It had been twenty years since I had a crib in my home. Then came the news that we were going to be grandparents and everything changed.
It took me a while to wrap my head around the idea that I was actually going to be a Mimi, but now that our little Crew is here and has totally melted my heart, I can't imagine the world without him.
I was eager to make it easy for the kids to visit and to have the big things that Crew would need while he was here. When I finally embarked on my search for all things baby, I became giddy with thoughts of a beach themed crib. Especially here, in our Florida home, I wanted to go all out and embrace that coastal flavor. There are a number of ways to do that. One option I considered was a brightly painted crib. via Pop Sugar
I loved this idea but because our crib will not be set up all the time, I started looking at cribs that fold up and can be easily stored. We decided on this Dream On full-size crib and I love it. It collapses to about 8 inches wide and will fit in the back of a closet or under a bed when not in use. It was only available in natural or white and we chose white.
So, without the bold coral or aqua crib, I would have to get my beach vibe from the bedding.
No worries, there is a wealth of crib bedding with that tropical twist.
My overall design plan for our Florida home is Palm Beach flavor meets a more casual Hollywood Regency.
Pulling together images into a composite is an easy way to see if I like how things go together and I had fun pulling a few together for this project.
This was my Hollywood Regency take.
Stripe chest - Maraki Home Design via Etsy, Sweet Jojo Designs trellis crib sheet, Regency crib in black via my Someday pin board, Palm Frond crib skirt is Isabella Daniel and Co via Etsy, leopard print rug from All Modern and paint color is Sherwin Williams Ravishing Coral
Did you notice that crib skirt? Seriously? I die.
It is too feminine for a baby named Crew but I do like how the colors and patterns work together.
I need something a bit more gender neutral.
I've thought about navy and aqua,
or a coral and cobalt composition.
Skirt is Miss Polly's Piece Goods, sheet is Carousel light coral from Amazon, Dream On folding crib from Amazon and Caron's Beach House blue iris rug. Brilliant Blue Benjamin Moore wall color.
A nautical take seems appropriate for a little guy named Crew.
Regatta Crib Bedding via Land of Nod
Make a Splash Bedding via Land of Nod
I am also seeing a lot of soft watercolor combinations,
Carousel Designs - Lime and Solar Flare
Poppy Di Vinci crib
and beachy brights palettes.
Miss Polly's Piece Goods
I would love to pull in a flamingo or two but it feels too feminine. I'll keep it in mind if someday Crew has a little sister or a girl cousin.
Green crib is from Land of Nod, coral crib skirt is Sadie and Scout via Amazon, Flamingo print crib sheet is Birch Rose Lane, and mobile is from Crochet on a Tree
I love all of these different looks but the reality is that our crib will usually be set up in the guest room and I would like the look I chose to play nice with the colorful coastal look that I have in that space.
Have you visited the Carousel Designs custom bedding site that allows you to drag and drop fabrics and trim to create your own look?
I did and I came up with this design for a crib that would be compatible with what was already in our guest room.
I haven't made any final decisions yet but I will be sharing when I do.
Thanks for stopping by.
Sharing my designs here:
I had a blank canvas when I began creating this coastal bedroom. This is currently a second home for us. We didn't move anything from our Midwest home to this house by the water. We moved in with an air mattress, a few purchases shipped from Amazon, and a suitcase of clothes.
Like most people, I would often look to Pinterest for inspirational images as a jumping off point. I was seeing a lot of white rooms and they were a different look from the deeper hues I had used up north. I wanted this coastal home to have a different personality than our Midwest house, so I let myself be influenced and went with a warm white paint for the walls and a pale sea green on the ceiling.
Furniture was also on the to-do list. I wanted to embrace a coastal flavor,
so we chose a bed and dresser from the Tommy Bahama Ivory Key collection and then dressed it in Barclay Butera's Coconut Grove bedding.
We chose to buy our dresser from Baer furniture which offered an exclusive textured linen finish.
I didn't opt for the matching mirror or night tables. Instead, I went with this mirror that I bought with a coupon from Hobby Lobby. My plan is to cover it in sea shells. #staytuned
I can't say I love the night tables. The Ivory Key options were beautiful but I didn't want to do the matchy thing. Suddenly it was crunch time. We had company coming and I didn't want the lamps on the floor so I made a rash purchase that I'm not crazy about. I hope that with a little personalization, like paint and hardware, that I can give these two pieces a more upgraded style.
Now that the major pieces have been put into place we are adding the personality like this painting by Sharon Erbe.
There will be adds and edits as the room evolves but I am already confident that this room offers a cheerful coastal welcome to our guests.
Pritchards Bay Panel Bed
Grotto Isle Dresser
Wilford and Lee Cabinet
Couture For the Home lamps
Coconut Grove Bedding
Linking up this Be Colorful Coastal post here:
Bedding, the options are limitless and if you shop wisely it can be an affordable way to change up a room.
I wanted our coastal home to have subtle tropical touches but a bedroom is one area where it could be fun to pull out all the stops.
These images definitely tempt me.
What about you?
Do you prefer a whisper of sand and seashells,
or do you live boldly, embracing beach worthy brights?
Perhaps your lean is toward the perennial nautical style.
Maybe you prefer a coastal flavor that brings in the colors of the water.
Then again, maybe the timeless Palm Beach sophistication is the look that calls to you.
There is an entire spectrum of options to choose from.
My dilemma is that I love them all.
So many choices only a few bedrooms.
Sometimes this image discourages me and at other times it motivates me. This was how the master bedroom in our new home looked when we walked through it the first time.
We loved the plantation shutters and the view to the pool. Plus we were crazy for the high ceilings but little did we realize that initially those very ceilings would become a bit of a design challenge for us.
When I look at it today, I love the furniture we have purchased. True, I have had a few missteps along the way and the room isn't complete. It is still lacking the style that I see in this picture. Then I remind myself that the previous owners had ten years to bring this room to that level of sophisticated perfection. We have only been at it for ten months.
Like I said, I made some mistakes. We started with the bed and knowing we had a whole house to fill we were keeping a close eye on those sales tags. We added two night tables, two lamps, a chest of drawers and a television. It was sobering to see how quickly those dollars added up but they barely seemed to make a dent in the space.
When it arrived. I knew it was all wrong.
I quickly learned that these ceilings, that are significantly higher than what I was use to in my 100 year old home up north, were going to require that everything we did going forward be done on a bigger, more dramatic scale. The ordinary wouldn't do.
Even so, I did get some of it right.
I've always been a fan of mixing it up. I didn't want to buy a bedroom set. Instead, I liked the idea of blending dark and white finishes. So we started off with the dark shutter style head and foot board bed but chose these Bernhardt Salon tables and the chest in a creamy white as the companion pieces.
I fell for the detailing on this piece the minute I saw it. I knew it had to be mine and ultimately it was the piece that set the tone of the room.
These pieces have a Palm Beach feel that works well in a Florida home. I am confident they were sound choices but I quickly changed the lamps out for something taller.
I'm still not sure I am embracing those shades but that will be an easy fix once I start accessorizing.
I'd love something like this.
I had planned to live with the bed but on one of our shopping excursions we came across this stunning upholstered beauty from Fine Furniture at Alison Craig It is part of the Humphrey Bogart Collection.
I still liked the mixture of woods but the night tables were a bit small for the massive bed. Luckily, I had a plan. The shutter headboard and these night tables were relegated to a still unfurnished guest room and I brought in these taller more massive replacements.
It is kind of telling that the only accessory is my ipad.
Yes. This is better but again, imagine those lamps looking more like this.
I neglected to take a picture of it in our room, but we also added this bench to the foot of the bed.
Not only do I like the looks of it but it's so functional too.
After moving the night tables to another bedroom, I wanted to bring back in some lighter pieces so instead of going with a sofa in the bay window area I opted to use this space for a desk. I am temporarily using one of my mistake lamps on the desk but the gold is a bit harsh. I could tone it down with some paint but I think it will also end up in a guest room.
The lines in these pieces are spectacular.
So yes, the basics are in place. Now I get to layer the room with some interesting tchotchkes, perhaps a plant or two and a colorful piece of artwork.
The fun is in the hunt for just the right touches.
If I can only pace myself.