Exploring Primary Colors

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Bold navy walls create a space that is classic yet playful. This happy room was designed to welcome our first-born and compliment our historic home.

Design Inspiration

My husband and I are going to wait until our baby is born to find out if we're having a boy or girl. However, I have had such a strong feeling that I am having a boy, that I went ahead and painted the nursery blue, and not just blue, a deep navy blue. Crazy, right? However, even if we have a girl, which I'd be equally happy with, I wouldn't have painted the room pink anyway.

To keep the room from being too dark we added the white crib and glider chair and the large-scale nautical maps. And to keep the room from being too serious, we added the fun native american rug, playful vintage elements and Calder-inspired mobile.

Decorating Style

Our home was built in 1871 and we decorate in a way that respects the history of the rooms, while incorporating a style that's livable for a modern family. The overall feel is on the more traditional/Ralph Lauren side of things with lots of vintage and antque pieces to keep it from being stuffy.

Project Details

Crib: The New Traditionalists
Glider & Changing Table: Pottery Barn
Bookshelf: Target
Rocking Chair: Family Heirloom
Mobile: Amazon
Rug: Home Decorators
Vintage Nautical Maps of Lake Michigan: Found crumpled in a corner of our family's lake home
African Baskets, Globes, Quilt, Red Keepsake Box: Antique Markets
Vintage-Rug turned pillow: Etsy

Favorite Items

I am particularly fond of the blue and white vintage quilt that I found for a song at an outdoor antique market. I love how it contrasts with the red rocking chair and helps tie everything together.


1. Your nursery doens't have to scream, "baby". Don't leave your good taste behind just because you're designing for an infant.

2. Use elements that are sentimental or meaningful to you, and don't be afraid to alter them to compliment your theme. The rocking chair was my mother-in-law's, that she used when my husband was an infant, we had it painted red.

3. Don't buy everything new, many of the accents in this room were found at antique markets. This helps the room still feel like a seamless part of the rest of our home. 


  1. 1

    Hi there.  Thanks for sharing this room.  I think that this is one of the most beautiful mature sharing rooms I’ve come across here on PN.

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    I think that my cousin had the same dilemma as you did.  Their house was built in the early 1900s, and she wanted to preserve the legacy of the place.  But she opted for earth colors that were very boring.  What you did here is lovely!  i have fired an email to my cousin to show her your work.

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    I love the fact that you were able to marry the old with the playful.  It’s the accents, the colors and the things you put into this room that made it great.  I love those globes :)

  4. 4

    I love this room and especially the rug. I was just wondering where exactly you got it from and what was the name of the rug?

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