With our first child, Chase, I had preterm labor and was on bed rest. Chase ended up coming three weeks early. So, I never really got to put his nursery together the way I wanted. However, any pieces we bought for the nursery I tried to make sure it would work for either a boy or girl as we planned on having a second child. About two months after Chase turned one, we found out we were expecting. When we found out it would be a girl, I wanted to make sure this time around I would have everything ready. This wasn't too lofty of a goal since they would be sharing a room. This is actually their second room since we recently moved back to Southern California from San Francisco. This room is actually a lot smaller than the one they had in San Francisco. However, it helped me pare down all their things and focus on key pieces for the room.
I took my cue from the glider which when I selected the pattern, I knew would be great in a boy or girl room. I liked the idea of flowers but not necessarily "girly" colors. Thus, I mixed flower prints in a black and white palette. Also, I wanted the room to reflect each child but without being so obvious and achieved that by subtle boy/girl accessories.
Traditional chic with a modern touch.
A lot of the items I had purchased initially for Chase I was able to use again for Sloane (i.e. crib and changing table).
Toddler Bed - Ikea Sundvik
Glider - Four Seasons Bailey Swivel
Rug - Alexa Moroccan Trellis Wool (www.overstock.com)
Night stand - Ikea Selje
Lamp - Pottery Barn Kids - Mason Touch Base (turns on/off by touch)
11x14 Framed pictures - "Keep Calm Carry On" by Tessyla and Chanel No. 5 bottle by creativelike; both are shops on www.etsy.com
Elephant hamper - Medium size (http://www.homedecorators.com/detail.php?parentid=16418&aid=google.push&skwcid=PTC!pla!!!56039925619!g!!27942810379&cm_mmc=G+%7C+ADC+%7C+Bath+%7C+Laundry+Hampers+%7C+PLA&gclid=CMjP77qhp7kCFYZ_QgodYn8ADg)
Dachsund bookends - Z. Gallerie (http://www.zgallerie.com/p-10219-dachshund-bookends.aspx)
Magazine rotating rack (used for book rack) - (http://www.displays2go.com/P-8906/Magazine-Holder-Rotating-Floor-Standing?o=1-1478)
Paper Mache Animal Bust - "Savannah Story Bust" zebra and giraffe (www.anthropologie.com)
Changing pad cover - in Dove at Restoration Hardware Baby(http://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod102267&categoryId=rhbc_cat102146)
Threshold Clover Mirror - Target (http://www.target.com/p/threshold-clover-mirror/-/A-14304233#prodSlot=medium_1_41&term=mirror)
Penguin Mobile - Flensted
Blanket - custom order from La Petit Dream (www.lepetitdream.com)
Drawer knobs - Silhouetted Zinnia (http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/search/974139.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS)
Toddler bed sheet - they were custom made by a local seamstress since Ikea's beds are not standard sizing, fabric was from Anna's Linens
Throw Pillow - www.roomservicestore.com
Crib bedding - Serena & Lily Basics Crib Bumper and Trellis Crib Sheet both in Mocha (www.serenaandlily.com)
Underbed storage containers - www.containerstore.com
The glider and especially the pattern was one of the first baby items I ever got which gave me the idea of how to mix boy and girl elements together. The magazine rack as a "book shelf" is more of a favorite idea since their room is small and there's not a lot of wall space. The magainze rack fit perfectly in the corner since there was no other use for that "open" space other than the diaper pail.
I didn't have a theme in mind but when I purchased major baby items for Chase I thought if it could be used for a girl as well. Or if it was a feminine piece (i.e. crib), I picked it in a "masculine" color (black). However, a lot of the items I ended up with in the room just happen to be a mix of both of them.