For my second daughter (and third child) I wanted to design something that wasn't off the shelf, and was a clean, classic design.
If you can be "inspired" by a limitation, then that's what I was. :) My "limitation" was needing to incorporate the rocker/glider that we had from our first daughter. It is not quite sage green, not quite lime - kind of a tough color to match, but it was an expensive chair so we wanted to use it again for Madeline. I started with that piece, then worked from there to find coordinating elements to create an earthy, serene feel to the room.
Classic, clean, bright, simple yet ornamental.
The bedding was where I spent the most time, and the most budget. To me, bedding can really pull together a room. I found the fabric family I liked - Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow, then found an Etsy shop to make everything. I went with One World Baby (http://www.etsy.com/shop/OneWorldBaby?ref=exp_listing) and cannot say enough about how wonderful they were to work with. They did the crib skirt, sheets, window panels, a quilt and the changing pad cover.
Once I knew that the dogwood print was going to be in the bedding, I wanted to incorporate it onto the walls. We don't like actual objects to hang over our babies' beds, so it needed to be something stenciled. I found a dogwood stencil (also on Etsy), and painted it above the crib.
The furniture is a combination - the crib is the Kendall Crib from Pottery Barn Kids (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/kendall-fixed-gate-crib/), then paired it with the Hemnes collection dressers and side table from IKEA (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00067830/). I switched out the top row of drawer pulls on both dressers and replaced them with pink crystal ones from Pottery Barn Kids - I did this to pull in the pink from other areas in the room.
The rug is earthy, but with some color pop, and is the Clara rug from Pottery Barn Kids. (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/clara-rug/)
The lamps I LOVE! I found them at IKEA. (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10160494/)
The initial "M" was Pinterest inspired. :) I now proudly, at the age of 38, know how to sew a button onto fabric. :)
The wall display just spoke to me - wrapped in beige linen fabric, with pink accents -- I just knew it was perfect for the large wall over the dresser / changing table. (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/sentiment-canvas-collection/?pkey=e%7Cfly%7C0%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C2&group=1&sku=3408820&cm_src=NLASEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-)
I painted a small wood plaque in pink to match her room, then designed her name / birthday / stats in Photoshop and had it printed on a 5x7, which I mounted on cardstock, then used Modge Podge to affix to the plaque.
My favorite item is probably the crib with the beautiful bedding - the crisp white against the beige walls, with the pink and green accents ---- love.
Find an item that exudes the "feel" you want the room to have. Build upon that item, finding things that complement but aren't matchy matchy.