I have been itching to redecorate Mazen’s room for some time now. Probably as early as the moment I realized that my vision for his yellow + gray nursery never really turned out how I imagined.
As a reminder, here’s what we started with:
Here’s what his nursery looked like right before he arrived:
Here’s what it looked like one year later (and here’s the post about that!)
And here’s what it looks like today!
I’m in the process of slowly turning our house into a beach house. I’ve declared it my favorite style (bright, relaxed, comfortable). While the changes in the main house have been subtle, I decided to carry the nautical theme into Mazen’s room and give his décor a bit of an overhaul. I didn’t spend that much or change any of the big stuff, but the key pieces made a huge difference in the look and feel of the room.
The biggest change, of course, is the wall color. What was once a minty green is now bright modern white! And I love it.
I added new linens and curtains and moved around the artwork and furniture a bit. Here’s what it looks like from the doorway:
My favorite piece in the room is the ropey lamp that I found in Target’s Threshold line.
As a reminder, here’s the before! A red lamp I bought fresh out of college that had seen better days.
The new bedspread from Land of Nod has whales on the underside!
On top I had this pillow cover made through Etsy to fit the insert we already had. I love the pop of red – it is small but it really brightens up the room
Check out that octopus – also from Target! The burlap bins I bought a while ago, but they were Homegoods finds that work so well in the open space of the nightstand.
I used to store toys in this box in the basement, but it works so much better as a book cart in here.
If you look closely, you’ll see the Young House Love octopus hook on the shelves! I was going to hang it, but I actually like it as a decorative item even more. The paper mache M was made by blog reader Heather!
We use the bed as a changing table (which works perfectly) so most of the time you’ll find the matching changing pad on top.
But when I tidy up, it rests back on top of the dresser.
These curtains were sitting right under my nose for the longest time. I was searching for grommet curtains (the easiest to open and close) that were blackout but also over half white/light with some navy. I had already checked Pottery Barn Kids and overlooked these, and when I saw them on Pinterest I thought they had to be custom made. When I clicked through to the blog that featured them, she had a source guide and I found them on Pottery Barn! Grommets, blackout AND nautical – SOLD! They even tie in the burlap color on the bins and anchor print!
Here’s a reminder of what the old curtains were like – blah!
I splurged on a crib sheet that I really didn’t need but just wanted. I used to think $24 or so for a sheet was a lot (and it is when you have to buy 1,000 baby things!), but now that I know how much use they get and how happy these whales make the room feel I say go with the sheet you want most in the long run.
We moved Mazen’s crib 90 degrees and the room now seems to be so much more spacious. The rocking chair looks so much better over there than squeezed in by the door where it used to be. We also swapped rugs around in the house – Mazen’s stained chevron rug is now in the basement, the cushy basement rug is in the living room and this kitchen living room rug is now in here. I think it fits so much better.
I love it. Mazen likes the whales. We are all happy with the updates!
Where’s That From?
See some of my inspiration on my Baby Pinterest board!