I knew that I wanted a gray nursery regardless of the sex of our baby. When we found out that it was a boy, I knew I also wanted to incorporate orange because my husband loves that color. I tried to make as many things as I could myself. Overall, I wanted the nursery to be soothing yet with pops of color. It is a mix of mainly new, some old, and a lot of handmade things.
I was inspired by another nursery that I saw on this site that used the gray and white strips throughout their whole nursery. Due to the size of our room, I decided to only strip the crib wall as an accent. I also was inspired by nature. I wanted to have a bird mobile, linen accents to temper the pops of color (I'm a neutral girl at heart but my husband loves bright things, so this was my attempt at melding both of our styles on a budget). Finally, I wanted a nursery that was fairly gender neutral and that could grow with our boy.
I would say that I love eclectic styles. If I had had my way, I would have chosen an old dresser and refurbished it into a changer. My husband loves news things. Because we got such a great deal on the changer, I caved and went for the new one. However, I tried to infuse some vintage feel through old baby blocks, clothes passed down from generations in my family, and some of the art. I wanted the nursery to be relaxing without being boring. I love how the linen accents mix with the bold colors in the poof, crib sheets, and curtains.
Mirror above the changer: Target (on sale several years ago in the Clearance section). Baskets in the bookcase are also from Target (bought several years ago). Chalkboard tags-I bought unfinished tags at HobbyLobby and painted them myself. I found chalkboard vinyl that you can can cut and stick instead of using chalkboard paint. Mini-bunting across the mirror: http://www.etsy.com/shop/shrielenee?ref=seller_info Multi-colored stuffed owl by Etsy seller, BWinks: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BWinks?ref=seller_info Orange Poof/ottoman found at HomeGoods for $50 Chair by Storytime Picture frames, picture ledges, and bookcase are all from Ikea Bible Verse art-made using Photoshop Pirate picture: Titled "I Came to Get Down" a Giclee Artis Proof by Hollie Chastain, etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/drkennedyjones?ref=seller_info Curtains and crib skirt: handmade using no sew iron on adhesive Crib sheets: etsy Crib and changer are Baby Europa from Babies R Us Knobs on the changer were on clearance from Anthropologie ($2.99 each) Rug from CB2 Bird mobile-handmade using scraps of fabric and fabric samples that I ordered.
The bird mobile is without a doubt my favorite item. I love that I made it (sewing the birds primarily in my 2nd trimester) and finished it off with a huge stick from my yard. I saw similar bird mobiles on Etsy, but they were extremely expensive. I love that I saved money, and I also like that the birds are sitting on a long branch that takes your eye across the crib.
Start early. I started scouring sites early on. We painted the nursery around 17 weeks, got furniture around 20 weeks, and then had time to shop and slowly put together all of the trimmings! There were times when I tried making things that didn't work out, so have patience but don't be afraid to try or think outside of the box! Not everything has to be a set or bought at a baby store.