For Molly's nursery, I wanted to use items I already had and new items that I could use for years to come. I also wanted to mix old family items with new modern items.
The elephant painting above the crib was really the starting point. I pulled together everything that I had in the house that would coordinate, and then went from there.
Flexible: I love mixing old with new and colors with neutrals. I also like to use pieces in unexpected ways when I can, and I DIY as much as possible.
Furniture: The crib and dresser are from the Delta Canton collection. The rug is from World Market. Accessories: The large ivory pillow, gray owl, and green monkey are from Pier 1. The coral pillows, dark lamp with coral shade, floor pouf and bird picture are from Target. The elephant picture is from Home Goods. The glass lamp is from TJMaxx, and I added the flower, which is actually a hair accessory, from Stein Mart. The coral throw is also from Stein Mart. The monogram above the crib is from ScrappinPlus on Etsy. The lamb painting is by Debra Hewitt (love her work!). The chevron shelf and dresser knobs are from Hobby Lobby, but I painted the outside to match the nursery. The gas mask is for my husband- he uses it for diaper changes :). DIY Projects: In several places I framed scrapbook paper and attached paper flowers. Over the changing table, the banner is made from (washed) fat quarters torn into 1" strips, and then tied in a knot around a piece of rope. Also above the changing table, I framed scrapbook paper and then attached suction cup hooks to the glass. Rattles are hanging there for Molly to play with during diaper changes. The wreath is actually a garland, with a bird attached, both from Michael's.
My favorite item is the stuffed lamb hanging over the side of the crib. My mother used to deliver these, along with children's books about the 23rd Psalm, to new moms of special needs children. She passed away two years ago, but I know that is the first gift she would have given her new granddaughter.
Use what you have! It reflects what style you love already. Also keep in mind whether each item can be used in a different area of the house later on, or can transition to a big girl room.