When my brother and sister-in-law (Lindsey) told our family that they would be having twins, a girl and a boy, we were beyond ecstatic. Lindsey began pinning away ideas for a neutral themed room that would also represent the personalities of mom and dad. Additionally, she had to maintain functionality in a small guest room while sticking to a budget. I think she achieved both resulting in a room that is personal, modern and cozy for both a boy and a girl.
Merging modern and classic elements with personal interests of mom and dad.
First, Lindsey and my brother started by painting the room and working on the striped wall. A large carpenter's level was key in doing so. From there, everyone gathered things that would match the aqua, yellow and grey color scheme. My brother loves baseball and Star Wars and Lindsey loves volleyball and grew up at the beach, so you can see those themes throughout.
Lindsey is extremely talented when it comes to sewing and creativity. She made the curtains, bedskirts, teething pads, the "Kara and Michael" scrabble letters, the paper poofs, and re-purposed an old dresser that my parents had for the changing table (yes, my brother did help).
The glider/recliner was purchased at a local children's store. It is from the Best Chairs Storytime Series. The side table was purchased at Home Goods, and the rug is from TJ Maxx. The Table lamp was made by my father (Grandpa) and he has made it a tradition to do so for all of his grandchildren. The floating shelves are from Ikea. I made the monogrammed prints from a free printable website on pinterest. I purchased the personalized Louisville Slugger bats on Zulilly as a Christmas present for the twins and I purchased the monogrammed bag on the floor from www.jane.com. I also made the balloon wreath.
The prints above Kara's bed and on the shelves were found on pinterest and were free. The prints above Michael's bed were purchased from www.jane.com as were the chevron pillows in the crib. Lindsey and I love this site as they have great daily deals.
All of the books were provided by friends and family who attended Lindsey's baby shower.
All of the DIY pieces, especially the lamp made by grandpa.
Lindsey says, "Because we had a girl and a boy, I wanted to keep it as neutral as possible, but present features that were masculine and feminine in a subtle way. Many of the DIY projects were simple, so take the time to research something before paying top dollar for it."