A sweet and serene nursery

Home + Garden

September 28, 2023

House of Nomad’s Berkeley Minkhorst designs a soothing, safari-inspired nursery for her newborn son.

by Cathy Martin | photographs by Laura Sumrak

When it was time for House of Nomad co-founder Berkeley Minkhorst to design the nursery for her son, River, it was no surprise she chose an African safari theme. Minkhorst and her design partner, Kelley Lentini, are well-known for their modern, global-inspired spaces.

Like others during the pandemic, Minkhorst and her husband decided to renovate their home, a 1940s Myers Park bungalow. A work-from-home office space quickly transitioned into a nursery after the couple learned they were expecting. 

For the walls, Minkhorst teamed with French wallpaper brand Isidore Leroy to create a serene black-and-white mural design based on Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The savannah wilderness known for its diverse wildlife population — cheetahs, elephants, hippos and more — is a favorite destination of Minkhorst’s. 

The mural is a soothing backdrop for other global accents: The willow chandelier from Stray Dog Designs was crafted by artisans in Mexico, and the jade green rug — previously used in the dining room — is a find from the designer’s first trip to Morocco. Over the changing table, a hand-embroidered textile from Peru symbolizes protection. 

Some items, however, were sourced a little closer to home. Minkhorst discovered the vintage dresser and woven sconce by Mario Lopez Torres — a steal at $50 — while scrolling Facebook Marketplace. 

While River isn’t yet old enough to join his mother on her global excursions, he’s growing up surrounded by handcrafted inspiration from all corners of the world. 

A vintage dresser anchors this wall of a nursery designed by Berkeley Minkhorst, of House of Nomad, for her son.

The Details:

Mural: Isidore Leroy
Crib: Crate & Barrel
Dresser: vintage
Draperies: Moss Studio
Chair and ottoman: Pottery Barn
Ceiling pendant: Stray Dog Designs
Sconce: Mario Lopez Torres, purchased on Facebook Marketplace
Rug: sourced from Morocco SP


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