I am super excited to be writing this post today. I finished up with all photo sessions and editing... all client galleries have been uploaded and all discs have been mailed... thank you, Lord! Now that I am officially caught up with work, I finally had some time to take some pictures of little man's nursery! His room is easily my favorite room in our entire house. We have been in our house for over a year and a half and decorating everything is definitely still a work in progress, but when it came to the nursery I wanted it fully finished before Everett arrived. I blame it on those nesting instincts everyone talks about... it's no joke people. Russ had never heard of the term "nesting" before and thought it was so funny. Every time I would tackle a new nursery project Russ would say "You sure do love building your little nest!" and laugh :) I might have gotten a bit carried away at times with the details, but I am proud to say that I stuck to my budget and I am so happy with how it all turned out!
I have to give a HUGE thank you to my dear friend Cat who came and helped me piece everything together. Before her visit, everything was just sorda thrown into the nursery but nothing was hung on the walls or had a place. She worked some serious magic and left the nursery looking pretty perfect! Like I said on here before, I am embarrassed to admit how often I go sit in the rocking chair and just stare at everything. There isn't really a set "theme" for the room... I would just say it is a good mix of nautical & rustic with a lot of sweet and sentimental items. I was mainly just going for a very "fresh, simple, & calm" look with the nursery and I really do feel such a peace when I am in there. I love praying over his room, his crib, and his tiny clothes. Having the nursery complete makes me that much more excited about bringing him home. Truly, all that is missing is our sweet little baby!
So, here it is in all it's glory... baby Everett's nursery tour!
Peeking into his room...
The blue chair was a thrift store find that I have been using as a prop for photo sessions. It used to be yellow so I just spray painted it this pretty light blue/teal color for the nursery. I saw this amazing deer head pillow online and soon found out that it was no longer available for purchase. I was so in love with it and was determined to find one so I contacted the company and they did a search for me and found that a store in Florida had a few left and they shipped one to me! Extra bonus: it was on SUPER sale because it was from last year's collection. I just adore it!
My father-in-law built this shelf for the nursery. I showed him a picture of one that I liked and
he whipped this one up for me in an afternoon! I made the little deer in the embroidery hoop with random fabric scraps I had laying around. The engraved baby cup was a gift from my aunt.
The print is a copy of the "Parent's Prayer" from Sacred Made. This is the prayer for Everett that I blogged a while back.
The shoes were Russ's first pair of shoes as a baby and the outfit was also his when he was teeny tiny!
Changing table, rocking chair, lamp, and crib.
I picked out this vintage map of Charleston and had it printed at a local art shop and then matted and framed it myself.
A basket full of blankets and sweet loveys that were gifts from friends and family. The little blue pillow in the back was from my nursery and I slept with it most of my life. The beautiful monogrammed quilt with his initials and Psalm 91:4 was a gift from our friends Hannah & Robert.
The rocking chair was a gift from Russ's parents. I have talked about it before, but it is literally the most comfortable chair of all time. It rocks and reclines... heavenly I tell you! The lamp was from my apartment in college that I bought from Target. The wooden book bin was a random find at HomeGoods.
The crib and bedding were gifts from my parents. Everett is so blessed by both sets of his grandparents!
My best friend Cat and I designed the prints together. The one on the left says "I am a child of God" which I love because it speaks such bold truth over his crib and his life. I didn't get a good picture of the one on the right, but it is a picture of a mommy deer and a baby deer with the verse Isaiah 40:11. This verse is so special to me because I feel like the Lord intended it specifically for mothers. It reads, "He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young." I wanted this verse to be in his room so I would read it every day. I know my heart will need this daily reminder!
His sleep sheep and sweet elephant lovey.
The $4 cloud mobile I made when I realized these things cost an arm and a leg on Etsy!
His bookshelf (which we already had) is from Target. The lamp and toy basket are also from Target. I hand stamped the tree slice with this quote that I love. Praying it would be true for his life.
I ordered the animal alphabet print from an online stationary and print company and then framed and matted it myself.
The deer antlers are courtesy of Russ ;)
The old Children's Bible Story Book was from my grandparents house and the book in the middle is my great grandmother's Sunday School hymn book. She is still living and Everett will be her first great-great-grandchild! He will actually have 3 living great-great-grandparents when he is born... so crazy! The "E" tree slice was made by my uncle and was a decoration at one of my baby showers.
I absolutely love this scripture print. It is hand lettered with little hand drawn arrows at the bottom. The verse is very special to me and comes from Psalm 127: 3-4 which says, "Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth." The vintage map & linen letter "E" is from Urban Outfitters. The rattle was mine and my sisters when we were babies.
These books are from my grandfather's den. He passed away in January and not a day goes by that I don't think about him. My heart aches thinking about him not being here for Everett's birth, but I know that he will be rejoicing with us in heaven. I love having these books from his den in the nursery as a constant reminder of him.
This special little elephant is another one of my favorite parts of the nursery. The day we found out we were having a boy, my dear friend Brooke and her husband were in Uganda. Brooke and I have traveled to Uganda twice together and I asked her to pick out a little something for the nursery if she had time. The little elephant happens to match perfectly and it is SO special to me. I love having a little piece of Uganda displayed in his room.
This rocking chair was Russ's when he was little. It was in his nursery as a baby and as soon as we found out we were expecting his parents gave it to us as a gift. It is very special to us!
All of the little toys and stuffed animals were gifts and the precious quilt on the rocking chair was hand made by one of our family friends... also very dear to us!
I had to snap a few pictures of some fun little items in his closet. These boots are Russ's favorite thing of Everett's (obviously). Who knows, maybe he will fit in them by next deer season, ha! The sweet little whale Janie & Jack onesie is one of my favorite outfits. Mom and I scored this for just $5 at a local consignment shop!
And last but not least... my diaper bag! I searched forever to find a diaper bag that I loved, and then about a month or so ago Pottery Barn Kids came out with this beauty! Thankfully we still had some leftover wedding gift cards for Pottery Barn so I ordered it immediately. It has so much storage and I just love it! A few weeks ago I did my first load of "love laundry" for Everett and over the weekend I packed his diaper bag for the hospital :)
So there you have it... a finished nursery!
Everett, you are welcome to come any time now :)
Everett, you are welcome to come any time now :)