My husband and I didn't want anything "too pink", so we focused on primary colors and owls which seem to be 2014's trendy animal.
We did a lot of DIY projects. Dad painted the changing table, which was a children's desk we found at a thrift shop, and the bookcase and night stand which came from other rooms in our house. The glider was passed down and the dresser and trunk were already in the house, too. The crib was the only piece of furniture we had to buy.
I sewed the curtains and crib skirt and created the letters for the alphabet/initial wall.
I found a crib blanket at Buy Buy Baby that was the perfect combination of bright colors, patterns and animals. I had to negotiate with the store manager to just buy the blanket, but it served as the perfect inspiration for the room.
See the other projects and details that inspired me on my blog.
Is "cozy and cluttered" a thing? I think that best describes my decorating style. This is a baby's room, so we need to welcome a little bit of a mess. :) I use this concept to create the alphabet wall hanging and the "organization" of the bookshelf. We used a lot of different patterns to add to the organized hodge podge feel.
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Inspiration crib blanket, crib sheet, changing pad cover - Buy Buy Baby
Crib - Pali Wendy in White
Fabric for curtains, crib skirt and glider - Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
Wooden letters and scrapbook paper for alphabet wall - Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
Wall vinyls - Amazon
The duck wall hanging came from my nursery, as did the mini rocking chair which gave it special meaning.
I love the glider, too. It's been passed down from family, so it has a history, but a friend recovered the cushions for us so its new and cozy for our middle of the night snuggles.
Make a list of projects and prioritize. We took on a lot of DIY projects and had Baby Girl arrived early, we would have not finished everything. I'm so happy with how it turned out and that both her dad and I have left our mark on the space, but it took a lot of planning to get it done.