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Isaac’s Smart Start Nursery


I had the honor of designing Isaac's nursery for my great friends Jennifer and Jeff.  They wanted something bright and fun in their small space, but not too baby.  And it had to be a little bit nerdy too. Not many kids have the formula for gravity on their wall! His room really did make me smarter.

Design Inspiration

Isaac was named after Isaac Newton and Nikola Tesla.  The brilliant scientists/engineers.  So, the inspiration for the art in the room needed to be smart.  The color combination came from a great shirt that Jennifer and I saw when online shopping.

Decorating Style

Eclectic, Affordable, Clean and Modern.  Keeping within budget was important so we tried to make and do as much as we could.


Project Details

Main paint color:  Below Zero (Dunn-Edwards) 

Stripe Colors: (All Dunn-Edwards) Tear Drops, Rain Lake, Lime, Tango

Crib & Changing Table: Garage Sale

Chair: Built by Jeff in high school shop class

Book Shelf: IKEA

Book Shelf baskets: Target

Wall Frames: Old frames that we spray painted

Rag Quilt: All fabric from JoAnns

Mobile: Previously Owned from Kid to Kid

Dog Hooks: IKEA

Curtains and Chair cushion: heidi sewn from JoAnn's fabric

Orange Rug: Rugs USA online

Personalized Wall Art: heidi schatze


Favorite Items

The baby Newton print with the apple falling.  I was playing around with a variation of Newton under the apple tree and decided to simplify it and make it more modern.  I love it because it is clean and cute!


After you pick the main theme, use craigslist, garage sales and second hand stores to find core pieces. As long as the shape is right, you can alter it to fit the space.  And if you can recruit family and friends to help you transform some of the items it makes it even more special!


Sunday 12th of August 2012

Very happy nursery! I love the "Team Tesla" print!


Thursday 9th of August 2012

Colorful and funky nursery! The birth record is pretty adorable, too.