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Vintage Inspired Twin Nursery


When we found out we were expecting twin girls, I was daunted by the idea of creating a functional nursery for two babies in such a small space.  My husband and I bought a 1,000 sq. foot bungalow three years ago, before we were thinking about one, much less TWO, little ones.  However, by piecing together items I love and hiding storage anywhere possible, we were able to work with the limited space we have to bring the nursery to life.

Design Inspiration

I started with items I had collected from my childhood home and the rest of the room developed from there.  From the cotton boll wreath to several old quilts that had belonged to my mother, I began to pull together a "southern gothic" theme.  An old wall calendar from Anthropologie containing vintage-looking bird prints became the jumping off point for the wall art.

Decorating Style

I always gravitate to vintage pieces and unexpected color pairings.  I need to be surrounded by lots of contrast and texture as well, so items made from burlap, to leather, to muslin often find their way into our rooms.  I'm also a sucker for pattern!

Project Details

We began with the paint color, a light sea-foam green, which I selected before we found out the babies' genders.  Once we knew we were having girls, I wanted to add feminine, but not cloyingly sweet, details along with lots of beloved heirlooms.

Next, I found the material for the curtains: splashes of blooming cotton set against a mustard yellow backdrop.  My mother-in-law come and helped sew the curtains, adding the fabric I had selected to some ivory muslin panels from Ikea she had picked up from a yard sale.   She  was  such a lifesaver and brought a whole bag of diy tricks with her!

A vintage dresser from Craigslist was refreshed with some new knobs, and became a changing table for the girls.  Conveniently, it had space underneath to accommodate baskets to stash burp cloths, blankets, etc.

We nabbed the nursing chair, an Eames reproduction, at a local consignment shop.  A small stool made of  corn husks, that had been part of my own nursery, serves as an ottoman.

Perhaps the only "new" items in the room were the cribs and the rug.

Cribs:  Jenny Lind, Target

Rug:  Leather and Hemp,

Dresser/Changing Table:  Craigslist

Nursing Chair:  Consignment shop

Curtains:  DIY (Ikea panels with material from Joann's Fabric)

Hanging Shelves for books:  Yard sale (painted the same color as the walls)

Lighting  fixtures:   Home  Depot


Favorite Items

The wreath on the door was made by my father with cotton blooms from my grandparents' farm.  It makes me smile every time I look at it!

The basket hanging by the changing table held fruits and veggies in my childhood kitchen.  Now it is used to stock diapers, creams, and pacifiers.

Above the door hang side by side silhouettes, one of my mother and one of me.  They were made by a grandfather and grandson from South Carolina, who passed down the tradition.  I can't wait to have similar ones made for our girls.

A friend made the mobiles hanging above the girls' cribs.  She used twine, sticks, and crafted beautiful birds out of art paper.   She even included a Mama  Bird  with 2 eggs!  I love the way they sway and cast dancing shadows on the wall.

My pointe shoes hang above a Beatrix Potter tea set from my childhood.  I can't wait to have tea parties with my girls!


Start early and take your time, adding layers as you go.  Trust your instincts and only include pieces you absolutely love.  Also, don't be afraid to repurpose items not typically found in a nursery!  Finally, you don't have to spend a ton.  We were gifted our cribs, but all the other design elements of the room were purchased for less than $500.

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Sunday 27th of July 2014

I am wondering the same thing Miranda asked. Can you tell me the name of the paint color? It's a nice color! Thanks!


Tuesday 9th of July 2013

I love this vintage nursery. You really brought out the vintage in a good way. love the colors and charm the nursery has. Great job!

Miranda Grove

Tuesday 18th of June 2013

Love your nursery! Will you share the paint colors you used?