A traditionally decorated nursery that is both whimsical and sophisticated.
I ran across a little child's dress form in a boutique and instantly thought of using it to display the first outfit my child would be professionally photographed in. Of course, this is before I knew it was going to be a girl. Once I found out that it was a "she," I bought a tutu to display on the form and then began the hunt for the appropriate bedding. I then started with the Bellini bedding that I purchased off of Craigslist. I knew that I didn't want a specific theme such as Winnie the Pooh, but wanted a very girly nursery.
Traditional; Champagne taste on a beer budget.
When painting, buy sample paint to paint onto the walls. I made the mistake of not doing that. So, when I first painted the walls, the color was way too bright. I could have saved a lot of time, money, and elbow grease had I done this. Paint never looks the same on the wall as it does on that little sample card.
Begin with a piece of fabric or something that you love when decorating the room.
Do the work! Look at expensive websites for inspiration and then you will know what to look for when browsing through antique stores, discount stores, etc. Believe it or not, I got some great deals at antique stores where people have booths. Also, Craigslist is an awesome resource!
T.J. Maxx Homegoods
KooKoo Bear Kids
One of my favorite items is the birdcage lamp that I found at TJ Maxx Homegoods for $39!
Be patient. I know it's easy to want everything done all at once. But, if you take your time, you can find some really great deals out there. Try to think of the overall look that you want to achieve and then begin slowly. Enjoy the process!