The Farrell twins have officially moved into a big kid room and boy are they loving it! Their momma is loving it too as I had another opportunity to design a room with style. Before even getting started, I needed a plan. As I have mentioned before, I have boy/girl twins which can get tricky when trying to incorporate color schemes and gender neutral hues. With the help and guidance of a designer, I decided to create more of a boy’s themed room and make my daughter’s side a bit more girly as necessary. Eventually, she will move into her own room and we can go all out for her.
I only had a few requirements for the designer. I am a sucker for a big monogram so that was a must. And I wanted bold colors and classic designs. Well, she did not disappoint. Check out a few pics from the twins room:
Darling and classic bedding from John Robshaw Textiles. Walls are painted classic Benjamin Moore, “Navajo White.”
Love this “gent’s” bed skirt in red
These lovely animal prints were a great find on one of my new favorite sites- One Kings Lane. It is hard to tell but they are framed in black bamboo. So cool! And love that they are not so “kid-ish” that I couldn’t eventually use them elsewhere in the house.
Check out these cute lion bookends from Serena and Lily. Functional and handsome. I am on the lookout for some vintage children’s books but for now, I have these Museum of Art books as a place holder. Also, this is a PBK dresser that I had painted in Benjamin Moore “Cloud White.”
And finally, look what just arrived in the mail today?! This area rug from West Elm in flax. I haven’t had time to set it up in their room yet (needing my hubby’s help) but it will be so nice to have something soft.
A few more decorative items to come but in my book, simple is best…especially with two 2-year old toddlers!
From dear friend and frequent guest blogger, Laura:
Planning a first birthday party for your babe can be fun and exciting. Don’t let it get overwhelming though- with the right ideas and resources, it can be a sweet, special memory.
When I planned the twin’s first birthday, I wanted a theme that was gender neutral, appropriate for the fall season, and of course, super cute! One of my children’s favorite books is Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti. They love all the different farm animals so it was an easy decision– a barnyard birthday bash!
And I knew just who to turn to for my party decor needs. My dear friend Tracy owns a darling party and paper boutique and she whipped up some adorable items to help make the day even more special. Here are a few highlights from our day…
Such great memories- enjoy planning your little one’s special day. It goes by fast!
You will love the work of Amanda Nisbet Design located in NYC. She was somewhat recently featured in Elle Decor (quite possibly my favorite publication) and if you like a bit of luxury and color in your design aesthetic, you will probably love her work. See her website for contact information.
You can call it too commercial but I LOVE Restoration Hardware for really any room in the house. But these designs are especially beautiful for a cool calm nursery that will never go out of style.
They also have great ideas for a nursery for two. This picture features the Millbrook iron crib. I think this look is very farmhouse chic and imagine it would suit almost any home.
As your children get older, they have great bedroom and playroom options as well.
For more ideas and product information see the Design Gallery | Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.
There are many reasons one might need to design a gender neutral nursery. Perhaps you are going to be surprised about the gender of your baby. Or maybe due to spacing issues, your little bundle will be sharing a room with an older sibling of a different gender. Or if you are like me, you had boy/girl twins and were trying to figure out how to master the art of a darling nursery that wasn’t all blue or all pink.
So is it possible? To find cute, classic, even elegant nursery bedding and decor when you are in the “gender neutral” category? Definitely! Check out these darling designs I found…
Love the trellis sheet and classic white from Serena and Lily
A modern take on the traditional from PoshTots.com
Thanks to http://urbangraceinteriors.typepad.com/the_blog/nursery-design-but-not-mine/