A Pirate Nursery for my Newest Little Matey

Two weeks ago, I had the incredible honor of being present at the birth of my best friend Laura’s baby and my newest nephew, little Griffin. To get ready for her new little man, Laura put together a perfect pirate nursery. The goal was a pirate themed nursery but without feeling commercial or too “themey.” And she really nailed it. Here’s an adorable pirate nursery with personality!

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Laura and her hubby painted the stripes on the wall before they knew the gender of their munchkin planning to work with it for either a girl’s nursery or a boy’s. I love how they are fun, but also versatile and can definitely work with a lot of different room themes as Griffin grows.

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The curtains are covered with shimmery stars, just like a pirate might see overhead from the deck of the pirate ship. I love the mirror on the wall where the little man can see it from his crib.

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The changing table and comfy rocker are on the other wall. I don’t have a detail shot, but the dresser knobs have a navy compass design on them to give the dresser personality and tie it to the rest of the pirate nursery.

pirate nursery

The letters spelling out Griffin’s name were the cardboard letters you can find at JoAnns or Michaels. Laura carefully and lovingly wrapped them in yarn to give them texture and color.

pirate nursery  The number banner over the crib is made of grocery store sacks, crumpled to give them texture and age. Then the numbers are painted on.

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Chris built and installed the wooden shelves around the top of the room so Laura would have somewhere to display all her favorite tchotckes.  I love the warm wood tone they add to the room too. And most of the art on display is homemade, too! A friend painted the “Settle” pirate picture, which is a reference to our (and Chris and Laura’s) favorite game, Settlers of Catan. Laura made the other artwork with favorite quotes, from Harry Potter. Little Griffin’s name was also inspired by Harry Potter, specifically Gryffindor.

pirate nursery, pirate ship light, land of nod jolly roger lamp Finally, my favorite part of the room! This awesome pirate ship light fixture. Isn’t that the coolest thing or what? It’s the Jolly Roger Lamp Shade from Land of Nod, find it here.

Well, what do you think? Wouldn’t you love to sail the seven seas in that creative pirate nursery? What’s your favorite part?



  1. So cute! I love how she took ordinary things and made them personal. I shared on Pinterest.
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  2. Wow! This is adorable! I think I love the stripes on the wall most! Too cute!
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  3. Too stinkin’ cute!!! The stripes and name are absolutely adorable!!

  4. Super cute nursery!!! Love the entire theme!
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  5. I thought so much about doing a stripe in our nursery, but with the textured walls, it would have been a total pain. This pirate theme turned out so cute and isn’t theme-y at all! Great job Laura (and Jill!)
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    • The textured walls made it a lot more time consuming, but I found a tutorial on Pinterest that made it a lot easier, it just required tons of steps! Silly southerners and their textured walls.

    • It is indeed a total pain. I’d love to see little Charlotte’s nursery once it’s done!

      P.S. Are you going to call her Charlie? We thought about the name Charlotte or Harriet and calling her Charlie or Harry, but I kind of like those gender neutral names…

  6. I LOVE the lamp shade hanging from the ceiling – how adorable!
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  7. Very creative

  8. Do you know which hardwire kit was used with the jolly roger lamp shade? The one the sell through land of nod is a plus in not hardwire?? Land of nod has been so unhelpful trying to figure this out. Thanks!