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My Nautical Nursery: Inspiration

If my last post didn't spell it out clearly enough for you, I will 'reveal' it again:  The new nursery is going to be 100% nautical.  You know... Red, white and blue.. with boats and oars and the whole nine yards.
Like a Nautica ad threw up!

Helloooo beautiful.
 Uh.. Where was I?  
Oh yeah...

First let me show you the space I am working with. 

This is the MLS listing photo when it was as a bedroom before we bought it:

Why yes, those are hospital green walls and a strange offset corner window.  It is pretty nice.. for a prison cell.

Here are some additional shots of the room, on move in day.   For some reason, this is the only room in the house with chair rail and crown molding.  No idea why.  Also the baseboards are different in this room.  

Ah, the joys of buying former rental property!
It does have pretty floors and has northern and western exposures which gives it plenty of light.  Too bad the ceiling fan is so fugly.

From the other angle you can see the room is strangely shaped. The entry door, as well as the closet wall, are at an angle.

Here is the room after we 'staged' it as an office (Basically threw our furniture in there)

We didn't use the room very much.  I *NEVER* sat in it to do work in an office-like fashion.  Mostly guests stayed in it (on a trundle bed) when they visited.  It was in limbo.

Well, now it finally has a purpose! 
Baby Josh needs somewhere to sleep!

The problem is (besides the fact my baby is going to be college aged by the time it is finished) is that I have next to ZERO budget to do it.  I had hoped to reuse everything neutral I had leftover from the girls and just add to it, but that just didn't seem to be working out.   

I had a lot of green gingham, some zoo animal motifs, a little bit of farm stuff.. and then added some sports items.  It was a HOT MESS.  I don't even have photos of the room with baby stuff thrown in there.  

Here is my vision of where I want to go: 
(I don't really do vision/design boards, so you just are going to assemble these ideas in your head) 

COLOR: Navy and white with red accents of course (you did see that Nautica Ad right?)
Here is what I was envisioning.. Navy with white. Like this:
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I am so sure of this color scheme, I am already testing out paint colors.

Right now I have it narrowed down to:
(all from Benjamin Moore)
When I picked up my Evening Dove tester, I found out it was considered one of the 2013 "Benjamin Moore Color Trend" colors.  Here is an example room painted with Evening Dove, it may be a little too gray for me:

To make sure I had the perfect combo, I also made a grid and tested out different saturated reds with the possible blues.
I am considering:

Because I have a chair rail I can split the color so it isn't so dark.  I do have the dual exposures, so I am not worried about the room feeling gloomy.  Centsational girl did a nautical room with a much lighter color, but this is the same idea. 
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I also love what she did with her closet doors in that room:

I don't want it to be only blue and white.  I do what to punch it up with pops of red.  I love Jen's red striped curtains against the blue walls:
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I am stuck using what I have.  Right now it is a hodge podge of white (crib and dresser) along with other random things I find around the house.   Here is how the furniture was staged for J:
I have to figure out how to deal with that mint green gingham glider!! Yikes!

This is my vision for the dresser:
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I also have an old sofa table I would love to use in the room, maybe a bookshelf and side table. But they are either knotty pine, black or oak respectively.  Not exactly a good match.

I want to break up the large expanse of blue walls with a neat paint treatment.  I LOVE this idea of framing a gallery wall.. (anyone who knows me, knows I love me some gallery walls!)
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And this is a perfect example of how I am picturing the accessories and wall decor.  The line drawing of the ship, the model boats, the simple bedding.  Beautiful.
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I definitely want to use sisal and rope since I think it screams "nautical" (obviously, based on my lamp you probably could figure that out!) Here is a good example of how the natural fibers have been used beautifully.
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I also want to use a natural fiber rug. I am thinking.. chevrons. Since it wouldn't be 2013 if a room didn't contain chevrons.
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So there it is.. My entire room plan. I am hoping to get this entire room down in under 6 weeks.  THAT IS INSANE since I have a 5 month old underfoot, but I am going to give it a shot.  

I am motivated by the One Room Challenge on Calling it Home.  I learned about it via Kim at Plumberry Pie and I had to jump on the bandwagon.  I also want to share at some of these linky parties in hopes of staying motivated!

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  1. knotty pine and black work with the nautical theme. it's the oak that's messing with you. paint it black if you can, or white. (or whitewash?)

    also, can you find a slipcover that will work on the glider? that's a (generally) cheaper and faster solution than reupholstery or similar.

    good luck!

  2. I love your rooms potential...the windows are great and it seems to have high ceilings. I love the evening dove color! Looking forward to following your progress!

  3. Love the theme you are using - I'm doing a nursery/guest room for the challenge (for my 16 month old grand daughter and her soon to be here little sister). Will look forward to seeing how it comes together.

  4. Sounds like you have a lot of painting in your future! Can't wait to see some stripe action. This will be such a cute little boys room!

  5. Oh my goodness, that face! What a yummy baby. I love your inspirations and you are so funny. I hate picking paint, so good luck with that. This is perfect for a boy.

  6. All your inspirations are beautiful Kim and that striped dresser is absolutely fabulous in any space! I did navy in my teen son's room too, I used 'peaceful night' from Behr and we love it. Good luck you have so many choices to make!


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