Navy Blue and Lime Nautical Nursery

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My husband is an avid fisherman and when we found out we were expecting a boy there was no question that his room would be nautical nursery. We both agreed we wanted a sophisticated nautical look and we couldn't be more pleased with the end result! A favorite piece in the room is definitely the twin bed. My husband begged for a twin bed and I'm so glad he was persistent!

Design Inspiration

The metal bait ball artwork is the focal point and truly "makes the room". The fish are menhadden. We know that "Baby Gray" will be in awe when he's older. My husband originally wanted to paint the walls a deep blue and wanted an "aquarium"...needless to say, we compromised and both fell in love with the metal fish artwork. We also incorporated modern, sophisticated nautical decor as we didn't want a room full of blue and red sailboats, whales and anchors.

Decorating Style

The style of this room is modern, sophisticated meets mid century and playful.

Project Details

METAL ARTWORK: The metal bait ball was a custom piece that is 75 fish welded together to form one piece. We also ordered separate fish that we suspended from fishing line for the swimming effect in the corner of the nursery from Metal Reef Ocean Art.

CRIB BEDDING: My Mom sewed custom bedding for the crib made from the perfect navy lobster fabric and green and navy polka dots. The lobster theme continues to the pillows on the twin bed which was a crucial piece to the room. Fabric found at JoAnn's Fabric. Grey & White chevron sheet is from Target.

WINDOW TREATMENTS: The window treatments were a DIY project. I had a navy & white stripe duvet cover (King Size) and decided to cut the duvet into 4 sections (not equal as I had 1 large window and 1 small window). I then sewed the edges and made a pocket for the window rod. Navy & White striped duvet cover can be found at Target.

DOG PAINTINGS: We are also parents to our two fur babies, Bob & Abby. We were given a gift of custom pet portraits that had a chartreuse lime green background on them and this was a huge inspiration behind pairing Navy Blue with Lime Green in the nursery. Now Grayton's big brother and sister are a part of his room for years to come! Custom pet portraits found at Blueberry Design Studios.

ROCKING CHAIR: An antique hand-me-down from my parents. Navy & White pinstripe cushion is an outdoor patio cushion from The metal side table by the rocking chair was a yard sale find. It's an outdoor garden stool that was a steal at $5! Plays perfectly off the fish.

DRESSER/CHANGING TABLE: MY husband and I are 5'9" and 6'1" so to accommodate a changing table we decided to go with the IKEA Hemnes Dresser. We chose the white stain.

CUBE STORAGE: We found the cube storage on SALE at a huge discount. The 9 cube storage was $19. The 6 cube storage was $15. Fabric bins were $3. All can be found at I'm completely obsessed with chalkboards and rearranging frequently so we decided to use chalkboard labels for the fabric bins and attach with a decorative clothespin.

CRIB: The look I was going for was mid-century meets modern with clean lines. The Olivia 3-in-1 crib from Walmart was perfect!

ARTWORK OVER CHANGING TABLE: The map is a map of the shipwrecks all over Florida. The other art pieces "The World is your Oyster" and the compass are custom artwork designed by myself with PaperCuts - a stationary studio.

TWIN BED: Found this steal at a yard sale for $50 and included a mattress and box springs that were brand new! The piece was originally part of a bunk bed that the previous owner never put together. YES!

DOOR HANGER: I asked a friend who designs door hangers to make me a lobster with a monogram and this piece was above and beyond what I could have imagined. It's perfect!

Favorite Items

The metal artwork is by far what makes the nursery. We know Sweet Baby Gray (as he's started to be called!) will adore them when he's old enough and I myself could already stare at the piece for hours!


When we decided to do a nautical theme, we decided on sophisticated. This was not always the popular decision as a lot of nursery decor can be juvenile. However, we went with our instincts and could not be happier!

Photography by: Gray Images



  1. 1

    Good Morning! I love your nursery! I’m being gifted the exact same crib and was looking into the same dresser as my husband and I are also taller. Does the white stain go well with the crib? It’s hard to tell online because the white looks ivory and the white stain looks like it could show wood through.

  2. 2

    What brand and color is your paint? You found the perfect shade of wet sand! Love what you did with the nursery.

  3. 3

    Yes get the white stain for sure!! The white is definitely ivory and you won’t like it. It doesn’t match the crib. The white stain doesn’t show wood through as bad as it looks online at ikea. It does show through a little but only when you’re really close. The white stain matches the crib great! ~Carly

  4. 4

    I honestly don’t remember what the color was but it’s a perfect tan. I will look at my paint chips and see!

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