lilly’s charleston nursery

charleston nautical nursery

All images by Amy Cherry

One of the very first discussions my husband and I had upon finding out we were expecting our first daughter was how to outfit the baby’s nursery (#priorities). We tend to have very complementary interior design tastes — we’re typically drawn to a more neutral palette, natural-finished wood, lighter colors, and anything subtly evocative of the ocean. (Although sometimes we do go overboard — there are actual seashells lining the surface of our garden tub at the present moment, but I’ll forgive that.) As much as we both love the whitewashed ultra-neutral nurseries of Restoration Hardware, we knew we could take some liberties to go bright and whimsical for our little one’s room. (It is a child’s space, after all!)

Initial ideas of the “theme” were Adventure (too “Pinteresty”, IMO), Maps (overdone), Sea Creatures (love them but don’t love the premade cutest “sets” they sell at baby gear outfitters), Lilly Pulitzer (this was obviously before the days of LP x PBK — thankfully for my wallet), and Flamingos (also love but there is such a thing as too much pink).

Drew was really pulling for the Maps/Adventure thing (esp when we were both convinced Baby Dellinger would be a boy) and I could get into it a little — I’ve seen gorgeous antique watercolor maps in Savannah bookstores of the SC/GA coastline that are to die for. However, a $400 framed vintage map wasn’t really in the budget and I didn’t want to get too too themey. (Too many maps and you look like a Subway station, amirite?)

Then we moved into our new house and found out we were having a Lilly. Drew was even more insistent upon painting the nursery a girly hue (which was a bit of a sallow pale green upon move-in) than I was. We found the perfect color, Beach Trail by Behr, and decided to subtly decorate the room with things influenced by our favorite city, Charleston. The color palette is reminiscent of Rainbow Row (and one of these days I’ll commission someone to make me a legitimate Rainbow Row-shaped bookshelf!) — bright pastels and beachy shades. We framed a couple of watercolor maps of the city and Isle of Palms, my maternity shoot was taken downtown so there are images of baby & me in her nursery city, and the room is replete with all the fixings of a sweet little Southern belle — monogrammed wares, seersucker, Lilly Pulitzer baby shifts, bonnets and bows for days.

pottery barn kids crib sheet

southern baby hair bows and flamingo

southern christening gown

monogram baby bubble and lilly pulitzer for baby

dolce baby naples and pottery barn kids

monogrammed baby blanket

Crib, Nightstand, & Dresser | Dolce Babi
Glider & Ottoman | Best Home Furnishings
Paint | Beach Trail by Behr
Flamingo Wall Organizer | Three Sprouts
Crib Sheet | Pottery Barn Kids
Whale Organizer | PBK
Narwhal Canvas | Dani Boudreau
Sailboat | World Market
Swiss Dot Balloon Shade | Target
Hairbows | Julia’s Bowtique
Monogrammed Receiving Blanket | Vera Bradley

coastal themed charleston nursery

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