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Blue and Orange Ocean Creatures Nursery


Abe is our fourth baby, so we were out of extra bedrooms. The nursery is actually one end of our oversized master bedroom, separated with curtains hung from the ceiling. I wanted the nursery to coordinate well with the other half of the room but still be fun and colorful for a baby.

Design Inspiration

The first thing I bought was the whale drawer pulls for the vintage dresser (which was in my father in law's room when he was a kid), and refinishing it was the first project we finished. It kind of set the tone for the rest of the nursery.

Project Details

The crib and the rocker (both from Ikea) are the only pieces of furniture bought new.

The two dressers and the bookcase were all hand-me-downs/thrift store/garage sale finds that we refinished.

Other DIY projects include the mobile, the no sew curtains and crib skirt, and the wooden whale over the crib.

The fabric from the bookcase is from, and the curtain/crib skirt fabric is from Carousel Designs.

The art over the bookcase is from Studio Tuesday via Etsy, and the photographs next to the whale nursery are my own, taken during various family trips to Cape Cod.

Floor lamp from Urban Outfitters.

Gourd lamp on the bookcase from

More info on all the DIY projects is on my blog (


Favorite Items

If I had to choose, I think the squid bookcase and the wooden whale are my two favorite pieces.


Whenever I took what felt like a risk, I was happy with the results. I'd never used orange in a room before, but I love it here. I originally planned on more conventional fabrics--maybe a plain gray chevron--but I was glad I went with the more whimsical see saw pattern. So I guess I'd say take some risks and don't be afraid to let your ideas change and evolve when you see something you love. I'm also glad that we incorporated so many DIY projects and personal touches, like our own photographs and souvenirs from family beach trips and furniture handed down from grandparents .


Tuesday 22nd of January 2013

Nice theme. Orange, blue and ocean creatures are a unique combination. The wooden DIY whale is a winner!