Blake's nursery is bright, modern, and clean with lots of storage and cozy furniture. The colors are shades of blue, green, khaki, and chocolate brown with a few accents of alligators as a nod to our college alma mater, the University of Florida.
I was inspired by a nursery I saw on this website, as well as the Dwell Studio bedding I found at Target. I've always liked to mix patterns and textures and I wanted something fun that was not too theme-oriented that Blake could grow into.
I like modern and contemporary styles without a lot of clutter. I like tranquil colors and earth tones.
This room is not very large, so I wanted to make it light and bright and I needed some additional storage. I saw an idea for a window seat bench on projectnursery, and I wanted to replicate it without breaking the budget. We bought the Ikea Expedit bookcases and used 3 to create a storage/seating area. They are not attached to one another, so if we ever move we can reuse them in other ways if we desire. The fabric bins are from Target. Our shag circle rug is also from Ikea. The roman shade is from JCPenny and was a great price at only $30.00 online (you can get custom sizes on their website). Our other furniture is all from Buybuy Baby, and it is the Peyton collection in white. The chair is also from BuybuyBaby and it's actually a recliner with footrest that pops out -- the perfect chair for a smaller space like ours where there was not room for a permanent ottoman piece. The mobile and alligator pillow on the chair are from Target - a brand called Bananafish. The bedding is Dwell Studio Dot Collection from Target, and we used a matching curtain panel to create the cushion on the bench. The Expedit (bookcase) bench is actually the exact length and width of a twin size egg crate folded in half, so this is what we used as the cushion and covered it (luckily my mom is great at sewing). I picked out color coordinating fabrics in different patterns to cover the bench accent pillows which was much more affordable than purchasing accent pillows.
My favorite item is my DIY name letters. The white 8" letters are from Joanne Fabrics, and I painted them each a different pattern in bright colors and hung them with ribbon. The entire project was about $30.00 and I am really pleased with how they turned out.
Everything does not need to match exactly in a space - I have various shades of blues and greens and they all coordinated without me having to stress on matching colors exactly.