Why I Am Not A Decorator

May 24, 2010 at 9:06 am 32 comments

I was so excited to find out the sex of the Hurstling for many reasons. One obvious reason was that I was anxious to get started on the nursery. I wanted to pick furniture and bedding and paint. I wanted to answer all of your questions about what colors we’ve chosen. So after The Big Appointment, I hit the internet. I have this problem… I don’t like themes. I don’t like the overly matchy matchy junk that is out there. I don’t want 72 elephants surrounding my son. I don’t want him to wake up in the middle night and think he’s on Noah’s ark with lions to his left and lizards to his right. I don’t want random words like “TOUCHDOWN” and “GO TEAM” screaming at him on his bumper pads. That’s just not me. Unfortunately I seem to be the only person in the world with this opinion so it has been impossible to pick something.

I found a bedding set I liked but it’s only available online. It takes 4-6 weeks to ship– which is ridiculous, in my opinion. But I just don’t LOVE it. I want to love it.

On Saturday Stephen and I met up with his parents to test out some gliders. I had found a chair at Babies R Us that I was pretty pleased with but I needed to put my tooshie in a few more to be sure. There was a glider at a boutique by their house that they say “feels like you’re sitting on a cloud.” We went to test it out. Yes, it did in fact feel like you were sitting on a cloud. It also cost about the same amount as it would cost to have a private jet fly you up to actual clouds each time you need to rock your baby. And while his parents were offering to pay for it, I just couldn’t handle it.

But as I was testing out another chair in that store I looked to my left and an angel of the Lord was hovering over the most amazing bedding set I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I loved the colors. I loved the non-themeyness (sound it out, it’s a new word) of it. It was perfect. PERFECT. I walked over to it and kept repeating, “I really like this. Like… I really like this.” I pet it and cuddled the pillow. I asked where they store the bedding so we can see how much it costs. My MIL looked around right there and saw the tag hanging down. Ladies and gents, I almost died. The set included a pillow, a dust ruffle, a sheet, and bumper pads and cost $919. Nine hundred nineteen dollars and zero cents. I thought I was going to cry.

Defeated, we walked out of the store.

On Sunday Stephen and I had several errands to run. Remember about 10 months ago when I told you that my mom bought us a dining room table and we just needed to find chairs? Well we finally went looking for chairs. On our third store we decided that we no longer wanted new chairs, we wanted to get a completely new dining room table set. The cost was comparable, even favorable, if we took that route. We found a beautiful set at RoomsToGo. (Have y’all been there? Great prices. Seriously nice employees that don’t hover! I highly recommend the place.) As we were looking around, Stephen’s eye was caught on something and I saw a nice plush recliner calling my name. I thought I’d take a seat for a second to rest my pregnant feet. I had no idea that I was about to sit in the most comfortable chair in the world. The second I sat down, I moaned. Audibly. It embraced me and told me it loved me and that I was beautiful. I told it that it was my long lost love. Stephen stared at me. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I reclined. OHHHH LAWDY HAVE MERCY! 

It was fantastic. It was perfect. It was soft and cozy and unlike any other chair I had ever touched in my life. Stephen tested it out and agreed. The Best Chair Ever. We knew we had to have it. I considered hiding it under my dress and walking out the front door. Surely nobody would question a pregnant woman. But that seemed like too much work… and I’m really not into the whole crime thing. The only other option was to buy it. But you see, we just bought a dining room set and we have a baby on the way. A $500 recliner is not in our budget at the moment. Stephen tried to convince me that we should get it for the nursery instead of a glider. I couldn’t get on board. It just didn’t seem to fit in a nursery and plus we would want this chair in the living room where we spend most of our time.

But because we know our priorities and are ignoring the looming problem of no bedding for our son, we have devised a plan to get this chair. We have some money left over from our dining room chair budget and we’re hoping to sell the dining room table we already have. If all goes well, that’ll be enough for the dream recliner. We are giddy when we think about it! Last night we even rearranged our living room to make room for our new friend. Our new friend that we have yet to purchase.

But incase you are the type to not ignore my son’s sleeping and visual stimulation needs, maybe you can help this momma out. I don’t understand why I cannot pick out a freaking bedding set for my child. Why is this so hard? If only they were all out on display and I could lay in them and give Jansen his perfect cloud atmosphere of his own. He could sleep in his super cute bedroom while Stephen and I argue over who’s turn it is in the recliner.

Thoughts? Feelings? Advice? The one that I fell in love with had a brown giraffe print crib sheet and the bumper was striped – burnt orange, dark green, brown, and even had a turquoise stripe in there. Maybe another color or two. It was simple and gorgeous. And it seriously makes me livid that someone would charge $919 for it. I could use some help. I fear that if I cannot find a set that I love, I’ll just buy Jansen a recliner of his own and make him sleep on that. Not that he’d complain or anything. CPS might have a problem with it though.


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  • 1. Lisa from Lisa's Yarns  |  May 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I don’t care for the over-the-top themey looks either. I think it is tough to pick out bedding – or I think it would be tough. I don’t have any personal experience since I am single & childless!

    I gasped at the cost of the bedding. holy moley. That is ridiculous. It reminded me of a moment yesterday when my soon-to-be-5 nephews was paging through the Toys r Us ad and circling things he wanted for his birthday. He circled this inflatable water slide thing-a-ma-jig that was like $750!! What? Seriously, who has the cashola to buy something like that for their child?

    Good luck picking out bedding!! I hope you find something with a more reasonable price tag!

  • 2. osarah  |  May 24, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Wow, that is a ridiculous price for a baby’s bedding. Maybe you could see if someone on etsy could make you something similar? I’m thinking the pricing might be more to your liking. Another alternative would be to get some custom made bumper pads and dust ruffle and then buy a solid sheet set. That would probably be the route I’d go if I were in your situation. Good luck!!

  • 3. mom (nana)  |  May 24, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Don’t panic – still have a few months! We will find something you love….maybe NOT $919 Love but you will love it….. hang in there…
    (Buy the chair!!!)

  • 4. mrssjohnson  |  May 24, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Have you considered trying to find someone to make you a set of some fabric you like at a fabric store?

    I have a friend that made another friends of mine- I don’t know how you feel about it but she did a really good job! I’ll email you some pictures!

  • 5. Rachel  |  May 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I am TOTALLY with you on the non-themey nursery bedding. That’s why we went with Pottery Barn Kids, I love their color schemes and they have great non-themey stuff. You might check out eBay, I’ve seen some really nice new and used nursery sets on there.

  • 6. Britni Ray  |  May 24, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I’m in agreement with the non-themey nursury. Check out http://www.BananaFish.com, they have some really cute bedding that isn’t all about a theme. I hope your bedding woes are short lived and you are able to find the perfect, you’re in love with it bedding for a reasonable price soon! BTW, I LOVE Rooms To Go! Ryan and I purchased our bedroom set, mattress and entertainment center from them!!

  • 7. Autumn  |  May 24, 2010 at 9:54 am

    “Theme-y” makes me sick too!
    Why on EARTH some person thinks it’s ok to charge $900 for baby bedding is beyond my comprehension.
    The chair? I vote yes… It is a piece you will have and use for a LONG time. And it could even be recovered in the future if needed. An investment, I say! (Not like $900 bedding!)
    Ebay does have good deals on Pottery Barn stuff, and it is very cute stuff. Finding someone to make the bedding is usually not too difficult, and you can get very cute non-theme fabrics!!
    Good luck!!

  • 8. Tiffany  |  May 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I just love hearing all the baby stories! Check out http://www.polkatotdesigns.com you can find some super cute ideas that are a little pricey (but not in the $900 range) That is where I found Riley’s then I searched the internet for the fabric (they sell it on that website as well but I found her cheaper) and had my mom make it! I know the bumper pad really makes the set but you will only use it for a few months until Jansen starts pulling up so I would say go to focus on the skirt and curtains more:) Later we actually found her fabric at Hancock’s, so check it out there too if you have someone that can sew for you! Good Luck can’t wait to see what you choose!

  • 9. Lauren from Texas  |  May 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

    $900 for crib bedding?!?!?!?!??! MY bedding cost about $100 (I think). NOT OKAY!!!!!!!!

  • 10. Kim  |  May 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

    As someone who lives in a land where it’s quite common for people to have $1000 stollers and throw children’s parties that cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, I probably did gasp as much as some others. I’m not surprised, and sadly many people will pay for it- just like I’m sure I’ll see a ton of those inflatable water slide thingys in yards near me.

    I have the same issues you do with not liking what’s out there- for me it’s not nursery bedding yet but it’s been everything from comforters to kitchen curtains. Usually the best way to go is to buy fabric and commission someone to make them. If you know a friend that sews well maybe a swap- like a couple dinners out for them sewing the bedding set?

    I think there are also some sewing for hire people on Etsy.

  • 11. Kari  |  May 24, 2010 at 10:52 am

    So, someone already used my suggestion…if you want a full on crib set, go to http://www.bananafish.com–most of the options are sold at Target! It’s officially my favorite baby bedding company. The little blue birds crib set just might be what you need…


    Seriously, how stinkin cute is that?! But birds are kind of themey…but if you stick with having different colors rather than focusing on any one detail, you get away from the themeyness.

    Otherwise, I’d just get a crib sheet and shop around for a plain colored bumper and a blanket that you like…it’ll save lots of dinero!!!

    If I have a boy, I’m getting that bedding…if I have a girl, I’m getting the pink version. But I should probably get pregnant first…. 🙂

  • 12. Taryn  |  May 24, 2010 at 11:13 am

    maybe get some solid or patterned crib sheets… Target has some cute ones with brown/blue white stripes and brown/blue/green dots. I would just play mix and match if you don’t want to go with a “theme.”

  • 13. MASHley  |  May 24, 2010 at 11:15 am

    eesh. expensive. don’t really have any advice. but there’s a store called “baby’s 1st furniture” here in sugar land if you get desperate enough and want to try shopping in a different area

  • 14. Debbie  |  May 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

    HOLY CRAP! are you kidding me?!?! we spent like $120 on jacob’s nursery bedding and the 7 things that came with it. we found the set we liked and then bought it off ebay. way cheaper than getting it through the store.

    this site has a lot of cute things that aren’t real “matchy matchy”. like this one:


    or overstock.com has stuff like: http://www.overstock.com/Baby/Bacati-Metro-Lime-White-Chocolate-4-piece-Crib-Bedding-Set/4073362/product.html?rcmndsrc=2

    cheaper sets if you can find one you like: http://www.babysupermall.com/

    or, why don’t you just call it a day and buy this one for jansen! 😉


  • 15. Lindsay Miller  |  May 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Go to target.com. They definitely have their fair share of the “themey” stuff but there are lots of sets on there that are simple colors. And VERY reasonably priced.

  • 16. Stacie  |  May 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Find some fabric you like and con(vince) a friend with sewing skeelz to put something together for you. I made all the bedding for a friend of mine and it really wasn’t that difficult. Total price of quilt, bumber and skirt: $100.

  • 17. abby  |  May 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Loved this post! So funny! That is so my hubby and me trying to finagle something that we love even though we really need a new sofa (desperately!!). Anyway, I’m totally with you on the theme-y bedding! I’d much rather polka dots and stripes than animals all over. There are a couple cute boy bedding sets at pottery barn kids (I love the madras plaid). They are probably more than some bedding, but they can’t be $900!! Are you sure that didn’t inclue the crib itself??? That’s just crazy! Anyway, another idea would be to find a bumper or comforter that you love and then get plain sheets to go along with it so it’s not overly theme-y.

  • 18. kelly  |  May 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    those rice village baby stores are dangerous. cute, but very very dangerous.

  • 19. Amanda  |  May 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Hey, I hate those things too! And everything is better in Austin, USA Baby always has super cute baby bedding. It’s where I got Ian’s.


    You’re not here, but you can look at their stuff and brands and buy it elsewhere.

  • 20. Emmie (MIL)  |  May 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    When I saw the price tag, I thought maybe it was for the crib, but it wasn’t! Ridiculous! I’ve been googling baby bedding, and there is a lot of cute stuff out there, that isn’t expensive!

  • 21. Sarah @ This Heavenly Life  |  May 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve always had good luck with babysupermall.com.

    This one has a few basic giraffes with a striped bumper! Super cute, too!


    I wish I was cool and knew how to make that clickable 🙂

  • 22. zburrows  |  May 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I think you should log on to etsy and ask someone to make the bedding for you.

  • 23. molly  |  May 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    the set I wanted was really expensive too…so I went a cheap route: I made my own. You know people who can sew (::cough TARYN cough::). So just pick out something similar to what you want and go for it. First of all, you really shouldn’t use bumpers…you can once he gets older but at that point, why bother? there’s no way he’ll throw himself against the sides hard enough to hurt himself and it’s really more risky than anything (suffocation and lack of airflow around/in the crib). Soo…that leaves you with a pillow, a dust ruffle and a sheet. I made my dust ruffle for like $40 (EASY as pie and I cannot sew worth a darn). Pillows are EASY as can be. And I just bought a sheet that I found online that matched what I wanted. Then you can be sure to get EXACTLY what you want too. Just find a fabric(s) you like and go for it! Even if you pay someone to do it for you, you will not spend anywhere near $919. Plus, the bumpers are always the most expensive.

  • 24. Adrienne  |  May 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Not do put a damper on your ideas….. as I had two boys I am very aware of the kinds of messes that are made while breastfeeding and thereafter. While searching for the cutest nursery stuff ever I fell in love with this pirate bedding. Fortunately, it was out of my price range which forced me to rationalize practically. I suspected that I may have to wash these most adorable bedding supplies in hot water and bleach. I am really glad I did not get the colorful, printed stuff because that would have faded and then well, it just wouldn’t have worked. BTW, little boys will bump their lips on crib rails and smear their blood, boogers, poop and Vick’s vaporub (if you’re dumb enough to leave it where they can get it) all over their sheets and bumpers and anything else they can reach. You’re going to need more than one crib sheet. I HIGHLY recommend getting two cotton and two flannel sheets. I got mine in Ecru and am very happy with how it has turned out. Despite all the washing they are still Ecru. I saturated the rest of their room with color.

  • 25. Big Mama  |  May 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm


    You won’t be sorry.

  • 26. Kathleen  |  May 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I don’t like themes either, you’re not weird. And remind me not to set foot in boutiques when I’m baby shopping.

  • 27. Holly  |  May 25, 2010 at 10:02 am

    We got our non-themey bedding from Target and e-bay. Target didn’t have the whole set so I bid on some 😀

  • 28. Veronica  |  May 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    ha i so hate themes too. noah’s ark or safari are my least fav. really who does that? you should try etsy and amazon….on etsy there’s a lot of people who custom make it and you pretty much get to pick out the fabric. There are a couple on pottery barn that i like…the outlets usually carry a bunch, and they’re nowhere close to 919 bucks! jeez. good luck. can’t wait to see what you find/pick out! i love baby bedding. well except for when it’s themed.

  • 29. Veronica  |  May 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    oh and where’s your baby bump picture??

  • 30. Mama Fuss  |  May 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    This may seem like a no-brainer, but have you looked on Ebay for a similar bedding set?

    I am in the market for a glider/rocker/recliner for my own upcoming baby. We had a decent (though cheap) glider in Fuss’s room for my middle-of-the night feedings, but mostly, I fed her in the living room during the day and used an over stuffed chair anyway. The problem that I had with the glider was that I couldn’t lay back in it at all. This is not an issue when you are trying not to fall asleep in the early days because you have to support the baby, etc. but once you both get the hang of it, it’s awfully nice to be able to relax while she/he eats. So I want the recliner. And it’s up to you whether you prefer to have the chair in the nursery or the living room. Where will you legitimately do MOST of your feeding? Sure, it’s nice to have a chair to rock the baby in the nursery, but we’re talking reality here. Where will you do most of it? Probably in the more comfy room. Just a thought.

  • 31. Sara  |  May 27, 2010 at 11:24 am

    First off, your angel of the Lord comment is the best! Priceless! Second, definitely get the recliner. You know you’ll need it and deserve it when Jansen gets here. He’ll want to rock in it too:) Third, I have no children, as you know, but I freakin love looking up baby bedding. I’m on the mission!!

  • 32. Lisa H.  |  May 31, 2010 at 8:18 am

    A recliner is an absolute must with a baby so don’t feel guilty about it. Mine was the most important piece of furniture we had before the baby was born. She was sitting on a nerve or something and my hands would go to sleep at night and I would wake up in pain. Started sleeping in the recliner, no pain. Then, after the baby was born, there were stuffy noses, crying nights, wonderful memories of sitting in the recliner with the babies.
    There is another lesson in the bedding story. The $900 bedding is only the beginning. All through your child’s life, there will be those things you really want to do for your kid, but you know it is outrageous. When they get older, there are always people spending that kind of money on SAT classes, prom, graduation trips, etc and you feel you should do what everybody else is doing. Just keep your head and don’t let yourself get carried away.
    Love you both bunches and know you are going to find the right bedding and be terrific parents!

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