Vintage Travel & Safari Baby Boy Room

Vintage Travel & Safari Baby Boy Room

Now that Camden is almost 2 yrs old, I’m just getting to photographing his room.  There were a few unfinished projects that dragged on for the first year.  No, I didn’t have the nursery perfectly decorated before he arrived.  Gasp!  And he was two weeks late.  Just keeping it real, ladies!

There are a couple things that I am not satisfied with, but I wanted to share before he actually turns two.  I still can’t believe my baby boy is going to be two soon!

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This room was originally Arabella’s room painted this color with the crib and changing table.  I used pinks and aquas to accent, so I definitely had to switch it up for a boy!  I wanted the room to have a vintage travel feel with some modern animal prints and colors.  My inspiration piece was the giraffe bust in the picture frame and some old cameras and travel cases.


Most of the items in the room were free including the crib and changing table which are vintage (mine).  My mom bought these baskets and lined them with the polka dot fabric for Arabella’s room.  I decided to use the turquoise and chocolate brown for Cam’s room, so I wouldn’t have to change a lot.  The basket on the wall holds diapers, wipes and some lotion.  I took this frame off a ballerina picture that is hanging in Arabella’s room and made this animal print background with extra fabric leftover from the glider cushions.  Camden loved looking up at it when he was little with all the contrast of chocolate brown and cream.


The glider was a hand-me-down gift from a friend of a friend.  It was oak with a hunter green and burgundy tapestry pattern.  John spray painted it this color for me, and my mom sewed the cushion covers.  It turned out so cute.  I found this table on the side of the road and brought it home.  A couple coats of creamy white paint, and I had a table for putting my drink and phone on during those middle of the night feedings.  A lot of late night pinning on Pinterest happened there.


My dad built these cubes to look like some I saw in an Ikea catalog.  The cameras were my grandpas.  The one in the middle is a movie camera that he used to take movies of my mom when she was a baby.  The blue container actually holds a movie reel of my mom and dad when they were teenagers.  The patch under the picture frame is from Philmont, a boy scout ranch in New Mexico where John worked for a few summers as a back country staff member building trails.  I know he would love to take Camden there one day!

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This was the actual projector that my grandpa used to show the home movies.  The globe was my piggy bank as a child.  It’s interesting to look at it and see how many borders and countries have changed since then.


This suitcase was my other grandfather’s when he was in the navy, I think.  I love how it has his name printed on it.  Even though they have both passed away, I felt like it was really special to fill my little boys room with things that belonged to his great-grandfathers.


This dresser was an oak dresser from a friend.  My dad painted it creamy white for me since I was pregnant, and used a black stain on top to create a dark walnut stain.  The handles were brass, but we spray painted them Oil Rubbed Bronze by Rust-Oleum.  You can see the top in the photo above.  Not bad for an ugly old dresser!


The roman blinds were a project from Adventures in Dressmaking.  You use mini blinds to make them.  John figured it out and did them after my mom and I procrastinated until after Camden was born.  All in all, it didn’t take a huge budget to change this formerly girly room into a vintage travel safari room for Cam.


Hope this inspires you to spend less and repurpose old things in a new way!





  1. Camden’s room really looks good! Love the colors and the way you arranged the frames together in the corner above the crib. Nice how you were able to still use most the colors in his room without changing everything. Great look and they both enjoy the room together. Makes a mama happy! ♡

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