I wanted to create a timeless, bright, feminine space which is not too babyish for our little one. Something our baby girl can grow into.
I would say the crib is the main inspiration and focal point for this room which embodies feminine elegance. My husband and I love animals, gardening, reading, travel and our house is surrounded by woods, so we incorporated all of those elements into our nursery without making it look too much of one theme.
My decorating style is Elegance meets Rustic/Comfort. One of the design quizzes I took a while ago called it Farmhouse Glam. I like balancing between feminine elegance and comfort. For example formal china on a rustic table.
The biggest splurge in our nursery is definitely the conversion crib. This nursery is designed around it. Here are the details of the of the items.
Crib Bedding: RH baby and Child
Angel Wings: RH baby and Child
Sheep Mobile: Target
Wall Color: Low VOC Benjamin Moore Pink Damask
Woodland Artwork: Sweetmelodydesigns
Giraffe: Melissa and Doug
Rocking Sally Sheep: Mamas and Papas
Macaron Pillows: Amazon
Changing Table/Dresser: Antique Store find by my Mother in law
Glider: Burlington Coat Factory
Elephant Side Stool: Joss and Main
Pouf: RH baby and child
Chandelier: Home Depot
Animal Blocks: Pottery Barn Kids
Tranquil Turtle & Sophie the Giraffe: Buy Buy Baby
Although I love all the items in the nursery, my absolute favorites are The Crib (it's so classy), Macaron pillows, Origami Dress I made on the closet door and little pale pink elf I received as a gift. And the most precious of all, is the picture of our golden retriever who passed away after taking that picture with tiny shoes! He was my first "baby" and I will cherish that picture forever.
Know your aesthetic. That requires you to note why you like certain nurseries and pictures. Save those pictures or use pinterest. I started pinning all my favorites from the day I found out I was pregnant.
Find a focal point. For me it was our crib. I wanted a room which matches the elegance of that crib without overshadowing it!
Edit frequently and have patience. I look at a room design as a problem solving process which requires frequent reviews and editing. There were times I bought something which looked good in the beginning but didn't go well with the theme later.
Shop from a variety of places. Don't get the whole nursery as a package from one store. Buy from a variety of places, DIY, and re-purpose.
And above all it helps to have a wonderful and handy better half who is willing to cart you around to all these shopping sprees, who can work on the nursery with you to bring your design to life for his little princess!