Nursery Tour: Linus, Miles and Oliver's "Make Room for Three" Room!

Nursery Tour: Linus, Miles and Oliver's "Make Room for Three" Room!

Carrie McBride
May 15, 2008

Location: New Orleans, LA

Children's Names: Linus, Miles and Oliver, 5 1/2 months

Many parents find putting together a nursery to be a daunting task. So imagine doing it for triplets! Not knowing the triplets' gender beforehand made for an even more interesting challenge. Clearly, parents Pam and George are made of sturdy stuff though and pulled off this colorful, fun room (with lots of handmade, personal touches) that is also functional for three brothers.

What was you inspiration for the boys' room?

Somewhere online I found a gender neutral nursery (we didn't know the triplets' sex before they were born) that wasn't the usual sage green or yellow. It was the perfect shade of blue-green. The furniture was a mix of vintage and modern, and a bit mismatched.

The other inspiration I had was a circus-themed toile that my aunt made bedskirts out of. I got the idea for the flags from that fabric, and some other small touches. The colors didn't go perfectly with the rest of the room, but it added to the eclectic look I liked.

What special challenges did you face in making a room for three work?
It's a small room, and we needed three cribs, obviously. And with all of the windows, we had limited options for placement of the cribs. In addition, we needed a lot of storage space. The room only has a small closet. Finally, with triplets, a single rocking chair isn't really practical when you have more than one person feeding babies at the same time. So we opted for a pull-out loveseat that doubles as sleeping space for our (lucky!) guests. The nursery used to be the guest room, and since we live in a small, two-bedroom house, it has to continue to serve that purpose as well. Not for the faint of heart!

What are your favorite elements or items in the room?

I love the flags and the flag paintings - I made them. And the bed skirts - I love the fabric and the fact that they were made by a family member. The hundreds of books in the bookcase (you can't see all of them in the pictures) that were gifts from a very special group of friends.

Any great resources to share?

I can't say any one place provided more inspiration than any other. The Internet was probably the biggest source of inspiration, but no particular website. That's where I found the fabric, the idea for the wall color, the faux chandelier, the blinds, the rug, and the mobiles, among other things.

Any advice for parents starting to put their baby's room together or looking to make changes?
Have fun with it! Baby rooms should be joyful and stimulating, not somber and dull.

How's life with triplets?
Since the boys are our first children (and likely last!), we always say we're lucky because we don't know any other way. It's challenging, but getting a big gummy grin makes it all worth it. Probably one of our biggest challenges has been telling them apart - the boys are identical.

Curious about life with triplets? Visit Pam's blog, Pyjammy, to follow along in the boys' adventures. Thanks so much for sharing a glimpse into the boys' room!

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