Jake’s nursery is so close to being done, but I just can’t wait any longer to share it! This room was a six month project, in the works even before we knew that Jake was a boy! I always knew that our son would have a ‘nautical’ themed room, he is destined to love boats and the sea. But my plans of a soft blue-grey nursery quickly were thrown out when we redid our floors back in November. Two weeks before our gender reveal party, I had to settle on the wall color for the nursery…without knowing if a little girl or boy would be joining our family.
So we went the safe route, and chose a soft, greyish-green (Valspar Sea Marsh) for the walls. Upon finding out that we were expecting a little boy (!!!) I set about a new direction. I originally wanted a soft, soothing neutral nursery, but since it is ultimately Jake’s room, decided that I should add more color and patterns to hold his interest and aide in his development.
I’m pretty smitten with the results. It is still a work in progress, but I love every moment I spend in this room. The way the light changes the walls from a khaki grey to a green, the mixing and matching of patterns, the pops of navy, the smell of baby (which of course is the best part).
Our first baby gift was this glider from my mama. It’s perfect for midnight rocks and morning cuddles.
The side table remains a project. I’m debating on whether to paint it white or a pale blue. And of course, it needs some decor as right now it only houses my nook and a clock. The nightlight is a recent addition from our Outer Banks trip, hand carved from driftwood and painted a shimmering blue. I made the curtains myself, using Sherry’s no-sew method. Jake loves to gaze at the pattern during our morning cuddles.
There was never a doubt in my mind that this quote would be part of my baby’s room.
This dresser is something special. It was not only Adam’s growing up, but was also his father’s while he was a kid. A three-generation dresser. I love that. We spruced it up with some white paint and sprayed the original knobs a silvery grey.
The gallery wall above Jake’s crib is my pride and joy. I spent months finding and creating pieces for this.
Our house has a little design flaw in it since the overall floor plan is a split level. This little bench area is actually the ‘headroom’ space for the stairs on the floor below it. So, I turned it into a reading nook by adding a fabric covered piece of foam and some navy and patterned pillows. Since Jake is still a little young for long bouts of reading, we decided it would also make a great place for changing him. There’s enough room for him to lay and for me to sit next to him. The whale mobile ended up above that area to keep him entertained during the whole process.
Although secretly, it’s the polka dot pillows that hold his interest the longest.
The sailboat crib sheet was my starting point for the nursery’s colors. It made my already-green room and nautical vision come to life. A perfect marriage of the two.
And it is Jake approved.
Here’s are some of the sources:
Furniture: grey and white glider from Babies R Us, unfinished nightstand and navy rug are both from IKEA, navy lamp from Target, Graco Lauren crib from Target, dresser was inherited, there’s also a little white bookcase from Target in the corner by the reading nook
Linens: sailboat sheets from Nautica, curtains & reading nook pillows handmade from fabric found in various stores
Decor: nightlight from Eclectic Treasures, frame on dresser was thrifted and repainted, light blue baskets from TJ Maxx, Romans 12:12 print (Sproutz Designs), whale mobile (made by me using felt, thread, dowel rods and lots of patience) mini gallery wall prints: beach photo was a gift from Sarah, No Wake Zone (print created by me, sometimes I think I’m witty), marine knots print (PrintLand), whale canvas was painted by me (the square canvases were a Target dollar spot find!), ship wheel and anchor are from JoAnns (I painted them navy and placed on leftover fabric in the frame), ‘J’ is from JoAnn Fabrics that I painted using this method, antique nautical stamps (Precious Owl)