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

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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