Before & After: A Twin Girls Nursery Reaveal

 

Congratulations to our loyal client and friend on the birth of her twin girls earlier this week! We were so thrilled when she asked us to design their nursery and today we are excited to share it with you!

This project brought back so many memories of when I designed my twins' nursery almost 4 yrs ago! And like most twins, these two lucky girls are also sharing a nursery. Sharing means two of almost everything, therefore furniture placement is key!

What used to be a guest room, in this Lake Highlands home, is now the nursery. Here is what we started with:

V twins nursery before
V twins nursery before
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V Twins Nursery Before 2

It is a decent sized room with gorgeous hardwood floors and a nice sized window, which makes for a great start!

And here is what our client's sweet little girls get to come home to...

We opted to create drama on the back wall with the adorable wall paper, which is adorned with colorful flowers, butterflies and grasshoppers.

Beautiful custom bumpers and crib skirts.

The oversized linen ties are to die for...so feminine and perfect for a little girl's room.

Thank you again to our client for trusting us and our vision. We can't wait to meet those sweet babies!

*** ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WERE TAKEN WHEN DESIGNING AND INSTALLING***

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources***

Photos by: Nate Rehlander www.naterehlander.com

 

Before & After: Stella's New Nursery!

 

When we moved into our new home, we decided to put each of the twins in their own room. Even though I loved having them share their "Gender Neutral Nursery" in our previous home, I knew that they would eventually need to have their own room. Annnnnnd, let's be honest....separating them sooner than later IS a great excuse to design 2 new nurseries! ;)

My budget only allowed me to do one nursery at a time, so I decided to start with Stella's as I already had a clear vision of exactly how I wanted her room to look. Oddly enough, before I had kids, I imagined that if I ever had a girl, I would design a super chic, glam and sophisticated nursery for her. But I felt like Stella's room needed to reflect her personality...she is very gentle and reserved (most of the time) and has the sweetest little personality, so I opted for a feminine design with a soft, sweet color palette. And as a nod to the style of our new home, I also decided to incorporate cottage-esque elements into the room.

Here is a photo of the space before we bought the house:

stella before
stella before

The. Room. Is. TINY!! 10ft x 10ft to be exact, so it doesn't allow for much furniture.

And as for the "cotatge-esque" element that I wanted to incorporate in the room.... well, I decided to add 8" horizontal wood planks to the walls for a farmhouse feel. It took me about 2 weekends to complete, but I'm proud to say that I did it ALL on my own (minus some touch up painting, which my husband took care of for me). I love the contrast it provides from the dark hardwood floors.

stella during copy
stella during copy

And although the room is still a WORK IN PROGRESS (hence empty frames on the wall, etc), I'm relieved to have at least one room in this house that is more than 50% complete! (And please excuse my amature photos, yikes!)

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AWDH stella 1
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AWDH stella 2
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AWDH stella 3
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AWDH stella 4

My favorite elements of the room are the planked walls and the washed out floral  fabrics... I'm really loving the beige pom-pom trim on the drapes as well! But I think Stella's favorite part of the room is the view!

stella window
stella window

I love the feel of this room so much that I ended up having additional pillows made to match the 2 in the crib so that when Stella transitions into a bed, she'll be able to keep all of the existing elements of the room. When the time comes, we will remove the glider from the corner of the room, slide the nightstand over to be under the window and replace the crib with a full bed.

And as a side note, the wall opposite the foot of the crib has a small antique dresser and mirror set that is about 100 years old. It was actually the same dresser that I had in my bedroom when I was a little girl, so I was excited to be able to use it in Stella's room. I didn't include a photo because it's not quite styled exactly how I want it yet, but hopefully I'll have a chance to do that soon.

 

Client Project Reveal: Baby Kate's Nursery

 

Well, I have officially been called out on my lack of posts lately (thanks, Julia - I'll try to post more, I swear)! The truth is, we - are - slammed. If August doesn't end up being the death of me, I'm not sure what will...but more on that next week. The great news is that we have several installs coming up, so we will have a lot to share!

Today we are stopping in to reveal Baby Kate's nursery. Kate was born in May......... actually, Kate was born 10 months after her Mom and Grandmother, who I've known for years, stopped by to meet my babies last July. I recall a mention of baby fever while Natalie, Kate's Mom, was rocking my little boy, Beckham.....so it was no surprise to me when I received an email several months later announcing her pregnancy and asking for us to design her nursery! :-) And I was thrilled to learn that she was pregnant with a girl!

The Momma to be took me by surprise with her requests for her baby girl's room.... While her style is generally very contemporary and minimalist, she was requesting soft pinks, ruffles and crystals! I was in heaven!

Here is baby Kate's nursery before:

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kate's nursery before1 copy
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kate's nursery before 2 copy

And here is Baby Kate's nursery today!

A Well Dressed Home Nursery
A Well Dressed Home Nursery
A Well Dressed Home Kate's Nursery
A Well Dressed Home Kate's Nursery
A Well Dressed Home Kate's
A Well Dressed Home Kate's
A Well Dressed Home Kate's Nursery
A Well Dressed Home Kate's Nursery

While I love everything about the room, I'd have to say I am head over heals in love with the crystal wall sconces and the butterfly mobile...so whimsical! baby Kate is sure to enjoy her luxe nursery for years to come!

We'll be back next week with more project updates!

Photos by: Nate Rehlander Photography

 

Twin's Nursery Specifications

 

Thanks so much for all of your comments on last week's Nursery Reveal post! I became inundated with a plethora of comments and emails from readers wanting to know where I purchased a number of the items in the room. So rather than answer each and every one of you individually, I figured I'd just do a post answering all of your questions at once!

So here we go... See the links to the items at the end of the post.

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Here are links to the items noted above:

Puffer Fish and Octopus

Pottery Barn Cordless Roman Shades (LOVE these!)

ZGallerie Marcella Tote

West Elm Ogee Ikat Window Panels (due to the height of the windows I had to hem the drapes, so I opted to hem them from the top by cutting the grommet portion off of the panel so that I could hang the panels with drapery hooks)

Mirrored Accent Table

ZGallerie Stella Mirrored Frames (Of course I had to have these after seeing that they were called "Stella" frames!)

Estelle Chandelier from Home Depot (and yet again HAD to have this chandelier once I saw it was named the "Estelle" Chandelier!) *Note: I added extra crystals to this chandelier*

Please let me know if I missed anything!

 

Before & After: Twin's Nursery Revealed!

 

I finally had the opportunity to photograph Beckham & Stella's nursery last weekend....it's about time...I only announced this project 8 1/2 months ago :-) I have to say, this nursery was not an easy project for me....gender neutral can be quite a challenge....I seemed to want to go all the way feminine or all the way masculine. I am already an indecisive person, but throw pregnancy into the mix and I can take indecisive to a whole new level. Remember all of those fabric combinations that I posted about? As I've mentioned, I opted out of all of them! In fact, the only plan that I didn't deviate from was the furniture plan, which I am very pleased with:

Hewett Nursery Floor Plan
Hewett Nursery Floor Plan

Anyhow...if you are new to this blog, or haven't seen the room when it was in it's sorry excuse for a "man cave" state, check it out HERE.

As a reminder, here are a few before pics of the space:

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nursery before 2
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nursery before 4
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nursery before 3

Good God....I can't even look at those pictures without cringing.

Anyways, here is the nursery today!

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The biggest expense were the built-ins on the former tv wall as well as the extended closet. As you'll notice in the 3rd "before" picture, there was a lovely treadmill in a niched corner of the room, which was adjacent to the former closet. We opted to extend the former closet into that niche which gave us twice the closet space.

The drawer space that the built-ins offer have been a life saver!

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Twin Nursery 8

I had a blast accessorizing all of the shelves, but quickly realized that I need to order some 8x10's of the kids...the only 8x10's I had available are of my husband and I.

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Twin Nursery 13
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Twin Nursery 9
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Twin Nursery 10
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Twin Nursery 12

One of my favorite items in the nursery is this Somewhere Over the Rainbow verse... I found it on Etsy and had to have it as it's the song that I walked down the isle to when we got married.

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Twin Nursery 11

And a big thanks to my Mom for helping me bring the nursery together and getting it organized while I was on hospital bed rest.

***All safety precautions have been put into place in this nursery and all window treatments are cordless.***

 

2012! Bring. It. On.

 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Unfortunately, I have not had the energy to blog as regularly as I'm used to...my morning sickness has just been too much to handle. But luckily I feel that the nausea might be coming to an end, and it's a good thing because I have SO many projects that I need to hammer out before these babies come! My first project, which I've been thinking about for months, is the twin's nursery. We found out the sex of the babies right before Thanksgiving... Can you guess? One BOY and one GIRL! We are very excited to have one of each! Since then, I have been collecting fabrics, ideas, etc for a gender neutral nursery, and I'd really love to hear your opinions!

My initial idea was to do a vintage-esque, shabby chic-esque, beach cottage-esque design. In my mind, that consists of aquas, linens, and a touch of natural elements. Oh, and a touch of gold to glam it up a bit! So here is a snap shot of option #1...

Nursery Option 1
Nursery Option 1

But after living with the samples for a few weeks, I started to get tired of the "bird" fabric. I thought it might be too vintage, and my husband pointed out that it was very similar to the pillows that we already had in our living room. So in option #2, I replaced the bird fabric with a solid aqua fabric.

Option 2
Option 2

The paint sample on the right is the existing paint color, which I had planned on changing, but I feel like it works with the fabrics. And while I love the subtlety of the colors and fabrics, I felt like this combination might not be bold enough... So...here is what I came up with for option #3...

Option 3
Option 3

I love the charcoal zebra print! To me it's a bit more glamorous than the zebra print in option #2. And again, the paint sample is of the existing paint. I also incorporated a tone on tone houndstooth to add a bit more pattern to the room. BUT...is this color combo too masculine??I figured I could add a feminine touch with mercury glass, crystals, mirrors, etc. Even a touch of pink in an accessory on her side of the room might work. And remember, my interior doors are painted black, so that will add to the sophistication factor.

Oh, and here are a few items that I plan on possibly using in the nursery as well...

French Empire Chandelier
Mirror Find
Mirror Find

So what are your thoughts?? I have GOT to get this nursery nailed down so that I can stop stressing about it!

Another project that I will be focusing on in 2012 is the "forever home" of one of my very first clients! I am soooooo excited about this project as I am working with them on selecting all of the finishes for the home as it is being built from the ground up. Construction starts in March and we have already selected most of the flooring, counter tops, plumbing, etc. When the house is finished in the Fall, I will then help them with soft furnishings. To give you an idea of the style of this home, check out a few of our inspiration pictures... Oh, and try not to fall out of your chair...

EXTERIOR: Gray Stucco, and yes, we plan on incorporating that stunning oval window!

exterior gray w oval window
exterior gray w oval window

INTERIOR: I mean, really? Can it get more beautiful than this?!

staircase
staircase

I will be sure to keep you all updated on this project as we make progress...It's sure to be a jaw dropper!

In the mean time, I'm also working on a nursery for girl twins as well as a handful of online design boards. So I guess you could say that my resolution for 2012 is to kick it into high gear so that I can successfully complete these projects before the babies get here! Wish me luck!

 

Alice's Wonderland

 

[bl]H[/bl] ave you all had a chance to check out the latest blog on my blog roll, Live Beautifully? It is written by my friend, and former classmate at Texas Tech, Maria Beck. Maria is a licensed Interior Designer in San Antonio...her work is unmistakably sophisticated, yet very understated, which I love. Recently, Maria and her husband, Frank, welcomed their first child, Alice. When I learned of Maria's pregnancy, I just knew Alice's nursery would be nothing less than spectacular...and it was... So with Maria's permission, I just had to share it with you today...

First, let's start with the fabrics that set the tone for her design...

Not what you were expecting for a baby girl's nursery? That's why I love it!! It is so unexpected!

Now let's move on to the crib... Maria actually selected the crib that I had in mind for my upcoming nursery....in fact, it's the same crib that I had specified for my friend, Tessa's, nursery design board back in May.

I decided on this particular crib because of it's simplicity, but it only comes in white, black and ebony, which is great....but a couple of months ago I got to thinking...I wonder if I could paint the crib??? It sounded crazy, but for some reason I had this idea in my head of having either a brightly colored aqua or a metallic gold crib... I ended up dismissing the idea as I figured it was probably unsafe for the baby.

Well, low and behold....guess what Maria & Frank did to Alice's crib???.....

Yep! They painted it!! And it is just as gorgeous as I had imagined! You can read more about that here...

With a crib that stunning, you can only imagine what the rest of the nursery looks like... so without further ado... here is Alice's Wonderland....

(notice her black doors? Maria was the one who encouraged me to pull the trigger on mine! and I just realized that our doors have the same detailing...love it!)

Don't you just LOVE the nursery?!

Alice seems to be enjoying it as well...isn't she precious?!

 

Nursery Plans: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly...

 

I cannot believe I'm doing this, but I'm about to introduce you to the room in our house that will eventually be the twin's nursery. Why can I not believe I'm doing this?? Because the current state of this room is what my husband refers to as "the man cave." Now I have no problem with a man cave, as long as it's done tastefully....this one is not. It's basically an extra bedroom filled to the brim with sofas from his bachelor days along with guitars, amps, random pieces of furniture and a 50" flat screen (which he tried to tell me was going to stay in the room even after it becomes a nursery...ha, yeah right).

Anyways, the reason I've decided to show it to you is because I want you to see the space that I'm working with as well as the furniture layout and preliminary plans I came up with. So here goes...don't judge us...

Standing in the doorway...

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nursery before 2
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nursery before 3

So there you have it..... told you it was bad!

The door on the far right is a small closet. Once everything is cleared out of the room, I will have a contractor come in and wall off the niche on the right, in front of the closet (which you can't really see in these pics) to create a much larger closet.

Then I will have built ins installed on the television wall to house toys, books, stuffed animals, as well as a much smaller television which will be closed off by cabinet doors.

Here is a rough furniture plan I came up with...

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I like the idea of walking into the room and seeing the foot of the crib with a dresser/changing table in between...like in this picture...

The room is fairly large at about 11'w x 19' d. So I like the idea of having a "sleeping area" at the back of the room and a "play area" at the front of the room. This is my initial plan, knowing me, it could change several times over the next few months.

Although I feel sure I won't change my mind about extending the closet or adding built ins...in this house, storage is key. I love the built ins in this nursery...

I'm also thinking about adding some wainscoting to the room... I am in love with the wainscoting as well as the color scheme in the picture below... But I probably won't commit to a color scheme until I find out the sexes.

nursery inspiration
nursery inspiration

So what are your thoughts on my plans? I'd love to hear your feedback!

 

A Baby Boy's Nursery...

 

A few weeks ago (6 to be exact!) I got an email from a Mommy-to-be who asked me if I would help her with her soon to be baby boy's nursery. I was thrilled as I had not yet had the opportunity to style a nursery! However her and her husband were due to move into their new home, settle in, and have their first baby all in less than 6 weeks! I was excited and nervous all at the same time, but I couldn't help but wonder, ummm, what happens if she goes into early labor?!?! What if this baby has to come home to an insufficient nursery?!?! Well, I am happy to announce that the nursery is complete (with the exception of a few empty picture frames) just in time! The proud parents welcomed their baby boy last Thursday!

Nursery After
Nursery After

DIY: I constructed a series of 3 of these elephants out of polka dotted craft paper and hung with a chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon...

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Nursery After 10

This stylish mirror from Z Gallerie is versatile enough to be used for years to come...

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Nursery After 9
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Nursery After 8
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Nursery After 7

Grommet top drapes.....very appropriate for a baby boy!

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Nursery After 6

Welcome home baby Luke!!!