When the time came for me to start thinking about designing J’s nursery, I knew I wanted it to encompass a mix my husband’s and my favorite things along with a touch of our family’s history. I loved the idea of creating a unique space for my little one to discover where he came from, who he is, and the places he’ll go.
I didn’t want his nursery to feel too “babyish”, rather I wanted it to be a room he could grow into. This way I wouldn’t find myself repainting and redesigning it in 2 years. It turned out to be my favorite room in the house. Sometimes I find myself wandering in just to enjoy my handiwork.
My inspiration for the entire nursery began with a nautical chart of Sanibel and Captiva Island. Nautical chart is just a fancy word for map.
My husband and I got married 7 years ago on Sanibel Island, which is why I wanted a large print of this map to be the focal point of the nursery. After many hours of deliberating, and my husband holding it up in various spots while I pondered, I finally decided its resting place would be above the dresser/changing table. Then surrounded it with a few vintage frames filled with family photos, some cute artwork, a rope mirror, and J’s first hospital baby photo.
I combined all of my favorite elements-chevron prints, nautical décor, antique furniture, dachshund figurines, and different textures from fuzzy rugs to wooden whales. And books, tons and tons of books. Most of J’s book collection is actually my old childhood books. My mom stored them for many years and now, thanks to Baba, J has a little piece of mom in his room. One of my favorite books is one that my husband likes to read to J. It’s called The Boys Book: How to Be the Best at Everything. You can buy it on Amazon here.
Of course, I couldn’t forget to incorporate some of my husband’s favorite pieces so a few antique trucks, some planes and a baseball figurine made their way in too. I also framed some military football posters to represent my mother and father in-law, who both proudly served our country.
My nursery style tends to follow along with the rest of my home. Eclectic. I’ve always loved a “collected” and “lived in” look rather than a “designed” look.
Which is another reason I didn’t want J’s nursery to be too “themey”. When I shop, I often tend to be drawn to pieces that make me feel a certain way. I love modern style mixed with a little vintage comfort.
I hope my nursery inspires you to find and create your perfect nursery style. Happy planning!
Next week I’ll share a post of where I purchased everything in J’s nursery… everything from the curtains to the trashcan!
Check out my other posts on nursery dresser organization and closet organization.
Diaper bag organization and changing table essentials soon to come!
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Tell me in the comments below what your nursery style is?
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