I really wanted Liam to have a fun room. I am a big fan of bright colors, and wanted to incorporate especially a lot of yellow and red. I love, love, love crafting, so there's a lot in here that I just made/repurposed/designed myself. I didn't really have a specific 'budget', just that I wanted to be as thrifty as possible here. (Having a baby gets expensive, after all! I wanted to make our dollars stretch!) By learning a few new skills--aka picking up sewing for the first time in my life, scouring Craigslist endlessly, thrifting, & shopping at discount stores (Ross, TJ Maxx, etc.) and Amazon, I was able to put this entire room together for under $500 It definitely took a lot more time/work than just buying all brand-new, fancy things, but to me it was a labor of love + it's more unique and more my style.
I knew I wanted to use a lot of colors. My starting points, though, were the Jenny Lind crib and the chevron rug. From there, I chose pieces and bold prints that would go together cohesively.
Whimsical, fun, bright & cheery
Find a very detailed collection of where I got everything (with links, tutorials, etc.) on my blog:
Crib bedding, Pillows, Changing Pad Cover, Bunting, Curtains, & Hamper Liner all handmade by myself, Fabric all purchased at fabric.com
Yarn Pom Poms-Made by myself
Red Bookshevles-Husband made using a pinterest tutorial (posted link to that on my blog)
Gallery wall-- A few items found on Etsy, most the wall art I designed myself and I just had them printed at Office Max for super cheap. Some of the prints are available in my own Etsy shop:
Most of the frames on the walls of the nursery I got at Walmart or Goodwill and spray painted.
Crib Mobile-Made Myself
Crab Stool- Plain brown stool we had around the house, husband made stencil & spray painted it.
Tricycle on wall- Got several years ago at a furniture store in Colorado- 'American Furniture Warehouse'.
Appliqued Onesies- Handmade by me
Chevron Storage Bins- Target and TJMaxx
Chalkboard- Repurposed myself from old Goodwill frame
If you want to know anything else, check out my blog or ask me!
I am in love with the gallery wall. I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I think it ties the whole room together. A close second would have to be the dresser. I worked very hard on it (it started out just a plain white) and I love the way it looks in his room!
Start getting ideas early! Before I even found out what I was having, I had a nice pinboard with ideas I liked either way. I really wanted the room to be fun and DIY, so I learned a lot of new 'skills'. Don't be afraid to try something new! It's amazing what you can learn using Pinterest/Blogs, etc. And be patient! It's easy to want everything to come together right away, but if you can't find what you want, keep looking!