Known for her modesty and understated approach, Mariah Carey has reportedly spent $100,000 decorating her twins’ nursery.
In the latest issue of Life & Style magazine — which must have dropped some cash, itself, for all of these Mariah baby “exclusives” — Mariah offers a peek inside the breathtaking nursery that is balanced with unisex colors. The room is filled with the singer’s personal touches, as well as her husband’s, Nick Cannon. And nary a Hello Kitty in sight. Wonders never cease!
“I wanted to create a beautiful, tranquil, cozy environment for the babies,” Mariah tells the magazine, revealing that the crib alone cost a whopping $30,000. “Everything matches, but pieces are individualized to celebrate the twins as separate entities.”
Mariah’s favorite part of the twins’ LA nursery? The cloudscape, star-speckled ceiling. “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.
Their new nursery at their Bel-Air mansion is one of the two they have prepared for the babies-on-the-way, as they split their time between New York and California due to their line of work.
“I prefer the East Coast schooling over the West Coast,” says Nick, whose work includes hosting gigs on both radio and television, plus engaging in Twitter wars with Chelsea Handler. “But there are other things that come into play, like work.”
“Being a mother is probably the hardest job in the world,” Mariah adds (and will soon learn that there is no “probably” about it). “I feel like, in a lot of ways, children come into the world to teach us. It’s going to be a delicate balance between raising them around glitz and glamor and keeping them grounded. One thing I’m sure of is that I’ll be grateful for the twins every day, no matter what.”
Mariah, 41, is due to give birth any day now. The twins are the first children for her, unless you count her hubby Nick, 30.