Joe and Giada’s Birdie Nursery
Most mamas have the challenge of picking out the perfect nursery theme for their baby before the baby is born. However, Mama Say What?! reader Kait had an extra challenge. Not only did she have to pick out a nursery for her son on the way but also for her daughter who was on the way. Kait needed to decorate a nursery for a set of two!
After quite a long wait trying to conceive, Kait was more than willing to tackle this challenge head on. She did an excellent job of making the room feel fit for both a boy and a girl. She made a wonderful space for both of her beautiful bundles of joy and I am so excited to share it with all of our readers.
1. When you found out you were having a boy and a girl, how did you decide what “theme” you wanted to go with for their nursery?
I spent days, no, weeks searching for the perfect bedding. I wanted to find that first and the plan the room around it. It was always easy to find a cute girl bedding set; you can’t go wrong with pink! I found Joe’s cute “Night Owl” bedding by JoJo Designs and was sold. I matched it with the “Love Bird” collection by Bananafish. It is a whimsical theme with a touch of wilderness for a man’s feel too.
2. How did you make it all come together? Inspiration boards, all in your head?
I have always loved to design rooms. I find it fun to go to flea markets and Goodwill, get old pieces for cheap and rehab them. I used inspiration boards from Pinterest and my friends’ nurseries to pull other great ideas.
3. What were your main colors?
Tan and butterscotch walls (the room was previously used as an office), white, pink and dark brown. The birch tree and bird decals were bought from Etsy seller NatureStyle. They were one of my favorite parts of the nursery, they really pulled all of the colors together.
4. Where did you find most of the items in the room?
The twins’ cribs were purchased by Nonni and Papa Rauch during a huge sale at Target. They were the Just One Year 4-in-1 Convertible Crib.
They will convert to a day bed and twin bed, once the kids are big enough.
The dresser, changing table and glider rocking chair were found at Goodwill for less than $30 total. Given a fresh coat of white paint by Nonni and they were almost ready to go.
The chair fabric was bought at JoAnn’s Fabrics during a Black Friday sale, and then Nonni reupholstered the chair as a gift.
The baskets under the changing table were bought at Target.
The little white table by the glider was bought from an antique mall and painted. The adorable storage baskets on the walls were bought from Pottery Barn, which was a splurge even though they were on sale.
The custom subway announcements above their cribs was made by Etsy seller DeerHillDesigns and then put into frames from Ikea.
5. Were you on a budget?
Who isn’t on a budget these days? Every penny counts when you are having twins, but you have to splurge a bit on the things you really want, too!
6. Any tips for moms on how to make their dream nursery become a reality?
DIY projects will become your best friend, it’s a way to get things you want for a third of the price.
Making Giada’s hair bow holders was one of the funnest projects I’ve done. I got the frames from Goodwill (of course), gave them a coat of spray paint and then used thumb tacks with a hammer to put ribbon on them.
It was so easy and a great piece of art work for the room… although I doubt Joe will think that when he sees the room in a few years. I think it’s super easy for girl’s things to overtake a room.
7. What kind of challenges did you face having to make a nursery work for your twins?
Space was a huge issue, there are lots of other things which I’d love to have in their room but we just ran out of space.
8. Did your husband give any input on what kind of nursery you should have?
He put the cribs together, does that count?