Z Box of the week: Unisex nursery

Our latest Z box client, approached us for help in designing a nursery for her very first baby. An exciting time it is, but can be stressful if you don’t know where to start in preparing. She also preferred to keep the gender of her baby a secret until the big day!

So here is the challenge we faced: How can we  design a nursery that brings plenty of personality while not using the most common solutions for a gender neutral nursery?? (–Most common solution being the use of yellow, or no colors at all.)


We decided…LIGHT MINT, by Benjamin Moore, with an accent color of bright orange. From our concept boards you can see the chosen style of our Mom-to-be. She preferred  a modern, clean lined, organised look and loved the use of bright colors. We also wanted the furniture we chose to be practical and transitional pieces that the baby can use growing into a toddler and even a teenager!


As an accent wall behind the crib we chose to do painted stripes. Stripes can add so much dimension to a room plus it’s fun and super easy to DIY. We took the mint color further by painting the ceilings too! It’s always nice to have something going on in the ceiling, especially in a baby’s room.

Other key pieces in the room are: The Land of Nod-Blake dresser in white, Chevron and on rug in gray; blackout shades from Restoration Hardware; Ouef-Sparrow crib; Barn Light Electric- Wesco gooseneck light in orange;  2Modern- Luca glider in orange



We hope you loved our gender neutral nursery design as much as we do!

Stay tuned for our next  Z Box of the week design!!!

Nursery decor for an expecting mom

So I wanted to share with you my ideas for my nursery decor, in case some of you new moms are pondering as well what to do with your nursery!

First of all, the amount of things us “new parents” need to buy is ridiculously large!

There is an entire size of a BED BATH BEYOND dedicated to babies needs!

BUY BUY BABY or Babies R US* are the example of these mega overwhelming stores of the amount you need to stock up on! So not everyone wants to; or can afford to run & spend $2,000 on a Rocking chair which you’ll use for only about 1-2 years tops!

I’ll write some decor tips for you moms since I just joined the “mom-to-be club”: to get some good looking chic pieces for your nursery without breaking the babies college fund:

Rocking Chairs:

I recommend thinking out of the box and not going to the big brand stores and names if you’re looking for cute rocker.

Etsy.com has second hand or refurnished pieces that can be quite unique; for example I jumped on Etsy.com and typed in “Rocker chair” and found this unique piece for only: $375!il_570xN.402320243_kds8that can look super chic, as well be comfortable!

you just can’t find unique pieces like this at BABIES R US*

for more  unique second hand rocking chairs I would recommend to check out Ebay.com, or Craigslist.com, ….you’ll be surprised what unique silhouettes for chairs you can discover and mix into your style ideas.


Now this can be hard because first of all safety is number one priority! Also I will admit: even I had hesitation on getting a second hand crib; where a previous baby or babies soiled & teethed on.. ;/

make sure whatever Crib you get that it is JPMA certified/ no exceptions:

I found this one: from Babyletto.com and was very happy when it arrived in the mail. It also was only $399 so nothing to cry over in comparison to some other prices out there:


 and look it turns into a toddler bed as well..more savings down the line! They have great changers/ dresser as well!

Nursery Lights:


SchoolHouseElectric.com: “City Chandelier” only $195!


2Modern.com: “David Trubridge – Coral 400 Pendant Lamp – $290-360



LANDOFNOD.com: “GREEN XO” – $24-$79

I would also recommend some of these great sites for chic but affordable decor items:

- ZGALLERIE.com (for affordable rugs)

- Overstock.com, DwellStudio.com (for cute affordable Crib bedding)

- Landofnod.com (for all your other decor needs such as lighting etc)

Designer Style For Any Budget

In our experience, shopping can be therapy or it can send you to therapy.  Is there anything more heartbreaking than finding the perfect accessory, only to check the price tag and see a few too many zeros after the dollar sign?  We have all been there; and that is why we have decided to share some of our favorite online resources for finding big style, with a little price tag. The doctor is in!

1. Target.com

Target is one superstore that constantly surprises us with its selection of chic and affordable home decor.  We recently found this glam brass sunburst at target.com for $34.99 — $394 cheaper than its Rejuvenation.com counterpart.

2. Etsy.com

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably already know about the online shopping phenomenon that is etsy.com.  Artisians and collectors all over the world use this site as a resource to buy and sell incredible handmade and vintage furnishings, home decor, and lighting as well as fashion and home accessories (among other things).  Below, we have shown you an elegant, vintage, Hollywood Regency drum table for a mere $250 — less than half the price of a nearly identical table sold at ZincDoor.com and other similar high-end online retailers.

3. Cost Plus World Market

Here is one you may be less familiar with.  Cost Plus World Market got its start in the 1950s when it set up shop in San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf.  Today, they have over 250 locations nationwide, as well as a wonderful online store, where we found this stunning gold ceramic garden table for a mere $45.  Sure, it may be a bit smaller than this similar vintage brass garden table from Etsy, but with a savings of over $500, we hardly notice!

4. Overstock.com

Overstock.com is another great resource for designing on a budget.  We found it especially easy to find mid-century style replicas–like this womb chair and ottoman–at a fraction of the price of an original.

It is easy to get frustrated when designing an interior on a budget, but hopefully our discount go-tos will offer you an affordable design solution for your next decorating project.  Always shop around before you purchase or you could miss out on a great deal.  Good luck and happy hunting!