Our final nursery feature comes from the Art Director for Hallmark Gold Crown baby gifts, Amy A. She definitely knows a thing or two (she has twins!) about babies. Once she found out that she was expecting twins, she sought out a black and white color palette that would suit two babies at once, regardless of sex…though she did find out that they’d be adding a boy and a girl to their family of three. The babies’ nursery reflects Amy’s thoughtful, edited aesthetic. Enjoy!
The room that would become Greyson & Eden’s nursery was already painted a dark shade of gray, so when I planned a black and white palette, things fell right into place. I chose black and white because of the benefits to newborns’ cognitive development. The high-contrast graphic patterns and icons would keep their interest and hone their eyesight in the early days. Wee Gallery accents of pillows, blankets, and flash cards were among the initial inspiration pieces, as well as their adorable nesting critters that would keep things playful so the room wouldn’t feel too cold or serious.
The wood accent wall warms up the room without involving color. It helps lighten the space and brings warmth and interest. Strong black and white graphic patterns on linens and gold accents add variety. I’ve fallen in love with the way the faceted brass and glass light fixture from Pottery Barn Kids anchors the room and casts the most beautiful shadows on the vaulted ceiling when lit. The brass and white ampersand marquis fixture from West Elm provides the perfect amount of light. I like the way it accentuates the meaning of “AND” as does the “2” pillow on the armchair for our two babies. Against my husband’s wishes (ha!), I purchased ‘his & hers’ deer heads from White Faux Taxidermy for the wood wall above the cribs. Their initials are hung above their respective cribs to mark their individual space (as well as a way to keep track of who goes where!).
The black and white books on the shelves are hand-me-downs from their older brother, Owen. Black and white Ashley Goldberg swaddles, blankets, and burp cloths fill the bins within easy reach and my great grandmother’s white crocheted blanket graces the little black riding horse for some softness. My great-grandmother was a twin herself, so this piece is extra-special to me. Talented fellow Hallmarker Lisa Hadley gifted the adorable black and white handmade plush pieces. Those and a few other accents awaited their new owners in the cribs. Don’t worry! They were removed once the babies started sleeping in their room. Eden just HAD to have a stylin’ llama friend to compliment the print from Lisa Rogers on the bookshelves and Grey’s gray snuggle bunny with gold bowtie will be the perfect little friend for him.
Filling the shelves of the twins’ closet are some of the blankets I’ve helped design for Hallmark along with handmade blankets from my aunt. (You can find the Hallmark blankets online.) I enjoy the simplicity of the black and white décor for the their room and have infused some of that color scheme into their wardrobes, but pink and blue will be staples in their adorable little outfits so people won’t have to wonder and ask if they’re identical.
Gold foil prints from the ladies at Ampersand Design Studio and Read Between the Lines help add interest to the walls. A favorite piece is the “Be Brave” poster you see as you enter the room…it seemed very fitting for the space. Special little accents like the babies’ names on natural wood blocks from Little Sapling Toys and a wooden alligator picked up on a trip to Mexico with my husband are among some of my other favorite things. The sweet Noah’s Ark bank I art directed for Hallmark signifies our blessings coming in a pair. The simple and beautiful white sculptural piece fits in well among the myriad of animals in their room. And the little chick wooden toy is a sneak peek into what will be gracing the shelves at Hallmark soon!
Photography by Jane Kortright