The theme for my son Fritz's nursery is airplanes. The color scheme is navy blue, gray and white with pops of orange.
My inspiration came from a paratrooper decoration I bought for my husband from Pottery Barn Kids almost 10 years ago (while he was in the US Army). He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne at the time, and I thought it would make a cute and meaningful gift. We used it for a home decor piece wherever we were living, and now it hangs in my son's room. It has a lot of meaning to our family, and thus became the inspiration for the entire nursery...a kind of tribute to my husband.
I would say I'm transitional, but lately leaning towards modern. I like design that is both fun & functional. Most importantly, I love to mix patterns and textures.
Crib Sheet, Blanket & Changing Pad Cover: The Land of Nod
Metal Letter Shelves: The Land of Nod
Airplane Pillow: LittleKorboose Shop on Etsy
I Love Germany Print: LisaBarbero Shop on Etsy
Orange Chevron Pouf: Zeldabelle Shop on Etsy
Dresser/Changing Table: IKEA
Wire Airplanes: Pottery Barn Kids
Babyletto Rocking Chair: Amazon
Floor Lamp: CB2
Gorilla Bookend: Zuny
Striped Area Rug: Target
Laundry Basket: Home Goods
Rocking Bird: West Elm
Airplane Craft Table: The table belonged to my mother when she was a kid, all my brothers & sisters used it too. For my shower my sister refinished it and painted it to match my nursery theme and color scheme (Thanks Jenny!).
Diaper Airplane: Baby Shower Gift
The metal initial letter shelves from The Land of Nod are definitely my favorite! I spray painted dollar store army men orange to keep with my color scheme and added them to the shelves.
Reuse things you currently have (add new flaire to old pieces by reupholstering and spray painting) and shop around. There are tons of great resources out there. It's always nice to support local artists, or small shops such as those on etsy.com :)