design cred?

Today, Etta and Claire’s nursery (in our old house) is featured along with several other twin nurseries in a post on Parents Magazine’s website. That nursery was a real labor of love, and everything in it besides the cribs and bedding was handmade, reused, or repurposed. It will always hold a special place in my heart as the place we first brought our babies home. Timehop just reminded me the other day that two years ago was the girls’ first night in their room in their cribs– they were ready at 3 months, but this mama slept on a futon in there for a week! Time has flown! Side note: does this mean I can add “design work featured by Parents Magazine” to my resume? Ha!

A year ago we said goodbye to our little rental house and moved in to a place of our very own. When we moved, the girls’ room was the first priority– I wanted them to feel comfortable and at home right away. The biggest difference between their first nursery and their current toddler room is that we left the navy floral wallpaper behind, and had their walls painted a lovely lavender. We’ve also ditched the crib sides for toddler beds (love that our WalMart BabyMod cribs converted so easily!), and added things like pillows and comforters now that we don’t have to worry about them smothering in their sleep (seems like just yesterday swaddling was my gospel and pillows were the enemy, now they have actual bedding!). I gave you a peek when we first moved in, but here’s their room as it looks today. Like, right this minute– I found out that the Parents post had gone live and tidied up a bit so I could show you how the nursery has changed to suit two two-year-olds.

View from the doorway into their room. The abstract painting was made by one of my husband's colleagues. The tent is from Ikea.

View from the doorway into their room. The abstract painting was made by one of my husband’s colleagues. The tent is from Ikea.

Toddler-eye view of the other side. My husband built the red toy shelf, the changing table was a dresser found by the side of the road, my dad painted the square animal paintings, and most of the other art are actually cards we got at baby showers or repurposed art from other rooms.

Toddler-eye view of the other side. My husband built the red toy shelf, the changing table was a dresser found by the side of the road, my dad painted the square animal paintings, and most of the other art are actually cards we got at baby showers or repurposed art from other rooms.

The girls wore these onesies in their newborn photos, so I made them into keepsake wall art now that they've grown.

The girls wore these onesies in their newborn photos, so I made them into keepsake wall art now that they’ve grown.

The cribs are Baby Mod from Wal Mart. The Small World-esque bedding is from Land of Nod.

The cribs are Baby Mod from Wal Mart. The Small World-esque bedding is from Land of Nod.

All their books and toys are easy to access.

All their books and toys are easy to access.

The Ikea circus tent makes a great storage zone for stuffed animals. Their dresser is actually inside the closet-- less chance of kiddos pulling everything out of drawers that way.

The Ikea circus tent makes a great storage zone for stuffed animals. Their dresser is actually inside the closet– less chance of kiddos pulling everything out of drawers that way.

I love the way the origami mobiles I made look from their beds, gently floating in the breeze from the ceiling fan.

I love the way the origami mobiles I made look from their beds, gently floating in the breeze from the ceiling fan.

One of my most favorite things in the whole room, this painting of a Vonnegut quote was made by a friend from Twitter-- the internet is real!

One of my most favorite things in the whole room, this painting of a Vonnegut quote was made by a friend from Twitter– the internet is real!

A few other tips I’ve learned– blackout curtains are your friend! We actually have two layers of curtains here– the turquoise blackout shades I got at Target, and, hung behind them using bungee cords, some old brown canvas curtains we had in another house. The sun sets on their side of the house, so summer bedtimes would be impossible without some serious shades. Another twins-sharing-a-room-tip: have a pack and play set up somewhere else in the house. Although our girls are good at sleeping through each other’s cries, if someone is having a truly rough night, she gets removed to a pack and play so that her sister can sleep peacefully. And, finally, if you love a gallery wall as much as I do, Command picture hanging strips are your BFF! So easy to use and they prevent toddlers from pulling canvases off the walls.

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2 thoughts on “design cred?

  1. I adore that circus tent! We have one for Simeon’s room too. His room is one of the last ones I’ve worked on here in our new house and now I’m feeling inspired to get it together! Getting featured on Parents.com is so fun, too. Woot!

    • The tent got to go to school with Claire last week because they were doing circus stuff all week. Every time I went to pick her up, the whole class was piled in it. Although there were a couple incidents of preschool kissing in the circus tent– thankfully Claire was not involved in that!

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