Nursery Tour: Zoe's Simply Modern Nursery

Nursery Tour: Zoe's Simply Modern Nursery

Tammy Everts
Sep 10, 2008

Child's name and age: Zoe, due any day now!
Location: Malden, MA

Baby Zoe is a lucky girl. She's not even born yet, and she already has a beautiful room fit to please a discriminating occupant of any age. Her parents, Winnie and Kevin, describe their style as "part Eames, part Ikea," stating that "good design can come from both expensive and inexpensive retailers, but ultimately it has to make the individual happy." Amen to that!

What was your inspiration for Zoe's room?

Inspiration was drawn from our love of modern and simplistic design. We often found inspiration in other parent's nurseries on Ohdeedoh, Apartment Therapy and Dwell. We basically wanted to put a nursery together that was different than all the "traditional" nurseries that we were seeing at some of the larger baby retailers. The items are simply a collaboration of many of our favorite 'design-driven' retailers: DWR, Ikea, Etsy and smaller boutiques in the area.

Were there any design challenges you had to overcome?

The two main challenges we had to face were the size of the room (11' x 8') and the placement of the electrical breaker box (as seen in pictures and description below). Also, we initially planned to use an Eames rocker for those long nights up, but have found that the rocker isn't the most comfortable chair after an hour or so of use.

How did the "breaker box artwork" come about?

The artwork was created by hand out of non-toxic foam paper glued to a blank canvas that was re-upholstered to yellow canvas. The completed canvas was then screwed to hinges and mounted to the wall so it can't be accidentally pulled or knocked off the wall. By doing this, it also allowed access to the electrical box.

Important to note: the actual inspiration for the monkey itself was from a San Francisco artist whose work is featured on Etsy. The artist's name is "Weesf" and the monkey artwork that she created is called "Max the Monkey". I was not able to purchase her original work because the art she was selling was made from paper, and didn't come in a size that would have covered the electrical box.

That's an enviable amount of wall storage! What are you keeping in there?

We use the bookshelf to store baby books, dolls, toys, lotions, diapers, picture frames, and any electronics needed, including a baby monitor and an ipod speaker system. The dresser is completely full of baby clothes, bibs, burp clothes, and more diapers. Under the crib, we store blankets, pads, and bed sheets for the baby.


  • Crib by Berg Furniture (ordered locally from Dream On in Cambridge)

  • Dresser, rug, bookshelf from IKEA

  • Monte Luca Glider and ottoman (ordered locally at Magic Beans)

  • Nelson Ball Clock and Eames Hang-It-All both from DWR

  • Tree decal from Wallcandy Arts

Thanks so much for the tour, Kevin and Winnie. And all our best wishes for Zoe's arrival!

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