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Mermaid Inspired Nursery


Brooklyn's nursery is mermaid themed, based on a color palette of coral, gray, and shades of aqua. It incorporates vintage/nautical accents and fun DIY touches.

Design Inspiration

Inspiration for this room came from the set of prints that I put above the changing table. They essentially determined the color palette and tone of the room. I was also largely influenced by my love of all things nautical and vintage.

Decorating Style

My decorating style incorporates current trends with antiques and personal touches. When people come to my house they often say something like, "it feels so 'homey' in here," and I take that as a huge compliment. I think everyone's home should subtly tell a story about their family.

Project Details

Sea Coral and Starfish Art Prints: Etsy - I simply thread a ribbon through the hanging tooth on the back of the frames and tied each frame around the oar.

Crochet Seahorse Custom Mobile: AmiAmigos on Etsy

Mermaid Canvas: Lindsay Letters

Seven Seas Print: Lindsay Letters

Narwhal: RainingSugar on Etsy

Crib Sheet: ModFox on Etsy

Crib Skirt: Amazon

Changing Pad Cover: Amazon

Felt Garland: Benzie on Etsy

Storage Bins: The Container Store - I hot glued ribbon around the edge of the containers and applied a piece of coral to the center of each to give them some character.

Pouf: Land of Nod


Crib: Wal-Mart

Bookshelf: Wal-Mart

Everything else was either given to me or found at an antique store!

Favorite Items

I'm really happy with the way the puff/lantern/garland section came together, but I particularly love the picture of my grandparents on the beach when they were dating :) I also really love the up-cycled changing table. It's a focal point in the room and is just so stunning.


Don't be afraid to use bold colors/color combinations! I was apprehensive about working with such a large color palette, but I'm so glad I went for it, because I think it's really unique. And trust your vision, even when your husband doesn't ;) Also, your budget can stretch a lot farther if you wait for sales/use coupons to make your purchases. I didn't pay full price for most of the things I bought for this nursery.

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  3. avatar Erica says:

    I was wondering what the name of the paint that’s on the walls is called and who it is by. Fixing to do my daughters bedroom in a mermaid theme. Thanks so much and hope to hear from you soon.

  4. avatar Ashley Kara says:

    Thank you so much!

  5. avatar Ashley Kara says:

    Hi Peggy! The woman who painted the dresser owns her own business restoring/up-cycling antiques, and it’s called Vintage Addiction. Here is the link to her facebook page:

  6. avatar Kelsey says:

    You nailed it. Great job!

  7. avatar Peggy M Beverley says:

    Who painted the pink changing table?

  8. avatar Ashley Kara says:

    Thank you, Brian!

  9. avatar Brian says:

    Very nice and original