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Maverick’s Nautical Nursery


After having two girls, I was very excited about the prospect of finally creating a "boy" nursery! I knew immediately that I wanted to do a classic light blue color, since our home already has a plethora of pink and purple.

Design Inspiration

Our home has a lot of light and bright pastel neutrals, so I knew I wanted to stick with this color palate for the new nursery.  I used the blue color in another room in our home and loved it, so I decided to use it again, only this time using stripes.  I found several nautical themed items that I feel in love with, and decided to use those as accents for his Cape Cod-esque nursery, without making it "too nautical."

Decorating Style

Traditional, Cape Cod

Project Details

Crib Bedding: Party Barn Kids

Love seat double glider: Four Seasons Sarah Glider

Custom Blue Basket Liners: Thimble Pleasures

White Wicker Baskets: Pottery Barn Kids

Handmade Sailboat Quilt: Thimble Pleasures

Rustic Wood-plank Nautical Wall Art: RH Baby & Child

Nautical rope bookends: Cost Plus World Market

Wood boat wheel:

Wall anchor hooks: Pottery Barn Kids (custom painted)

Pendant lamp & shade: RH Baby & Child

Blue star cabinet knobs: Ebay

"No wake zone" sign: Project Cottage

Nautical rope letters: Alaska Rug Company

Sailboat mobile: RH Baby & Child (custom painted)

Blue stripe curtains: Pottery Barn Kids

Nautical Accessories (sailboats, shells, nautical clock, other miscellaneous nautical decor): Zulily, Marshalls, Homegoods, Michael's

Wall Paint (Stripes):  Light Blue = Frazee Paleness CL 2271W

White = Sherwin Williams Extra White 7006

Favorite Items

I love how the stripes turned out - they are a pale contrast so they aren't too overpowering for the room, but instead a subtle, design element.

I also love the handmade sailboat quilt that was made using men's shirtings - something fun and unique considering this is our first boy!

And the "no wake" sign is also a favorite - I saw it and knew it would be perfect for the room!


I had to carefully do the calculations to make sure that the wall stripes came out to be the same size and that one didn't get cut off at the top or bottom, and also so that there was a blue stripe on the top and bottom next to our white moldings.  It took me back to some middle school math, but was worth it in the end.

Also - I found several items I loved but were in the wrong colors (the sailboat mobile was in primary colors and the anchor wall hooks were hot pink!)  I bought them anyways and custom painted them with leftover paint to match the room perfectly!

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Wednesday 4th of September 2019

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Monday 17th of September 2018

What size are the rope letters? And what did you use to hang them? I am ordering them from the Etsy vendor you posted!

Bela Pequena Moda Infantil Feminina

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Hi Emily,

The aviator's birthday theme is one of my favorites! Here in Brazil, some themes that are very successful are the sailor, fireman and small farm.

The first two are traditionally masculine, while the birthday theme of the small farm is quite looking for both boys and girls.

Cordial greetings from Brazil

Ana Paula Dantas

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Monday 4th of July 2016

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Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

What is the name of the bedding set. I was looking for it on and could not find it.