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Nautical City Nursery


A practical nautical nursery in the city


Design Inspiration

We were inspired by our life on our boat

Decorating Style

Comfortably Traditional


Project Details

We used this room as a storage space, office for my husband and occasional guest room for my little brother before the baby. The condo is 2000 sq ft, but only a two bedroom. We needed this room to be a nursery, playroom and space for mom to work on her crafts.



The Murphy bed and the couch were already in the room. The biggest expense in the space was adding custom cabinets ( on either side of the Murphy bed to give us lots of storage space. If the baby is up screaming and my husband needs to sleep, I just sleep on the Murphy bed in the baby's room so I can do the late night feedings and changing without disturbing my husband.



We wanted the couch moved out, but after finding out how expensive it was to move it and buy a new one, we just made it work. I actually like having the couch instead of a glider because my husband and I can comfortably hang out in the room together with the baby. The slipcovers wash really nicely so any spills will be a breeze to clean up.



The crib is from Bratt Decor ( I loved the classic look of the crib and think it will work for either a boy or a girl. He isn't sleeping in it yet, so I have been just keeping stuff in it until he moves out of the bassinet. I have a crib skirt, but it looks so short right now. The "skirt" that is on there now is just two tablecloths that I had and looks fine to me!



The changing table is from Art for Kids ( The tray is easily removed and can be used elsewhere in the house if I don't need it in the baby's room anymore. The gold trim went well with the crib and the wood blinds, which were already in the room when we bought the condo.



I started the room with the rug from Rosenberry Rooms ( The compass went with the theme but could grow with the baby for a few years.



The desk was really important for me because I needed a place to have my "stuff" in the house. It is from the Martha Stewart Collection at Home Depot ( I like the desk and it was affordable, but my husband says the assembly took hours. I spend a lot of time on the couch feeding the baby, so I really appreciate having the TV above the desk too.



I did a little DIY in the room. The crib skirt pictured is made from tablecloths I had, as I noted above. I used my embroidery machine to make the anchor on the shower curtain (and he has lots of matching burp cloths). I made some of the pillows and the window seats from fabric from Jo-Ann. The photo frames behind the crib were $1 each at Goodwill and i just went to Archivers to make the gold fish and buy the blue paper.

Favorite Items

The best thing to have in the room in the Murphy bed built ins. Just as a fun detail though, I love the fish mobile above the changing table (from


Know what you need from the room before you start purchasing anything. We started with what was practical and then added the fun touches.

 Most of the photos were just taken with my iphone... the good photos are by nouveau vie:)

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Saturday 5th of September 2020

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Steven Mahler

Saturday 7th of November 2015

Where did you find that compass rug?? My wife and I are trying to find the best nautical themed decorations for our first baby's room. We both love that rug! Could you tell us where you got it..??


Tuesday 5th of November 2013

What color did you purchase the compass rug in?


Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

So classy and elegant. I like the compass rug and the framed fish artworks on the wall.