Henry’s Nursery

I love creative projects, and designing Henry’s nursery was one of my favorites. There are so many little stories behind the items in his room. If you’re curious about any other details, let me know.

My overall vision was to create a beautiful nurturing space for our little boy to grow in, but for us to enjoy as well. We spend a lot of time in there and I wanted it to be an great environment for Joel and I too. This room was carefully crafted.

I’ll share some of the thought behind the design.

1. I bought Rules for My Unborn Son by Walker Lamond for Joel when we found out Henry was a boy. We had fun reading this to him while he was in the belly. The vibe and feel of this book kickstarted the inspiration! We wanted something vintage, but a real and authentic kind of vintage.

2. My mom and I made the bedding (material and fabric from Hawthorne Threads and Sew Sheri Designs). After searching, I couldn’t find anything that quite matched the vision in my head. So, we decide to make it!

Same things goes for the blanket on the glider. Knit that myself. The tedious work really helped me prepare for our little boy’s arrival. I could knit and while doing so, envision our new life.

Creating things by hand is a big deal in my life. So I wanted hand-made stuff in his room.

3. There are lots of finds from antique/thrift store/family members’ basements. There were several reasons for this. a) The room has a vintage feel. I wanted to select items in that vein. I wanted items with timeless, rather than cutesy, baby-ish, feel. I wanted things that he could continue to enjoy as he gets older. Items that he could grow to love. We didn’t want to have to re-do his room when he’s no longer a baby. b) I wanted items in the room that would help pull together the story of our family. c) I’m really practical. These things were really cheap, or free!

* The cubby/shelf behind the glider was in my in-laws’ basement. It had come from an iron factory/plant in Birmingham, AL. Because it was so dirty and greasy, the plan was to throw it away. However, a can of Clorox wipes later, we had a beautiful shelf. We’re slowly filling these shelves with books! Stories/books/learning mean so much to our little family.

* The old baseball glove was from my husbands’ great grandmother’s basement. Joel played with that glove as a kid and dreamed of being an old-timey baseball player. It’s fun for him to remember those moments and pass that on to Henry.

* Found the crib on Craigslist for free.

* The antique letter blocks were from Ebay.

* The armoir came from a thrift store and the changing table from a junk/antique store.

* The Noah’s Ark came from the same place as the changing table.

The quest to find all these things was a lot of fun and helped us build anticipation for the arrival of our little guy. This is how I pieced together the rest of our home as well. Slowly, but surely find interesting and storied items!

4. The glider was one thing that I didn’t mind spending more money on. I figured this chair will get us through many nights and mulitiple children (hopefully). I wanted a good, durable, comfortable chair.

5. Again, I’m a really practical girl. The changing table was all practical. I wanted easy access to diapers. But I wanted this easy, practical access to diapers to be aesthetically appealing. The vintage gym lockers above the cubby was about achieving storage in a hidden way.

6. My husband, Joel, wanted me to mention the deer antlers. He went hunting in Texas once. He says its manly. We think it adds a unique touch. The basket behind the antlers came from Haiti. We spend a lot of time in Haiti and this basket was purchased from a man who was using it to carry jewelry for sale in the market. We said that we actually wanted the basket, and not the jewelry and he was both confused, and thrilled.

Again, other items with a story.

If I can help you pull something like this together, let me know!

Lauren - LOVE IT!!!!! I love everything about his room! So precious! I have been eyeing that Ikea rug forever ;)
He is adorable!

Melis - Ok. This is so darling! You need to submit these photos (or this post) to Apartment Therapy in their nursery tours. Seriously. It is too cute!!!
And that bedding! And those cards over his crib? All of it is perfection.
Amazing work, team Busby. And, yes Joel, the antlers are SUPER manly. :)
Lots of love.

Silena Cvacho - LOVE!! Amazing talent you have Mandy!! :)

Ginny - Mandy, that is the sweetest baby room I have ever seen. I love all the personal touches. oh, just melts my heart.

real nursery: henry’s thoughtfully vintage room | Lay Baby Lay - [...] Mandy recently sent me photos of the adorable room she put together for her son, Henry.  I love all the little details that showcase the thought and love she put into creating this space just for him.  My favorites include that pegboard, complete with diaper storage, and the alphabet cards strung simply above the crib.  She actually bought the cards at Anthropologie a couple of years ago, knowing she would use them in a nursery one day!  She also scored that Jenny Lind crib for free on craigslist, and painted it by hand (that kind of makes me want to cry thinking about painting all those spindles, but it looks beautiful!).  She also handmade the bedding and curtains, and found all the other furniture pieces vintage.  Visit her blog to see more photos!On another note, Chip and I are currently in LA for a few days to celebrate our 5 year anniversary, and have a little bit of a babymoon.  Any fun suggestions on places we need to see and go?  So excited to be here! /* [...]

Kelly - I love this, Mandy! I wish I had your decorating prowess! This is so lovely!

April - This is amazing!! I have had a hard time finding a boy nursery I love, and this I not only love, but am obsessed with! Thank you for sharing :)

Ashleigh - Linked to you through Lay Baby Lay. What a beautiful nursery! For a very well-named little boy (I also have a Henry). :) Where’d you find the Joni Mitchell lyrics? Wonderful job! So lovely!

Lauren - I would love to know where those alphabet cards are from! Adorable room!

mandy - Thanks Kelly!

mandy - Thanks! I got the cards from from Anthropologie a few years ago.

mandy - Thank you! Our friends had them printed for their little girls first birthday party.

Leah - This room is perfection. Well done. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the Noah’s ark. Is it vintage or a new purchase? I would love to know where you purchased this little gem. Congratulations on your new little man.

mandy - I love the Noah’s Ark too! I found it at a junk/antique store. It’s the only one I’ve seen like that. So I am afraid that I can’t tell you where to get another like it.

Amy - Your little boy’s nursery is absolutely darling. I would love to come across an armoire like this at a thrift store. But what I really have been eyeing is the cast iron piggy bank. I have been looking for one like this for a couple of years now. Any idea where I could find one? Thank you. -Amy

Jayleen - Love, love, love this nursery! I was wondering what the paint colors are on the crib and pegboard? They are the shades I’ve been looking for.

Bek - Wonderful nusery!!!! Thanks for sharing. Would love to know sources for letters and baskets on peg board

Alice - I love henry’s nursey! I’m ashamed to say I’m trying to copy it for our little guy. Do you mind sharing where you found your glider? Thanks a lot.


Caitlin - I love the pegboard idea! Where did you find the baskets that the diapers are in?? Thanks!

Tracy - Mandy, I am painting our Jenny Lind too and I wanted to know if you sealed it with anything to make it “chip-resistant”? My son is going to gnaw it to death I just know it!


Rebekah - Love it! Where did you get the metal bulletin board? I have been searching ALL over for one like this.

Thanks so much!

Jillian Young - I love this nursery! It is the inspiration for my nursery for my little boy. I came across a Jenny Lind crib at an antique store and was wanting to paint it the same color as the one in your photos and was curious what the paint color was!

Haley - Mandy, would you happen to know the name of the fabric used for the ties and throw pillow? Is it more of a yellow or gold?

Alicia - Where did you find the wire baskets at? :) I love your nursery! So cute!

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Gretchen - Hi Mandy:)
I was wondering what the name of the paint color on the walls was? I really like it!

tlee - Beautiful Nursery!! Where did you get the alphabet cards?

Brilliant Nursery Storage | simply spaced - […] 5. Peg it and Forget it: Peg board storage may be one of the best home solutions ever. You can cover an entire wall or carve out a small space for this solution. I like the idea of using peg board to identify current or immediate needs and adapting it to the needs of a growing child. OG Mandy Busby Creative […]

simply spaced | Brilliant Nursery Storage - […] 5. Peg it and Forget it: Pegboard storage may be one of the best home solutions ever. You can cover an entire wall or carve out a small space for this storage solution. I like the idea of using pegboard to identify current or immediate needs and adapting it to the needs of a growing child. via Mandy Busby Creative […]

dhana - hi, you did a beautiful job on your little one’s room. can i ask what is the color paint for the peg board? tia :)

Brant - Hi, I love your nursery! Where did you get that rug?

mandy - Hi There! Thank you!! The rug is from Ikea.

mandy - Hi there and thank you! The color of the crib is Hearthstone by Benjamin Moore.

15 Genius DIY Storage Solutions | Manina - […] think this storage idea from photographer Mandy Busby is downright brilliant. We’ve seen pegboards in the kitchen and the […]

kari - I would love to know the “make” of your glider and/or where you purchased it. We are on a quest to find one we like! Thanks much!

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