thought I would never find a use for it.

Nursery Ideas Mirror

I added the custom monogram and I think it totally makes the entrance very elegant and welcoming. I can’t remember where exactly I ordered the monogram from, but it was somewhere on etsy.

Do you love or hate the curtains? It was the one piece in the room that my husband was like, “HUH??” He felt like he was being hypnotized. Hehe! I kinda like the extra funky fabric personally.

Boy Nursery Ideas

More elephant love…

Elephant Nursery

…the boys actually like to pretend he’s a horse and ride him.

Nursery Ideas Elephant Wall Art

I also ordered these elephant vinyl prints for $5 on etsy {can not remember which shop} and then put them on picture frames. The background is just wrapping paper!

Nursery Ideas Elephant

I will be sad when SJ grows up and wants a “big boy” room. I want to keep this room forever!

Want to see how I transformed this room? Check it out here.

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  1. Christy says

    I love how the new baby room turned out. We are expecting our first in May and I have decieded on a gray, white and yellow theme. We don’t know what we are having yet so I’m staying neutral. Anyways I was thinking of doing gray and white strips and then a chalk board on one wall. You mentioned how hard it was to choose the perfect gray and that is the problem I’m having. The gray you choose is perfect would you mind please sharing the color with me? It would really help this stressed out pregnant girl out.
    Thanks so much!

  2. Jessica says

    Adorable!!! Did you paint the crib white too? If so, what type of paint did you use? I have a brown hand me down crib I want paint white, just not sure what is safe to use!

  3. Marissa says

    Hi Mandy,
    LOVE the grey and white nursery. Can you tell me where you got the curtain fabric and if there is a name for it? Thanks so much!

  4. Amanda says

    I have a question about the background color of the zoology fabric. Is it black or more navy? I can’t tell from the pictures. Thanks!

    • MamaBear says

      The zoology fabric is charcoal (dark grey) background. I just bought some and I had the same question before it arrived. :)

  5. Margaret says

    Hi! I am also doing an elephant themed nursery and I used the Zoology in Sea fabric by Michael Miller for the bedding, etc.! I love your son’s nursery! I was wondering where you got the big stuffed elephant that you said your boys like to ride as a horse? I would love to find one for my son’s nursery! Thank you!!

    • says

      Hi Margaret! It’s Melissa & Doug…I think you can get it on Amazon. Mine was a gift, but she got it at a local store here that sells Melissa & Doug.

  6. Ashley says

    Very nice! I’ve been looking for a ceiling fan like that! Do you mind sharing where it was purchased? Or what brand it is?


  7. Emily Denton says

    I love love love this nursery….what fabric is in the inside of the bumper? Is that micheal miller as well or is that part of the zoology fabric. I just love that color against the gray and black. thank you

    • Emily Denton says

      I also had another question, did the person who made your bumper make your sheets for the crib as well? I just really love the whole crib set and have yet to find anything close to it that I like. Would she be willing to make these things and ship if the price is right or does she just do it as a hobby???? Please excuse all my questions but I’m lost and only have 4 months left :/. Thanks for your help

      • MamaBear says

        The fabrics for the bedding set are:
        Michael Miller Baby Dumb Dot Charcoal (skirt)
        Michael Miller Baby Zoology Sea (outside bumper)
        and for the teal you might try either:
        Kaufman Flannel Solid Aqua or
        Michael Miller Cotton Couture Broadcloth Luna or
        Michael Miller Cotton Couture Broadcloth Aqua or
        Free Spirit Designer Solid Broadcloth Aqua or
        Pure Organic Solid Aqua
        I’m not sure what fabric it is but those would all work.
        Looks like she used dark grey satin binding and satin ties for the bumper.
        The curtains are:
        Michael Miller Baby Feelin Groovy Charcoal
        I have a bit of a Michael Miller obsession, so I LOVE what she did to make the bedding!!

  8. krissy says

    love your nursury and we are thinking of doing the grey stripe too in ours.. what color of white did you use.. my husband is convinced its not a white and more of a light touch of grey. :) let me know. thanks!

  9. Stephanie Shaar says

    Hi Mandy – love the nursery! The color scheme is similar to ours for our twin boys (now almost 6 months old). I was afraid the white would not be “manly” enough, but with the gray colors and blue (we accented with a smoky dark blue), some vintage toy cars and hot air balloons, it’s perfect! And like no other. I’ve really enjoyed reading through your blog today! :)

  10. Megan says

    Love this nursery, just curious where the crib was from? I saw a similar one online at babysrus by babyletto but was interested in the quality!

  11. kathy says

    Love your nursery! Could you please tell me the name of your ceiling fan and where you purchased it. Thank you!

  12. McKenzie Call says

    I LOVE your sign that says “This is the start of your sweet little story. . . “, but I’ve looked at Sycamore Street Press, and as far as I could tell, they don’t let you change the color. Where did you get yours?

  13. Sarah says

    Hey! I love your entire home and blog:) I saw that you listed the gray color you used for the stripes, is the other wall a different gray? Thanks, Sarah

  14. says

    Any chance you could give a quick review on the glider… How well did it hold up? We bought one from babies r us with our first and was very disappointed that only after a few months it really broke down. Hoping to find a sturdier- conifer replacement

    Love your style!!

    • says

      It’s still going strong many many years later. :) It’s not the softest…more sturdy. But I love it! I don’t have a baby anymore but I use it in our bedroom now!


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