The time is finally here everybody, the time to show off our woodlands nursery for our girls! I felt like Chris was such a champ during this whole pregnancy with thinking about and researching all of the practical things that we’d need for our girls like the car seats and the strollers, but I knew that as soon as we found out the genders that I’d get into full on baby mode and start planning out all the “fun” things like their nursery and clothes and just generally the more aesthetic side to having babies.
Before we found out the genders we had already started talking themes for the nursery. Our house is a 4 bedroom house with the master being on the first floor and three bedrooms upstairs. From the day that we had moved into our house we already knew which room would be the nursery, and we were planning on keeping the other two rooms as guest bedrooms. Even after we found out that we were having twins, we wanted our babies to share a nursery because from what I’ve read about twins, you want to keep them on the same schedule, so having them sleep near each other is ideal.
Anyways, the themes that we had decided on before we found out the genders were a woodlands/adventure theme for two boys, for two girls I was all about a princess theme, and with a boy and a girl we wanted to do a travel theme. Well after we found out the genders I started going back and forth in my head because I wasn’t able to really find any super cute princess themed stuff that I loved, but I found some really cute woodlands themed items for little girls. I had no problem selling Chris on that theme since he’s a hunter and loves supporting anything that even remotely includes deer or deer antlers!
I originally started my search for the nursery decor that was all things girly and woodlands on Pinterest, which of course led me to Etsy, which led me to spending maybe a little bit more money than I should have, but at the end of the day it was all worth it! The furniture and how to actually set up our nursery was actually a little bit harder than I had imagined, so we decided to get some help from Pottery Barn. Did you know that Pottery Barn actually has a design service that will come to your house for free to help you design a room? We tried it out a couple of years ago when we first moved into our house to get some ideas on colors for the walls and drapes, and we had the best experience. I knew that I wasn’t going to have any idea how to fit everything into the nursery logistically, so we knew that the Pottery Barn design services would be our best friend.
We had somebody come over the weekend after we found out genders, and when she looked at the room that we had slated for the nursery, she kind of deflated our bubble a little bit when she told us that it might not work that well for the nursery. The problem was that we had two walls with windows and one with doors/door frames, which make it hard for furniture placement. Thankfully the other guest room was just on the other side of the shared bathroom, so we decided to just flip the rooms. After that the furniture placement came pretty easily with the designer’s help, and we got some great ideas for furniture as well.
Originally Chris and I were planning on using a lighter natural wood for the furniture in the nursery, but when we received some free white cribs from my mom’s doctor who also had twins it was easy enough to switch to white furniture. The bookshelf and the dresser/changing table were recommendations of the designer so we bought those from Pottery Barn, but the chair we actually bought from a local store called Baby’s First. This chair is a little wider than normal chairs and is apparently perfect for twins, which is why we fell in love with it. We also got to pick a color, and ended up falling in love with the beautiful light grey.
I honestly thought that we’d be fine just choosing bedding from a big box store like Buy Buy Baby or Target, but when I went to search online, I honestly couldn’t find any quilts or anything that I loved. Then I turned to my best friend and black hole, Etsy, and immediately started finding prints and fabrics that I loved. The only problem was that everything was so EXPENSIVE, especially when you realize that you have to double the price because you need two of everything.
Thankfully I stumbled upon Laci’s shop Dappled Daydreams and she was a lot more reasonably priced, and what I loved was that she worked with me the whole time that she was making the bedding for the girls and gave her opinion. Sometimes it’s hard to exactly visualize what the finished product is going to look like, but she did such a good job of sending samples pictures to me and telling me exactly why she thought that it would look better one way over the other. The other advantage was that she gave us a twin discount too! Laci actually shipped us our bedding right before Harvey hit and messaged me the whole time to make sure that we were ok, and to let me know when she got the notification that our bedding had arrived! Chris and I were so incredibly giddy when we opened up the packaging, and I can’t say enough how beautiful everything is and how much we loved it! Plus she was sweet enough to include something a little extra for us, a changing pad cover! If you’re shopping for nursery bedding, definitely make sure to check out Laci’s shop Dappled Daydreams, you won’t be disappointed!
For the decorations, I found a few wooden pieces on Etsy that I fell in love with immediately and purchased those as quickly as I could because I knew that they’d take a while to make and ship. The signs above their cribs with their names on them I found just by searching through Etsy and immediately fell in love with them! They’re so incredibly beautiful and I loved how they turned out! We also stumbled upon this adorable bear rug on Pinterest and Etsy and Chris and I both just melted and had to order it for the girls’ nursery.
I knew that I wanted some animal prints in the nursery as well with a little mixture of words as well, and I had no problem finding a wide variety of them that were available for instant download on Etsy. It might have been a little hard to get Chris to agree on which ones would be perfect for the nursery, but in the end I loved everything we chose!
Surprisingly, I felt like one of the hardest decisions that Chris and I had when it came to the nursery was deciding on what frames we were going to use for all the prints we ordered. We looked all over, from Overstock to Pottery Barn to Wayfair and honestly couldn’t find any frames that were a more natural color that were actually reasonably priced. So in the end we decided to get some cheap frames from Amazon that were the same as the frame that I was using for my monthly bumpdate picture. While they definitely weren’t the cutest or prettiest, they’ll definitely work for what we need them to.
The last piece of the nursery puzzle ended up being a suggestion by Chris. As you know, we recently lost Dart a couple of months ago, and both Chris and I were so incredibly upset because we know how good of a big brother he would have been to our two baby girls. At Christmas last year, my sister bought me this picture of a whippet that looked just like Dart with antlers and deer on his head. We hadn’t decided where to put it in the house just yet, but since there were antlers involved, Chris thought that it would fit perfectly in the girls’ nursery since it worked with the theme. I couldn’t have agreed more, so we decided to put Dart up right in between their cribs to show that he’s always watching over them.
Once we had everything picked out and ordered, the fun part came of putting everything in the right spot in the nursery. Chris and I spent about 30 minutes one evening just laying out all the prints and other wooden signs that we had ordered to make sure that we didn’t have too much wood in one area or too many animals or too many words, and then Chris spent one day during lunch when he was working from home putting all of those signs up on the walls. I instantly fell in love, and couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out and looks! Then a couple of weekends ago, Chris and I spent a few hours putting away all of their diapers and clothes and everything else that we had received from our showers, so the nursery just feels complete. Which is perfect because technically the girls could come any day now!
Anyways, sorry for the super long post about how we decided on everything, but to be honest, it was hard to find a really comprehensive list for setting up twin girl nurseries. We were able to find a lot of pretty pictures online, but I guess that nothing was exactly what we were looking for. Below are the links to everything that we bought for the nursery, a lot of items were from Etsy shops. Any direct download prints that we bought we got printed on cardstock from Shutterfly. Thank goodness for Shutterfly constantly having 40% off sales, am I right? If you’ve made it to the end of this post, you’re a champ, and if you’re expecting girls and want a woodlands theme, I hope that I’ve given you some inspiration!
Cribs | Changing Table | Bookshelf | Chair
Animal Prints | Dream Catcher Print | Arrow & Antler Phrase Prints | Arrow Compass Print
Wild One Wood Sign | Wooden Name Signs | Fawn Wood Sign
Custom Order From Dappled Day Dreams
Curtains | Curtain Rod | Curtain Rings | Bear Rug | Frames | Baskets
Map Letters & Wreath- Made by friends for my shower