I found these gorgeous photos on Etsy by This Year's Girl and I just had to have them. Everything else stemmed from them. As this design formed I knew I wanted it to be different and not very "babyish".
We live in Portland, where it's woodsy and full of adventure and wildlife; our home mimics the landscape. I wanted something that went with the rest of our home decor too. I love making original art work from natural elements so that is a big part of our decorating style.
I made the mobile from a tree branch and woodland animals I found at Michael's. The branch above the closet is from a tree fall. I found some of the other animals at The World Market and collected a bunch of plant specimens while hiking or walking our dog. The black and white cards on the dresser are from Wee Gallery and I picked up some of the other natural elements from a local garden center, The Gardner's Choice.
My favorite items include the bedding which my aunt made, I picked up the fabric and she created this gorgeous crib set and the white hand knitted blanket my late grandma made just for our little guy. My dad mounted one of his deer racks to add a little more masculinity. I also really like the guardian bear who sits right at the door.
Just collect stuff here and there as you find things. Don't just look in stores. Look outside in your yard, on your walks, in parks and garden shops. Have confidence and go for it.