I wanted Ezekiel's nursery to be colorful and fun without any real theme. I always loved patterns, such as stripes and chevron, so I started there. In order for the room to be colorful, but not too overwhelming, we painted the walls grey and had the carpets and crib grey as well. Then we added touches of our favorite colors - green, teal, orange, and yellow - in fun patterns.
My inspiration came from my husband and my personal design style. We've always loved designing our home in fun colors and patterns. I also spent hours browsing Project Nursery and Pinterest for design inspiration.
Crib Bedding, Pillow on Rocking Chair, Changing Pad Cover - Spoiled Baby by Lilly Rose Designs - http://www.spoiledbabybylillyrosedesigns.com
Crib - Walmart - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Baby-Mod-Modena-3-in-1-Fixed-Side-Crib-Cool-Grey/15529734
"E" Pillow - Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/transaction/87451959
Mobile - Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/transaction/79392775
Bunting Flag - Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/transaction/85868581
Ezekiel Sign - Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/transaction/80858176
Rug - Rugs USA - http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-map/grey/200ACR132A-508.html
Library/Book Wall - Books from different places such as swap meet, craiglist, thrift stores. Shelves from IKEA - http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20126065/#/50152595
Small, Kid Couch - TJ Maxx
Batman Pillow - Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/transaction/84792651
Arc Lamp - Target - http://www.target.com/p/home-arc-floor-lamp-silver/-/A-13158360
Rocking Chair - Chair we found on Craigslist that we re-upolstered.
Green Pouf (Ottoman) - Homegoods
Knitted Blanket on Rocking Chair - Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/transaction/93037146
Tree Decal - Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/transaction/94287960
Dresser - IKEA - http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00067830/#/40180551
Diaper Caddy - Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/listing/115758861/lg-diaper-caddy-10x10x7-fabric-bin
Wipes Case - Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/LauraLeeDesigns108?section_id=11337563
Artwork (ABC/123, Crayon Art above Dresser, Verse) - Created by me
Crayon Art Tutorial can be seen on my blog here - http://www.krissys-creations.com/2012/06/melted-crayon-art-tutorial.html
White Cube Shelf - IKEA - http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20135300/
Lamp - Target - http://www.target.com/p/jade-seagoing-stacked-resin-small-lamp-base/-/A-13688427#?lnk=sc_qi_detaillink
Lamp Shade also from Target.
Superman Nightlight - Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/transaction/86678369
Rocking Animal - Walmart - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Happy-Trails-Plush-Rocking-Animal-Elephant/17132913
Various Stuffed Animals from Pier 1, Target, and other random places.
Green Toy Bin - Homegoods
*Pictures taken by Jackie Wonders - http://jackiewonders.com
It's hard to pick my favorite items, but if I had to choose my favorites they would be the Crayon Artwork and Library/Book wall. The striped ceiling would be a close second! My husband worked hard making sure the ceiling stripes looked perfect :).
My advice would be to start with one simple idea and take it from there. Have fun and don't worry about being to traditional or sticking to the book.