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    I'm having my first baby in August, and am starting to think about
    how I'd like to decorate the baby's room. My husband and I both love
    the beach (along with both Grandmas), so I thought it would be neat
    to decorate the room in a beach theme. But my creative juices just
    aren't flowing, and I thought I'd come here for suggestions! I've
    taken a preliminary look at bedding, and it all has some kind of
    theme, but I haven't seen beach/ocean yet. Any ideas?

    Suzanne
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    Suzanne,

    We went to a new pediatrician this week and he had a wonderful scene painted
    onhis walls...He had a sandcastle that was painted with a textured paint in
    sand colors...These paints may help in your theme


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    Suzanne, do you sew at all? When I was decorating my first nursery I wanted it
    themed on the old ,Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" poem, and there was nothing of that
    in any store. But I made the most beautiful large wall hanging using
    inexpensive fabric scraps and remnents. With a large solid sky/ocean blue color
    background piece I cut out shapes of the woooden shoe boat, little fisherman,
    moon, stars, etc. I even used a glittery hairnet for the fishing net. I
    stitched all the shapes on by hand in a pretty arrangement and it turned out
    amazing! Then I just added a real wooden shoe sitting on the chest of drawers
    and used solid color curtains and crib bedding to coordinate. You could make
    something similar with a scene of sailboats, sandpails, fish, etc. for a beach
    scene, and buy inexpensive childrens plastic sandpail and other beach toys,
    along with seashells, to dress up the room. Or if you don't sew, maybe you
    could make some type of wall hanging arrangement with store bought juvenile
    beach towels?
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    I don't sew, but I have a friend who does. Maybe I could bribe her
    with brownies or something! I love to pick out fabric and colors, but
    then am pretty clueless about what to do with it.

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    Well, maybe just buy individual components for the bedding in "beach-y" colors.
    Shades of blue and some tan for sand. A tan crib skirt ,a medium blue crib sheet
    and different blankets in other shades of blue. Just plain fabric without
    prints, that way if you were to tire of the beach theme-the bedding doesn't
    scream beach. I think it would look elegant.

    To accent I would use framed beach pictures, maybe a life preserver on the wall,
    a shadow box with shells, sea glass and bits of driftwood...that's all I can
    think of for now.

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    If you want to supplement the basic beach theme with ocean stuff,
    there's tons of ocean-themed baby stuff out there (think whales,
    dolphins, etc.).
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    Suzanne,

    Using a wallpaper border to set the theme can be delightful, and give
    Baby something to gaze at while in the crib. (The science of infant
    sight and other infant perception has changed in the last 21 years since
    my youngest was born, but I was on the right track decorating with
    Pandas (easy to see) and different colored balls. Before you know it,
    Baby will be asking to borrow the care lol)

    Frugal decoration: "Wallies" (tm) may have something in the beach theme
    (plus clouds!), using stencils is easier than I *EVER* thought it would
    be, easier for me than wall paper borders, less expensive too.

    http://www.orientaltrading.com may have beach themed decorative items -check
    the luau theme (Do keep out of baby's reach though).

    If you choose appealing wall colors (we went with off white, later
    painting one wall his favorite color), and add removeable/strippable
    decorations, it is easier to transition to the toddler and elementary
    school stages.

    Be mindful of window treatments...if you use mini blinds, keep those
    cords out of the way of kids. Sorry to preach...but I work in a
    hospital...'nuff said. Draping the top of the window with beach print
    fabrics of your choice can mean quick, easy changes. I sew...and have
    had good service and products from http://www.fabric.com and http://www.gotfabric.com.

    Here's to a happy and healthy baby,

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    My dil did her baby daughters room before she even knew it was a girl. She
    painted the top half of the room yellow and the bottom half green. Then, we
    found some bunny wallpaper on sale for like $2.00 a roll at a paint store. That
    was put around the middle of the room. Looks really great. Then, her mother
    found a picture frame and framed some of the wallpaper and made a picture for
    the top part of the wall. Maybe you could find some beach type wall paper
    border and do something similar.

    In the toy room they did another idea. Painted the room blue, then painted a
    wide white stripe around the middle of the room. This was framed top and
    bottom with slim strips of balsa wood that my dil painted red. Then, the kids,
    parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles made hand prints of bright paint. They
    used red, green, blue and yellow. Really neat looking room.

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