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Classy Coastal Nursery


Although we live in Upstate New York, my husband is from San Diego and I wanted to pay homage to his hometown and a beloved activity of his: surfing. I didn't want to go overboard with the theme and be too beachy or nautical, since I want this room to grow with my baby boy. The result was "classy coastal". There are some beachy elements and some nautical elements. I love to play around with patterns and textures so you can see that throughout this room. The first two things I chose that inspired the whole nursery were the Serena and Lily wallpaper, and the surf car print from Minted. I hope you love looking at these photos even half as much as I loved creating it!


*All photos taken by Michelle Lange Photography

**I've tried to link all items below but some were not available online

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  1. avatar Anna says:

    What paint colors did you use on the dresser?

  2. avatar Emily Alexander says:

    The lamp is from Pottery Barn Kids, and the basket was from Homegoods! This was 3 years ago.!

  3. avatar Jenn says:

    I am obsessed with the coastal knot lamp next to the changing table and the wicker basket with stuffed animal. Where are they from? I too am upstate NY (Orange County)

  4. avatar Jenn says:

    Hi! I’m obsessed with the nautical knot lamp by the changing pad and wicker basket holding the stuffed animal. I too am “upstate” NY (Orange County). Where did you get both?

  5. avatar Nikki says:

    Hi! I was wondering what color stain you did for the mightier than the waves? Is it the white wash?

  6. avatar Stephanie Lewis says:

    Hi! Where is your wicker basket from? Love it!

  7. avatar Alex says:

    I absolutely love this nursery! I’m doing something similar and have been looking for a basket just like that to put under the sea stuffed animals in!

    Where did you find the basket??


  8. avatar Cathy Botha says:

    Hallo! I love this nursery!!
    Where did you buy the adorable shark (the big one in the basket)?
    Thank you!!

  9. avatar Emily Alexander says:

    I included the rug link above! It was from Wayfair. It was over two years ago so it may not be available anymore.

  10. avatar Allison says:

    Hi I was wondering if you know the name of the rug? Love this nursery look!!

  11. avatar Sarah says:

    Thanks, Emily! Was the white dresser paint also Annie Sloane? Specific color?

  12. avatar Emily Alexander says:

    Chalk paint!

  13. avatar Sarah says:

    Quick question – was the Annie Sloan paint for the dresser “chalk paint” or “wall paint”? Thanks!

  14. avatar Emily Alexander says:

    Jennifer- my husbands family lives in Carlsbad and we love visiting! The frames above dresser are from different places but if memory serves they are mostly target. The car print with the frame are from Minted.

  15. avatar Jennifer says:

    You created such a lovely nursery! Must be a theme: NYers who now live in Carlsbad! May I ask, where’s did you find all the wall art above the dresser? What size frames did you use?

  16. avatar Emily Alexander says:

    Hi Sarah-
    I’m sorry I do not have a link! It was a couple years ago so maybe they don’t have it anymore. You could request it from the shop owner?

  17. avatar Sarah says:

    Curious about the “Mightier than the waves” sign. It is not listed on the house of belonging site. Do you have a link or more details on size?

  18. avatar Beth says:

    Hi Sarah, I believe Ikea only sells the Tarva unfinished. They even talk about the ability to paint it on the product page. I love how this family created a two-toned look here!

  19. avatar Sarah says:

    Hi! This is so adorable! Was the dresser painted after purchase, or does Ikea sell it in those colors?

  20. avatar Kelsey says:

    I love the pillow with the blue fish on it, where is that from?

  21. avatar Pam says:

    What fabric did you choose for the PBK rocking chair?

  22. avatar Emily Alexander says:

    Hey all! Sorry just now seeing these. If you read the other comments, I’ve listed wallpaper color! I think it was denim? Whatever I said before is correct!

    The prints are from Minted and the sharks are from

  23. avatar Emily N says:

    love this vibe! where did you get that shark stuffed animal? i love it!

  24. avatar Bekah says:

    I love this! What color of wallpaper did you use? I see denim or French blue both as options on the website. Thanks!

  25. avatar Kristen says:

    Where is the ‘live love surf” and wave printable from?

  26. avatar Emily Alexander says:

    We used the denim!

  27. avatar Ashley says:

    I, too, am wondering what color you used for the Serena and lily wallpaper. Online, the denim and French blue both look so similar. This is exactly what I had in my head for what I was wanting to go for in our nursery.

  28. avatar Allyson says:

    Love the wallpaper! Which shade of blue did you use from Serena & Lily – denim or french blue?

  29. avatar Jeana Chapman says:

    This nursery is adorable and I feel so inspired! A few questions for you…how large is the scripture sign above the crib and is the font navy or black? DId you get it framed by House of Belongings? Also, all the printed pictures around the room…where did you find them? What about the throw pillows and palm? THank you!! Love it all!

  30. avatar Lacey Bennett says:

    Is the sign from House of Belongings a wood sign or a print? I cannot find it on their sight ? could you also tell me what size it is and the color of ink, and color of frame. If House of Belongs no longer makes this i will reach out to an etsy seller.

  31. avatar Gina says:

    Hi Emily – thanks so much for the tip on the Annie Sloane chalk paint. I love my dresser!! Another quick question – where did you get the blue plant pot?

  32. avatar Emily Alexander says:

    Yep! When you mix the two together you get dark blue. Congrats and good luck!!

  33. avatar Gina says:

    Ok thanks Emily! The graphite is a black and the Napoleon blue is a bright blue, is that correct? Thank you so much for helping me! This is my first baby and I’m really excited!

  34. I believe it was graphite and napolean blue.

  35. avatar Gina says:

    Thanks Emily! Do you remember the colors you mixed? I love the one you came up with!

  36. Jessica, Samantha, and Gina I’m so sorry I am just now seeing these and responding!

    Jessica- small world! My in laws live in Carlsbad and we were just there for 2.5 weeks escaping the winter ;). We bought an organic changing pad from Pottery Barn Kids and it fits great! I think the dresser will fit any standard changing pad.

    Samantha- thanks! It’s “agreeable gray” from Sherwin WIlliams, but I had them do 75% of the color because I wanted it slightly lighter.

    Gina- I used a mix of a couple different Annie Sloan paints until I found the perfect mix. It was a lot of trial and error and if you look close you can probably see the imperfections because I had to recreate the perfect balance of colors two or three times and definitely didn’t get it spot on.

  37. avatar Gina says:

    What color and kind of paint did you use on the dresser?

  38. avatar Samantha says:

    What color paint is on the walls? Love it!

  39. avatar Jessica says:

    Hello!! I absolutely love this nursery! It’s really funny bc my husband and I are NY transplants living In Carlsbad, CA! Anyways I am having my first, a boy, in May and am hoping to try to recreate a version of the dresser. I saw you used an ikea dresser…was there a specific changing pad you bought that fit the IKEA dresser? Thanks so much!

  40. avatar Emily Alexander says:

    Thank you! It’s from House of Belonging!

  41. avatar Jackie says:

    Where did you get your scripture wall art? Love it!!!!