Nashville Lifestyle Photographer | Nursery Reveal

Our sweet boy’s nursery

As soon as we found out we were expecting (again), I nervously started envisioning a life for our little one. I felt a sense of wanting to “do” something to prepare and help the pregnancy to feel real, like this IS happening. Prior to knowing if we were having a little boy or girl, I knew I wanted to cultivate a calming space; somewhere that we could retreat with our little babe that would feel cozy but also be classic and timeless.

Rather than heading in the direction of a true “nursery theme”, I started envisioning a room with grey and white, textures, and then would add in touches of other colors after we learned the gender. We found out our little one was a boy in the fall of 2017 and I instantly knew that I wanted to add in touches of wood tones. It started with the vision of raw wood, but as I picked out different details, it ended up being a collection of a variety of different wood tones; in the end, I think it all came together perfectly! In going with this direction (lack of a true theme) I also hoped that we could carry some of the pieces from his nursery as he grew up, offering a little bit of sentimental value to the pieces over time.

Planning and decorating a nursery should be fun and exciting, something most moms like to get done prior to baby’s arrival… right?! Well, unfortunate timing for us we were planning & packing up for a move throughout my pregnancy! This meant for me, I envisioned a nursery, picked up pieces for it here and there, and then pieced it all together over the summer post birth :)

Guess when we moved in?!
April 12th
Anyone remember when my son was born?
…April 14th.

Yep! You guessed it. Sharing the nursery with you is extremely postponed because of our move-in date, birth date, birth/c-section recovery, new mom adjustments, and then busy season with the most amazing clients. SO, here I am now sharing how Mason’s sweet nursery came together. It is by far the most put together room in the house (which has been totally ok by me! But I am ready to work on making the rest of our home “homey”..) and my favorite space i’ve ever actually created myself.

A lot of love and gracious gifts from family and close friends made Mason’s room possible and it makes me smile thinking about all of the hands that went in to the items that really made the space so perfect. Thank you to everyone who gifted us items for our sweet boy!


The entire space started with the beautiful crib. I fell in love with this crib while nannying for the most amazing family. Once their little girl outgrew her crib, they were kind enough to gift it to us to share with our boy. The history behind it makes it that much more precious to me. That being said, I’m not sure where you can find it, but i’m told it’s a Jenny Lind style crib for anyone on the hunt for a crib!

I have to admit, I somehow got in my head that I wanted a “hey handsome” pillow for Mason’s room. Despite knowing that it cannot stay in the crib when he sleeps, I knew I could utilize it in other ways in his room (the glider, future tee-pee I envisioned for the space, etc.). I hunted HIGH & LOW for one that I liked. They either were the wrong color, I didn’t like the font, or they were too expensive. I finally found this one and cannot wait to see how we can utilize it as he grows!

“Sweet boy. You are more than we ever expected and better than we ever imagined”. I saw this quote on Pinterest as I searched for boy inspo. I spotted this & ended up creating it on my own through Smallwoods selecting how I wanted it set up & the fonts/color. A little insight into the sign: it’s lightweight despite looking as if it would be heavy. I have a love/hate with this detail because if it somehow fell, I like that it isn’t too much, but it has a hard time staying straight. We may have to add some 3M tape to keep it in place ;)

Couple last details here… I’m not positive that Kirkland’s still has the same blanket ladder, so I linked a similar one! I also couldn’t find the exact basket from Target, but they always have great things; & last note…the PB Kids blanket is currently on sale for the holidays ;)

Crib | Jenny Lind
Sweet Boy Sign | Smallwoods
Blanket Ladder | Kirkland’s
Basket | Target
Crib Sheet | Pottery Barn Kids
Lamp | Houzz
Pillow | The Little Birdie Pillow Co.
Stuffed Animal | Jellycat Cordy Roy Mutt
Aztec Blanket | Pottery Barn Kids
Crib Liner | Buy Buy Baby


Dresser | Buy Buy Baby
Changing Pad | Hatch Baby
Sound Machine | Hatch Baby Rest
Diaper Caddy | Munchkin
Diaper Pail | Ubbi
Monitor | Infant Optics


I am absolutely obsessed with how his shelves came together. This was a great way for me to pull different wood tones together. A lot of these items have such sweet sentiment behind them. I’ll start with the “hello little love” sign; this is one of the few things that Jonny picked out for Mason on his own. We were at Hobby Lobby looking for ideas when he saw & picked this out. I had absolutely no idea what we were going to do with it at the time, but it was the sweetest thing to me that he picked out something, I couldn’t resist. I’m so happy it found a perfect spot on his shelf for all to see. (And I can’t wait to share that story with Mason when he’s older).
The books you see on the top right shelf are all books that were given to us by friends that will be great for Mason as he gets older. One of them being Jonny’s favorite books as a child :)

To keep the details and info on the lighter side, I’m only going to share a few of the special things on the shelves!
The shelf brackets were made by my Father-in-Law, the piggy bank was gifted to us at a shower by my Mother-in-Law, the bunny was gifted to Mason at a shower by my Aunt (Mason’s Great-Aunt), and the “so loved” frame was given to me early in my pregnancy from the family I nannied for; I don’t even think I knew at that time that I would be including wood tones into the nursery, but it couldn’t have fit any more perfectly.

Target doesn’t carry the exact book ends anymore, so I linked something similar!

Little Love Sign | Hobby Lobby
Book Ends | Target
Piggy Bank | Lenox
Paci Container | Hobby Lobby
So Loved Frame | Hobby Lobby
Blocks | Bannor Toys
Matted Picture Frame | Target
Hey Boy Book | Amazon
Llama | Target


When thinking about what I wanted from the nursery glider nook, I knew I wanted somewhere to sit a bottle and a chair I could sit cross legged in. I kept it simple and still love it! Mason’s cap is the one he wore home from the hospital. We waited to announce his name until he was born, and this was one way we used to announce his name! I was lucky enough to find this sweet, soft hat at a consignment sale last spring & my dear friend Stacey embroidered his name on it for me. Other than that, you’ll see a couple of his favorite teethers here!

Glider | Buy Buy Baby
Side Table | Target
Curtains | Ikea
Teether | Chewable Charm
Book | Amazon
Wall Art | Target & Hobby Lobby


When it came to a reading nook, I wanted to be able to display the books on the wall (rather than a traditional book shelf). I have loved watching Mason scan these shelves and smile because he can see the fronts of so many books! In fact, he often gets distracted while burping to smile and reach for a book.

Shelves | Ikea
Frames | Hobby Lobby
M decor | Hobby Lobby
Activity Gym | Skip Hop

That wraps up Msaons nursery tour ;)
I hope you enjoyed it and found some inspiration for your little ones too!