With less than a month until her due date, Mariah Carey is making certain that her twins will be born into luxury. The 42-year-old has given a sneak peek inside the lavish new nursery she has created in the Bel Air, California, mansion she shares with her husband, Nick Cannon, 30. The room is trimmed with her signature motif – butterflies – and stuffed-animals including a lamb and a huge giraffe, which was a gift from Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Mariah gave Life & Style a peek at their newborns’ breathtaking rooms.
“I wanted to create a beautiful, tranquil, cozy environment for the babies,” Mariah, who is expecting a boy and a girl, said. “Everything matches, but pieces are individualized to celebrate the twins as separate entities.”
She called decorator Mario Buatta and AFK Furniture’s Gail Sedigh to help transform the rooms. Separate — but equally glam! “Designing the LA nursery with Gail Sedigh of AFK Furniture and world-famous decorator Mario Buatta was so challenging because I had such specific ideas I wanted implemented. I feel like I’m bringing two individuals into the world, so I wanted to do more than cookie-cutter styles in blue and pink.” And dad Nick agrees. He wanted the twins’ side-by-side cribs accented with pink and green bedding instead of the traditional pink and blue.
“I feel like I’m bringing two individuals into the world, so I wanted to do more than cookie-cutter styles in blue and pink.” They opted for a pink and green theme bed trimmings rather than the traditional pink and blue.
Not surprisingly, Mariah found inspiration in the lyrics of her own music. Her favorite part of the nursery is a star-speckled ceiling and cloudscape. “The ceiling has orangey-pink clouds in a blue sky with golden stars twinkling. It’s based on two songs I wrote that are fan favorites: ‘Underneath the Stars’ and ‘Close My Eyes,’” Mariah says. “Sometimes I just sit in the nursery and stare at the ceiling because I love it so much. To me, it symbolizes wanting my children to dream as big as possible and to let their imaginations be unbridled.” Mariah also incorporated her favorite winged insects, butterflies, into the nursery and super-soft stuffed-animal lambs, what the singer endearingly calls her fans.
The couple also have an apartment in New York, however they are still deciding where to raise their children. Mariah has also been busy coordinating a nursery for the twins at her NYC apartment. “I prefer the East Coast schooling over the West Coast,” Nick confesses. “But there are other things that come into play, like work.”
Mariah, who is due on May 14, is eager to begin her new role. “Being a mother is probably the hardest job in the world. I feel like, in a lot of ways, children come into the world to teach us,” Mariah says. “It’s going to be a delicate balance between raising them around glitz and glamour and keeping them grounded. One thing I’m sure of is that I’ll be grateful for the twins every day, no matter what.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Portrait photography by Bill Boatman for Life & Style; Nursery photography by Lisa Rose for Life & Style
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