Our house is surrounded by trees and nature so I liked the idea of using a lot of neutral colors (browns, tans). The pop of red was inspired by the Motorcycle print which has long hung in our house.
I was reusing the white crib and chair from my daughter's nursery, so I wanted the rest of the decor to offset the lighter style of the furniture, plus I wanted a room that Connor could grow up in so I decided on stronger, more neutral colors vs. traditional baby pastels.
I would describe my style as comfortable, yet eclectic. While I love very clean and modern decor, I like to match the style of my rooms with the style of my house - which is currently very cottage-like. I prefer to re-use and re-purpose things from around the house as much as I can and give them new life in a different setting.
The crib bedding was originally a Madras quilt from Pottery Barn Kids that I had remade into the bumper (and I used the left over fabric for a small quilt to drape over the chair). I also had two crib sheets made from a duvet (also PBK). We re-used my husband's dresser from his childhood (This End Up) which was much heavier wood. It serves as both Connor's changing table and dresser.
Although new, both the vintage style car and toy box, plus the sock monkeys bring a lot of personality to the room and add a bit of "kid-ness" to the space.
I have always had luck starting with a single element that I love and working from that - in this case it was the madras quilt and the motorcycle print. Everything else fell into place.