Nautical Beach-Themed Nursery | Featured Real Room

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

Van’s Nursery {Vintage Inspired Decorating Ideas}

Totty, of Boots & Totty, emailed me pictures of her son Van’s nursery and I was instantly blown away by the design. And when I realized that almost everything in the room had been repurposed, I was even more impressed!

The most expensive item in the room is the glider, which normally retails for $999, but Totty scored a super sweet deal and got it for $150!!! The dresser and nightstand got a fresh coat of paint. The chandelier was a $20 thrift store find {which also got a fresh coat of paint} and the photo collage wall was made with inexpensive frames from Target and Ikea.

Child’s Name: Van (aka David vanBlaricom III)
Child’s Age: 7 months
Location: Richmond VA

Describe your decorating style.

My husband and I have design backgrounds, so we are both very opinionated on what we want.  We do agree on clean lines, color, and mixing old with new!

What was your inspiration for the room?

We knew were having a little boy but I didn’t want his room to scream that. We also had to somewhat coordinate the room with our master bedroom as they are connected. The painted stripes were a must and then once I found the papier-mâché Zebra head I knew French-Vintage was the style I was going for {the zebra head is made from the pages of a french book}. To me, French-Vintage style meant soft colors like whites, yellows, and turquoises and fabrics with textures like matelasse and linen. We then added unique touches like the chandelier, the vintage faceplate/lamp/clothes tree, and the 3 Tier basket to pull it all together.

Favorite Items: The Zebra Head, the Bulletin Board and the 3 Tier Epergne Basket.

Advice: Let things evolve.  Not everything has to be matchy-matchy.  Keep a book of ideas- pages from a magazine, photos, fabrics- for inspiration.

Room Resources.

Glider: Restoration Hardware, Color Aqua with White Piping {no longer available}
Footstool: Custom made from a kitchen cabinet
Paint Colors: Walls – Sherwin Williams, Bare Branches; Stripes – Behr, Windwood Spring and Olympic, Silver Feather; Chandelier – Behr, Jamaica Bay; Dresser – Behr, Texas Leather; Nightstand/Bulletin Board/Barn Door - Glidden, Buttered Sweet Corn
Crib: Jenny Lind Crib from CSN
Zebra Head: Anthropologie
Bulletin Board: (Custom painted and cork board was added)- Ikea, Ung Drill
Epergne 3 Tier Basket: Sundance
Floating Shelf: Ikea Lack
Whale Print: Sarah Jane Studios on Etsy
Barn Door Hardware: Grainger
Chandelier: Goodwill Thrift Store
Crib Bedding: Custom Made by my Mom
Bumper Pad trim: Amy Butler’s Full Moon Polka Dot in Cherry fabric
Crib Skirt: Heather Bailey Daisy Chain Fabric in Red

* Visit Boots & Totty for the more details on her DIY projects:

Eli’s Orange and Navy Nursery {Real Nursery Spotlight}

A space that both parents and baby can enjoy. That’s what Katie knew she wanted from the very beginning. Staying away from themes and pastels, this interior designer created this orange and navy nursery inspired by some vintage finds.

Child’s Name: Eli
Child’s Age: 1 month
Location: Minnesota

What was your inspiration for the room?
I knew that I wanted a nursery that didn’t have a typical baby theme with pastel colors. I wanted it to be something that my husband and I could enjoy and our boy could grow into. I started by finding vintage globes and knew I wanted to incorporate a map somehow.  Sort of an adventure/travel theme without being too literal.

Describe your decorating style.
As an interior designer, I am inspired by so many different styles and I truly love them all.  I like to mix high with low, add contrast and texture and interesting accessories.  I always try to get the most bang for my buck, DIY as much as I can and look for deals to create an amazing look on a budget!

Favorite Items.
The map decal from Etsy and the large stuffed giraffe are my favorite items in the room.

Any tips or lessons learned to share with us?
Don’t feel stuck using the ‘bed-in-a-bag’ crib bedding sets at baby stores.  Pick a favorite color combo, piece of art or fabric and design the nursery around that.  You want to be able to enjoy the nursery as much as your little one will someday so use things that you like.  After all, you’ll spend a lot of time in there!

I enjoy making things and crafting so I created a lot of DIY art to save money. I painted the alphabet letters with my girlfriends at my baby shower for a personal touch that was a lot of fun. I painted three canvases with silhouettes of a truck, airplane and motorcycle. I also covered a bulletin board in orange burlap with silver nail head trim so we can add new personal mementos and art over the years. The rocking chair was found at a garage sale and we reupholstered and painted it. I saw it online for $500 and we paid $5!

Nursery Resources

Alphabet Letters – JoAnn Fabrics
Rocking Chair – Garage sale find
Fabric on rocking chair – JoAnn Fabrics
Blanket fleece fabric – JoAnn Fabrics
Chair Pillow – IKEA
Bookshelf and orange boxes – IKEA
White Curtains – IKEA
White Blackout Roller Shade – IKEA, Orange rim added from JoAnn Fabrics
Curtain Rod – Linens N Things
Rug – IKEA
Garden Stool – Home Goods
Crib – Graco Lauren Crib
Crib Sheets – DIY, fabric from Hancock Fabrics
Crib Skirt – DIY, fabric from JoAnn Fabrics
Crib Quilt – DIY, fabric from JoAnn Fabrics
Dresser – Malm from IKEA
Dresser Hardware – Pottery Barn {no longer available}
Map Wall Decal – Etsy
Large Stuffed Giraffe –
Lamp – Fillsta from Ikea

* photo credit: Paper Lemon Photography.
* interior design: Katie Raadt at Refresh Design Studio.


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Fun, Fresh and Makes Me Blush {Real Nursery Spotlight}

This darling little nursery belongs to Zoey. Her mom is a design fanatic and DIY enthusiast, and her dad is handy. With a color palette inspired by fabric, this fun and fresh nursery will make your jaw drop!

Child’s Name: Zoey

Child’s Age: 3 months

Location: Cincinnati, OH

What was your inspiration for the room?

We knew we wanted something fun and modern for our daughter without being super girly. Since nurseries usually have a ton of fabric we knew that would be the place to start. After finally landing on the coral, lime, and light blue fabric collection over at spoonflower everything else just fell into place.

Describe your decorating style.

That’s a question I’ve been trying to answer for as long as I can remember. It varies from space to space, but always clean lined and fairly simple. After being exposed to so many different styles in design school it has been impossible to settle on just one ever since. My home is anything from modern to industrial to rustic.

Favorite items in the room.

Zoey’s wall of framed fabric. Super fun project gathering all of the various frames and we had fallen in love with the fabric from the start.

Any words of advice to share with us?

Have fun with it. Think ahead. They’re only babies for so long. Create a room that allows for some growth.

Focus less on the coordination of different pieces and more on what you really love. The end result won’t fail to make you smile every time you enter the room.

Give us all the details about your room! Don’t forget to share with us any money saving tips you might have learned along the way.

Wall Paint Color: Ben Moore, Stonington Gray HC-170. Gray is a perfect color if you’re looking to make everything else in color pop!

Crib: Babyletto Modo Crib from Babies R Us – $379.00

Crib Bumper Fabric: Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Power Paisley – $/yard

Crib Skirt Fabric: Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Kelp Dot Green – $/yard

Window Panels Fabric: Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Barnacle Net Coral Colorway – $/yard

All Bedding and Window Panels: Made by RockyTop Design

Glider & Ottoman: Babies R Us, Graco Avalon Glider & Ottoman – $220.00

Rug: Cost Plus World Market, 5 x 7 Shag Rug – $229.00. We can’t wait for Zoey to start crawling. The shag will be so much fun to roll around on!

Love Print: Made By Girl, Love Pattern Print – $9.50

Framed Letter “Z”: Homemade

Letter “Z”: Anthropologie, Zinc Letters – $18.00

Crochet Elephant – Etsy’s Five Sisterz, Elliot the Elephant – $14.00. I love any handmade touches in a child’s room and since I’m not much when it comes to crocheting we took the Etsy route!

Duck Print – Ikea, Kort Art Cards 5-pack – $5.00

Galvanized Tub: Lowes – $20.00

Dresser: Ikea, Expedit Bookcase – $69.99

Dresser Double Drawers: Ikea, Expedit Insert with 2 Drawers - $35.00

Dresser Single Drawers: Ikea, Expedit Insert Single Drawer (no longer sold) – $35.00

Coral Knobs: Anthropologie, Granita Knob – $6.00

Dresser Legs: Ikea, Capita Leg 4-pack – $10.00

Galvanized Bins: Lowes, Galvanized Storage Bin – $10.00

Green Lamp: Home Goods, Not Sold Online – $30.00

Frames: Thrift Stores, Home Goods. A little spray paint can do wonders!

Window Blinds: 2″ Faux Wood Blinds – $29.00

Frame Ledges: Ikea, Ribba Picture Ledge – $15 & $10

Changing Pad Fabric Cover: Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Rockweed Coral Colorway – $/yard

Framed Fabric: Spoonflower’s Heather Dutton, Collection – $/yard


Thank you Jessie for sharing your home with us!

*Read more about Jessie’s renovations on her blog Cape 27.

Aqua and Coral Nursery {Real Room Spotlight}

I first saw this room on Pinterest a little over a week ago and… I love it!

The soft aqua and coral color palette gives the room a ‘vintage feel’ and I’m immediately transported to a different place and era.

Classic furniture pieces and modern graphic patterns, like the rug and the crib bumper, are perfectly blended together.

Vivi Charles is one lucky girl! And you can read all about this little girl’s pretty nursery on her mommy’s blog, Lay Baby Lay.


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Vintage, White, and Bright {Real Nursery Spotlight}

It was love at first sight for me when I saw Holly’s renovation of her daughter Wren’s nursery. I especially love the elegant contrast between dark wood floors and the white walls and furniture.

Detailing like the pom poms and chandelier give this muted room a pop, but my favorite item in the room? The armoire! Don’t you just love it?

Check out more of Holly’s renovations on her blog, Life in the Fun Lane.

And in case you want to make your own pom poms, here are some tutorials.

Splurge vs On a Budget: Boy and Girl Twin Nursery

Last week, I told you all about Kristy {a facebook fan} who is expecting boy and girl twins. I came up with a color scheme for the mixed gender twins and this week I’m sharing with you a complete design board.

Two, actually!

The first is the Splurge! nursery with a price tag of approx. $3,935. The second? That’s the On a Budget! nursery. By replacing just 3 items, the price tag on this one is $1,400 less.


1. The color scheme: I’ve chosen four colors for the room. Lilac and a light blue are the primary colors for the design. Lilac for the baby girl. Light blue for the baby boy. Sage (light green) is the complimentary/unifying color. It looks fantastic with both lilac and blue. Gray is the neutral background for the entire color scheme and the wall color.

2. Baby Girl Bedding: Serena and Lily Crib Bedding Set Lulu, $395.

3. Baby Boy Bedding: Serena and Lily Crib Bedding Set Dylan, $395.

4. Cribs: Oeuf Eco-friendly Sparrow Crib, White, $690 each {splurge!}; Storkcraft Sheffield Stages Crib, White, $99 each {on a budget!}.

5. Ceiling Lamp: Normann Copenhagen Norm 03 Lamp Shade, $200 {splurge!}Ikea Knappa pendant lamp, $34.99 {on a budget!}.

6. Dresser: Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser,White, $299.

7. Fabric for Curtains: Serena & Lily Fabric by the Yard Diamond Leaf, $50 per yard {splurge!}; Home Decor Print Fabric-Croscill Felton/Kiwi, on sale for $14.99 {on a budget!}.

8. Rug: Shaggy Raggy Lime Jersey Cotton Rug, $66.

9. Glider: NurseryWorks Empire Rocker, $1,100. A chunk of the budget went to this chair but it’s my favorite piece in the room. It’s elegant, neutral and can be moved to any other room in your home once it’s done it’s duty in the nursery.

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