I knew I wanted a nursery that could grow with her into her toddler and little girl years. I fell in love with the mix of paisley, stripes, polka dots, and colors of the bedding and everything came together from there.
I like a mix of traditional and modern elements. I love patterns, textures, and color. It's important to me that everything in the room not only looks good but has a purpose, too.
The biggest project was painting the room. We literally painted every inch- from the base boards to the ceiling. And that white stripe was a bit harder than I thought it would be.
I took store bought items and personalized them: I painted the inside of the shadow boxes green, changed the drawer pulls on the dresser to glass knobs, painted a frame, used contact paper as framed art, painted the storage bins white and put felt on the bottoms, put hooks on wooden initials hung behind the door, and my dad made the curtains and pillow.
I got the bedding on Amazon.com; the crib, dresser/hutch, rocking chair/ottoman, and feather trim lamp from J.C. Penney; the rug from Ikea; and the rest of the accessories from Target & Hobby Lobby.
I love the feather trimmed lamp, the green fuzzy rug, and the cheery bright colors.
Find something you love and build around it! Make sure you think about how you will use an item in the space. Don't be afraid to take chances, but make sure to edit your final product.