Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Red, White and Blue Times Two!

"I'm sorry, what? I am having twins????!!!"

So when I first discovered that I would be having identical twins, naturally, (after freaking out for about a week and then being completely elated) my thoughts turned to their nursery. Where was I going to put these two?
What would it look like?

After I found out that the twins were boys, I started brain storming. I wanted something masculine, timeless, and unexpected. My entire jumping off point started with one fabric that I found while browsing around Denver.
It is this retro cowboy print.

When I first thought about doing a"cowboy" or "western" inspired room, I had to force myself to think outside the box, to do it in a way that was unexpected, tailored, and functional. Once I found the cowboy print, I began to find accent fabrics to incorporate into the design so that I could begin to sort out how to use each.
I came up with a traditional hounds tooth in an nontraditional color way and a blue Ikat to balance with the traditional pieces. Eventually, I decided to place the cowboys only on the windows and trim them with the hounds tooth. The ikat became accent pillows.

The treatment of the walls and ceiling opened a whole nother can of worms!
I used rough but pine boards with a semi transparent, grey stain on them to make the tray ceiling appear like an old barn. To balance with some clean lines, I added some traditional, custom wainscoting, but in a simple, modern pattern and shape to lighten the room and balance the wood.
Combined with traditional, wooden spindle cribs in a modern paint finish, with contemporary bedding and voila!

We decided to fill the space with two gliders since there would be two babies, complete with cowboy pillows knitted by the boys' great grandmother, and a vintage garden cart found at a local antique store for the changing table.

The beautiful horse paintings were commissioned by a local artist (who happens to be a close relative) I wanted the art to be simple, yet meaningful. These horses do just the trick.
Finished off with some wood accents, a cowhide rug and some good old Patriotic art and my boys' nursery was born!

Whew we made it!
Happy Tuesday!

1 comment:

  1. The nursery looks fabulous! I think I might have told you that. Obsessed with the rug!