Evelyn’s Vintage Nursery

I am so super excited to share this nursery with our Mama Say What?! readers. When my friend and photographer, Amanda was preparing for her fourth baby she posted teaser pictures here and there on Facebook. Everything that she posted, I loved.

Amanda is incredibly artistic and her lucky little girl, Evelyn, has an awesome nursery! I love the fun, vintage feel and this mama is seriously awesome at sticking to a budget. Just goes to show that you can make perfection from any budget!

When you found out you were having a girl, how did you decide what “theme” you wanted to go with for her nursery?

I love anything and everything vintage. I had been drooling over all of the cool wall collages on Pinterest (of course) and knew I really wanted to keep her room a vintage theme. By keeping it a simple vintage theme, I was able to coordinate lots of different pieces into it, because that way, anything goes!

How did you make it all come together? Inspiration boards, all in your head? 

I pinned lots of inspiration on Pinterest and just began purchasing anything that spoke to me. Some things I picked up never made it to the walls, but they might in the future as she grows.

What were your main colors? 

Our main colors are pinks and yellows. I have a serious love for mustard yellow.

Where did you find most of the items in the room?

Honestly, 90% of everything in her room is second-hand. I bought things at thrift stores that really spoke to me and either re-purposed them or added something to change it up a bit.

For example, her mobile: it’s a hanging lamp, but just the outer shell of one. I picked it up for $3.99 at Goodwill. I then found a pack of old flashcards for .25 at a rummage sale downtown. I strung them up from it with some fishing line and two sided tape. TADA! A cheap and cool mobile!

Were you on a budget?

Yes, we were on a very tight budget. We had been three years out of the baby stage and honestly, Evelyn was a surprise. So it was back to square one for us.

I have always been a thrifty shopper so I knew we could pull it off, and as I have gotten older I have become more of a minimalist about what kids truly need versus what we want for them. Our home is quite small, so I needed to go minimal. That helped the budget a lot. Minimizing needs versus wants makes for easier budgeting and a happier home.

Somehow though, through the greatness of friends and family, she ended up with not only everything she needed but much, much more. If not for those who donated crib, changing table and countless outfits, it might have been harder. We are truly blessed with lots of people who love our family.

Any tips for mamas on how to make their dream nursery come to reality?

I recommend starting early. Don’t wait until the last minute. Get a set idea in mind and don’t be swayed by shiny, pretty things. Start with an idea, but be open to let it grow. And always start second hand! You can get so much more creative things that way. If you are on a budget, sit down and really think about what baby needs versus what you really think baby should have. I also recommend looking at things differently. You can re-purpose lots of items into useful and cool pieces for the room.

What does Evelyn (or you) love most about her room?

I think I love her bushel basket dresser. I had this left over from my photography prop storage and wanted to put it to use somewhere. Her bedroom does not have a closet so this was perfect to hold clothes, socks, hats etc., and it’s open, so it’s easier for dad and siblings to help grab items as well since there is less searching that way. Plus, I think its super unique and cute! And I think she likes the mobile the most.

Did Evelyn’s big brother and sisters give any “input” on the room?

Big sister Adeline wanted to help with almost every step of anything to do with her baby sister. She is always a big help when it comes to anything involving the baby. Adeline plays dress up with her babies in sister’s room a lot, so she really loves the bushel baskets because she can help herself any time she wants.

Jeremiah and Sidney have always been great about giving their opinion when I ask about how something looks for the room. Evelyn is sure blessed with some great siblings. They all adore her.


5 Responses to Evelyn’s Vintage Nursery

  1. Adorable nursery! Way to go Mama! :)

  2. Amanda, Evelyn’s nursery looks great! Love all the little details and those Holly Hobbie plates are great!

  3. Amazing! So many great elements! I especially love the bushel baskets and the mobile!

  4. Gorgeous! I love the bushel baskets, what a great way to use them!

  5. I loving those frames there so cute with the hangers on the side.

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