I absolutely love the nursery mood boards that our editor Praveen has been featuring. They are simply beautiful, from the Whimsical Butterfly to the White and Gold to the Explorer nurseries (plus many more). Planning one room for twins is daunting in itself because of the room layout (How will you fit two cribs and the gear for two babies in one room?), but then we had the added difficulty of having a boy and a girl sharing the same room. How do we allow for feminine and masculine elements, while not going over-the-top in either direction?
We opted to pick a theme that matched our family: a vintage nautical theme. We could then add the pinks and blues to personalize it to each of the babies, but we would also be able to have it be filled with knick-knacks and other gear that we love ourselves (as our favorite vacations have been to the beach and the lake).
We started with the layout, knowing that we couldn’t get into the details until we had figured out where all of the big furniture would go:
We then moved into creating a mood board and started picking pieces for our nursery over a few months (so we could find just the right items and stay in budget). While the mood board changed as we started finding items, it was a good way to organize our thoughts and goals in the beginning.
After months of work and many DIY projects (pillows, their mobiles, stuffed animals, crib skirts, growth chart, shell collection and nautical knot shadow boxes, refinishing the dresser, and a few others), we had our finished nursery. We were thrilled with how it turned out. When we were finished, we were in love with our twins’ nursery. Things have changed in the 10 months that we’ve been using it (organization of the closet, distance from the cribs to the curtains, a new side table for the nursing corner), but the details have made us so happy because we put a lot of love and work into this room.
Cribs: Kendall Crib in Simply White from Pottery Barn Kids
Paint: Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore (Room Color)
Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore (Closet Color)
Changing Table: second-hand dresser, pulls from Anthropologie (Glass Bubble Knob in Blue), chalk paint and wax (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and Clear Wax)
Bookcase: Billy Bookcase in White from IKEA
Wall Bookcases: BEKVAM Spice Rack from IKEA, painted in white chalk paint
Oars: Attwood Wood Canoe Paddle (Amazon)
Closet Knobs: Streamline Knob in Zinc from Anthropologie
Vintage Nautical Prints: My Grandest Adventure
Sailboat Mirror: Pottery Barn Kids
Boat Diaper Station: Pottery Barn Kids