Nautical Nursery

What better way to kick off my blog than with a post that combines two of the things I love most: my baby boy and interior design!  I was so eager to start designing our little guy's nursery last year that I drew a floor plan of the space when I was only a few weeks pregnant.  My poor husband even agreed to vacate his office so that we could turn it into baby's room and assemble the crib 5 months before our due date.  I can blame it on my love of interior design but I think I was just plain excited.

I knew I wanted to have a theme to the room without anything being too literal.  I decided to go with some nautical touches and kept the color palette to primarily white and navy with a few other small pops of color.  As far as major furniture pieces go, we have been very happy with the Hudson crib.  I chose it for the simple design and clean lines.  It coordinates well with our Land of Nod Changing Table (not shown) and the Crate and Barrel ladder bookshelf.  It also includes a toddler bed conversion kit so really it's two beds in one. 

I originally hung white canvas curtains in the room because I thought that they evoked sails and went perfectly with my theme.  They looked really nice during the last couple months of my pregnancy.  Then once baby arrived, nap time and the ever-important "sleep environment" took precedent.  The canvas curtains are currently folded in the linen closet.  This may seem obvious to some, but you are going to need blackout curtains for those mid-day naps.  I'm not sure why I didn't consider this to begin with. The windows in our nursery are also south-facing so blackouts were necessary for heat blocking as well.  I ended up with these from Pottery Barn Kids.  They add a fun punch of pattern to the room and really pull it together!

We have a comfy Dutailier glider but our little nursery was too small to fit any other full size seating.  We now have a couple of poufs in the room including the one below.  These are great as ottomans and extra seating for kids and adults alike.  When you are spending a lot of time nursing, its nice to have extra seating for family and friends.

1. Lucy Darling watercolor print.  This brand has adorable prints and products for sale on their own website, Etsy, and Amazon.  We also have their age stickers that we use for monthly photos.

2. Lucy Darling art print.  This hangs right above the crib.

3. Jayson Home rope knot door stop.  Reminiscent of a sailor's knot (also known as a monkey's fist), similar door stops can be found at a variety of price points.

4. Nate Berkus metallic pouf.  Great Target find!  A comfy place for dad to sit while mom is nursing.

5. Round hanging mirror (similar shown here with rope detailing).  I like that this mirror recalls a ship's porthole.  Similar to the knot door stop, different options can be found from a variety of retailers at a range of different prices.

6. Moby Dick print.  Minted is a great resource for art prints and this one fit the theme perfectly.  It hangs with a few other framed prints in a gallery wall layout over the changing table.

7.  Duralee Roped Fabric.  I found this fun fabric at Calico Corners and used it to create a custom pillow along with a tea towel that I found at Paper Source (see #10 below).  A pop of red canvas piping pulled it all together.  It was my nursery splurge but I love how it turned out!

Landon, 2 weeks old, with his custom pillow (while it was still clean and spit-up free).

Landon, 2 weeks old, with his custom pillow (while it was still clean and spit-up free).

8. Crate and Barrel Sawyer Leaning Bookcase.  This elegant piece fits nicely in the corner of the room adjacent to the crib.  It is so convenient to have a place to keep decorative heirlooms, photo frames, gifts, and books without taking up too much floor space.  Since it is open on the sides, it is a great spot for our video monitor camera (we went with a Dropcam) as well as the white noise machine.

9. Crosley Antique Bronze Clock.  I like the vintage look of this little table clock and it coordinates well with the window hardware that we found on sale at Restoration Hardware (similar shown here).  I quickly realized after the first couple of weeks at home that having a clock in the nursery is essential for timing feeding sessions. 

10. Whale Tea Towel.  I love the 'Into The Mystic' quote by Van Morrison on this sweet little towel.  Since I walked down the aisle to 'Crazy Love' this was the perfect addition to our nursery.  I had it combined with the Duralee fabric above (see #7) to create a one-of-a-kind decorative pillow.

11. Water Hyacinth Storage Bins.  I was torn between going with a dresser with changing table top versus a traditional changing table with open shelving below.  I went with the latter and added six of these storage bins.  They are durable and add a natural touch.  Larger bins on the lower shelf hold sleep sacks, swaddles, burp cloths and bibs while smaller bins on the upper shelf hold socks, diapers, hats, and accessories.

12.  Babyletto Hudson Crib.  I found our crib at Serena & Lily but this design is available from several retailers.  I like the modern look of it and it also converts to a toddler bed which is always a plus when searching for the best baby bed.  I also highly recommend our lightweight and organic cotton crib mattress.  It fits snugly within the crib and is so lightweight that changing crib sheets is a breeze.

What are some of your favorite nursery items?