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Neutral Seaside Nursery


I wanted a neutral room suitable for a boy or a girl, with natural seaside elements as accents. The nursery is done in soft creams, whites and grays and completely DIY.

Design Inspiration

We live only 2 blocks from beach in Florida, and evening and early morning beach walks are our most relaxing times.  I couldn't imagine a better feeling while sitting in our first baby's nursery.

Decorating Style

My design style is Modern Traditional with a DIY/ arts and crafts feel.

Project Details

Wall paint is Benjamin Moore-Sail Cloth

Crib & Reading Corner

The Gulliver Crib, Alang Wall Lamp, Sheepskin Rug, and large Alhede Rug all came from IKEA.

The Whale plaque above the crib is DIY, but inspiration is from Pottery Barn Surf Plaques. I liked the look, but wanted a gray brown wash instead of the white wash they used.  I glued several 1x4's together and used a jig saw to cut out the shape.  Then a thinned gray paint, followed by thinned white paint all wiped off and finished with a tea stain.

The whale & seahorse mobile is also DIY, but inspired by the Pottery barn seahorse mobile. I wanted a softer look against the whale so I used felt to cut out the shapes, stuffed them, then wood craft dowels and twine to balance and hang each tier.

The rocker is a DIY upholstery job on a hand-me-down recliner.  Fabric is from Hancock Fabrics.  The same fabric was used to create the matching crib rail guards where the DIY inspiration came from August Joy Studios.

The Stuffed Seahorse on the corner shelf is also a DIY project, directions and the free pattern are from Matsutake's blog

Changing Pad Area

The dresser is a thrift find that was originally painted blue. I refinished it using Minwax stain color Jacobean with new hardware.

Curtains are from IKEA

The changing pad cover is DIY, fabric is Gray Chenille from Joann.

The 3 wall frames over the changing pad are Ribba from Ikea.  The artwork is DIY, using patterns in Adobe Illustrator.

Wall Shelves are DIY, copycat of Pottery Barn Holman ledge.  I wanted the shelves to be deep enough to hold toys and picture frames so I used a combination of 1x6's 1x4's, and 1x2's to build the shelves. My how-to came from the Shanty2chic blog.

The Whale tummy time play mat is DIY using a combination of fabrics and PUL for water proofing.  I attached wood Cabone Rings for clipping toys to, as well as for teething rings.  The tail has crinkle fabric in it.

Favorite Items

The handmade Seahorse Crib Mobile


Most of the inspiration items can be purchased, but I recommend making as many things yourself, it really gives you that handmade feel and makes you appreciate the nursery so much more!