Owen’s Nautical Nursery

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  • Antique Dresser Painted Yellow with Nautical Deck Cleats
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  • Neutral Nautical Nursery
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Owen's nursery is a sophisticated, gender neutral Nautical Nursery inspired by my father's love of all things lake related! Growing up around water is such a fond memory of mine that I wanted to pass it on to Owen.

Design Inspiration

I grew up on the water. Actually, I was almost born on a houseboat... My mom says that dock looked a mile long! My dad has always been a boater, so when we were born, we joined right in! We were out on the houseboat on the lake almost every weekend growing up. My mom loved hosting parties on the top of the houseboat! We would even anchor the boat in the middle of the lake and spend the night on the water. I have so many great memories around water that I wanted to create a nautical nursery for Owen! My dad even gave us an oar he's had forever, and I made it into a growth chart. It's one DIY project I know will be a family keepsake.

Decorating Style

I love a fresh, clean, airy feel with pops of color. I didn't want Owen's nursery to feel baby, but to have a sophisticated look and feel that he can grow into!

Favorite Items

I have to say my all time favorite piece in Owen's room is the DIY Growth Chart. It is an oar that my father has had for ages, and I painted on the growth chart in a Pottery Barn ruler style. I love it!

I also absolutely LOVE the antique dresser with the mirror! We painted it for a bright, cheery pop of color, and even added nautical deck cleats to match the theme!


Since the nautical theme is a pretty common theme, you can find SO many items all over the place (and for cheap!). Think out of the box for where to get nautical items, not just baby stores. A lot of the items we found we just painted to match our color scheme- so keep an open mind! Paint is a quick, cheap way to make something fit your preferred décor.


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    I have been desperately searching for a pillow similar to the one pictures in the glider. Do you remember where you purchased the “sail away” pillow? Thanks!

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    I love the dresser. What color did you paint it? Looking for a good mustard yellow.

    Thank you!

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    I saw this photo, and we actually just made ours ourself and it turned out great. We bought a long board the size we wanted from Home Depot, had it split exactly into 3rds (they will cut it there for like 25 cents or something crazy cheap), and then stained it the color we picked out. My husband cut the holes, and we bought rope that was 3/4 inch thick.

    It was a process! It took a while and we messed up a couple of times, but basically we just tied a knot, put the rope through the hole of the board, measured 10 inches up, and repeated the process. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be at all though! Pretty easy project. And I just kept the picture next to me for reference.

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    It is gorgeous! I keep coming back to this pin for inspiration. I haven’t finished mine but I want to do a sea tuemed as well.. May O asl where dod you find the whale on the bookshelf?

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    Love the bookshelves! Saw your description of how you made them above. Did you secure the boards to the wall so they wouldn’t move? If not, do you have any issues when you add, move or remove items?

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