...because home doesn't happen overnight.

It’s Feature Friday!  On Fridays, I’ll be featuring one room in my house in its current condition even if there are some things I’d like to change about it.  If I do happen to improve something later, I can always revisit it when the time comes.  Plus, I’d kinda feel dishonest if I only focused on “finished” rooms in my house.  And if what they (the professionals) say is true, a room is never really finished anyways…you’re always tweaking it.  Concentrating on just one room weekly should give me some time to tidy it up a bit, too.  At least, I can throw all the toys into another room!

This week we’re touring the nursery because 1) I haven’t shared many pics of it and 2) it may not be a nursery much longer.  (Hint, hint, Handy Hubby.)  As far as nurseries go, it’s a pretty simple one.  The baby rooms I see nowadays are ubercool.  As was our decision, we didn’t find out the sex of our babies before they were born.  (Although, I had a very strong inkling they were both boys.)  Our nursery reflects that and is gender neutral.  The nursery you see today is the same one we used with our elder son, too, 5 years ago…albeit in a different house. 

We decided on a calm room that encourages sleep.  I don’t know if it’s the room or our parenting skills OR just plain ol’ luck but both of our children are excellent sleepers who usually enjoy going to bed.

We got the crib online from Target and the cradle in the left-hand corner was actually my cradle as a baby.  We used it in our bedroom when Everett was a newborn.  Now, it’s a great place for extra blankets and stuffed animals.

I put a few IKEA fabric bins beneath the crib for added storage…books, out-of-season clothing and small toys.  Under the crib and behind the bins is one of the boys’ favorite hiding spots.

We sealed an unfinished IKEA dresser then slapped a changing pad on top to make a changing station that can grow with us when diapers are no longer a daily part of life.  (Ahh, that’ll be the day.)  The drawers hold wipes, diapers, butt cream and pajamas.

This is the wall opposite the crib.  I can’t tell you how many nursing sessions and bedtimes stories that chair has seen.  A lot.  I’m surprised it doesn’t smell like foul spit-up.

I painted the wall art after scoring a good deal on a canvas from JoAnn Fabrics.  Next to the chair is a large dresser.

The top of the dresser holds mementos and family keepsakes: a piggybank that was a gift from a neighbor, a sheep music box that was Handy Hubby’s as a child, Everett’s cast from when he broke his leg last fall (hey, the doctor asked if I wanted to keep it!), Everett’s newborn footprints, framed art from my sister-in-law, a starfish from Everett’s Grammy and a personalized wooden block that was a gift from a good friend’s parents.

Some details…

The baby quilt is from my childhood.  I have pictures of me spending tummy-time on it.

Just inside the door to the room are hooks for sleep sacks…a winter must here in the Midwest if you have a baby.  We do…

That baby blanket was mine as an infant also.  Since this room faces east, it gets drenched in sunlight early in the morning.  Blackout drapery liners are another must here.  In broad daylight, I can make the room nap-able.  Thank goodness.

So, that’s our basic nursery with a few meaningful pieces thrown in.  My favorite being the 2-year-old in the crib.  I should disclose that Everett has slept in his big boy bed (in the shared room with his big brother) a half-dozen times.  He’s good at it…once he falls asleep.  He just gets soooo excited to be in the same room with Layne that he giggles for hours.  Handy Hubby and I crack up outside their door on the nights they share a room.  But both boys wake up grumpy and groggy the next day after laughing late into the night.  For now, we’re just playing it by ear and letting them have ‘sleepovers’ together when they ask.  Often times, they just want their separate space after a long, exhausting summer day.  And I’m not forcing the issue.  I’m not quite ready for an empty nursery.



Beautiful nursery that you all have made. I wanted to leave a tip for folks that have problems with too much sunlight in their nurseries. We have a baby girl and her room is on the west side of the house so it gets all the sun. We tried blinds and curtains but they just turned into radiant heaters. We found an inexpensive solution in the form of a window tint kit from a company called SnapTint. We installed the tint ourselves and it cut down on the heat coming through the windows by 50%. This made a huge difference in the comfort of the room. Check out SnapTint’s website if you get a chance.


it’s a lovely room, sweet and simple. Nice job on the artwork! I love the quilts, too, what treasures!

however, it pains me to see all of that fun Ikea furniture–we were hoping to get an Ikea here in Columbus


Carole – We live 15 minutes from our local IKEA. Sometimes, that’s too close. However, we actually bought the IKEA nursery furniture when we lived in IL. The closest IKEA there was 3 hours away. We made a list of the exact item numbers that we wanted (from the internet) and then took a day-long trip to go pick it up. I’m guessing the West Chester IKEA in Ohio would be a 2-3 hour drive depending on what part of Columbus you came from.


that’s only 2 hours away, definitely doable! I promise to stop whining now. I lived near Ikea when I was young (Ikea came to Canada in the ’70s), I’ve always loved it!

we’ve made the 3-hour trek to Pittsburgh IKEA twice. My friend and I took our kids for the weekend (and did other assorted fun things)–we tried to convince our husbands to drive an empty van down there to load up, but to no avail!


I love the Ikea chair and was considering buying it for my daughter’s nursery. In the showroom, I tried sitting in it and it was very squeaky if you rock/bounce in it. Is that the case for yours?
-Kelsey from Florida


Kelsey – Our IKEA chair in the nursery doesn’t not rock or squeak at all…and we’ve had it for almost 6 years. Maybe the one you sat in on display has way more sitting miles on it? Either way, we’ve been very satisfied with ours!


I’m very late to comment on this post, but I had to ask about the sleep sacks–I’ve never seen ones like those before, only the Halo brand ones that are polar fleece. Did you make them? If not, do you know where I could find ones like that? Thank you!


Just came to your blog via the YHL blog. Love how yuo pull everything together.
I would like to buy the same 5 drawer dresser from Ikea as you have in the nursery. Which model is it? Thanks.


I love the canvas art. Would you be willing to share how you did it? Thanks!


Just drew the design with a pencil first then painted in with craft paint!


Do you have any photos of your Daughter’s nursery?


Beautiful space. Going to share with my sis. Thank you!


I came upon your blog because we are considering the Gulliver Crib for our nursery, I absolutely love your style and to hear that the crib is sturdy because that is one of my biggest concerns.
I wanted to ask where you got the bedding in your daughters crib and the sleep sacks because they would be perfect for our family as well.

Thank you.


I was also interested in where you got the sleep sacks? They look so simple and cozy.