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Parkes Nautical Nursery


I knew from the beginning I wanted a green nautical nursery and I wanted it to be a fun place that Parkes would enjoy for years to come.  This was the end result and I love it!

Design Inspiration

Pottery Barn Kids was my biggest inspiration.

Decorating Style

Definately traditional - but I wanted his room to be fun and a place that he would enjoy even as a toddler.

Project Details

Nautical Map- I found a nautical map (in navy)  at Pottery Barn Kids (mural is 8ft x10ft) but didn't care for the color so my SIL and I painted the map ourselves.  I researched maps of Lake Lanier online and used a projector to assist us with the land and water depth lines.  It took a while to complete but was definately worth it. 

Painting over the crib - My SIL, who is way more talented than I, painted this for me.

Window coverings & bedding - ordered at Polkatotdesigns.  I also got the idea for the drapes from Pottery Barn Kids website; however we made the board ourselves using a 8ft long pre-painted board purchased at home depot and several dowel rods that we cut into 4 inch long pegs.  We drilled 3/4 inch. holes into the board and glued the pegs and spray painted the entire thing off white. Total cost was less than $20.

Decorations- I went to Hobby Lobby and Homegoods weekly and picked up anything nautical that I could find.  After the room was painted, I picked my favorite accessories and returned the rest.

Glider/Recliner - Purchased at buybuybaby. A must have!!

Favorite Items

I love how the curtains turn out.  I will say that they are not practical if you want to open/close them regularly but we leave them shut now so he can sleep in!

I also love the bedding - the bumpers are reversible so I have two pattern options.


Take your time and buy things when you see them even if you don't know if you can use it.  I ended up taking a lot of stuff back but it gave me great options! 

Also- don't compromise!  I knew that I wanted a green room for my little boy and had a very difficult time finding nautical bedding that wasn't navy and red.  So- I scratched the "nautical" bedding and went for the colors I loved and then incorporated the theme via the artwork, mural & accessories.

Heather Parker Spence

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

Where did you get the bedding from? Like the sheets, etc


Wednesday 8th of January 2014

they were custom through


Sunday 25th of March 2012

Very cute...I like the green nautical theme as well. I have a picture in my head of what I want and am finding it difficult to find the items that I am picturing. Your pictures are inspiring for me to keep looking for what I want.


Wednesday 22nd of February 2012

Very refreshing. Cool to the eyes. The crib is gorgeous. And Parkes is so adorable on his changing pad.


Friday 17th of February 2012


Thanks! The color is Benjamin Moore's Dill Pickle.


Friday 17th of February 2012

Cute nursery! I really like this color. What do you call this shade of green? Avocado? The world map is really cool, too.