A friend described the nursery as what would happen if Ralph Lauren went to Bass Pro Shops. It's a hunting-themed nursery with a preppy touch and absolutely no camouflage.
The inspiration for this nursery was my husband, who's an avid outdoors man, a Burberry tie from his closet, and our Labrador Retriever. The room reminds me of my husband's combination of sophistication and ruggedness. I wanted our son to have a boyish, fun room that he could grow into, and not a baby-ish room he'd outgrow in a couple years.
Classic, comfortable, and affordable. I like combining farm house accents with European antiques; neutral pallets with bright accents; and designing on a budget.
The room started with the plaid wall. My husband had actually suggested that if we had a boy we could paint him a novacheck plaid room to match his favorite tie. When we got down to designing it, the Burberry pattern would be far too difficult for us to paint ourselves, so we came up with a more simple plaid-like design. It took my husband just a few days, and a lot of patience, to paint it and I love the result.
I wanted to add a textured barn-wood looking wallpaper to add an outdoors feel to the room. The paper is hung on a wall with a large 5 x 6 window. When we hung the wallpaper it didn't seem to go well with the plaid wall, but once we added the wall decals and the antler chandelier it all made sense. The chandelier tied the two themes (preppy and hunting) together. I'm really please with how both personalities meld together in this room.
All of the furniture was either handed down from a relative or an antique we bought for our daughter's nursery. Each piece has a story, which I love.
Rocking Chair and Ottoman - Pottery Barn Kids (2009) with White Canvas Slipcover (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/
Antler Chandalier - Home Depot http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&productId=202188190&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&ci_sku=202188190&ci_src=14110944&cm_mmc=shopping-_-googlebase-_-D27X-_-202188190&locStoreNum=3012
The custom wall art with the deer head and "Flinn" on a plaid background was created by Mackenzie Designs. http://mackenziekdesigns.com/
Barn Wood Wallpaper - Sherwin Williams. We ordered samples online and looked at samples in the Sherwin Williams store. We chose a paper that was thick and textured to add dimension to the wall and give it a more realistic wood-grain look.
Paint - Sherwin Williams. The base which covers three walls is Languid Blue. The blue stripe is Tempe Star and the orange is Energetic Orange. The cream was Lowe's Divine Cream left over from our daughter's toddler room make-over. Any time you can use leftover paint from a previous project it's a great way to save money.
Fabrics - I found the soft linen for the bedding, quilt and throw pillow at JoAnn's Fabric. The duck fabric and hounds tooth came from a discount fabric store in Springfield, MO called FM Stores. They have loads of designer fabrics heavily discounted.
Deer Wall Hooks - World Market http://www.worldmarket.com/home/index.jsp
Canvas Prints - A photographer friend (www.PrestonsPhotography.com) turned some photos we had of our dog into black and white, but left his orange collar in color for me. Then I used a coupon for www.CanvasonDemand.com to order two prints to hang above the changing table.
I can't pick just one, but since you asked I'd have to say the plaid wall. I really enjoy bragging on my husband's work!
Painting tips: Use Frog tape, draw the entire line before taping, and paint over the seam of the tape with the base color first. Doing these three things creates a really straight line.
Custom Bedding / Textile Tips: When having custom bedding made show the seamstress a few photos of what you have in mind and give them a budget. They will likely work with you to achieve close to what you want within your budget and give you tips on how to save money. The lady who made all the textiles for this nursery even gave me coupons to get the fabric I wanted cheaper.
Wallpaper Tips: Hanging Wallpaper - Get lots of quotes! Our first quote came in three times more than the last one. Hire someone who hangs wallpaper full time and ask lots of questions. In the Springfield, MO area we used James Ward (417-725-6862) and highly recommend him.