Nursery created for our little boy who will be arriving in June. We wanted something that was boyish but more gender neutral. We wanted something bright and airy that we could spend hours in and not get sick of.
My inspiration for the nursery came from a combination of ideas accumulated from other nurseries found here on project nursery. The first task was finding a fabric I liked for the bedding and all further inspiration came from there.
I am not exactly sure what I would use to describe my decorating style. I wanted a nursery that was not overly matchy matchy or something you could find in a department store. I wanted the room to be a labor of love and most items were homemade and DIY.
I was lucky enough to have extrememly talented family and friends. The crib was handmade by my father who has taken up furniture building as a hobby for years. The paintings on the walls next to the windows were hand done by a very good friend. The smaller cross stitched pictures on the walls were made by my aunt and cousin. The shelves were made by my husband and I out of gutters we got at Lowes (2 hour project from start to finish including hanging them). The lamp was a simple white lamp from Target that I recovered with fabric and painted the base. All bedding including pillow and changing pad cover were made by a good friend. The mobile hanging above dresser was made by me...it is simply construction paper and ribbon. The mirror was on sale at Target for $8. it was originally silver and I painted it with an orange Behr paint. The dresser was a craigslist find that we refinished and created our own hand painted handles. The night stand is an antique my grandmother passed on to me outfitted with new hardware from hobby lobby.
There are so many little things in this nursery that I love. My favorite piece is probably the cross stitched giraffe that sits on the dresser. I love the colors!
My only advice is not to try and plan everything out in the beginning. Start with something you like and just continue to keep an eye out for things that you believe will fit with it. I found the fabric I liked and kept a piece of it in my purse. Every time I was out and about I would pull it out to see how well it would go. I also scoured the internet looking at DIY blogs and such to find out how to do things cheap and on my own. You will be amazed how much you can do without needing to know how to sew or spending a fortune.