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Henry’s {not so} Nautical Nursery


I love design and home decorating and when I found out I was pregnant, besides being over the moon with excitement for having a baby, I was so excited that I could design a nursery. I wanted to start right away, but I'm the queen of indecision so I waited until we knew the sex so it would remove 50% of the options. When 20 weeks came around and we found out it was a boy, it was full steam ahead. The easiest decision was the wall color - a light gray, since we're renting and wanted to keep it neutral in hopes of not having to repaint. After lots of research we made the big purchases of the crib, dresser, glider and rug, and I went to work on making all the finishing touches, from the crib bedding (skirt, sheets and bumpers) to the pillows, artwork, pennant banners and blankets.

Design Inspiration

I was going for a nautical "overtone" - not so much an 'in your face' theme, but more of a feeling, with some nautical accents here and there. It came about from my love of stripes, seersucker and a whale print I found online. No anchors or sails made it to the room, but plenty of stripes, seersucker and a couple whales did.

Decorating Style

Clean and modern, but with eclectic and feminine touches

Project Details

Wall color: Bunny Gray by Benjamin Moore
Crib: Babyletto Modo, from Overstock
Crib bumpers: diy (blue seersucker from Joann Fabrics, orange seersucker from
Crib skirt: diy (navy blue and white striped fabric from Tonic Living)
Side table: owned; diy dipped legs
Glider: Benji glider recliner by Best Chairs, ordered at Twinkle Twinkle Little One
Dresser: Edland from Ikea (unfortunately apparently discontinued)
Whale poster: society6
Orange striped rug: West Elm
Bookcase: Expedit from Ikea
Pillows: diy
Henry art: diy
Gray storage bins: Container Store

More information (and updates on baby Henry) can be found on my blog,

Favorite Items

So much was made with love, so it's hard to pick but I loved how the whole crib bedding ensemble came together. And it's such a small part of the nursery, but I love the teal piping on one of the pillows - it was my first time sewing (and making) piping. I also totally love the whale poster that was my first purchase and inspiration for the room.


Florence Amber

Tuesday 19th of June 2012

Simple yet absolutely lovely! I like your use of cool colors. I am just not thrilled about those buntings over the crib.