The Evolution of A Nursery

by HEAB on August 13, 2013

With our first nursery, I thought I needed so many things, and said things had to come from certain stores.  As a first time mom, I wanted everything to be perfect for our new baby girl.  I still want things to be perfect for our last baby girl, but now I know what truly matters.  It’s not the matching crib set (trust me, you probably won’t use the bumper or quilt anyway) or the overpriced glider I thought I wanted (Didn’t get it.  Went with a La-Z-Boy recliner.  Best decision ever!).  It’s more about filling the room with love and making it a happy comfortable place for you and the baby.  Now that we’re on our third (& last!) nursery, I filled it with my favorite odds and ends from around the house and bought some curtains and a used dresser.  Last week, after hanging the curtains, I looked around and realized her room is done.  Just like that, it all came together.  Baby girl, we’re all ready for you…

  • Pine cabinet is from my room when I was little.
  • The rug used to be in my massage therapy studio.  I think it’s from Target.
  • The framed Farmer’s Market poster on the left, a letterpress print by local Nashville artist, Bryce McCloud, used to hang in the kitchen of our old house, and the blue print on the right is a watercolor of one of Antoni Gaudí’s apartment buildings in Barcelona.  I bought it while backpacking through Europe the summer after college.
  • Silver lamp is from Target.
  • The Curtains are from World Market, and since they’re sheer, I added black out panels (from Target) behind them. I’d been eyeing these curtains for a while, and if you sign up for World Market emails, they often offer 10% off online purchases, free shipping, etc.  Love World Market!
  • The bird mobile hanging on the window was a gift from this very talented blogger.

  • Summer is now in a “big girl bed” so that her new baby sister can use her old crib.  It’s a Graco from Amazon.
  • Crib sheet also from Amazon.
  • Photos hanging on the wall are pictures I took two summers ago in Michigan, and the frames are from Etsy.

  • The hanging banner is a leftover party decoration from Charlie & Katie’s one-year fiesta.  You can find it here on Amazon.
  • I found the dresser/changing table on Craigslist for a steal (So excited.  Had been checking everyday since we moved, and this one was perfect!).  It’s from the Simply Shabby Chic line at Target.
  • Changing pad was also inherited from Summer, and the cover is from Amazon.

I couldn’t be more happy with this sweet little room.  With every nursery we’ve decorated, I’ve made it a little more our own.  I had fun with Summer’s room, but it just felt so much like a typical nursery, you know?  Pretty generic.  We have since updated, and Summer’s room is so much better – the perfect little space for a toddler!  With Charlie and Katie’s room, I got a bit more creative, but with baby #4’s room, I felt like something finally clicked.  I love the not-so-typical nursery colors and the mismatched furniture.  Definitely much more our style!  Oh, and don’t worry, the La-Z-Boy is just a few feet away in the living room for all those middle-of-the-night cuddle sessions. 🙂


Ana August 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

So warm and cozy Heather, the nursery is perfect! And nothing better than feeling like the best place for the new baby! So excited for you all!

HEAB August 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thanks Ana. We’re excited too. 🙂

Meagan August 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Last one? Are you sure?? 🙂 When are you due, Heather?

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Oh yes Meagan, we are sure…or at least I am. Haha, CD might want to keep going, but mama is done! Due date is Nov 30. 🙂

Meagan August 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Very exciting!! I will be praying for you all 🙂

HEAB August 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Thanks Meagan. 🙂

Erika @ fortheloveofpeanutbutter August 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

I think that’s the cutest nursery I’ve ever seen!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Thanks Erika! 🙂

Emily Smallcomb August 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

I love it!! Your other nurseries were beautiful too, but this one is my favorite for sure. It is so you!!!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Thanks sweet Emily. 🙂

Mandy August 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

LOVE the evolution! it is funny how we start out wanting perfection, and now it’s like, yep, living room is a play room and the tub is filled with plastic frogs and we haven’t seen our fireplace since 2011. The room is beautiful. So happy for you!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Exactly – from perfection to practical! 😉

Kim August 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

LOVE IT!! Great job as always! You make everything look so easy! Baby #4, still cannot believe it! SO happy for you! You will absolutely get your homeschool classroom now!!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Thanks Kim. It’s definitely not easy as you well know – thankfully, I have a lot of help.

Miss you. Send an update when you get a chance!

Hayley August 15, 2013 at 6:53 am

I LOVE it!! Simplicity is sometimes what makes a room truly beautiful but comfortable. You have a great decorative/creative knack anyway. I totally agree with you about quilts and bumpers, too.

I’m so excited for you, Heather! When I see pictures of your family I can see just how much warmth and love is between you guys. I hope you’re feeling well!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Thanks Hayley, we love it too.

I am feeling well. Well into my 2nd trimester and now in the “I love being pregnant” stage. 🙂

Hope you and the family are enjoying what’s left of summer. Looks like you are with all the pool photos. Chloe is definitely a water baby. Love that!

Megan August 15, 2013 at 4:39 am

I love the new nursery! It really is so warm and looks so cozy!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Megan, we love it too. 🙂

Tracy August 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Looks so comfortable and warm! I love how the room reflects so many places you’ve been and things you’ve done! Feels good to have it “click” right??

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Tracy, and yes, it’s a good feeling. 🙂

Caitie @ twentytwofit August 14, 2013 at 11:12 am

In love with those pictures of the bikes, etc. The room looks great! Not your average, cookie-cutter nursery — your daughter is a lucky girl!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Thanks Caitie,
I like those photos too – makes me miss carrying around my camera. Need to do that more often as the prettiest little details can pop up in the most random places.

Denise Billings August 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

It’s been rewarding to watch you grow from the young woman you were when you lived here on Gilmore to the full woman and mother you are now. So proud of you, Heather.

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Thanks so much Denise. This comment was really sweet to read. Love and miss you!

Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily August 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

I’m pregnant with our 4th and it’s amazing how much my perspective and wants/needs have changed since the first baby! LOVE your new nursery, it’s perfect.

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Thanks Jen, and yeah, those first three kids will change the way you think about a lot of things, huh? 😉

Cherie August 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Looks great Heather and I know exactly what you mean! Enjoy!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks Cherie. 🙂

Lou August 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Beautiful room, Heather – totally get what you are saying….. all of Misty’s stuff in his room is thrifted/we made it (Viper even made his “Big Boy Bed” out of some beautiful recycled timber) – so much nicer to put your own special touch on your babes’ rooms, yes?

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

thanks so much Lou…think Viper would mind giving CD some carpentry/handyman lessons? 😉

purelytwins August 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

love those Etsy picture frames, must get some!!
and love the nursery!!! you always do such an amazing job!!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Thanks Lori and Michelle. Etsy has some great deals on picture frames. I love that site!

NAtalie August 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

looks great!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Thanks Natalie! Had fun with it. 🙂

Debra August 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Love the nursery. It’s warm and inviting. I also love seeing your blog pop up on my email. Good luck on your new arrival.

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Thanks so much Debra. 🙂

Susan August 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Love! So sweet & full of love. Isn’t it great how we really do learn to focus on what is truly important in life? I always look forward to your posts, Heather. All the very best & many blessings to you.

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Thanks so much Susan and yes, it is a great lesson. Just wish it didn’t always take me so long to learn! 🙂

Lara August 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm

It’s so fun to go back and see the other two nurseries as well as this one! Everything looks great. I love how personalized and special everything in the room is. I went a little crazy at Pottery Barn Kids for G’s room, and looking back that probably wasn’t necessary! I definitely learned the La-Z-Boy lesson the hard way and should have just listened to you to begin with. Now, I tell all my pregnant friends, but I don’t think anyone has actually listened to me yet!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Haha, I fall for the cuteness of PB Kids every time I go to the mall. I love walking through the store and getting ideas for the kids’ rooms. In fact, I’m eyeing one of their down comforters for Summer. Just can’t help myself!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm

P.S. No one really listens to the La-Z-Boy advice either. Took some convincing to sway me too – they’re just not nearly as pretty as those nursery gliders!

Katie August 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I’ve heard this refrain from so many mothers about their firstborn. I had a friend who spent HOURS and DAYS researching the cloth vs disposable diaper decision from every possible angle, including eco friendliness, ease, etc. In the end, they decided on cloth diapers and that lasted 2 whole days before reality hit. 😀

I do this too, even without kids. I spent so much time looking for perfect shelves and buckets and soil and seeds online for my winter greenhouse, and in the last two days, I’ve gotten everything I needed on random trips to the store or my attic.

Over-plan all you want, but life wins in the end!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Oh my – some of your friends made it longer than I did with cloth diapers. We actually borrowed some from a friend, and after an entire day of leaks, I gave them right back. Not going to lie – love my Pampers!

Jen August 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

So much love and warmth in that room, Heather! All the best with baby #4!

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Thanks Jen. 🙂

Katie August 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I totally agree. The cute matching crib set didn’t get much use. I used the bumper for a bit, but the quilt has always been just something extra. Next time around I will definitely go for cuter sheets and get different patterns because those actually get used. I’m excited to do another nursery (hopefully in the somewhat near future!)

HEAB August 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Those crib sets are super cute in theory, but yeah, never used much beyond the sheets. Although the quilt did come in handy for tummy time.

Hope you’re decorating your second nursery soon Katie! 🙂

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