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Nursery inspiration board: Our light teal and orange cabana striped beach-inspired space

I’ve changed my mind again, friends! I’m going a very different direction with the nursery. I think this is much more my style, even though I was loving the softer design of the other board. The reality is, I like a few bold patterns, bold colors and I want stripes. Is that so wrong? And, I feel like the stars are getting too popular. Yes, how popular something is can be a big turnoff for me.

When we traveled to Sri Lanka, I had some really peaceful moments on the beach. I’ve always loved the beach, but this trip reminded both my husband and I how peaceful the ocean is and how much we love it. And B is a huge fan too. A very subtle beach theme feels right for us, especially as we battle the remains of a very cold, very snowy Minnesota winter. 

I was inspired walking through Target (alone) on Saturday. I saw the Spring Decor line of Room Essentials household items which included a pillow that had orange, light teal and grey. Earlier on the same trip, I spotted a cool metal lamp in the same light teal and a wooden whale which I picked up. I was originally hoping to make them work in the new and improved playroom, but the more I looked, the more I realized I wanted them for the nursery and that orange would be a fun accent color.

I’m going to take our teepee apart and make it smaller for the room so it doesn’t take up too much space.

I love the beach and using the beach as inspiration is so much fun. It also is a good mix of peaceful and fun since I’m going with soft teal and bright orange cabana stripes, a slightly unexpected combination, I think.

I love that I can still include clouds, sunshine, boats, whales and other sea life plus even stars. It’s all a part of spending time at the beach, right? The room will be beach-inspired, but not at all themey.

I’m keeping the Hektar light from Ikea simply because I love it and it fits our budget. I’m also going to bring a bit more black and white in throughout, but I’m not sure how yet.

The whale in the photo is not showing the true color. The whale is exactly the color of the lamp next to the glider. I couldn’t believe that they were identical when I got them together, but they were. I’ll color match to some degree to get the accent wall to match them as I love the color, but I’ll have to test a few shades in our room. I’ll either do the rest of the walls white, ivory, keep them grey or may just do the entire room the light teal color. What are your thoughts on that?

Now, for the Target items  which include the side table, little stool and basket, which we’ll use as a clothes hamper, if you buy today and use your red card, you will only spend about 53% of the full price, so you save around 47% with the online discount, the additional 15% and the 5% from the Red Card. I actually chose store pickup so I could get them today and you still save that much. With the exception of the basket, none of the other items are on sale in store right now. :) And, with the discount, you will avoid shipping by picking up in store (unless you have the Red Card in which case shipping is free).

The playroom is nearly complete, so the nursery is next. First up though,a Goodwill run (DONE) and a large Craigslist ad filled with stuff from the old playroom and more. Once it’s all gone, we will paint. Exciting!

Shopping resources

Crib: Babyletto Modo. We already own this.

Glider: DwellStudio Myles. We own this after finding a floor model on Craigslist. So lucky! Spent about a quarter of the price.

Side table: Target Threshold (not available online right now, so click “find in store” and you’ll still get the big discount. :)

Natural wood stool: Target Threshold

Mint cart: Ikea. We already own. It’s not pictured here, but matches and will be incorporated.

Ceiling light: Ikea Hektar

Book ledges: Ikea Ribba ($9.99)

Cloud pillow: Collette Bream on Etsy

Teal lamp: Room Essentials at Target (this is actually on sale in the stores and you can get a 15% off using Cartwheel).

Ceramic snail: Threshold at Target

Teal wood whale: Target

Orange draper stripe rug: DwellStudio

Playa del Carmen 18×12 print: Minagraphy on Etsy

Driftwood sailboat garland: Chicy Rachael

Whale cushion: Ferm Living (way out of our budget for a cushion, but love this!)

Harper roman shade in grey: Pottery Barn Kids

Orange striped teepee: Available at The Land of Nod or you can make it a DIY project like we did.

Salt in the Air, Sand in my hair art: Spunky Fluff on Etsy

On the bottom, you can see some pillows, orange striped fabric (from Ikea) and the brown grasscloth swatch. I plan to refinish the bottom of the Babyletto crib with either grasscloth wallpaper, fabric or faux grasscloth contact paper to change the look and make it go with our new room scheme. This will be an interesting DIY. I’ll be sure to report back on it. :)

What do you think?

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12 Comments on Nursery inspiration board: Our light teal and orange cabana striped beach-inspired space

  1. Jana
    February 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm (240 days ago)

    I love this as well – what a fun change!

    • Jessica
      February 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm (240 days ago)

      Yes, I think it will be much more fun to work with!

  2. Shelly
    February 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm (240 days ago)

    Love it! We also did a turquoise and orange nursery with a hot air balloon theme for our boys. Used stripes, cloud mobile etc which are really fun. If you’re ever in the area and want to stop over let me know as I’m still on leave for a little longer. Hope all is well with you!

    • Jessica
      February 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm (240 days ago)

      That sounds adorable! I would love to stop by! B’s school is in Plymouth so I could swing by sometime before I pick him up. Would love to meet your boys too!

  3. Tiffany
    February 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm (240 days ago)

    I LOVE it! And I’m amazed you pulled this all together after seeing a simple pillow! I’ve already mentioned my obsession (yet to be realized) with orange. I will live vicariously through you I suppose! ;) Good work friend!

    • Jessica
      February 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm (240 days ago)

      It’s so funny how our minds work, right? My husband was wondering where the pillow was. While I was inspired by it, I didn’t LOVE it. So interesting. :)

  4. Cassie
    February 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm (240 days ago)

    OMG I was kidding about the beach bum thing but YES! LOVE IT! :)

  5. Leah
    February 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm (240 days ago)

    Very creative! Love it! You’re right, there are few places as relaxing as a beach. Can’t wait to see the finished product!!

  6. Kari
    February 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm (240 days ago)

    Love it!

  7. Melissa
    February 25, 2014 at 9:44 am (239 days ago)

    This is such a fun and unique theme, I love it! I’m a fan of the ocean, Caribbean and anything that represents warmth and brings a calmness. :)

  8. Christie
    February 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm (239 days ago)

    I love beach inspired rooms and the pop of orange is genius!

  9. Galit Breen
    February 25, 2014 at 11:23 pm (239 days ago)

    Oh I LOVE this — from the inspiration to where you’re going with it!

    One more time: Love!


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