My wife and I love the beach! We try to go as often as we can because our dog Brutus adores the ocean and the sand. The nursery was inspired by our love for coastal living and all the beauty that goes along with it!
What brand and color of paint did you use?
Baer Premium Plus Paint 1) Sand Pearl (Flat) 2) Ultra Pure White (Semi-gloss)
If you added stripes, polka dots or other paint effects, tell us how you did it.
I added a chair rail to divide the walls in half. Under the chair rail I installed two-level picture frame moulding which we felt added a coastal feel and an architectural interest to the nursery. To top things off (pun intended), we added 5.25” crown moulding.
What brand of furniture did you choose? Where did you buy it?
NYVOLL series (IKEA) - 6-drawer dresser and night stand. Light gray- beechwood color with white drawers. There is an integrated damper that catches the closing drawer so that it closes slowly, silently and softly. We loved the soft close feature for our future little one’s precious fingers!
What bedding set did you use? Where did you buy it?
Blue and Taupe Paisley Crib Bedding from Carousel Designs.
Tell us about your window treatments, lighting, rugs, wall decor and accessories. Where did you buy them - were any handmade?
Window treatments - we opted for a pre-cut, finished plantation shutter from Lowes. We felt this gave the nursery the ultimate beach feel! I framed out the plantation shutter with the same moulding that I used to frame out the double closet surround.
Lighting – The existing fan in the nursery is outfitted with a light. For additional lighting we purchased a desk lamp (Home Goods) with a removable top. We filled the lamp with sand, shells and sea glass. The base of the lamp is wrapped in crab netting to finish off the coastal look. We also added puck lights to the inside of the double closets to give us extra light.
Accessories - We found our accessories at a range of stores, however, Home
Goods was the biggest help in creating our Coastal Chic Nursery. We purchased a beautiful, hand painted, metal seahorse and fish, which we surprisingly found at a rest stop in Indian River county, Florida on our way to Orlando! Who would have expected to spend that much at a rest stop!
How did you store all your baby goodies? In baskets, on shelves?
Inside the double closets we installed closet organizers, outfitted with multiple shelves and clothing racks. We store all the baby’s books, clothes, and stuffed animals there. The California closets are a life saver! And, it makes a normal wire shelf closet feel nearly useless. We also received a square bamboo toy chest from our best friends (they purchased from Home goods) - a perfect addition to the room!
How long did it take you? Was it easy, fun, difficult? What was your favorite part?
I’m a weekend warrior and my wife and I LOVE doing projects around the house. I have to say it took longer than I initially anticipated (4 full weekends). It was a lot of fun!
The best part was knowing that one day we will tell our baby that his/her Mom and Dad designed the room especially for him/her (we’re not finding out the sex of the baby)!
I have to say that my favorite part was putting up the picture frame wainscoting. Although extremely tedious and time consuming, the precision and attention to detail I put into making sure they were perfect really made the completed product worth it!
Did you do the entire nursery on your own or did someone help you? Who? What did they do?
I did the majority of the nursery on my own, however, the crown moulding was done by a professional.
What do you love most about your little one's finished room?
The sense of calmness that is felt when sitting in the room. I only hope that our little one will feel the same by not crying a lot! Ha Ha. We sat in the room chatting with our friends the other day and it was so peaceful and serene. We also love the eclectic mixture of furniture and decor that really complete the ultimate Beachy/Coastal feel of the nursery room.
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