We wanted a creative, fun nursery that was somewhat gender neutral so that we can use it for Connor's future siblings as well.
I started off with an elephant theme inspired by a Corduroy stuffed animal that was my first purchase for Connor. Both my husband and I love animals so this sort of morphed into a more general animal theme as I went on.
I wanted to have a clear color scheme but integrate a variety of patterns in those colors.
We painted the room a pale yellow and I added navy blue elephants under the window and above the radiator. I stalked Craigslist to get the specific items that we wanted (Ikea bookcase, Pottery Barn Chair, Land of Nod Rug) and was really lucky to find almost everything I was looking for. The corduroy stuffed elephant (Jelly Cat: http://jellycat.com/usa/products/jellycat/cordyroys/) was one of my main inspirations for the room and that is where the elephant theme was born. I love craft projects and many of the items in Connor's room were a labor of love. I made the elephant mobile using shapes cut with a handmade stencil. The Connor banner was made with the scraps of fabric that I got when shopping for bedding fabric. The "lanterns" above the bookcase were a really easy project (http://thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com/2011/05/paper-lanterns.html) that add some height to the room. The photos on the wall were taken by me and I altered them in photoshop to fit the color scheme of the room. The bedding was made by my mother-in-law with fabrics that we picked out for the room because I was having trouble finding anything that fit the color scheme I was going for. Overall, I love the final result of the room!
One of the things that I didn't make but really love the are the animal paintings above the rocking chair. I had these custom made by a great Etsy seller who did a fabulous job (http://www.etsy.com/shop/LucyandTor).
It is all about add homemade touches that give the room personality. Even one or two simple DIY projects can make a room much cozier.