Thank you all for your sweet comments on the nursery. It was certainly a joy to plan and decorate this precious space :)
I wanted to highlight some of the details of the nursery for you and provide some sources for our furnishings and decor. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and I'd be happy to give you more information on where we found things.
This little round pillow was mine as a child growing up; it winds up and plays a lullaby. The little blue plaques above the cribs are for their initials/names after the babies are born and we know the genders.
These picture holders we plan to use for newborn photos of the twins or perhaps to hold each of their baby books so that they can be easily accessible for recording memories and milestones.
Aren't these hand-crocheted bibs and washcloths so sweet? A friend of mine made them for the twins and I can't get over how beautiful they are!
A few crafty projects went into the nursery decor, one of them being the vintage children's armoire makeover. This was a piece that was originally my mom's as a child, then she used it for me, and since then several other women in our family have used it for their babies. It has been painted several times and although it was a nice white I decided to paint it Annie Sloane's Duck Egg Blue for a nice pop of color in the room. Please visit this post to read a more detailed account about the armoire's makeover.
The armoire gives us so much extra needed storage for hang up clothes, baby carriers, crib sheets and blankets, first aid supplies, socks and shoes, and even bibs. We do have a closet in this room but more than half of it is being used to store other things.
Another project was my bulletin board project with fabric that I already had on hand. I simply covered the bulletin board with fabric by using decorative tacks and then strung up family photos using clothespins. Easy as pie!
Using the same fabric, my mom sewed a pillow for me that looks so pretty with our glider and ottoman.
The brass "shell" floor lamp I found on Craigslist for $12. At first I wanted to age it a bit somehow to give it a deeper patina, but I am running out of time now and just decided to use it as is. I placed it on a pile of sturdy books to give it the height that it needed for reading in the chair.
Our family photo gallery wall was another big project that took some time. Just getting the photos in from family members, making prints, and selecting frames was a big chore. Some frames we had on hand or were already with the original photos, some we bought and painted from thrift stores, and a few I found for great deals at HomeGoods. Most of the photos are in black and white, but a few originals we just left in color rather than changing them out. We plan on adding several more photos to this wall- it's a work in progress!
I'm really happy with how the gallery wall turned out and excited to share and teach our little ones the faces of their family members and a little about their family history.
Below is a source list for the rest of the furnishings or purchases for the nursery. Items that we already had include the bookshelf, table lamp, an antique rocking chair, framed botanical prints, bulletin board, and a few of the accessories.
World Market Basket Weave Jute Rug We liked that this rug was so neutral and durable, and that it was made from all-natural materials. I'm usually not a fan of jute to walk on, but this one is surprisingly soft for jute.
Armchair/Glider and Ottoman
We chose white Jenny Lind Da Vinci cribs and ordered them off of Amazon. The crib mattresses pretty heavy duty (spring-loaded like a real mattress) and are by Sealy. Each of our moms bought a crib and crib mattress for us :)
The crib skirts came from Pottery Barn Kids, link found here: Pottery Barn Ruffle Crib Skirt in white (we had an unused gift card for PB thankfully!)
We found this great dresser at a local antique shop for $170 that we are using as a changing table!
I ended up getting most of the baskets in the room from places like Home Goods, TJ Maxx, or World Market. We are using them to store toys, stuffed animals, diapers and supplies, blankets, and other odds and ends. Baskets are such wonderful solutions to pretty storage!
The large wire basket with liner on the bookshelf I've decided (for now) to use as a little nursing station. It holds burp cloths, a few bibs, lanolin cream, nursing pads, bottles of water, a breastfeeding reference book, and a journal for keeping track of feedings.
The curtains are actually from the living room but are so much prettier in the nursery. My mom has since helped me make new curtains for our living room that look fabulous and SO much better with the wall color and furnishings.
I'm sure we will have a few extra things set up in this room once the babies come that are not currently pictured here, such as a cool mist humidifier that we already had on hand, baby monitors, a bobby pillow, and the diaper pail that we temporarily moved out of the room for the photo shoot. I'm really hoping to use this nursery as much as possible for their sleep, nursing, and even play time, and I think it will work out well especially since our bedroom adjoins the nursery directly through a side door and since it will be so close there is no need for bassinets or baby supplies in our bedroom. I pray that they have fond memories of their nursery as a place of peace and comfort.