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The babies are finally here! They aren’t ready for their close ups just yet, but today I’m revealing the Twins’ Colorful Nursery in its entirety! The nursery is definitely NOT on trend as one of those elegant, modern, boho baby nurseries that look like a fancy guest bedroom with a crib thrown in it. Don’t get me wrong, those are all beautiful spaces, but I feel that they are more for the parents than the babies. Instead, I wanted to put together a bright and colorful, gender neutral room where kids can be kids, and where both my boy and girl twins can play and grow into the space over the years … until our little girl eventually needs her own space and takes over our guest bedroom.
After we found out we were having both a boy and a girl, I knew I wanted a bright and colorful space with pops of orange, pink, yellow, and blue and it totally came together after I found this rug from Crate and Kids. It was a little more expensive than what I like to pay for a rug, but it definitely brings the entire room together. (Here’s a similar rug for less, and another here for less, and yet another one here (although it’s dots and not triangles) for less. I also really like this one and it doesn’t break the bank, and I really like this one, too!)
And while I love the Jenny Lind style cribs, when you’re expecting two and you splurge on a rug, you have to save money elsewhere, so I picked up a couple of the white Gulliver cribs from IKEA. To add some color, I went with these fun polka dot sheets and hung lightweight Engineer Prints of a couple of my favorite photographs above the cribs. We love how it looks like the dinosaur wants to eat the giant donut! To hang them, we spraypainted Parabo Press’ Wood Poster Rails in a bright orange and bright pink to really make the prints pop!
I already had the vintage turquoise dresser from a few years ago and knew when I bought it that it would eventually go into a baby’s room, so it is currently set up as the diaper changing table and is stuffed full of diapers, wipes, miscellaneous medical gear, and pajamas. I’ve also stocked an IKEA cart next to it with more diapers, wipes, diaper cream, lotion, etc. and I went with an UBBI diaper pail (keeps the stank inside and doesn’t require a certain, costly brand of diaper pail bags, instead, you use any garbage bag you want) and found this adorable little “washing machine” hamper.
One of my friends also suggested the Keekaroo Peanut Changing Pad. It’s more expensive than a cloth pad, but if you have a boy or expect a lot of blowouts, you simply just wipe the pee and poo off of it and there’s nothing to change or wash in the washing machine! Since we’ll be changing diapers for years, I considered it an investment piece for my sanity and I also ordered one for the downstairs diaper changing station, too! (Here’s a similar changing pad that also has a scale built into it and a similar pad at nearly half that price in bright colors, and a similar pad at nearly half that price in neutral gray.)
I wanted to make something for my babies, but I can’t sew, so I decided to make a pom-pom mobile for over the changing table.
The rocking chair isn’t ideal for breastfeeding two babies, but we have a couch in our upstairs family room just a few steps away, so this rocking chair and pouf will be for rocking a fussy baby back to sleep or for bedtime stories in the future. I wanted to add some shelves so I could stick some fun decor items up high and away from curious toddler hands, and these yellow honeycomb shelves were perfect for adding some more color and geometric fun to the room.
I knew I needed more storage, and the yellow IKEA shelving unit was perfect for under the window. It fit the wall/window perfectly, is a bright and fun color, and you can use the Mini Box Seat Boxes inside as storage for toys, diapers, excess gear, etc. and they become little chairs that the kiddos can sit on in the future.
And we have been collecting vintage and new kids books for several years now, so I knew I had to show them off with a little bookshelf wall. I used these floating shelves from Amazon and they are perfect for a little wall library.
And finally, I love all of the unique elements. I shopped at a lot of big box style stores like IKEA, Crate & Kids, Wayfair, and Target to pull this room together, but to make it unique, I love that my mom sewed poms onto the edges of the white velvet blackout curtains to give them a fun, little pop of orange and there’s the mobile that I made, and my photographs hanging above the babies’ beds. My mom also made the babies quilts, and I love that we’re displaying several of my husband’s vintage toys on the shelves.
Here’s a full list of the room’s items: Room Light // Rug // Cribs // Crib Sheets // Crib Mattress Protector // Crib Skirts // Mexican Baby Blankets // Cuddle + Kind Bunny and Lamb Dolls // Alligator Stuffed Animal // Camel Stuffed Animal Hippo Soother // Caterpiller Soother // Washing Machine Hamper // Ikea Cart // Keekaroo Changing Pad // UBBI Diaper Pail // Morrocan Pouf // Yellow Honeycomb Shelves // White Velvet Black Out Curtains // IKEA Yellow Shelving Unit // Poppin Mini Box Seats // Floating Library Shelves // Sound Machine
Let me know if I missed something and I’ll do my best to add it!