For a reason unknown to me, this is exactly what I automatically pictured in my head when imagining my son's nursery. I wanted a soft yet noticeably gray color for the walls with popping black furniture with accents of baby blue and white. I didn't imagine any characters or theme, just something I thought we would all enjoy for years to come.
My inspiration was simply my baby boy. I knew I wanted a very substantial piece of "artwork" displaying his name. I also knew I wanted simple furniture and accents thoughout the room that were both pleasing to the eye and very functional.
I would best describe my decorating style as contemporary mixed with touches of traditional. I'm not sure if that is the most accurate description - I just go with what I imagine and what I like!
Paint - Granite gray made by Better Homes and Garden from Walmart, Crib - Stork Craft Monza II in a black finish purchased on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Stork-Craft-Monza-Fixed-Convertible/dp/B0051SDXNC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324909715&sr=8-1 , Glider - Stork Craft Hoop Glider and ottoman in Blue/Light Denim http://www.amazon.com/Stork-Craft-Glider-Ottoman-Black/dp/B0031QPN9S/ref=sr_1_27?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1324909808&sr=1-27 , Bookshelf - Black oak finish three shelf purchased from Walmart, Changing Table - Badger Basket with six baskets, black from Walmart, Wall decals - Purchased from amazon.com, Rug - White Chenille Hand Woven http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Hand-woven-White-Chenille-Shag-Rug-4-x-6/4661081/product.html , Lamp - Walmart, Bedding - Blue Minky Dot Chenille by Soho Designs (Includes window valance) http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Minky-Dot-Chenille-Bedding/dp/B001IABGCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324910045&sr=8-1 , "Grant" Wall Art - Handmade using curtain rods from Target, pictures frames from Walmart, letters and paint from Hobby Lobby, blue stripe background was wrapping paper purchased from Babies-r-us.
My favorite item in the room is probably "Grant" displayed in picture frames on the wall. I think it just makes the room so much more than it would be without it. I also just absolutely love his bedding because it is simple but so soft and embroidered with his name.
My advice is if you don't have a huge budget - it's ok! Just bargain shop around for what you are looking for. I don't think it looks like most of my stuff was purchased from Walmart and I didn't even know I would find so many items that I like from there, but it all turned out for the best without breaking the bank!