Our nursery definitely reflects our love for the beach. It works for babies, but it doesn't feel overwhelmingly like a baby's room. The colors and the fabrics make it super cozy. It's one of the most soothing rooms in our home.
a watercolor drawing of Nantucket
traditional with a hint of coastal cottage
The design for our whole nursery started with the crib skirt fabric, which I found right around our first gender scan (16 weeks). The fabric is P. Kaufmann Gypsy in Spring. It's a really beachy mix of blues, greens and coral. A wonderful company called Javis Davis made the crib skirts for us. They arrived in within two weeks of ordering, and they are gorgeous in person. The crib sheets and bumpers are from Serena and Lily's Nursery Basics line, they are the penny dot in sprout and the sprout basics bumper. The babies' other dresser is an Ikea Rast 3-Drawer Chest that Joe painted. I made knock-off Anthro knobs for the dresser (since paying more for hardware than for the piece itself was out of the question). I fell in love with the Catalina Magazine Rack from PB Kids and it seems to work well here. The babies already have more books than we know what to do with! Their dresser / changing table was an old unfinished pine dresser I've had for literally ten years. It used to be inside my closet. We found some green stain and my husband got to work on the dresser for me. He found the cute acrylic knobs all by himself! The changing pad cover is from PB Kids, and we got super lucky that it matched the twin's sheets perfectly. We thought two babies required two chairs. And we were super lucky that my mother in law offered us the rocker she used for my husband when he was a baby. The other chair is a super comfy rocker / glider from Four Seasons Furniture slipcovered in P. Kaufmann's Baldwin Celery fabric.
The two pictures above the glider are from my nursery when I was a little girl. Over the summer my mom dumped a bunch of memory boxes on us because she was tired of storing them. I was going through the boxes and found these pictures. Ironically they are of a little boy and a little girl. Each was matted and framed in colors that perfectly matched the room I had planned. It was kind of eerie, but simply perfect.
Start with a fabric or a piece of art and let the room grow from there. Before your babies arrive get the basic staples in the room (crib, changing table, rocker) and then let it sit. You will find art and accessories over time that will make the room feel more like your family than if you rushed to do it all at once.