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I wanted to create a nursery that combined all of the elements I love with unique personal touches. I knew there would be my two favorite prints-chevron and greek key. My statement piece was the huge 1878 reproduction map of Annapolis, MD, as well as the Naval Academy football programs from the 1920s-1970s. From there I had a blast finding "vintage" items for storage and decor.
My husband is a Submariner in the US Navy so I knew I wanted a nautical nursery, but I also wanted to design a room that Nash could grow with. I combined all of my favorite design elements - old maps, antique furniture, different textures, modern graphic prints, but tried to ensure that it wasn't too busy or too "themey". There are even a few submarine collectables in the room including an old photo of a sub in front of NYC that my husband received as a gift at his last boat, and a hand carved wooden submarine plaque that I bought him as a gift several years ago. And the little antique can of tennis balls was something I've had for years and I wanted to have a little bit of mom in his room too :-)
Eclectic. I love Genevieve Gorder, Candice Olsen, & Nate Berkus. I think they all do such a fabulous job of mixing comfort with glamor, timeless design choices combined with fun modern pops.
Wall Color - Behr's Flint Smoke at Home Depot
Crib - Jenny Lind (amazon)
Rug - Urban Outfitters
Dresser - found at an antique mall in Collierville, TN
Annapolis Map - purchased at an art store in Annapolis, MD. framed at Hobby Lobby
Navy Football Programs - taken from various 2008-2012 Asgard Press Naval Academy Calendars (these are phenomenal and are available for various colleges & come ready to tear and frame 11X14). Frames from Hobby Lobby
Bookcases - Crate & Barrel
Rocking Chair - Eames Style reproduction found on Amazon
Greek Key Euro Sham - West Elm
Woven Basket - Target
Diaper Dekor Pail - Amazon
Maxx the Sock Monkey - ToysRus
Nash Hubcap - eBay
NASH letters on bookcase - etsy and the A from Urban Outfitters
Vintage Pool Locker Baskets - etsy
Ford sign, football & baseball statues, propeller clock, metal plane, truck - Hobby Lobby
Ceramic horse statue - Target
Navy Curtains - Target
Globe Pouf - Urban Outfitters
Globe & Side table - World Market
Desk Lamp - Marshalls
Iron Anchor - Homegoods
The Annapolis Map, Chevron Rug, and Vintage Pool Locker Baskets
Look around your house and pull together items that you love. Several of the items we used were things we had for years. Don't be afraid to mix old and new items together, or even various styles. Shop around - you don't have to buy everything from one place. Definitely check out other friend's nurseries/decor and other PN projects for inspiration! And if you find a product online that you aren't sure what it would really look like in a room - search PN for nurseries using that keyword, or you can even google it and look at the image results. Before I buy anything for my home online I'll usually try to find images of it in a real home, not just the professional advertisement pics.
Also, my friends seems to like this advice so I'll share: anytime you want something framed (artwork, photos, posters) check out your local Hobby Lobby or Michaels (or any other store that sells pre-made frames) and buy a pre-made frame that is larger than the item you are framing. Then have a custom mat cut to fit your frame & print (versus having a custom frame made too which is the really expensive part). Usually the framing department staff will even assemble it all for you, and you will save lots of $$!