I wanted a cheery, bright and not too baby-ish room for our baby girl. I decided to incorporate different sleepy animals because I find them all irresistibly cute! So my theme morphed into a woodland/sleepy animals/rustic type look.
I browsed many websites for design inspiration. My favorites were Project Nursery, Pinterest, Etsy, and Chic Cheap Nursery. Having a baby girl was an absolute dream come true so I got tremendous joy out of browsing and shopping for the nursery. Love is in the details.
My decorating style is modern and contemporary with a little rustic touch.
Paint: Benjamin Moore: Robin's Nest
Grey owl on the window sill: Pier One Imports - http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/Gifts/tabid/978/List/0/CategoryID/121/level/a/ProductID/8794/ProductName/Plush-Animals/Default.aspx
White book shelf: Ikea Expedit
Baskets on bookshelf: Target
Elephant on bookshelf: Restoration Hardware baby - http://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod254017&categoryId=search
Sleepy animals on bookshelf: MiYim - http://www.miyim.com/Infant-Plush-Gift-Set-pc--70.html, http://www.amazon.com/miYim-Organic-Plush-Storybook-Collection/dp/B000S8H1K6/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1330123948&sr=8-5
Bear on bookshelf: Pottery Barn kids (purchased 4 years ago)
Vase on bookshelf: Anthropologie - http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?navAction=jump&id=073882&parentid=SEARCH_RESULTS
Silver elephant frame on bookshelf: http://www.silverandpewtergifts.com/elephant-picture-frame.html
Crib & Dresser: Munire - Essex
Yellow owl in crib: Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/lejeune?ref=seller_info
Red fox in crib : Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/sleepyking
Tree log side table: West Elm - http://www.westelm.com/products/natural-tree-stump-side-table-f655/?pkey=cdressers-nightstands
White owl lamp: Target - http://www.target.com/QuickInfoView?partNumber=13669235&catEntryId=203393702&categoryId=23014&productId=203393701&overlayId=QuickView&validation=true&position=targetCenter&omnitureSuperCatgValue=&lnk=srch_qi_grid_1_4
Lamp shade: Restoration Hardware Baby - http://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod103408&categoryId=rhbc_cat101063
Kids's pictures: Milky Monkey Photography (in Maryland/DC area): http://milkymonkeyphotography.com/
Frames for kid's frames: Pottery Barn: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/wood-gallery-single-opening-frames/?pkey=cframes-albums
Changing pad cover: Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/KATIEandKASSIdesigns
Tree wall decal: Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/SimpleShapes
Giant Scrabble wall tiles: Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/15tangerines
Canary yellow storage bench: Target - http://www.target.com/p/Canary-Storage-Bench-Maize/-/A-11935684
My favorite item is the crib skirt that my sister made. I searched all over for a crib skirt and didn't love anything I saw so decided to make one! We followed this no-sew crib skirt tutorial: http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/08/skirting-the-issue/
I also really love the sleepy animals. My favorite is the yellow owl in the crib that was handmade in Australia.
Definitely start early so you can browse multiple sites for inspiration. You may find you like one theme only to discover there's another you like better :). If you find something you love for the nursery, it just may be the thing that helps you visualize the rest of the room. Creating a nursery Pin Board on Pinterest is helpful to gather your ideas. Enjoy the process as it can be so much fun!