Initially designed as a gender neutral nursery with added "pink" and custom elements after my daughter Mia was born. Mia's nursery is a mix match of bright colors on a neutral background of grey. It has a combination of modern elements, DIY projects, and cheap/cool finds.
My starting point was my handmade blanket and grey crib. My inspiration for the nursery was from multiple sources...mostly found on project nursery and the internet.
Modern, resourceful, and on a strict budget! (www.thestyledchild.com)
Crib - Oeuf Sparrow Crib (http://www.oeufnyc.com/sparrowcrib.aspx#section=overview)
Change Table/Dresser - Ikea and Painted to match crib (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/00176320/)
Book Shelf - Ikea with Added Red background (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/50103086/#/70193745)
Rocker - Monte Joya Rocker (http://www.montedesign.net/modern-nursery-joya-rocker.html)
Rug - DIY (Inspired by Jonathan Adler's Rug and a DIY: http://thestyledchild.blogspot.ca/2012/09/cruelty-free-zebra-rug.html)
Curtains - Ikea (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/50161316/)
Blanket - Handmade (Inspired by: http://www.etsy.com/shop/screamymimi23)
Painting - Myself (www.thestyledchild.com)
Prints - Myself and Etsy sellers (www.thestyledchild.com)
Decals - Etsy
Lights - Ikea
Wagon - Gift
Accessories - DIY, Homesense, and Gifts (www.thestyledchild.com)
My favorite item is my handmade carpet! I was 8 months pregnant slaving over it!
Find a neutral background as your canvas and then get or find an item you love and use that as a jumping off point! Be creative and think outside the box!