Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Twins' Nursery

We have finally finished our sweet little nursery for the twins!!

It's a good thing too, because two weeks ago I had a scary episode of preterm labor. I am currently resting at home and trying to "cook" these precious little ones for a while longer. I'm 31 weeks currently, and praying I can make it to 34 weeks or longer. Thanks to my mom and hubby for helping me finish up the nursery in case the babies make their entrance early!

I just love to go into this room and quietly sit, relax with a book, look around and imagine what it will be like with the babies here (a lot messier I'm sure, haha!).

In addition to being gender neutral, I wanted it to have a very calming feel. We went with a lot of neutrals more of a vintage/cottage theme more than anything else, with some playful touches. I think it fits in well with the rest of the house. I stole the curtains that were in the living room for the nursery because I had planned to make new living room curtains anyway, and I think they look so sweet in this room.

One of our decorating projects we included was a gallery wall of black and white family photos. All of the photos are of relatives or ancestors, some of themselves as children or babies, and we included myself and BJ in the mix too. I'm hoping that having this will help the babies to become familiar with the faces of their family, those already gone before us and still living.

We plan to paint each baby's name or initials on the little blue plaques on the wall above the cribs

We moved the vintage doorknob shelf (a DIY project detailed in this post) into the nursery and I think it works perfectly!

the baby shoes on top of the shelf were my mom's as a baby, and the ones hanging on the knob were mine :)

We ended up pushing the two cribs up against the wall opposite the main door to the hallway, since this is just about the only position they fit without taking up too much wall space.

An antique chest of drawers used for a changing table occupies one wall next to a large window. We simply put the changing pad on top and hung baskets on the walls above for holding diapers and supplies within easy reach. The top drawer of the dresser holds additional diapers, wipes, burp cloths, and supplies. A wire basket with burlap liner on the floor beside the dresser will serve as a hamper for dirty clothes or blankets. We will likely eventually move the diaper pail over here too.

The opposite wall of the changing chest is separated into two sections by a door into our master bedroom. One side is bumped out with the addition of a closet. The other side of the wall we have placed a vintage children's armoire, lamp, and basket of soft toys. The diaper bag hangs on a hook nearby for easy access.

Even though my husband has been using the closet in this room as his, we plan to store several things in it that we have no other place for, like the baby stroller, booster seat high chairs, toddler feeding supplies, and any other odds and ends. Some things like an activity gym mat and a bouncy seat we were actually able to store underneath the crib until we need them!

The children's armoire was originally my mom's as a baby, then mine, and used by my cousins for their kids. I repainted it using Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue, then distressed the already painted original knobs. To read more about the makeover of this armoire, visit this post. It is wonderful for providing storage and space for hangup clothes (without taking extra room in the closet).

An upholstered armchair (also a glider) with ottoman sits in the corner along the wall adjacent to the hallway. We left the filing cabinet here as it had been when the room was an office simply because we have no where else to put it. Baskets on top of the filing cabinet hold play mats, blankets and supplies. We chose a soft chocolate brown toille for the armchair fabric before placing the order and a brass floor lamp ($12 Craigslist find!) provides targeted light for reading or late night feedings.

A bookshelf with baby books, basket of toys, a breastfeeding "station" basket, and other special mementos sits along this wall next to the chair. We placed a vintage mirror and a few more framed photos above the bookshelf. I decided to paint some of the bargain thrift store frames with the Annie Sloane Duck Egg Blue paint as well for old photographs.

And just a few more shots....

The two white crocheted blankets are very special- one was mine when I was a baby and the other was hand made by my Aunt Judy who has since passed away. It's nice to have something from her that I treasure and can pass down. 

A snapshot of the Bible verse I painted for some "wall art" above the closet door

I hope you enjoyed our little nursery tour! This post gives an overview of the nursery and in my next post I will expand upon all the details for you, including a list of sources where we purchased any items that were new. We are thrilled with how the nursery turned out, and hope it will be a place of comfort and joy for our little ones.

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  1. I love LOVE the neutral palette! I will definitely be drawing inspiration from this post when I am decorating our next nursery. :)

    So excited to see your precious babies soon!

  2. It is lovely indeed! Very cozy and calming. Fall is a wonderful time to have babies!

  3. Just lovely! I enjoyed all the details, wonderful!
    Those baby shoes...they are so sweet.
    Congratulations and good luck with your babies!
    Besos from Argentina,

  4. Everything is perfect, Megan. It's very sweet. I absolutely love the addition of the old family photographs. Having the kids grow up knowing their history from the very beginning is wonderful.

    Please take good care of yourself.

  5. I totally missed you were having twins! Congrats! I'm so happy for you! I'll keep you in my prayers that those babies stay put just a few more weeks. Hang tight with the bed rest. I remember reading a book a day when I was on bed rest. Those were the last books I've read! :)

  6. Oh, how lovely!!! I love everything you've done in the nursery! So sweet and calming :-)

    Hold those babies in there, Mama! It can be done, just rest up and be super nice to yourself!

  7. That is a beautiful room. I know those sweet babies will love being in there. I sure hope you have a safe and uncomplicated delivery.

  8. I adore this lovely nursery! All the special little touches make it so magical. I love the calm, peaceful feel you were able to convey while keeping it gender neutral. The cribs are so cute as well! I hope you can keep the babies cooking for a while longer! :)

  9. Best nursery I have seen in a long time. Enjoy the babies!

  10. looks great Megan! You might have to move those cribs a little farther away from each other when the twins are a little older - twins love getting into trouble! ;-) My sister's twin girls are now 4 1/2 yrs old and they are bundles of joy for sure! (the twins names are Leah & Megan!)

  11. WOW Megan!!!!! Your very very talented in more ways then one. You will be a fabulous mom & I can't wait to meet the bundles of joy :) We love you guys!!!

  12. This is the style of nursery that I LOVE! It is so classy and traditional. I have never liked the zebra prints and gaudy nurseries that the younger generations are putting together. You have an excellent eye for design and classic style. Praying for a safe and easy delivery for you. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Many a sweet dream will be dreamt within those walls.

  14. Adorable! You did an amazing job creating a wonderful nursery for you babes. Love the vintage shoes hanging on the door knobs. We will be back when we and sit awhile.

    P.S. We are your newest like!!

    xox Glad & Celia

  15. Megan this post is so touching. I had no idea you were expecting twins. I guess I have a lot of catching up to do on your blog. But I think the entire room is over-the-moon beautiful. And it already looks so filled with love, I think the quote really says it all, expresses your sense of readiness for your babies. I'll be saying a special prayer that it all goes smoothly --I'm sure it will.

  16. I love this cute nursery! The vintage look is so inviting and beautiful. Where did you get those cribs? I love them!