The French believe in welcoming a newborn to their home by walking through the house and introducing them to each room. They believe that it helps them get better acquainted with their new world, which, in turn, makes for secure, happy babies. Personally I think this is a fabulous custom! I was worried that if my nursery wasn’t ready, and appropriate baby stations organized, that I’d be doing my babies a disservice by bringing them home to chaos, hence creating chaotic babies.
How their nursery was designed was also of crucial importance, not because I’m spoiled and wanted to be on trend, but because it’s their first room. I wanted it to represent my hopes for them and my vision for their lives. So, I opted for a modern, rustic theme with a hint of glam. We live in Dripping Springs, a small town 20 minutes west of Austin and I want these boys to grow up with a mix of urban and country living. Perhaps they’ll ride 4 wheelers on the ranch all day, but have sushi with me downtown at night. The glam aspects of the nursery represent the charm, sparkle, and charisma that so few boys have today.
I lined the modern cribs parallel to the back wall (Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1) in an effort to save space. The white cribs are trimmed with walnut; a perfect blend of modern and rustic. Between the cribs I placed a side table I found at Target with a geometric cut wooden top and metallic gold base. This is where I’ll place their white noise machine and the essential oil diffuser from Stadler Form that pumps lavendar into the air overnight for healthy sleep. Above the cribs is wall art created by my husband using reclaimed barn wood and galvanized metal letters. The boys have the same intials as their dad, which meant alot to him and is a monogramming dream for me!
My father always quotes Thomas Jefferson saying, “A room without books is like a body without a soul” and I definitely grew up in a family of readers. I hope to raise these boys to not only be readers, but to live lives seeking adventure! Currently the wood pallet bookshelves (made by my brother-in-law) are filled with board books and sensory books, but will one day soon be filled with books about treasure islands, camping, pirates, mysteries, imagination, cowboys, indians, and knights. I can hardly wait to pull them onto my lap and read stories together.
I’ll likely read to them in this gorgeous Eddie Bauer chair-and-a-half, but I also purchased this wide, deep seated chair for nursing purposes. I can fit one baby on either side, nurse individually, or nurse together. My twin nursing pillows both fit perfectly in this chair! The “2” pillow from Land of Nod has become one of my favorite accent pieces because I’m overjoyed to be a twin mom and I think it represents a life of doubles! Double the fun, double the fear, double the trouble and double the love.
With twins, organization is key to survival so I fell in love with the Hemnes dresser from Ikea. I loved the 4 half drawers across the top because they fit my diapers and changing supplies perfectly. If there’s one thing I cant stand, it’s clutter! I didn’t want a dresser covered with rash creams, nail clippers, rags, wipes, etc. like I find in so many homes of new parents. My changing pad on top is a nonslip pad from Restoration Hardware covered with an organic cover by Burt’s Bees. Each drawer houses swaddle blankets, slobber bibs, sleepers, socks, leggings, and onesies organized in drawer dividers also found at Ikea. Beside the dresser I’ve discretely placed my steel trap diaper pail by Ubbi, that’s lined with a cloth diaper liner by Kangacare.
At 36 weeks pregnant with these two boys I’m beyond ready to meet them. I can hardly wait to introduce them to their room, read them stories there, sing together, and hold them close in the middle of the night.