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Aqua, Navy and Yellow Nursery


We created this aqua, yellow and navy nursery to be a calm, happy space for our sweet baby boy! My husband and I both poured our hearts into this little room, and I'm so happy with how it turned out! My husband installed crown molding and painted furniture, and I sewed/crafted various things (curtains, mobile, changing pad cover, lampshade, etc.) and picked out meaningful art pieces to go in the room. It's a nursery built with lots of love!

Oh, and we did it on a very small budget! :)


Design Inspiration

I've always loved this paint color (Valspar's "Distant Valley") because it's calming and serene while simultaneously happy and cheerful, so I used the paint color as a starting point. A Pinterest search of aqua nurseries led me to this nursery and this nursery and this nursery (all beautiful!).

Once we found out we were having a little boy, I really wanted to include some navy in the room (is there any color more classy and perfect for a little boy's room?), so I kind of meshed all of that together in my head and went from there!

Decorating Style

I'd say my style is traditional + sentimental + clean & simple. Some of the elements in this room are very traditional (the Jenny Lind crib, the rocking chair), but I love the serene, calming aspect of clean lines as well (like the dresser, bookshelf, and side table). The room is full of gifts from loved ones, and I think it's really special that our baby is literally surrounded by symbols of love.

Project Details

Paint Color: Valspar's Distant Valley

Curtains: IKEA's Matilda, with pom pom trim (medium-size navy and small-size yellow) from Etsy seller ichimylove.

Dresser and Side Table: IKEA's Hemnes collection (painted white with new silver knobs)

Crib: Da Vinci Jenny Lind

Rocking Chair: Windsor Rocking Chair from Hayneedle

Bookshelf: IKEA's Expedit

Door Wreath: DIY (using large burlap ribbon, cardstock, and letter stickers)

Elephant Hamper: Amazon

Sleep Sheep: Amazon

White Shelves: Hobby Lobby

Cloud and Stars Mobile: DIY (felt for stars and quilt batting for clouds)

Crib Skirt: DIY (fabrics from Hobby Lobby)

Changing Pad: Summer Infant

Changing Pad Cover: DIY (fabric from Hobby Lobby)

Art over Changing Table: Katie Daisy: Frames from Target, mats from Hobby Lobby

Wipes Dispenser: OXO

Growth Chart: Hobby Lobby

Crib Sheet: Babies R Us, Carters brand

Elephant Bank: Things Remembered

Lamp: HomeGoods (customized lamp shade with pom pom trim from Etsy seller ichimylove)

Baptism Photo Frames: Hallmark (left) and IKEA (right)

Aqua Hourglass: HomeGoods

Noah's Ark Cross NIght Light: Amazon

"Be Strong" Art: Lindsay Letters for Hobby Lobby

"You Are Loved" Cross: Hobby Lobby

Wooden Animals: Souvenir from a trip to Africa

Navy and White Pillow: Target

Aqua Blanket: HomeGoods

Navy and Blue Storage Box Trio: TJ Maxx

Twinkle Twinkle Print: Free download

"C is for Connor" Print: Free download (customizable for name and colors)

"The World is Super Lucky" Art: Lindsay Letters for Hobby Lobby

Ceramic Cross: Etsy seller sashleeceramics



Favorite Items

The cloud and stars mobile, even though I was VERY frustrated with it by the time I was done sewing it! I had a picture in my head of exactly what I wanted, and I couldn't find the exact right thing anywhere, so I made it myself and it turned out just how I pictured (except that I didn't actually finish it until my son was 6 months old! haha).