I've daydreamed about creating a nursery for years... finding out I was having a boy presented a challenge for me - as I had only envisioned a pink shabby chic room! Decorating for a boy seemed daunting to me - I didn't want trains or trucks - little by little this is what came to be!
The quilt hanging above the crib - I didn't make the top, but I did do the finish work on it - my first quilt and not an easy task!
I found it at an antique store on a trip to Connecticut at 15 weeks pregnant and said, if it's a boy, this is his nursery inspiration!
Have nothing in your home that is not meaningful, beautiful, or useful...
I made the window treatments which are hung with simple knobs (use toggle bolts!) and string/clothes pins- the quilt is hung the same way! Very inexpensive and it makes a statement, for sure my favorite part of the room.
The biggest investment in the room was the dresser from Haverty's (in the clearance section) - everything else was put together and created by me and my husband. The crib, though new, was inexpensive!
I painted a lot of the frames myself and bought some off Etsy from The Art of Chic.
Everything I gathered was put together by love - there is nothing on his walls/floors/dresser/shelves that is not special to us...
*photos taken by a friend: Meg Davidson Photography
The bookcases! Or, the dresser? Or collage of frames with his family? The quilt above his bed, or even the bedding?! I can't pick just one...
Follow your heart - find something and work off of that. For me it was the quilt - I firmly believe that rooms will create themselves if you let them. Perhaps if this had been in a different home, with a different layout, I would have created something completely different. Do what feels right and don't listen to others - except that one friend who you trust completely!