Our Happy Home | The Twins Nursery Tour

When I was pregnant with twins, we chose not to find out the sex of the babies.

Quite a lot of people do these days but it was our choice not to. At the end of the day, I was so thrilled to be pregnant, I couldn’t have cared less what sex they were and didn’t need to know until the day I met them. Ultimately, it was two babies. And that’s all that mattered.

The knock on effect of this was that we had to be a little more creative with how we decorated the twins nursery. We were careful to choose a scheme that suited both sexes; even if it was one of each! Had I known we were expecting boys, perhaps there would have been a little more blue in the mix? Or if my little passengers had been girls, potentially I would have gone a little crazy with pink. Who knows?

I’m so glad we didn’t know. Because as well as a lovely surprise at the end of my pregnancy, we also ended up with a lovely, fresh, unisex room which is perfect for the two little people that now reside in it.

The Twins Nursery

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We kept the bones of the room very neutral; painted the walls white, added blackout blinds and white curtains.

But to give the room a lift, we used wallpaper on the wall next to their cots — which faces the door — and on the large wall at the end of the room,  which houses the changing station. The wallpaper is by Harlequin and is called ‘What a Hoot’. There are 3 colour options but we chose the Marine, Strawberry and Apple colourway.

I LOVE the bright colours plus it’s perfect for boys and girls,  which was pretty important when we were choosing how to decorate our nursery.

The cotbeds were from Mamas and Papas.

They are ‘Hayworth’  — white painted wood — which meant that they went really well with a sideboard we already had.

We used this as a changing station,  instead of buying a purpose made one. It’s got lots of storage for nappies and all the other paraphernalia that two small humans need; pop a changing mat on the top of it and it’s the perfect changing table.

The mirror on top of the unit was being thrown out by a friend and had a dark wood frame originally.

A quick lick of white eggshell was all it needed to tie it into the room. Also, placing a mirror opposite a window is a great way to bounce light around and make a dark corner lovely and bright.

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To give the floor a bit of life we added a rug from The Great Little Trading Company and hung various bits of colourful artwork on the walls, in white frames from IKEA.

I’ve had the  MOOKS letters for years! They were from Anthropologie in New York and used to hang in my office.

I designed the book cover prints — these are now available to buy from my Not On The High Street pages — and the Queen’s head artwork was a wedding present from our best friends.

Although it’s not a kids print,  the bright colours work well with the rest of the room and,  as the boys get older,  it’s something that  they won’t grow out of.

Very often nurseries are so geared up to tiny babies, that when the child reaches the toddler years, the decor is already too young — and uninspiring — for them.

If you’re nervous about injecting colour to a room, a great way of doing it is just by adding a pop of colour with accessories.

Brightly coloured art,  rugs or even a shelf full of lovely bright books is sometimes all that’s needed to give a room a splash of colour.

Plus, when it’s outstayed it’s welcome — or you fancy a change — it’s an easy way of changing things without having to totally redecorate.

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The boys are lucky enough to have a huge double wardrobe in their room for their clothes — which we store in boxes — and on the handles are hung two little stars which they were given for their naming day.

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They’ve also got a shelf for their dinosaur collection — which seems to be constantly growing — and underneath are some hooks,  which we found in our very first home and have taken with us wherever we live. It’s an original 1950s design; a metal frame with coloured knobs,  which ties in with the room so well,  plus it’s great for hanging  up their coats and other bits and pieces.

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Finally, they have a colourful — do it yourself — clock on the wall by Karlsson and mobiles hanging above each bed. When they were born I went on a mission,  looking for baby mobiles,  but didn’t manage to find any I liked.

They were all so dull and uninspiring!

In a desperate attempt to create the kind of thing I had in my head, I made the boy’s mobiles from two wire photo hangers.

They have little clips at the end of each arm and are generally used for displaying little photographs but I bought some felt shapes and hung those from the clips instead. They’ve worked so well! When they were very tiny, they would lie for hours and stare at the shapes.

Now they’re older, they just add a nice bit of decoration to the room.

It’s good to know that you’re getting your money’s worth out of something!

Often, things that are sold purposely for the nursery are such a waste of money as,  once they’ve outgrown their purpose, you find you just don’t need them anymore.

Once the boys are out of nappies, their ‘changing table’ will go back to being a sideboard and probably move to another room.

When they’ve outgrown the mobiles, I’ve decided to get some mini polaroid style prints created — of our friends and family — and hang those up in their room instead.

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So there it is. The room for the smallest members of our family! It will change and evolve as they get older,  I’m sure,  but for now it’s the perfect space for them.

They sleep well, that’s for sure, and if their room is a contributing factor for that, then we’ve done pretty well!

That said, I am dreading the day that we change the cots into beds and the boys won’t be restrained any longer!

Perhaps the days of our nice calm bedtime routine will be over?

*Or perhaps not*

Once things for sure, I’ll be looking at lovely new bed linen to dress the beds! ;)

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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64 Comments

  1. 3rd March 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Beautiful nursery, your taste is gorgeous and I love the finishing touches and how you’ve created a perfect, fully functional and fun room. I love the sideboard/changing table. I’ve wanted to do a similar post but it won’t be as lovely as yours. I am super proud of the artwork Matt did though. Xxx

    • 3rd March 2015 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks so much lovely. I’ll bet your post will be every bit as lovely!! I LOVE having a nosey into peoples homes — and especially looking at where all the littlies sleep. Can’t wait to see Matt’s artwork!!! :) X

    • 4th March 2015 / 10:05 am

      Thanks so much Gemma! Me too — I was thrilled when I found it! Neither too boyish or too feminine — perfect for both boys and girls X

  2. Steph
    3rd March 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Oh wow!! What a fabulous space for little people!!! I knew it would be though with your super cool design eye on the job!!! Going to defo have to check out your noths site!!! LOVE everything in there!! Plus, I’m thinking ‘great minds’ n all – as I’ve just scheduled a room your post for Holly’s room to go out while I’m on holiday! It’s not a patch on yours though! Both in room style abd writing style!!! Hshaha – fab post!!! Sxxx

    • 4th March 2015 / 10:08 am

      Aaah Steph — what a lovely comment — thank you! I LOVE interiors and never thought I’d get the chance to decorate a nursery for our own baby — let alone two!! And I bet your post is FABULOUS! I shall look out for it! :) X

  3. 3rd March 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Caro your nursery is stunning and I love, love the bird wallpaper it is so cute and the stamp picture is amazing x

    • 4th March 2015 / 10:09 am

      Thanks Sarah — it was great fun to choose all the bits for it! The stamp pic is amazing isn’t it?! It was given to us by our best man and best Laydy for our wedding present! :)

  4. 3rd March 2015 / 10:11 pm

    WOW!!!! This is a fantastic and amazing space! Gorgeous nursery and so stylish. Love it. You have the best taste. Lovely. All the pieces are beautiful but my favourite is the clock! Quirky :) Love your home posts. Jess xx

    • 4th March 2015 / 10:11 am

      Thanks Jess — I really appreciate it! Funnily enough the clock was bought for us one Christmas — it was meant to go in my office but is perfect for the boys room! I much prefer non-kiddy accessories to dress a littlies room XX

  5. Bloggermummylauren
    4th March 2015 / 5:05 pm

    What’s a fabulous room! You have created such a lovely space for the boys. I’m not sure I could do it, I would want to know the sex so I could decorate accordingly, but you did a perfect job, and with the finishing touches it makes a great wee boys room. xx

    • 4th March 2015 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren! It’s funny — finding out the sex was just not our agenda at all. And not knowing probably gave me a little more creative licence with their room! I would have felt a little more restricted, had I know the sex of the babies. Thanks for your lovely comment! :) X

  6. 4th March 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Wow! I want you to come and decorate my house!!!!! This is one of the best rooms I have ever ever seen! x

    • 4th March 2015 / 10:22 pm

      Awww bless you darling — what a lovely thing to say!! Thanks so much. Yep — always available for decorating duties!! My favourite way to spend a weekend!!

      Really it is. X

  7. 5th March 2015 / 5:41 pm

    What a lovely nursery! We love the wallpaper!#homecorner

    • 6th March 2015 / 1:12 pm

      Thanks so much Susie! I was delighted when I found the wallpaper — it’s so perfect for boys or girls!

  8. Suzanne
    5th March 2015 / 11:14 pm

    I enjoyed the tour of your nursery and added it to my virtual nursery tour. All the bright colors you used were great!

    • 6th March 2015 / 1:04 pm

      Thanks so much Suzanne! I think it makes a change to see a nursery that isn’t baby pink or baby blue!! Thanks for your comment :)

  9. 6th March 2015 / 9:25 am

    Gorgeous nursery WOW! I love it and all the vibrant colors too. Two lucky lads for sure. Gorgeous. Popping over from #loveyourhome

    • 6th March 2015 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks so much Jenny! It was really good fun choosing all the pieces for their room! Thanks so much for hosting :)

  10. 6th March 2015 / 8:22 pm

    This is an absolutely gorgeous room. I adore the Queens Head that really is special. I also adore the book prints. Such a beautiful room.

    • 7th March 2015 / 11:51 am

      Thanks so much Karen. The Queen’s head is one of my favourite things; aside from the fact it looks good, it was given to us by two of our favourite people, so has lots of sentimental value ! :) X

  11. Krista
    8th March 2015 / 2:03 am

    I LOVE LOVE your nursery! I didn’t get to do any painting or really cool stuff with my twins nursery since we rent and we aren’t allowed to paint but you did an awesome job and I can’t get over how cute your babies room is. :)

    • 8th March 2015 / 11:36 am

      Thanks so much Krista! Even if you’re renting, you can make a room look fab with the accessories and furniture! Instead of papering a wall, you can frame wallpaper instead — that’s a great way of adding some colour into a plain room! X

    • 8th March 2015 / 11:38 am

      Aaah — thanks so much lovely — that means a lot!! X

  12. 8th March 2015 / 4:12 pm

    This is so gorgeous…so so gorgeous! I’m a little bit in love with it! I love the colours and all the finishing touches you’ve done. We never decorated a nursery as Zach didn’t have his own room until last year but it meant we could go straight into a toddler room which Zach and we adore! I’m now glad we didn’t do a nursery as it would have been a waste! Thanks for sharing this gorgeousness on #twinklytuesday

    • 8th March 2015 / 7:00 pm

      Ahh thanks lovely!! It was lovely to collect all the pieces together to go in the room — better still when you already have things that work too, like the coat-hooks and the Queen’s head print!! Thanks for hosting! X

  13. 10th March 2015 / 3:29 pm

    It is so beautiful, I want to live in there! Love all the colour and the little details, just perfect xx

    • 10th March 2015 / 3:50 pm

      Ahh thanks lovely. I’m a real fan of colour — we have little flashes throughout the house but it was lovely to go completely to town in the boy’s room! X

  14. 10th March 2015 / 9:19 pm

    This is just beautiful! Your boys are so lucky to have a creative Mammy like you Caro. Thanks for linking up with #MultipleMadness

    • 11th March 2015 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks so much Katie — that’s lovely of you — thanks so much for hosting xx

  15. 11th March 2015 / 6:57 pm

    Oh my god I LOVE the wallpaper! You have such good taste, and the book cover prints are brilliant, what a great idea :-)
    Sabrina x
    http://themummystylist.com

    • 11th March 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Aaah thank you so much Sabrina — that’s really lovely of you to say! X

    • 12th March 2015 / 12:17 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Natalie! Our house is quite vintage all over — we live in a listed building — so a vintage feel works well :) x

  16. 13th March 2015 / 12:10 pm

    It’s a lovely room with some lovely touches. Thanks so much for joining in with #loveyourhome

    • 15th March 2015 / 11:26 am

      Thanks so much Jen, I was absolutely thrilled to be your top pick!! Thanks so much for hosting! x

  17. 9th April 2015 / 8:45 am

    What a gorgeous nursery! I LOVE that wallpaper and love that you didn’t go for trad blue – the bright colours are so lovely and makes for a really fun room! I wish I was as brave with colour! xxx So glad you have found you and your beautiful blog xxx

    • 9th April 2015 / 11:13 am

      Aaah thanks Bon! We couldn’t have gone for blue really cos we didn’t know what we were having!! :) You can bet, if we’d have picked a colour… we’d have ended up with the wrong sex!! Haha! Girls in an all blue bedroom ;) By keeping to the brights it just meant that we were hedging our bets and didn’t need to decorate again!! x

  18. 24th June 2015 / 9:02 am

    What a gorgeous nursery – right up my street, white base with lots of colour! Particularly love the wallpaper and the idea of using their clothes as part of the interior – love that! Lucky bubbas to have such a stylish room :) xx

    • 30th June 2015 / 4:21 pm

      Aah thanks so much Poppy! White with splashes of colour works so well doesn’t it? We’ve got a lot of grey in the rest of the house but it didn’t feel quite right foe the boys’ room :)

  19. 24th June 2015 / 9:40 am

    This looks lovely – I love using lots of primary colours for babies and children, I just think it looks much more interesting than just a mass amount of pink or baby blue. Really nice use of colour here :) #homeetc

    • 30th June 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much!! :) Yes — I’m not a fan of baby pink and baby blue either — or if I was to use those colours — it certainly wouldn’t be in a nursery!! ;)

  20. 24th June 2015 / 10:26 am

    What a beautiful nursery and what lucky little boys – love the pops of colour and the prints really work in there. #HomeEtc

    • 30th June 2015 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks so much Stephanie :) I LOVE bright colours — hopefully they will too ;)

  21. 24th June 2015 / 10:29 am

    Gorgeous room! I’m loving the wallpapers – owls is a big hit here! We knew we were having a girl but we still did as you did – went neutral. I just wish our nursery was this tidy!! :)

    • 30th June 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Aaah their nursery is tidy but the snug — where they keep all their toys — is another matter entirely!! Not quite so tidy there ;)

  22. 24th June 2015 / 11:06 am

    Such a gorgeous children’s room Caro. The decor will grow with the boys.
    I love what you did with the mirror (me any my salvage obsession!) and the book cover names prints are fantastic. AS for the mobiles – snap! I made a mobile for our eldest back in 2008 when I couldn’t find one I liked. It has lasted all three boys and is still cute, to my eyes anyway.
    I was just looking at the layout. The two alcoves could serve you well later when the boys each want their own half of the room.
    I’ll stop going on now in a minute but one last comment – the beam in the ceiling and the wooden doors of the wardrobe blend so well with the colour. The combination of bright colours and traditional retro (stamp print, book prints) and the original features of the room is wonderful.

    • 30th June 2015 / 4:16 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Fionnuala :) The mirror was dark brown initially — still lovely though — can’t believe my friend was going to skip it!! I keep meaning to do more ‘house tour’ but just haven’t had the time!!

  23. 24th June 2015 / 11:40 am

    Wow, what a beautiful nursery – no wonder they sleep so well! I love the wallpaper and the rug. I didn’t find out with my two either (loved the surprise) and I went for a jungle theme with my first, but I really love the white with the bright pops of colours. We ended up changing the jungle theme quite quickly as it was too babyish but your design should last a long while yet :) Tracy xx

    • 30th June 2015 / 3:44 pm

      Thanks so much Tracy — it’s wearing well, I must say! I can’t see that we’ll be ready to change it anytime soon :) Thank goodness too!!! I’m not a fan of wallpapering!! ;)

  24. 24th June 2015 / 12:23 pm

    What a beautiful and airy space, I love the idea of keeping it neutral and injecting the colour (that wallpaper is gorgeous) and like you say it will be plenty grown up enough for them as they grow too. My alter-ego is DaisychainBaby and I’m a big fan of babes and kiddies being in all colours, well done for resisting the urge to find out :) X

    • 30th June 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks so much Lins :) I’m such a fan of colour — I LOVE DaisyChainBaby stuff — you sell the Ava and Luc don’t you? Just wonderful. Love that style for littles :)

  25. Jenny
    24th June 2015 / 1:27 pm

    I love the colours, brights are just great for young children! Love it’s not blue for boys, nice to have other colour too. We have one blue wall and one pink at the request of my son! I’ll do a room tour when it’s all finished too. :) x

    • 30th June 2015 / 3:38 pm

      Aaah good for him — blue and pink!! I love the fact that he’s chosen that himself! :)

  26. 24th June 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful room – I love it! The book prints are amazing – I will definitely be checking these out as a first birthday present for my niece. My boys’ room is an ode to mess these days – I’d love it to look this amazing x #HomeEtc

    • 30th June 2015 / 3:25 pm

      Aah thanks so much Lizzie :) The prints have done really well actually — I’m blown away with the response! :) Am selling them on the blog shop now too :)

  27. 24th June 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Such a beautiful room Caro. I didn’t go down the traditional nursery route either for my girl’s first rooms. I like to have ‘proper’ things too. I also didn’t buy a changing station either time but used their chests of drawers – great minds. I love those prints that you did for the boys, they are gorgeous. But my very favourite is the wallpaper, it’s beautiful and so gender neutral! Lovely room for your two boys xxx #HomeEct

    • 30th June 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! I’m not really a fan of pastels and the sickly sweet baby nursery is really not my cup of tea. I LOVE bright pops of colour — I wanted a space that could really grow with my boys. They love their room and I guess that’s the most important thing! :)

  28. 25th June 2015 / 12:31 pm

    oh my word, I adore this room! I may need to steal some of your ideas! (Sorry – but not so sorry that I won’t ;-)) x

    • 30th June 2015 / 3:18 pm

      Aaah that’s lovely of you Jemma!! And please — steal away — I’m delighted you like it :)

  29. 25th June 2015 / 8:44 pm

    What a gorgeous nursery Caro! It’s funny as I’m just writing a post about my little girl’s room and I love white walls and bright accessories, will link up next week! Gorgeous walls and colour scheme xx #twinklytuesday

    • 30th June 2015 / 3:17 pm

      Thanks so much pet :) I’m such a fan of white and brights — makes everything look so fresh and clean xx

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