March 20, 2013

The Twins' NURSERY

One of the toughest rooms to plan is a shared room.  I learned this when I found out we were having boy/girl twins.  I wanted to design something gender neutral but colorful, using old and new pieces in different ways without spending a lot of money.  I think I accomplished just that.  It took quite a while (and a lot of helpers) for it to all come together but I'm thrilled with the results.

Way before I found out I was pregnant with the twins, I started looking at nursery ideas (thanks, Pinterest!!)  I found this room and loved the simplicity of it.  Claire's room became my inspiration for Bennett and Clara's nursery.

I didn't want to choose a theme, so I started out by choosing my fabric.  I immediately fell in love with Amy Butler: Cameo: Harriet's Kitchen in Sugar and went from there.

I knew all along that I wanted white Jenny Lind-style cribs and I found a FABULOUS deal on Amazon (LOOOOOVE Amazon)!!  Best of all?  They arrived within a few days with FREE shipping.  Did I mention I love Amazon???!!!  They were super simple to put together (thank you, Scott) and light-weight yet sturdy.  I'd buy them again in a heartbeat.  

One of the areas I really struggled with was the wall above the cribs.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to do names or not and a lot of the art I loved wasn't priced within my budget.  After digging around on Pinterest again, I decided I wanted to use embroidery hoops and left-over fabric.  I first surrounded the names with hoops but then it became too overwhelming.  After patching many nail holes in the wall, I came up with what you see here.  Both walls cost me less than $20!!  Less really was more...

I wanted to add some personal details to bring in a little bit of Scott and myself.  The yellow dress is the dress I came home from the hospital in 31 years ago.  The porcelain shoes are ours with names, DOB, weight and length stats.  It's crazy that we both had these!  We found out that we also had the exact same baby books as well (and they're FABULOUSLY 80's) it!!

I purchased an old window at McKinney Trade Days not knowing where I'd use it.  I wanted a place to display pictures, so I stapled on some lace ribbon, grabbed some clothespins and voila!

These books are special because they are filled with parenting advice from family and friends.  I peek through them often!  Thanks everyone.

I looked and looked for something to put diapers, wipes and other changing table necessities in.  During one of my many pre-children "spend the day browsing Hobby Lobby" trips, I ran across these little gems.  Done and done.

Scott worked tirelessly on this piece for me (and the babies)!  It's a Broyhill dresser I've had since the teenage years that he stripped and stained.  We love how it turned out.

As a kindergarten teacher, I just had to display books somewhere...but in this crowded, shared room I was quickly running out of space.  Scott and I found these picture shelves at IKEA and they were just the right size.  Win!

I'm constantly on Etsy looking for things I don't need.  I had heard about  the shop The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy and wanted to check it out.  The only problem that I ran into was that I wanted EVERYTHING.  I narrowed it down to 2 prints and loved them even more in person! 

Have you noticed the 2 GORGEOUS quilts?  My extremely talented mother-in-law spent countless hours working on them for Bennett and Clara.  They will surely enjoy them for years to come.  Thank you, Nana!

Well, that's the tour.  While I'm sure it's far from finished, I can honestly say that this room was pieced together with love.  I hope you've enjoyed it!!

Paint: Valspar Crystalline 5002-9A
Cribs: DaVinci Jenny Lind Crib
Crib Bedding/Quilts: made with love by Joni Burchett
Zipper Sheets: Clouds and Stars QuickZip
Armoir: from our master bedroom set
Dresser: from childhood, refinished by Scott
Knobs: Anthropologie Dotted Zinnia Knobs
Chair: Treasure Recliner at Buy Buy Baby
Artwork: The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy 
Door Sign: LoveStorey Creations
Book Shelves: IKEA RIBBA White Picture Ledge
Sheer Curtains: IKEA MATILDA Sheer Curtains
Baskets: Smith & Hawken at Target
Lamp Base: Threshold Acrylic Base at Target
Lamp Shade: Threshold Flocked Yellow Lamp Shade at Target
Accent Table: Home Goods
Wooden Drawers: Hobby Lobby
Rocking Horse: consignment find


  1. I'm speechless at how amazing that nursery is. You guys did a great job!

    1. I love this and can see you reading and loving both of them in that sweet room. Thank you for keeping us the loop on their precious life!!!

  2. I'm absolutely in love with their room - you are talented!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie!! Ellie's nursery is sweet. She's a doll, BTW. LOVE!!!