Featured Toddler Room: Nautical and Bright Big Boy Room

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We featured Jude’s modern, woodland-themed nursery way back in 2010. It was one of the first nurseries we featured. Now, Jude is a growing toddler and soon-to-be big brother, which meant that it was time to give him a big boy room. Katie, Jude’s mom, designed a room that’s traditional yet modern, with a bit of whimsy, that will accommodate him perfectly as he continues to grow.

Child’s Name: Jude
Child’s Age:
Fishers, IN

What was your inspiration for the room?
I fell in love with the speedboat bed from Pottery Barn Kids, and everything kind of went from there. I probably would have done a nautical theme even without the bed. I LOVE stripes and primary colors!

Describe your decorating style.
I tried not to get too stuck in my theme. I definitely pulled from the nautical idea, but I didn’t want it to overwhelm the space. I like to keep things fairly simple, colorful and a tad eclectic without (hopefully) leaving the space too chaotic when I’m finished. I was dying to refinish a dresser in a bold yellow or red color, but my husband wouldn’t go for it.

Favorite Items: Definitely the boat bed and alphabet wall.

How did you make that stunning alphabet wall?
The alphabet was made by nailing THREE packages of nails into the wall and winding embroidery floss around them to create the letters.Make sure you have a well thought out plan of action before you put a zillion holes in your wall! It will be worth it if you do!

Room Resources.
Furniture: Speedboat II Bedroom Set from Pottery Barn Kids
Rug: Momeni Lil Mo Hipster LMT-1SUR5070 Surf Rug
Leaning Bookcase: Crate and Barrel
Ceiling Fan: Hunter Ceiling Fan in Bronze
Bedding: Ronan Bedding For Boys from Serena and Lily


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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of ChicCheapNursery.com 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. Katie did SUCh a great job! I am obsessed with that alphabet wall!

  2. gosh that bed is fun. I think I would have loved something like this wen I was a kid!

  3. That BOAT bed is amazing .. I think my hubby would want it hahahaha!

  4. Love the room, looking to do something very similar. What is the paint color used on the walls? Thanks for sharing!

  5. Where did you get the USA map? I would LOVE one for my child’s room!

  6. Here is the link to the paint color if I remember correctly. The sample color on the screen does not (at least on my computer) represent the actual shade of taupe. http://www.lowes.com/pd_93679-4-200710BCINCINNATIANH_0__?productId=3323758

    map decal: http://www.etsy.com/listing/86693602/united-states-word-map-vinyl-wall-decal

  7. That alphabet wall is amazing!!! what font do you recommend to do it??

  8. Can you share where you got the stars? Love them!

  9. I am absolutely in love with this!! I would love to make the alphabet wall and would like to know what font did you use and what size are the letters!? Thanks, in advance.

  10. My son would love that room!

  11. Ah! Sorry for not responding sooner! I drew out the letters by hand, so no font available. I think they were around 8 or 9″ tall? If you can believe it….we listed our house just a few weeks later, and I took the whole thing down, and neutralized the whole room :( it was awful!

  12. Hi, I love this room. Can you tell me where you found the world alarm clock?

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