Baby Boy Green’s Nursery

For the past two months I have been spending time with this sweet boy!  (My sister is an amazing photographer and we have been spoiled with so many adorable photos of him :)!) baby green

Beth Furgurson Photography

I can hardly believe it’s been two months.  It seems like yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital.

Let’s take a tour of his room!

nursery entrance

 (That’s me, just two days before he was born!)

His nursery is at the end of a hallway.  I love the view into his room – the combination of the light fixture, window treatments, rug, and wall color makes me smile every time I look down the hall.

The room is small (about 7’ x 10’), so we had to fit a lot of function into a small space.  (Click here to see my first post on our nursery ideas.)

I knew I wanted to use navy blue as the main color in the space.  With that as the starting point, I searched for fabrics for inspiration.  Andrew and I both really liked this argyle fabric, and I fell in love with the modern blocks pattern.  I decided to use the argyle on the crib skirt and the blocks on the window treatments.

nursery fabrics

argyle fabric / modern blocks fabric

Once the fabrics were chosen, we were able to start pulling the room together.  For the walls, we chose Benjamin Moore Admiral Blue 2065-10 to use above the chair rail.  It’s a really rich navy blue color that is not too dark and not too purple.  Below the chair rail, we used the white out of the can.  Some people think that the white out of the can is too harsh, but I like the crispness of it.  We used an eggshell finish on the walls and a semi-gloss for the trim.

nursery crib

My sister and her husband had saved the crib they used for their little boy and they were nice enough to share it with us.  The crib sheet is from Land of Nod, and I used Young House Love’s tutorial to make a no-sew crib skirt.  The quilt was a special gift from my parents and my sister and brother-in-law.  A local quilt maker custom made it just for us! I love how she used modern fabrics in our color scheme to give a traditional quilt an updated look.

For the artwork above the crib, we framed three different fabrics that coordinate with the colors in the window treatments.

nursery art

animal fabric / stripes fabric / tree fabric

A very special thank you to my friend and super-talented seamstress, Christine of Iron Gate Interiors for making the Roman shades for us!

nursery window treatments

There is not a lot of space for storage in the room, so we hung 6 wall shelves to hold books, stuffed animals, and toys.

nursery shelves

wall shelves

I searched and searched for a mobile for the room, but I just couldn’t find one that I loved.  I found two shops on Etsy that had exactly want I wanted, so I ordered the pieces from them to make a custom mobile.  Andrew and I had fun putting it together – I think it was the last finishing touch we did for the room (4 days before he was born!).

nursery mobile

I used an embroidery hoop for the ring, and wrapped it in navy ribbon.  The crocheted animals are from The Happy Star on Esty.  The owner, Kristen, was as nice as she could be and made a few of the animals as special requests for us.  We used a whale, a penguin, a polar bear, a walrus, a seal, a turtle, and an octopus.  Not all arctic animals, we know, but they are just ones that we liked!  The felt balls are from FELTSUPPLIER, and the owner Michal, was equally as nice.  They are actually located in Poland, and I was a little nervous about the delivery time, but Michal assured me that they would arrive in about a week, and they did!  (What did we do before Etsy?!)

nursery mobile

I love how it turned out and know that we’ll enjoy making up names for and stories about these adorable animals!

nursery mobile

Another important piece to the room was the dresser and changing table.  Andrew and I love to browse antique stores, so we really wanted to find a piece that we could repurpose and paint.  We found this dresser at The MarQet Place and knew that it was the one – it was in good shape and made of solid wood, we liked the lines and the hardware, and it had a good price tag ($189).

dresser before

With the navy and white walls, I wanted to choose a color that would stand out, so we decided on green.  I looked for the perfect green that wasn’t too bright and wasn’t too muddy.  We chose Olympic’s Asparagus B68-5, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

nursery dresser

To create the changing pad top, Andrew used 1”x3” pieces of wood, screwed them together, and painted it the same Asparagus green.

The four animal prints above the dresser are also from Etsy – NikoAndLily.  They’re pretty cute - a whale, a polar bear, a penguin, and a narwhal!

nursery & baby

The light fixture we chose is from Land of Nod.  It is fun and playful, and taking the advice of the reviewers online, we put it on a dimmer switch.  (This is a tip I would recommend to anyone for their nursery!)

nursery light fixture

Because of the position of our stairs, the closet in this room is cut in half.  We decided to take the door off of the closet and use it for storage, instead of for hanging clothes.  We didn’t think this little boy would have too many hanging clothes right now ;)!

nursery closet

The closet already had two shelves and we added one more to increase the storage.  I found the gray baskets at Garden Ridge.  They are the perfect size for the shelves and are great for holding toys, books, extra sheets, and bath supplies.

nursery closet

We are so happy with how the room turned out!  I’ve been spending a lot of time in there lately, and I just love looking at all of the pieces.  I think we picked a color palate and patterns that will grow with him, and I hope he loves it as much as we do!

nursery crib

Thanks so much to Beth Furgurson Photography for all of the wonderful pictures!  I know we'll cherish having these special nursery pictures.

º What is your favorite color combination for a nursery?

Cathy Green Interiors monogram

The Power of Navy Blue ~ Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my exploration of the world of navy blue (review Part 1 here).  In last week’s post, I showed how navy and the colors of the rainbow can each work together to create enviable rooms.  Today, I’ll share how navy also coordinates beautifully with other pairings. The first color combination today is navy blue and pink.

navy blue & pink nursery

(navy and pink nursery from OctoberRoad via HGTV)

A little girl’s nursery is a natural place for this duo.  The pale pink walls create a feeling of softness in the room, while the addition of navy provides a layer of interest.  The use of an area rug over the existing wall-to-wall carpet adds depth to the room, and a focal point around the crib.  If you look closely, there are creative details all around – the pink ceiling medallion and handmade rosettes on the throw pillow, for example – that make the room extra special.

The navy and pink color scheme isn't just for nurseries though.

navy blue & pink living room

(navy and pink living room from Mary McDonald via Epitome of Chic)

In this living room, navy and pink combine to create a gorgeous space.  The marble fireplace and layered artwork immediately grab my attention.  As I study the rest of the room, I notice the dramatic effect created by the use of the solid navy fabric on the settee, ottoman, and chaise.  In contrast to the traditional furniture pieces, the graphic rug and pops of pink provide exciting modern elements.

Navy also pairs well with more neutral colors.

navy blue & brown bedroom

(navy and  brown bedroom from Diane Bergeron)

In this navy and brown bedroom, we see another eye-catching rug.  The brown grasscloth wallpaper gives the room a cozy feel, while the crisp white bed linens and window treatments provide balance in the space.

navy blue & brown family room, living room

(navy and tan living room via décor*pad)

Grasscloth wall paper is also used in this navy and tan living room.  Casual elements, like the porthole mirror and wooden coffee table, mix well with the more elegant navy blue velvet French style couch.  The combination of styles works well together to create an inviting space.

Another neutral partner for navy is grey.

navy blue & grey basement

(navy and grey basement from Sarah Richardson)

This room was a late addition to the line-up.  I recently watched an episode of Sarah’s House and fell in love with this navy and grey basement.  Sarah consistently uses pattern, texture, and color to create stunning spaces, and this room was no exception.  Only Sarah could design a bright, cozy space centered around a navy blue couch in a basement with no windows!

Navy blue and black is often an unexpected color combination.

navy blue & black & pink living room

(navy and black living room from Domino via Sketch 42)

In this living room, navy blue, black, and bright pink work together to create a striking palate.  The similarity in the textures ties the pieces together, and the neutral rug helps to ground the space.

navy blue & black kitchen

(navy and black kitchen from The Sexy Kitchen)

Navy blue cabinets and black countertops complement each other in this modern kitchen.  The use of the two dark colors helps to make the space feel big and open by not breaking the flow of the room.   The minimalist décor, clean lines, and stainless steel accents all keep with the modern design.

Navy also pairs well with different metallic accents.

navy blue & gold & silver living room, family room

(navy and metallic family room from Emily A. Clark)

Mixing textures is the perfect way to make any room feel multi-dimensional.  The gold sunburst mirror and silver vase and candlesticks add a touch of elegance to this family room.  The bamboo shades, geometric rug, and plush throw keep the room feeling comfortable and cozy for the whole family.

Last, but certainly not least, is the always classic navy and white.

navy blue & white bathroom

(navy and white bathroom from

The combination of navy and white always invokes such a crisp, clean feel.  I love the color combination in this bathroom, where the details work together to complete the space:  the open bottom of the vanity helps to make this piece seem less chunky; the beadboard gives a farmhouse feel to the space; and the flower-like tile on the floor adds texture and pattern.

navy blue & white dining room

(navy and white dining room from Lonny Magazine)

How beautiful is this dining room!  All of the pieces in this space work so well together.  The perfect shade of navy on the walls is balanced by the white window panels.  An unexpected combination of wing back and wooden chairs surround the table.   The midcentury modern side board and gallery of artwork on the wall pull together the eclectic feel of this enchanting dining room.  This welcoming and inviting space is perfect for all occasions – from casual dinners with friends to special family celebrations.

º Which color combination wins your vote from today’s pairings? º What color are you currently obsessing over?


The Power of Navy Blue ~ Part 1

I’m a color person ~ I like colors, I’m inspired by colors, I think about colors.  Ever since Pantone (the “world-renowned authority on color”) released their fashion color report for Spring 2012, and included ‘Sodalite Blue’ in both the men’s and women’s colors, I’ve had navy blue on my mind.Pantone's Sodalite Blue

In home decorating, most people seem to shy away from dark colors.  Navy is such a rich, versatile color though, and when used appropriately it can create a dramatic impact or act as an unexpected accent color.

I want to explore the world of navy and show how it can be combined with any other color to create a beautiful room.  Today, I’ll start with the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.  Next week, I’ll be back to explore other color combinations – some more unexpected than others.

When you say "navy and red", many people have visions of the American flag and a 4th of July picnic.  Here are two rooms, however, that use this usually patriotic color combination to create welcoming and exciting spaces.

navy blue & red family room, living room

(navy and red family room from Costal Living via Design & Style)

In this family room, white is used to ground the color scheme.  The playful stripes repeated throughout the space help to connect the rooms.

navy blue & red kid's room

(navy and red bedroom by Meg Braff via Design & Style)

For a child’s bedroom, navy and red is a fun color choice.  The light blue walls give a soft and airy feeling to the room.  Picking a fabric with all of the room’s colors, like the one on the window, is a perfect way to unify the space.

Around Richmond, VA, if you say “blue and orange”, visions of UVA Cavaliers usually pop up.

UVA Cavaliers logo

(UVA logo via

Even so, this color combination can produce a unique and appealing room (that even VA Tech fans can enjoy ;)! ).

navy blue & orange nursery

(navy and orange nursery from Sarah Richardson via HGTV)

This nursery by Sarah Richardson, evolved around the fabulous wallpaper she used on the ceiling.  Her use of patterns, both in the fabrics and on the wall, provides a stimulating space for a baby.  The two main orange elements add pops of color and warm up the space.

navy blue & orange nursery

(navy and orange nursery from Katie Raadt via Chic & Cheap Nursery)

Here is another take on a navy and orange nursery.  This one uses fewer patterns than the first nursery.  The solid walls, allow for the map, framed art, orange chair, and oversized giraffe to shine in this room.  (I think I spy the Fillsta pendant light from Ikea that I used in my Sweet Frog Foyer.)

Next on the spectrum is navy and yellow.

navy blue & yellow family room, living room

(navy and yellow family room from House Beautiful, picture #12)

I love the navy coffee table and side chairs in this family room.  The accents in yellow make the room feel warm and welcoming.  Who wouldn’t want to catch up with an old friend over tea in this room?

navy blue & yellow entryway, foyer
(navy and yellow entryway from House & Home)

Even though this entryway uses the same color scheme as the living room above, the bold use of the two colors creates a much more dramatic effect.  The painted door makes the entry feel larger, and the mostly white art gives balance to the space.

When I think of navy and green, I think of adorable, preppy school boys in striped polo shirts.

navy blue & green kid's bedroom

(boy’s bedroom from Apartment Therapy)

navy blue & green kid's bedroom

(navy and green bedroom from Serena & Lily)

Notice the similarities in these two bedrooms: overall color scheme, wood behind the beds, and striped comforter.  While still preppy, the lighter green in the second one, invokes a fresh, spring-time feel.

navy blue & green dining room

(navy and green dining room from House Beautiful via View From My Heels)

Not just for little boys, navy and green can also create a stunning room for grown ups.  In this dining room, the use of solid colors for the main pieces (walls, chairs, side board, rug, and table) allows each one to stand out and make its own statement.  The artwork and trim on the window panels pull the room together.

Navy also mixes well with other shades of blue.

navy blue & light blue family room, living room

(navy and light blue family room from Falls Design)

The monochromatic scheme in this family room is calming yet inviting.  The equal use of the two blues prevents one from overpowering the other.  I love how the white furnishings give the room a crisp, clean feel.   The print on the window panels provides the finishing touch to tie the room together.

navy blue & turquoise sun room, porch

(navy and turquoise sunroom from Costal Living)

Here, turquoise is used in an unexpected place to create this welcoming sunroom.  The mix of modern pieces – in the coffee tables – and more traditional elements – in the wicker furniture – work well together in this space.

Today’s last color combination is navy and, my favorite color, purple!

navy blue & purple dining room

(navy and purple dining room from décor*pad)

Subtle uses of each color create an easy balance in this dining room.  The dark wood floors, iron console table, and neutral walls help to keep the room from feeling too feminine.

navy blue & purple wallpaper in entryway, foyer(navy and purple wallpaper from Burke Décor)

In a much more bold use of the colors, the navy and purple wallpaper makes a grand statement in this entryway.  The simple console table and neutral chair keep the focus on the wallpaper.  How fun!

I’ll be back next week to explore other combinations with navy!

º What is your favorite color partner for navy so far? º Have you used navy in your home?