Ezra’s Vintage Outdoors Nursery

Becca has been a friend of mine for years, and she’s always been known for her great style. She and her husband bought a cute little home and have been doing an amazing job at fixing it up. When they started planning out their nursery for their second son, Ezra, I told her that she had to share this adorable vintage, outdoorsy nursery with our Mama Say What?! readers, and I’m so glad she did!

How did you decide what theme or style you wanted for the room?

I had an idea in my head for what I wanted baby Ezra’s nursery to look like (outdoorsy and vintage), and I used Pinterest for some execution ideas.

What are the main colors?

Grey, white, tan, and some pops of color (yellow and blue mostly).

How did you bring it all together? Inspiration boards, Pinterest, all in your head?

As I said, I used Pinterest for some of the execution ideas (especially the burlap name banner), and I just picked up a few little things at a time (thrift shops and yard sales) to bring everything together in my head. My husband is an art teacher, so he has a great eye. He would come up with ideas, like the shelf he built above the crib, and I would just run with it.

Where did you find the key elements and fun details?

Most of the little decor items are from thrift shops and yard sales. All of the vintage books are books we picked up one by one as we found them at Goodwill or yard sales around town. The woodsy stuffed animals are from Cabela’s and Kohl’s, although the fox is from Anthropologie (my one splurge). The little bird house hanging from the shelf is from Anthropologie, too, but I found it in the clearance section for $7 (way before we knew Ezra was coming), and I knew it would eventually go somewhere in the house.

My husband does a lot of hand lettering, so he did two designs for the frame wall: the hand lettering of Ezra’s name and the Bible verse (from Zephaniah 3:17). I also hung up a photo from Ezra’s ultrasound, and all of the frames are just yard sale frames that I repainted. The chair was a Goodwill find by my mom (and it’s super comfortable) which I begged her for and made a quick throw for the back to help it to better flow with the room. I made the curtains and quilt myself with fabric I bought online, and the antlers were my dad’s from a deer he had hunted (the frame they are in is from a local antique shop). The clock, the lamp, and the baskets in the changing table are all from Target.

How did you keep your room budget-friendly?

I kept this nursery budget-friendly by taking my time putting it together. I started right after I found out I was having a boy. I slowly starting putting together small items from thrift stores and yard sales and gathering ideas from Pinterest. Because of this, I was able to DIY and get almost everything secondhand.

I did allow myself a couple of splurges. I really wanted a vintage looking crib, but I didn’t want any safety hazards from older cribs, since even just five to ten year old cribs mostly are recalled because of the drop-side issue. So I bought a Jenny Lind crib from Amazon, which was about $170. I also bought Anthropologie’s Cuddlesome Fox (even though I really wanted the whole Cuddlesome line) for $28 (I know, $28 for a stuffed animal!).

My husband bought the wood for the shelf, and stained it and hung it for me. The changing table was a hand-me-down from Ezra’s big brother, and besides a few small stuffed animals from Cabela’s, fabric for the windows and quilt, the lamp, baskets, and clock from Target, everything was found secondhand. I even found the rug at a yard sale for $15!

What do you love most about the room?

I love the personal touches, like the burlap banner, the personalized quilt, and the hand lettering my husband spent so much time on. I love that the antlers came from Ezra’s grandpa, and that my whole family contributed to the room. We were all loving on Ezra before he even got here.

Did anyone else give any input on the room? If so, what?

As I said earlier, my husband has a great eye, so he contributed a lot. My friends were super helpful and would share pins on Pinterest when they saw something that would go in the room. My friends and husband were all so encouraging as the room came together.

What advice would you give to other mamas about how to make their dream room a reality?

Take your time and see what you can find secondhand. Some things you can find used have so much character! Yard-sale-ing is my favorite thing to do every weekend; you would be amazed at what you can find. Also, try to DIY whatever you can. I am definitely not an artist or a seamstress, but through trial and error (and Google), anyone can make this stuff.

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