Saturday, November 13, 2010

Basic Baby to Double Cherry Jubilee

Count your Blessings Two by Two ~ Twins

Currently I am working on transforming my 2.5 year old twin daughter's nursery into a cherry themed big girl space.  It has been my dream to decorate their room with red cherries and coordinating gingham since they were about the size of little cherry pits.  The first Autumn in our new home really confirmed that this cherry theme needed to be executed.  Their bedroom window overlooks a big beautiful blossoming crab apple tree that bears fruitful red berries in the Fall.  The red berries contrasting with the green leaves is magnificent and quite a stunning view from their second story window.

 It has been a challenge to find bedding, so I have purchased several fabrics and am trying to work out the logistics of making quilts or duvets.  Since my imagination is not working quickly enough, I am going to put my thoughts and ideas down here and post progress as it gets worked out.  Please leave comments and suggestions. 

We moved into our current home 2 years ago and unfortunately I have not given much attention to their room.  Their furniture and accessories coordinated very well in our other house. 

Here is a blast from the past (This tiny little room was only theirs for 3 months before we moved) :

The bedding and curtain were made by oh-so talented mom.  The rocking (glider) love seat was a life saver for feeding infant twins.   We bought it from Art Van with monetary gifts we received when the twins arrived.  It was money well spent.  We still use it daily for reading and rocking - there is room for our whole family!

My mom and I used wooden letters from Joann's and covered them with scrapbook paper and fabric.  We adhered them together with modge podge and also applied a thick layer over the paper to seal them

Addison is on the left and Amelia is on the right.  They are identical twins.  In their cuddly, cute crib sharing days we made sure to always put Addy on the left and Mia on the right (oldest to youngest).  This was a life saver when they were dressed in the same outfit.  They are less than 2 weeks old here.  If only I could grab them out of this picture and sniff their scrumptious infant scent...

Here is their room in the new house before we moved in:
After we moved in, but before the cherry transformation:

The missing "A" in Amelia was pulled down during a restless nap time.  While changing Amelia's messy diaper my creative husband made up a jingle about the scenario.

Please humor me by silently (or loudly) singing this to the tune of Jingle Bells:
"Mia lost an A, Addy pulled down
Olivia thought it was funny and she danced around. 
Oh!  Jingle bells Mia smells, Addy laid an egg,
Tricycle lost a wheel, Olivia took ballet"

The "A" will return soon, I just need to remember to bring the extra strength double stick tape from the basement and affix it to the wall again.


This hutch-like dresser is going to be painted and used in their revamped room.  A night stand will be painted to match this.

Since the walls will remain beige (for now) I am taking votes on colors for this hutch. 
Please comment with your choice!
  • Green (in between avocado & sage green)
  • Red (burgundy/maroon to match the curtains)
  • Antique White to match their matching twin bed frames

Also, the pulls are going to be sprayed with antique copper to match the ovals on the twin beds (see below).  They would show up best on the green or AW, but would blend in with red.  Will making it red be too much red?  I am thinking green for this piece.  HELP. ME. PLEASE!!!

Here is a picture of their unassembled twin headboard (the foot board is the same only shorter):

These beds were originally painted brown and used in my uncle's room then they were painted white and passed onto my sister and I and .  After years of use the paint was flaking & they needed a lot of elbow grease to restore their beauty.

Here are fabrics I have chosen to use as throw pillows and bedding:

The red and ivory pillow on the far left came with matching bed skirts.  They are by Waverly and were a crazy good Craigslist find $15.00 for 2 twin bed skirts and 2 throw pillows (all brand new).

The vintage printed panels are from eBay.  They will become pillows and possibly framed artwork for the walls.  Some will also be added to the existing valances (see below)

I have searched and searched for factory made bedding.  Literally I have been to the end of the Internet looking for sweet cherry bedding that includes the colors and made up pattern that I have in mind and it does not exist.  Ugh.  Tonight I had a huge epiphany when I was checking eBay for the millionth time - cherries - vintage - kitchens.  TABLECLOTHS!  Why have I not thought of this before?  There were some beauties!  So many that I nearly cried.  Okay, not really.  However, the one above is my favorite.  It is 52" x 65" so they will need some trimmings to make them twin size and I have the option to make them into duvets for easy washability or quilts.  I feel such a sense of relief.  See, this blog has helped me already!  These tablecloths are by Moda and are brand new with a vintage look and there are several listed currently.  HOORAY!

Brainstorming Corner:
  • Decal on wall that says "TWINS count your blessings two by two"
  • Cherry blossom tree decal from EBay on white closet doors to tie in blossoms on curtains?
  • Chair rail added with either paint or other treatment below to add interest?
  • Hire Candice Olson from Divine Design to make this perfect?  Nah, that would be too easy!

 Input is appreciated!  Stay tuned for the big reveal of this "Double Cherry Jubilee" bedroom.

1 comment:

  1. fun! It was neat to see pictures of what we talked about on Tuesday. What an adorable room for the twins! I love the vintage look! I also love the idea of putting some sort of twins quote in the room somewhere to go with the cherry theme. My vote is to paint the hutch green. Whatever you do, I know it will look great! Can't wait to see the finished product.