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Walt’s Tropical Oasis


Tropical Ocean Nursery Design

Design Inspiration

We love to snorkel, so I thought a beachy room with a tropical feel would be a space where everyone could enjoy spending time.  I knew I wanted to create a tropical oasis for little Walt's nursery, but it wasn't until I stumbled across Project Nursery that I went design crazy!  I have been inspired daily by all the amazing readers' projects on PN!

Decorating Style

As an artist, I can't resist lots of color, texture and contrast!  I enjoy planning a project over time, so it can evolve!

Project Details


Favorite Items

My 11 year old son, Bradley, and I painted Walter's name letters together and had so much fun!  I love looking at Walter's name above the French doors because it reminds me of our special project time together.  The rag quilt was a surprise from my custom quilter, Ronda Houle.  She used my leftover fabrics to make one of my favorite things ever!  I know Walt is going to love it :o)


Take your time and plan one small project at a time.  I used the internet to do most of my research.  I love great deals, so I like checking CL and thrift stores when I am looking for something unique.  Design something you love with your child in mind and you can't make a mistake!

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  2. avatar Wendy says:

    Thank you to everyone who likes my nursery and voted way back in the Fall. Walter is getting so big and about to walk now! I love my nursery everyday, and it was worth all the time and planning to make this room what it is. Walter LOVES it!!!!

  3. avatar Wendy says:


    I used Ceramacoat craft acrylics after giving the crib a light sanding first. I did not apply a clear coat. The paint is just fine and never had fumes.

  4. avatar Wendy says:


    Hi! I found the fabric on, and it is by a company called premier fabrics for $7.57 per yard!

  5. avatar Wendy says:


    I had them built-in by a carpenter who works for my painter. My first time hiring a carpenter, and it was less expensive than free floating furniture pieces while adding value to my home. They are safer too now that Walt is climbing everything!

  6. Gorgeous room. So bright and fun – you are very talented!

  7. avatar Katie says:

    Awesome room! We want to paint our Jenny Lind crib too, but I’m having trouble figuring out if I can just spray paint it and let it “air out” for a while or what will be safe for our baby…did you put anything on top of the paint you used to paint your crib (like a clearcoat or varnish)? Thanks!

  8. avatar Brittany says:

    Beautiful art work and nursery… the pictures are amazing! I was wondering where did you find the material to make the curtains? I have been looking for coral material for my bedroom design… any help would be appreciated! Thanks

  9. avatar Tania says:

    I LOVE your nursery. We have been inspired by it and are doing a similar theme for our little one. Can you tell me where you got the white shelves that flank the crib/window? thanks!

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  12. avatar kelly says:

    did you win Wendy? you definitely should!

  13. avatar Wendy Bowman says:

    Are we on the same wavelength or what? I got the chills just reading that! Thank you for all the nice insightful compliments from a fellow artist, and you better show off your nursery one day so we can see it!

  14. avatar wallwishes says:

    I swear I picked this room because I liked it best and THEN i realized it was an ocean room and the baby’s name is Walter! this is too funny. Walter is my boy name (and I love Wally for when he is little) and my husband loves the ocean so I planned on having an underwater theme foe baby Walter’s room. Is he named after anyone? I am a mural artist as well. This room was my fave before I even realized there was artwork on the wall. and i LOVE the zebra rug…immeditely thought of the fish, not the mammal! I hope you win!

  15. avatar Starlight Juliet says:

    Thanks so much! I’ll definantly look into it.

  16. avatar wenbow says:

    Starlight Juliet,

    I wasn’t sure either, but I finally added it to the room as a last purchase, and I just love it! It is highly used as a footstool and as extra seating when I have company. I do recommend it. Overstock has them cheaper, and prestuffed.

  17. avatar Mom says:

    So cute!

  18. avatar Starlight Juliet says:

    As much as I love the idea of using a Moroccan pouf for color and contrast I’m a little hesitant about getting one on the basis of funtionality. Do you use it when you rock or nurse? Do you think it is more comfortable than a regular ottoman?

  19. avatar jess says:

    love the vintage feel!! handsome little man, as well!

  20. avatar jude says:

    I think this room has so much potential and I love the idea but it is just TOO busy for my taste…between the fish mural, zebra rug and the coral pattern curtains my eyes just don’t know where to look. I guess I’m more of a minimalist…On a side note I love the vintage feel crib

  21. avatar Amy says:

    I absolutely love love the room! It loos amazing and so relaxing I knew the room would be adorable you are just so talented ! Love u and u work!

  22. avatar Jackypant's Mommy says:

    Love it and love you, since I have known you forever, I can honestly say this room is definitely a Wendy room. Jack would never let me paint over the fish in his room that you did years ago for Tanner. Can’t wait to see Walt and the room!!!! I voted hope you win.

  23. avatar stephaniefox says:

    so beautiful!! what a lucky boy!!!

  24. avatar Linsey says:

    I love the fishy theme!

  25. avatar Melisa says:

    Awesome Wendy! Enjoy that sweet baby and beautiful room. So glad to get to “know” you through PN!!!

  26. avatar maxine stiles says:

    Love how the room turned out. It’s gorgeous, as is Walter

  27. Beautiful Room!! Just perfect!!!

  28. avatar wenbow says:

    Thank you Angie!

  29. avatar Angie says:

    It turned out so beautiful Wendy – I love all the colors! Walt is an absolute cutie and a lucky boy to have such a great room to grow up in!!

  30. avatar yeyen11 says:

    This is a fun, beautiful, unique nursery! love it! 5*!

  31. avatar wenbow says:

    Hi Megan!

    Thank you for viewing my nursery project. I am a professional muralist, and I did paint these myself. Walter absolutely loves his fish! From 2 days old, he was mesmerized :o)


  32. avatar Megan says:

    Love the nursery! Doing a similar theme for my daughter…question about the wall decore. Did you paint the seaweed/fish, or are those vinyl wall decals? If vinyl where did you find them?


  33. avatar wenbow says:

    Hi SharoniNoni! Thank you for the compliments and for checking out my blog :o)

    ~ Wendy

  34. avatar wenbow says:

    Thank you Jennifer! I really wanted that rug but wasn’t sure if it would work. Then the idea of incorporating the bannerfish aka “zebra fish” just clicked. That’s when I knew it would all come together!

    ~ Wendy

  35. avatar SharoniNoni says:

    I remember stumbling upon your blog a while ago when your curtains had just been complete. Amazing to see now how it has all come together. It looks great!

  36. avatar jenniferalexis says:

    so cheerful!!! would have never thought to put a zebra rug in a ocean themed room, it makes it so unique!!!