Guest Picks: Retro Ahoy!
Whimsical nautical themes for kids
What makes a good bedroom for kids? A little bit of retro, a dash of shiver me timbers, a shout of "Ahoy, matey!" and several doses of ocean myth and lore. Personally, I think any nautical-themed room needs as much whimsy (mermaids) as it does reality (whales).
— Mari from Small For Big
— Mari from Small For Big
Pirate Sue Toy - $12.99
These toys feel so good in your hands thanks to super-thick printed fabrics. But it's the girl pirate (and there are boys and a parrot, too) that has me smitten.
Kids' Blue Pirate Seas Cotton Bedding - $89
These are such beautiful sheets to rest your head on. You'll be gently rocked to sleep by beautifully rolling waves.
Pirate Bunny Rabbit Gift Card Featuring Badge By HMC Designs - $4.70
I'd give this to my favorite little one, and then help her frame it and hang it above her bed!
Octopus Plush Deluxe Socktopus By Friends Of Socktopus - $25
Somehow I see this Octopus becoming the perfect friend to help keep away the bad guys after lights out.
The Gulnare - $460
This handmade ship mobile is a stunner. What better item to design a baby's nursery around?
It's a little expensive, but the design of this mermaid suit for babies is nearly priceless, if you ask me.
Baby Handmade Fish Rattle - $29
The simplicity of this wooden rattle lets it be both the perfect shape for a baby's hands and a simple fish at the same time.
Pirate Pillow - $85
This friendly Jolly Roger would take pride of place at the head of any child's bed.
Mermaid Cushion In Blue And Gray On Natural Linen By Roddy & Ginger - $40
Take this mermaid pillow home with you — she'd happily chear up your sofa just as well as a child's bedroom.
Pirate Print By Restyle Prints - $19
I think every parent can agree with this lovely sentiment writ large for your nursery decor.
Pirate Boat Reusable Fabric Wall Decals By Pop & Lolli - $187
Some wall graphics feel a little been-there-done-that, but this reusable pirate ship and fanciful waves decal looks fresh and whimsical.
Ocean Meets Sky Art Print By Terry Fan - $18
I'd like to think every night we have dreams as fanciful as seeing an ocean full of whales and ships floating through the sky! Help your kiddos to have that dream, too.
Seascape Stamp Set - $30
Bring the sea to your crafting time with this sweet stamp set and gorgeous storage box!
Yo Ho Ho Bottle Of Rum Pirate Art By Jane And Company - $20
For a real test of your eyesight, read this hilarious chart with your eyepatch on. Then switch eyes and repeat!
"Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime" - $16.99
Charlotte Jane is a girl who needs her "oomph" and this story — which I read regularly at bedtime — is a lovely chance to speak like a pirate. It reminds kids why sleep is so important too. I love it!
Pirate Costume Set By Lumbo Gimbo Crafts - $40
What a beautiful handmade pirate dress-up set — just add your best pirate accent and it's swashbuckling you'll go!
Organic Cotton Whale Pillows Mother And Calf By Cecil & Clyde - $99
These whales are part pillow, part stuffed animal and all about their big happy grins.
Custom Cloth Mermaid Doll By Mend By Ruby Grace - $65
This is such a lovely handmade mermaid — sweet, well-made and with lovely long locks to play with.
Pirate Owl By My Little Feather - $35
I love that this owl doesn't follow the standard colors of pirate lore — she'd fit in with even the most modern, muted decor.