Pop star Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon give Life & Style a sneak peek of their twins’ nurseries—one in their Bel-Air, Calif., estate and the other at their New York City apartment. Both rooms are filled with comfy chairs and plush stuffed animals.
I wanted to create a beautiful, tranquil, cozy environment for the babies,” Mariah says. “Everything matches, but pieces are individualized to celebrate the twins as separate entities.”
“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,” the mom-to-be adds. “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 papa Nick agrees. He requested pink and green bedding instead of the traditional pink and blue.
Mariah’s favorite part of the California nursery? The cloudscape, star-speckled ceiling steals her heart. “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.”
The songrstress also incorporated her trademark, butterflies, into the nursery and stuffed-animal lambs, what the singer endearingly calls her fans.
The 42-year-old singer has also been busy coordinating the NYC nursery. “I prefer the East Coast schooling over the West Coast,” Nick says. “But there are other things that come into play, like work.”
Mariah says she’s ready to welcome the twins any day now.
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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.”