Nautical Beach-Themed Nursery | Featured Real Room

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Let’s get nautical! You don’t have to live near the beach to design a nautical beach-themed nursery — all you need is a love of water. Whales, crabs and starfish are just a few of the sea creatures that accessorize Easton’s nursery — designed by detail-oriented mama-to-be Sarah {she’s a wedding planner!} and describes her decorating style as a “shabby chic style with a modern flair.” But the thing we love most about this nursery is how this expectant mama combined higher priced items with bargain items. Check it out!

Child’s Name: Easton Trotter

Child’s Age: Due Oct. 10th, 2011

Location: Minnetonka, MN

What was your inspiration for the room?
My husband and I have always loved the water. I have based our whole house around a theme of the lake and ocean and I wanted to carry that look into Easton’s room. When we found out that we were having a boy I spent sometime thinking about colors and the overall look and I knew that I wanted it to be bold and unlike a lot of the other “soft baby colors”. It was fun incorporating items from past vacations with traditional baby gear to create a look that was sophisticated and fun!

Favorite Items:
I love how the oar turned out. This was something that I literally dreamed of — and set the tone for the whole room.

Any advice to share with mamas-to-be in the process of designing a nursery?
Trust your gut. Don’t be afraid of color, It is just paint and can always be “fixed” if it does not turn out right. I spend a lot of time combining high priced items with great margin buys from Target and Home Goods. The variety is what makes the room unique.

Room Resources.

Glider: Custom Color Glider from Baby Grand {splurge!}
Quilt and Sham: Harper Nursery Bedding from Pottery Barn Kids {on sale!}
Whale Crib Sheet: Jackson Crib Sheeting from Pottery Barn Kids ($20)
Crab Plaque: Boys’ Surf Plaques from Pottery Barn Kids ($50)
“Keep Calm and Sail On” Print: Created by me
Octopus Rocker: Rockabye Ollie Octopus Rocker ($81)
Buckets: Galvanized Buckets from Pottery Barn Kids ($19)
Lantern: Pottery Barn {no longer available}
Shelving Unit/Changing Table: Ikea Expedit in white ($70)
Oar and Sea Shells: Local craft store
Paint: Behr Custom Color Mix
Mobile: Trend Lab Music Mobile – Yacht Club ($44)
Source: Sarah Trotter of Lasting Impressions Weddings
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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. OH MY GOODNESS! My ovaries started doing jumping jacks when I first saw this! I absolutely love this idea. I can’t wait when I have a baby so I can decorate my nursery with something similar. We live on a lake so this would be PERFECT! :)

  2. Audrey Steinle says:

    I am Sarah’s Grandma, I love the way they did the room, she has so much talent in everything she does!
    Cery nice with the navy blue and white, really sets it off.

  3. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this room. My guess would be you are right on the lake. Fun!!

  4. Holy Gorgeous!!! I love this – I can only hope that when I have a baby, he or she is lucky enough to have such a hip nursery!

  5. This is stunning!! I am doing a nautical themed nursery for my baby too and would love to know the color of the paint. It says a Custom Blend by Behr, but does that mean really really custom (like a color match) or one of the 1000’s they have tiny samples of? Having fun going from pink and flowers to blue and boy! They told us we were having a girl but they were wrong! : )

  6. Jessica says:

    LOVE this room!!! Easton is also my 10 year old sons name so I must say this is awesome!

  7. Love! We are having an Easton next month and his room theme is very similar!


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