Hank & Dexter
2 ½ (twins)
Providence, Rhode Island
Twins Hank & Dexter’s wonderfully unique nursery combines dark elements — like the black animal silhouettes on the wall that were hand-painted by their mom, Jen — with lots of bright, playful accessories to create an exciting and memorable space.
Their bedroom is small for a pair of growing boys, so their parents wisely set up an entire upstairs hideaway that includes a cowboy-themed reading nook and nautical bathroom. In fact their whole house, which we toured on Apartment Therapy Boston
and peeked at here on Ohdeedoh
is full of kid-friendly touches that never sacrifice adult style. Jen has created a space that includes all of the things little boys love: adventure, fun, and — even though they may not appreciate it yet — comfortable sophistication.
I think of the style as 'vintage boyhood.'
The marionette collection, even though the boys are still too young to play with them. My grandma gave most of them to me as a kid and friends have added to the collection over the years.
Making space for two boys in one smallish room with a tiny closet. It helps that there is a bathroom just for them where we keep most of their clothes.
The mural. It took me a long time to paint it, but I kept reminding myself that the boys will remember this room all their lives.
The time spent painting the mural.
Don't spend a lot on new things for a nursery, especially on anything that will quickly be outgrown. Most second-hand things can be washed and sanitized.
Cribs: One hand-me down, one bought from Babies 'R Us to coordinate with it.
Large rocker: An antique refinished and given by the boys' grandparents.
Small rocker and chairs, chalk board, ship print: antique stores
Carousel shelf (painted by Jen), white corner shelf, globe: thrift stores
Bird mobile: eBay
To see more of Jen's wall paintings and other artwork visit her website
and Etsy shop
(Thanks, Jen, Rob, Hank, and Dexter!)
MORE OF HANK AND DEXTER'S HOUSE:
Jen & Rob's Gothic Bungalow House Tour
Gothic Sweet: Hank & Dexter's Rooms
Images: Sarah Rainwater
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