It took awhile to come up with ideas for our baby boy’s nursery. One day I spotted a small sailboat in the basement that was a cast-off when HGTV renovated our sunroom and a bell went off in my head. We love the ocean, we found out I was pregnant the week we got back from the beach, and overall those colors are in the “blue” family. Ding, ding, ding! Nautical Nursery has a nice ring to it…
I didn’t want to go “overboard” on a theme (woah, a pun– so sorry). No anchors or pirates swinging from the ceiling. I dubbed the theme as “Light Nautical”. An airy, breezy, seaside retreat that would calm everyone when they walked in (myself included– I’m a little terrified about how to handle “two under two”).
I wasn’t sure whether to paint the walls blue or green. Then I stumbled upon this blanket (with bedding set) on clearance at Babies R Us:
Well hello, perfect blue! I do realize that elephants are not nautical but like I said I’m not tied to the theme so a few elephants in the ocean won’t hurt anyone. It’s the fabric I really liked; a soft blue for a baby boy but not too “precious”. After analyzing paint chips at different times of the day, I settled on Sherwin Williams “Balmy” in their Harmony low-VOC paint. I did think about using green but in the end the blue paint chips won out.
And a little surprise for one of the walls, I’m attempting stripes with Sherwin Williams “Snowdrop”:
Here it is on the walls. It’s crazy how it changes at different times of day and in different light:
Shopping trips to Home Depot and Walmart yielded rope, twine, and other trimmings.
Visits to the thrift shop unearthed these treasures…
The furniture is ordered.
I have an area rug ready to go.
I snagged a tall bookcase on sale at Target for under $100.
My husband replaced the broken closet organizer with a new, simple one.
I’ve been keeping my eyes open for other accessories at my favorite haunts: thrift shops, consignment sales, and our house and accumulated quite a stash.
Still on the to-do list:
- Wall decor (I need to know his name first)
- Finish a few other projects I’ve dreamed up
- Window Treatments
- Paint the trim… and those stripes!