Nautical Nursery

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Blue and white nautical themed nursery

Design Inspiration

Sailing runs in our family. My dad was a sailor and my husband races sailboats. We have always lived near the water. It was only natural for us to create a nautical nursery for out baby boy.

Decorating Style

Clean and simple. I didn't want anything too cutesy.

Project Details

We started with alternating blue paint stripes then added the white stripe to break up the blue and match the furniture and blinds - it also gave us a good spot to add art. The details were the most fun to add - one of a kind hand painted enamels, an old barometer from my grandmother, nautical drawings from a friend, the pirate pillow and blanket, the nautical lamp from Land of Nod... etc. I scoured the internet for ideas and accessories but most of the items I added we either already had, found locally or had made by friends - such as the sailboat quilt. The only thing left to add is our baby boy's name above his crib. I am planning on using red wooden letters.

Favorite Items

My favorite items are the drawings from our friend and the old toy boat. She is an excellent artist and we asked her to create a few nautical, whimisical pieces for the colored frames on the dresser. She exceeded our expectations in every way. The nautical flags in the drawing with the baby on the bottle spell "LOVE". The old boat was my father's and his father's before that. It is from the 1920's. They both played with it as boys and both have passed away. It is meaningful to have something from them in our son's room.


My advice would be to find a theme that suits your style then roll with it! If you pick something you are already passionate about, inspiration will come easy.


  1. 1

    It’s nice to know that the nautical theme actually has some relevance to your family. I like the little nautical details you added, which, as you said, aren’t overly cutesy. Your nursery looks clean and very appropriate for a little boy.

  2. 2

    Very nice nursery. I think you can never go wrong with a blue and white color scheme for a nautical theme. I also like the red and yellow frames you put in there. They are cute and they add a touch of brightness to the room.

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