With twins on the way, Kelly and her husband have every reason to want a calm, beautiful oasis. Kelly shares: Eight years ago when my husband and I first met we had quite opposing tastes with regards to interior decoration and I wondered how we would ever live in the same house - he appreciated a more modern aesthetic while I have always leaned towards the vintage - over the years we have learnt to meet in the middle and now enjoy mixing the modern with the antique.
With our twins soon to arrive their nursery reflects our mix of styles as well as the clean and simple lines we both have always agreed upon. I really enjoyed taking my time to put together this room - and since they will be sharing a crib for the first few months I have another opportunity in the not so distant future to change things around once we introduce a second crib! I like the idea of tweaking things as we go along to customise the room to the age of our babies, i.e. to start with this will be a calm and comforting space but as they get bigger I can see that we may be introducing more colour, a bookcase full of books, moving the mobile and prints away from eager little hands etc. and reinterpreting the room to suit their developmental needs at the time. Some people might see this as extra work while I see it as a continuing project to keep my creative juices flowing!
As well as blending the modern and vintage we also like to mix both high and low end items with the emphasis on the design rather than how much the piece cost - which is why the nursery has a number of Craigslist finds (my friends always shriek when they find out that the sleigh bed cost me $50!) such as the old vintage dresser refinished in a new glossy white paint with glass knobs, and the Oeuf changing station I was lucky enough to snap up at a quarter of its retail price. I also like to re-purpose pieces if I can so a number of the items in the nursery were once part of our guest room and even other rooms before the guest room came along!
We are also sentimentalists and therefore enjoy collecting things from our travels (since we are originally from Australia) and New England provides so many opportunities: the owl prints above the crib are antique and we found these at the Brimfield antique show and the prints above the table lamp are from our vacation in Nantucket - it makes the space so much more meaningful to us!
I have tried to create a calming and relaxing environment for both the babies and us as well as a functional space. I know that I am going to be making good use of the daybed (re-purposed from its previous life as a guest bed) for both feeding the babies as well as the naps I know I will be taking whenever I get the chance!
I hope you enjoy looking at our babies room as much as I have enjoying putting it together :)
We have - thanks Kelly!
(Images: Kelly Wodetzki)