Nautical Nursery on a Budget

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I'm a first time mom and nursery decorator. I wasn't super impressed with the "boy-themed rooms in a box" options so I created my own design inspiration. 

Design Inspiration

Since we live so close to the water, I wanted to draw inspiration from the beach and boating lifestyle that is already so much apart of our home.

Decorating Style

For me, kids room all about color and stimulation. I want to like it as much as they do. It was also important that I stay on budget and use pieces that will transfer well into a toddler room. 

Project Details

Crib: Wal-Mart (Graco, $149)

Dresser: Ikea ($299)

Rug: Dash and Albert rug company ($99)

Chair: ($599)

Curtains/Bedding: Custom made by mom :) 

Lifesaver pillow: Land of Nod ($29)

Flags: Land of Nod ($29)

Green lamps: Target ($19)

Orr & Nautical Accessories: Home Goods ($75)




Favorite Items

Crib sheets are my most favorite because they zip on and off- best invention ever!!: Clouds and Starts $32 for starter kit


You can spend as much or as little as you like,  I just opted to pay less. And after 14 months, I still love as much as I did on day 1.


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    I think you did an awesome job of the nautical theme. Really like the curtains, dust ruffle and bumpers. Looks very original. Becky W.

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    Such a cute nursery – I love how you incorporated different colors into the nautical theme too. I love the curtains, rug and nautical accessories! Good job :)

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    Nice room. But I feel that the quality of your photos don’t do this nursery justice.

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    Hi Pam!! My mom actually custom made the curtains and I believe she bought all her supplies at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics. The panels alter both white and navy denim and then lined with black-out material so its nice and dark for nap time :) We later found similar curtains at Pottery Barn for half the price it cost to custom design the curtains…wah, wah.

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    Is the dresser in your photos the Hemnes dresser from Ikea or did you purchase one of their unfinished ones and paint it yourself?

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