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  • A vintage-inspired illustration from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.

      A vintage-inspired illustration from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.
    Restoration Hardware

  • A floral giraffe family decal from Toronto-based LittleLion Studio.

      A floral giraffe family decal from Toronto-based LittleLion Studio.
    LittleLion Studio

  • A whale decal from the Toronto-based LittleLion Studio. Think beyond the standard kitty-cat wall border or dino bedding; here are some decor ideas sophisticated enough to please style-minded parents, too.

      A whale decal from the Toronto-based LittleLion Studio. Think beyond the standard kitty-cat wall border or dino bedding; here are some decor ideas sophisticated enough to please style-minded parents, too.
    LittleLion Studio

  • A vintage illustrative-style, warm sepia print from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.

      A vintage illustrative-style, warm sepia print from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.
    Restoration Hardware

  • A giraffe family decal from the Toronto-based LittleLion Studio.

      A giraffe family decal from the Toronto-based LittleLion Studio.
    LittleLion Studio

  • A snake rug created by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, 6-by-9 feet in size, handmade from 100 knot Tibetan wool.

      A snake rug created by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, 6-by-9 feet in size, handmade from 100 knot Tibetan wool.
    The Rug Company

  • The African Animal Art series, offered by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, features vintage illustrative-style sepia prints.

      The African Animal Art series, offered by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, features vintage illustrative-style sepia prints.
    Restoration Hardware

  • A papier mache zebra head, in black and white, freom Dwell Studio.

      A papier mache zebra head, in black and white, freom Dwell Studio.
    Dwell Studio

  • A whale wall decal from the Toronto-based LittleLion Studio.

      A whale wall decal from the Toronto-based LittleLion Studio.
    LittleLion Studio

  • A 9-foot-long fish rug created by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, handmade from 100 knot Tibetan wool, is available from the Rug Company.

      A 9-foot-long fish rug created by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, handmade from 100 knot Tibetan wool, is available from the Rug Company.
    The Rug Company

  • Kids are often enthralled by wild animals, so it's fun to do their rooms with animal-themed decor. This Koala bear family decal is available from the Toronto-based LittleLion Studio.

      Kids are often enthralled by wild animals, so it's fun to do their rooms with animal-themed decor. This Koala bear family decal is available from the Toronto-based LittleLion Studio.
    LittleLion Studio

 
By Kim Cook
For Associated Press

Kids are often enthralled with the wild kingdom, so it's fun to do their rooms with animal-themed decor.

And you can think beyond the standard, kitty-cat wall border or dino bedding; some of today's designs have a sophistication that will please style-minded parents, too.

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So to quote Maurice Sendak: "Let the wild rumpus begin!"

Dwell Studio: This bastion of chic kids' decor offers deer, triceratops, unicorn and zebra papier-mâché wall art that could easily inhabit any room in the house. Owl and unicorn shower curtains are rendered in Dwell's signature muted-color palette. Here too are French textile designer Paule Marrot's high style, textural giclee bird paintings on linen. (www.dwellstudio.com, papier-mâché, $76; shower curtains, $66; Paule Marrot wall art, $2,200)

Ferm Living: Folk-arty silhouettes are the story at this Scandinavian design house. There are friendly tiger, owl and octopus poly-filled cushions and mobiles, a sweet group of bird-shaped cushions, and a snake in fun, stripy organic hues. An unlikely yet whimsical Animal Tower decal stacks a rooster on a giraffe on a dog on a horse on an elephant -- wall art sure to inspire some fantastical storytelling. (www.fermlivingshop.com, cushions, $34.25 and up; mobiles, $45.75; Animal Tower, $110)

RoomMates: Silhouette decals including monkeys, pelicans, turtles and more come packaged together ready to affix in whatever creative narrative strikes your fancy. There are realistic dinosaurs as well, packaged in multiples. (www.roommatesdecor.com, animal decals, $71.49; dinos, $14.49)

Little Lion Studio: Based in Montreal, Leonardo Cortes creates quiet, whimsical-sleepscape wall decals. A family of koalas snoozes in eucalyptus branches; a big yet benign whale takes a little sailboat for a ride. A watchful mommy giraffe can be positioned over the crib, with baby giraffe on the other side. Cortes' simple and charming style is reminiscent of that of Babar's creator, Laurent de Brunhoff. (www.leolittlelion.etsy.com, whale, $45.02; koalas, $81.54 and up; giraffes, $97.03)

Restoration Hardware: Vintage illustrations of rhinos, camels and lions will have children dreaming of exploring Africa. (www.rhbabyandchild.com, artwork, $439)

Rug Company: London-based designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby choose to depict animals the way they behave in the wild, so their Fishes rug features a school of swimmy friends, while a slithering serpent makes his way across the Snake rug. (www.therugcompany.com, $5,508 each)

Mimi Lou: In a past life, Miriam Derville was an advertising exec for high-end fragrances. But when she started drawing versions of her children's stuffed animals on their bedroom walls, people took notice, and Mimi Lou was born. She's created a charming collection of wall stickers featuring elephants, mice, penguins, bears and a menagerie of creatures with French flair. (www.mimilou-shop.fr, $52 and up)

KidsonRoof: The Dutch design studio created by Romy Boesveldt and Ilya Yashkin link modern design with nature in a series of recycled cardboard totems of birds and other wild animals. They can be easily assembled into table sculptures. (www.kidsonroof.com, starting at around $20)

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