The Nursery

I am so thrilled with how Ryder’s nursery turned out! Chad and I both wanted a room that he could grow into and not out of! Chad is not a fan of pastels and “baby colors”. I am not a fan of baby themes! In fact, I was pretty dead set against a theme until I found the perfect fabric! I just knew I wanted something with different patterns and bold colors.

I have long admired the baby bedding on Carousel Design’s website. Even before I was pregnant, I would play around with the “design your own bedding” tool! They have everything from the fabric to the complete bedding sets. The sets are pretty pricey, though. I found the “on the go retro fabric” and knew that was it! Chad loves old cars, and it would be a great theme to grow with Ryder. I just wasn’t sure about the price tag so…. enter Etsy! Since Carousel also sells their fabric, I just did a search on Etsy for that fabric and found a ton of listings for complete bedding sets at much more reasonable prices. Once I had “favorited” a few listings, the shop owners even sent me fabric swatches for free! I was debating between the turquoise and orange color scheme versus the green and navy. We ultimately went with green and navy since it would be easier to work with when decorating the rest of the room. The Etsy shop, Baby Bedding by JBD, was so easy to work with! I told her which fabrics I wanted to use where, and she even made us a custom window seat cushion! We ordered a large blanket to use as a comforter later on too. Of course right now the adorable bumpers are in Ryder’s closet, but I can’t wait to pull them out again!

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We ordered most of Ryder’s furniture from KidSpace here in Lubbock. We actually looked at A LOT of furniture. Since we were looking at convertible cribs, we wanted good quality pieces that would last through the teen years. We went with the Baby’s Dream Legendary Collection. I especially love his double dresser and hutch! We went ahead and ordered the nightstand and extra bed rails too, just in case that line was discontinued later. We ordered his furniture when I was around 22 weeks pregnant and did not expect it to arrive until after Christmas. I came home from work one day and was shocked to find that we had already received all of Ryder’s furniture and Chad had already assembled it! We did order the glider separately. We searched all over Lubbock for a glider, but we were not impressed with the fabric options or prices. We love the reclining glider that we found at Buy Buy Baby and the custom fabric! We had intended for Chad to go back out to Dallas to pick up the glider before Ryder was born, but naturally it came in on the day I had him! Chad had to go to Dallas the Friday before we brought Ryder home from the hospital to pick it up since they do not ship custom furniture.

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How Chad surprised me with the furniture! The giant puppy is from Big Lots.

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Fortunately, we had most of Ryder’s room put together before his early arrival! There were a few details I added after we finally brought him home. I decoupaged the letters for his name with scrapbook paper. The red gas pump was a gift from my parents. We found it at My Cup of Tea here in Lubbock. The navy toy storage bin is from Pottery Barn Kids. The rocking horse was actually made by my best friend’s dad when I was a baby! The signs on the wall with the crib and on either side of the window are all from Hobby Lobby! We had a lot of fun spending several Friday nights hanging out in the men’s corner of Hobby Lobby looking for retro car decorations. We also got the Route 66 lamp, a frame, and a gas can from there! The picture above his glider is of the dash of Chad’s old Jeep. The picture was taken a year after we were married by Alisa Joy Photography, and I think it fits perfectly! Chad also loves the nostalgia since the Jeep is currently being restored and that dash is no more.  We added a few more of these cool tiles we got as a baby shower gift. The cute red mini recliner was a gift from my Aunt Cindy for Christmas. It fits perfectly!

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I look forward to the day when he is playing on his rug with his cars and showing off his cool room to his friends!

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If you see anything else in the pictures that you want details for, just let me know! Who knew it could be so much fun decorating a boy’s room!

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