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Modern Safari Nursery

Baby fever y’all! It’s real. And it hits when you least expect it! Though I’m tooootally not in baby zone quite yet, it doesn’t stop me from oogling tiny toes and pinning nurseries left right and center. And at the top of said nursery pin board? This little dude’s modern meets safari digs. Designed by Barette Widell and photographed by Renee Dickerson, there’s more where this came from right here! 

From Barette at Widell Designs… When we found out we were having a baby the very first thing I thought about was how I was going to decorate the nursery. I couldn’t wait to find out the sex and in fact started buying things for a baby girl since I was convinced that’s what we were having. When we found our we were having a boy not only did we have a name picked out, but we also had all this baby girl stuff to return! I decided that I still wanted to go with the same theme which was a “modern” safari theme. I wanted to keep the colors calm and relaxing whether a boy or girl. I decided to use an old vintage safari themed Gucci scarf that was my moms as the inspiration for the room and pulled shades of blues, grey’s, and taupe from it. I also wanted to mix patterns to make sure it wasn’t all to matchy matchy and fun animal elements have a fun playful feel to the modern room.

Photography: Renee Dickerson | Blue Rug, Elephant Lamp, Pillows, Baskets, Toys, + Books: Homegoods | Changing Table Cover, Hanging Lamp, + Bedding: Olio Studio | Crib: Maclaren + Netto Collection | Custom Blanket: Pottery Barn Kids | Dresser, Day Bed, + Rocking Chair: West Elm | Elephant Hamper: The Classy Home | Hand-Woven Giraffe: Cabo, Mexico | Nursery Decor + Design: Barette Widell | Pictures: The Animal Print Shop | Vintage Safari Art: Vintage Gucci Silk Scarf | Woven Ottoman: Target

DIY Felted Ball Mobile

Most everyone here at SMP headquarters is either on mat leave, has just returned from said leave, or has recently announced that they’re expecting. There are maybe two of us who joke that there’s something in the SMP water, and we’re crossing our fingers it’s not contagious (hashtag NotReady). But then we create a DIY the likes of this one, and I start to second guess myself. Because, you guys? It’s so cute!!

MaterialsWool roving in various colors
Embroidery thread in various colors
Clear fishing line
Dish soap
10” embroidery hoop
Sewing needle
Hot glue gun & glue sticks


step-1Fill a mixing bowl with hot water and mix in a bit of dish soap.

step-2Take a small tuft of wool roving and dip in the water and roll lightly between your palms for several minutes until a ball forms. Keep adding wool to the ball until the ball is an inch or so in diameter. Squeeze the ball of any excess water and place on a towel to dry.

step-3Repeat step 2 until you have about 40-45 felted balls. If the water cools as you go, refresh it with more hot water. Don’t stress about the size of the balls, it’s good to have a variety of sizes. Make sure you have several balls in each color of wool.

step-4While the balls are drying (1-2 hours), prepare the wooden hoop. Use the inner hoop of the embroidery hoop (without the metal bracket). Glue one end of a strand of embroidery thread to the inside of the hoop, and wrap the thread tightly around the hoop. Keep wrapping until several inches of the hoop are covered. To change colors as you wrap, just knot in a new color thread, trim the excess thread, and keep wrapping. When you reach the other end, glue the thread to the inside of the hoop. Repeat in 4 more sections around the hoop.

step-5Cut a 12” length of fishing line and knot one end. Thread the other end through the needle and string on a felted ball. Tie another knot several inches above the ball and thread on another ball. Repeat until there are 3 or 4 balls on the strand.

step-6Repeat step 5 until you have 13 strands of felted balls and set aside.

step-7Tie a strand of fishing line down the center of the hoop. Tie a second strand perpendicular to the first, to form a cross of fishing line in the center of the hoop. Put a dot of glue on each end of fishing line to keep the lines from shifting.

step-8Tie (4) 24” strands of fishing line to the embroidery hoop, spaced evenly apart. Hot glue in place. Gather the strands and tie to a hook in the ceiling above your crib, making sure the hoop hangs evenly.

step-9Tie on the strands of felted balls, starting with one strand in the center of the fishing line cross. Then tie one strand on each leg of the fishing line cross. Tie the remaining strands around the embroidery hoop, evenly spaced. Dot each strand with hot glue so the line doesn’t shift. Cut any excess fishing line, and enjoy your new mobile!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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Bedroom Design by the Novogratz + A GIVEAWAY

Hello, my name is Jacquelyn and I am a Novogratz junky! But can you blame me? What with their booming design business, line of awesome products and plethora of talented kiddos? These fine folks are kicking butt and taking names! They’re not afraid to think outside the box, and we’ve got a collection of awesome bedrooms to prove it (plus a giveaway below)!

10 Novogratz Bedrooms
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And in celebration of their new “bed in a bag” line of products, we’ve lined up quite the giveaway. Let’s take a quick moment to pore over the awesome bedding, shall we?

Amazing, yes? Well we’re giving away FOUR of them to four lucky SMPers! Simply enter below…

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