DIY Nursery Decor

The most difficult part of decorating a room is setting the tone and the theme for the space. Once you have the idea and concept, it’s a lot easier to move forward and find pieces that fit and dismiss items that don’t.I wanted the nursery to feel airy, light and welcoming, with a slight nod to living by the ocean.

I also knew I didn’t want the room to feel too masculine, overly thematic and super nautical. Another challenge was to create a nursery / guest room, since we’d have a lot of overnight visitors to see and help with baby FLO.

The good news is that the babe doesn’t require much space, at the moment, so keeping the queen mattress in the room was doable, and to fit the new space we simply moved it from the center of the room to the window, and “dressed” it as a day-bed. I’m still on a mission to find a queen size day-bed frame…

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I fell in love with the Land of Nod wallpaper letters, but I couldn’t find the wallpaper designs that fit with my theme, so I decided to make my own garland, with just a few supplies from Michael’s. Cut-out letters and pretty blue hues of construction paper were all I needed. I also made the flag banners to brighten up the windows.

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There is something so magical and wonderful about whales, and I loved incorporating whale elements throughout the room, rather than sticking with a traditional nautical theme.

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I found most of the whale trinkets at Hobby Lobby, and a few on Amazon and Target. My whale obsession seemed to come in just the right time, as there were plenty of items to choose from.

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The still empty white whale frame is patiently waiting for the first photo of Baby FLO, while other items on the shelves came from Amazon, Ikea and Goodwill. My favorite is the $3 whale paperweight that I couldn’t resist.


The world map made up of plantlife and animals of each country was the first item I bought. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. The cobalt dresses was a DIY I completed for the guestroom, and I’m hoping it will make for a comfortable changing table. The two lamps were also a DIY project from the guestroom. A couple of coats of paint and new lampshades which I then covered in rope from Home Depot were perfect for the coastal look of the guestroom, and now still manage to work for this nursery space.

I can’t wait to see how this room will evolve as Baby FLO gets here, but for now, I’m really happy with it.

As with any decorating project, I started with a Pinterest board. If you’re starting a home project, Pinterest is a great way to help create a vision board of the space you have in mind. Here is mine.

Hope you like the room.

Happy weekend everyone!
Create a beautiful nautical inspired nursery on a budget

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