It still feels surreal that very soon Dave and I will be meeting our babies! Even saying “babies” is crazy… we still can’t quite comprehend that we will be bringing home TWO babies from the hospital! But as time ticks on, and the date until we meet our baby boy and baby girl gets closer, it has been so fun tackling the jobs we wanted to tick off to get prepared for their arrival!
One of the big jobs on our to-do list was to create a nursery for the twins. It will be awhile before the twins are in their nursery, as they’ll be in their bassinets in our bedroom… but even still I wanted a cute space that was made special just for them!
We live in a 3-bedroom home that also has an office (which could totally be a nursery for one baby…but two would be a stretch!!). Dave has always used the office, and I was using one of the bedrooms as my office. In determining what room the twins should have, we decided that we wanted to keep the spare bedroom as a spare bedroom because it’s great to have a place for family to stay, or another room that one of us could sleep in if we needed to have a night of rest that was uninterrupted… so that meant that my office had to go!
As a solution, Dave and I created a shared office space that I absolutely LOVE! We needed to do that room first so that I could move out of the future nursery, and then we could start assembling the twins’ furniture!
The office room is quite a narrow and long shape. It works so perfectly for two desks! I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest for the kind of design I wanted to achieve, and from there I hunted out furniture that would fit that same kind of look.
For our desk we used the Ikea Alex Drawers (we purchased three drawers from Urban Sales), and purchased two the Mitre10 Duropal Benchtops in Lancelot Oak. The benchtop is just placed directly on top of the drawers, and we haven’t fastened it but it works perfectly.
Our floating shelves are also from Ikea, but we purchased ours from Nordic Chill. Our shelves are the LACK shelves in size 110cm. To style the shelves we just used things that we had around the house before, a lot of the items are from Kmart or The Warehouse!
Behind my desk is a shelving unit that is really handy as it houses my camera charges, tripods, and also my printer!! The shelving unit is a free standing one from Kmart. At the top I have my favourite print, which was kindly gifted to me from Papier HQ. The big plant next to the shelf, and the planter box, is from Adairs.
Dave’s chair and computer set-up is all from PB Tech. His roller mat is from Warehouse stationary.
Once the office was made over, it was time to tackle the nursery!!! I thought that we would be able to get everything done in a day, but it took much longer than that as we had to keep stopping and starting but we LOVE how it turned out!
I spent a lot of time looking at different nursery theme ideas. I really wanted to create something that was neutral for both of our babies, while also being cute and cosy for them! I decided that our theme would be ‘whimsical woodland’ and so when I was looking for things I kept that theme in mind!!
We didn’t have the room for a changing table and also a set of drawers, so we found a really big set of drawers that were also a good height for us to use as a changing table and wouldn’t be too low for Dave. We found the IKEA Nordli Chest of 8-Drawers (160cmx99am) in white to be perfect!
On our drawers we have the Babyhood change mat, and the nappy/diaper holder is just from Kmart. Our diaper bin is an Ubbi Diaper Pail.
Above the drawers we have my favourite piece of the nursery…. Our dried floral piece!!! This dried floral piece was a custom design that was kindly gifted by Nicole from ROSE and WHITE HOME. I told Nicole what our mirror’s measurements were, and she created this beautiful dried floral piece that we hung alongside it. It fits perfectly and was so easy to hang too! I love how it adds such a unique touch to the nursery!
Our mirror is the Rembrant Stella Round Black Mirror from Biscoes.
Our floating shelves are the 60cm white shelves from Mocka. We hung two shelves to add in some cute fun pieces for the twins! The art is from Etsy, I printed the illustrations and framed them in Kmart frames. The soft toys are from local stores where I hunted out cute little toys that fit our woodland theme! On the changing table is a star-touch lamp that is from the Warehouse (all sold out, I can’t find a link).
I can’t get over how cute our matching cots (or cribs!) are!! We loved the style of the SnuzKot Skandi Cot Bed, which comes in so many colours. We decided on the colour natural because it has a little bit of white which ties in with our other furniture, but also has that gorgeous timber colour too which adds some warmth to the room!
Our SnuzKots were kindly gifted to us from Edwards & Co, and we absolutely love them. They can be used from birth, right through to 10 years of age with the extension kit (that is available separately). We love that these SnuzKots can literally grow with the twins!
Behind the twins’ cots we created a cute feature wall! We wanted to do something fun, but also nothing too crazy that would be too hard for us to paint over before we sold our house… so when I found these little bear decals, I knew they’d be a cute little addition!!
They come in lots of different sizes, we chose the 12cm high decals and they work great for the space. We arranged them to resemble a wallpaper print, but they’re easy to remove without damaging the wall!
Our final little space in the nursery is this reading nook, and nursing/gliding chair. We didn’t have the space for a bigger couch or single bed, but we knew we wanted somewhere comfy that we could sit with the twins, and for me to breastfeed them, and for Dave to help with bottle feeds (I’m hoping to collect my milk for us to store for bottle feeds).
The glider chair and ottoman are both from Freedom Furniture, and we love them! They’re so comfy, and both glide together! Our only wish is that the back of the chair came up a bit higher for Dave’s head to rest on the chair, but it’s fine for me and my height. Dave will have to use a pillow, or slouch down in the chair.
Behind the nursing chair are our bookshelves! I wanted acrylic bookshelves so that we could see the cute children’s books we had been collecting to add a fun pop of colour in the nursery! I found these on a little online shop, and the three we have work perfectly! We also have this gorgeous piece of art that was gifted from Blok Design, a handmade stag out of reclaimed wood which works so well in this space.
If you’re looking for office or nursery inspiration, then I hope you found this helpful! If you are making over your interior space, then please tag me on Instagram so that I can see your final space!