Thursday, September 4, 2014

Baby Brother's Nautical Nursery Tour

I told Jon before we even got pregnant, "if it's a boy I want a nautical nursery."  I have seriously straight priorities, y'all.  Luckily that wise man said "yes, great idea" as if it was a super important point to nail down.

I had so much fun decorating this room, starting with a pin board here, in case you need even more nautical nursery eye candy. Everything I do right now starts with a pin board. 'Cause I just got on Pinterest.  Welcome to 2012, amirite?

Let's talk about the whale, as he is clearly the pièce de résistance. I saw a couple of big whales on pinterest, mostly wall decals. I quite frankly didn't want to drop a load of cash on such a simple shape, so I set out to paint it myself. After asking around trying to find a teacher friend with access to an overhead projector, I learned that those things no longer exist (what?!?!).

My dear friend Amanda came to the rescue with a digital camera that projects the images you take with it.  This camera happens to be made by Playskool and belong to her three-year-old.  Yeah, they make that.

I took a picture of the whale, right off my computer screen, rigged the camera to my tripod, turned off the lights and traced it onto the wall with some leftover navy paint from some other project. Shockingly easy peasy.

Right after I painted the whale Soph said "I want a whale in my room" and my stomach dropped as I had just finished painting her room full of raindrops, but she never asked again and luckily digs her room. 

The flags are leftover quilt fabric and stash seam binding.

The wooden fish and boat are my other fave part, an etsy find that Soph keeps stealing for her room. (Had to grab these pics with her at daycare, otherwise the room does not stay intact for four seconds.) The boat is personalized, so it's turned around here so you can't see Baby Brother's name, a fact I dropped to my mother for the pure joy of tormenting her with the secret.

Sources: crib, bookshelf, throw pillow, light feature, and red lamp: Ikea; wooden fish and boat: TheSeasideKids on Etsy; "Come Sail Away With Me" print: erinjaneshop on Etsy; whale crib sheet, polka dot changing pad cover, and red striped big canvas bins: Land of Nod; blue striped bin with red top: Home Goods; glider: Shermag from BabiesrUs (Stolen from Soph's room, we have been using this for 2.5 years and love it, but it took 12 weeks to arrive when we ordered it, so order early!)


  1. Elise, this is tooo cute! I thought to ask Mom what Baby Brother's name is, but then forgot right away. So, avoided hearing her frustration over not knowing. Good thing Soph can't read yet, or you would not have a secret name! Can't wait to see BB in the crib.

  2. I got jealous and just ordered my own ocean animal sheets. Apparently they will be a late Christmas present to myself (very backordered).

  3. I was just about to write and ask where you got the bookshelf. I should have known it would be Ikea. :)

    I love the whole room, all your personal touches really make it special. And your painting on the wall? Awesome! Those expense decals be damned!
    PS - Those high school kids are really missing out with no overhead projectors anymore. ;)