We designed a modern, gray nursery on a tight budget. It came out to approximately $800 with IKEA furniture and DIY artwork and accessories.
I searched all over for bedding that would inspire me and set the tone for her room. What I really wanted was something vibrant, that looked more like teen bedding than infant bedding. I finally found this Glenna Jean bedding with bright, bold coloring and floral pattern.
One word: minimalist! :)
Bedding: Glenna Jean Kirby. I was able tor order separate pieces (skirt, comforter, and curtain) saving me money versus ordering the set. The crib sheet and changing table sheet are from babybedding.com. I really wanted to incorporate B&W polka dots into the bedding, so I ordered that separately as well.
Furniture: All IKEA.
Picture Frames: IKEA frames with mattes sprayed black and color photos that I took of the flowers in her bedding. Very inexpensive artwork that matches her bedding.
Canvas Art: DIY.
Baskets: Michael's with glued on flowers.
Wall Letters: Michael's sprayed black. I added the pronunciation after she was born for a bit of humor, because her name is so often mispronounced, and because I wanted to make the typical nursery wall lettering a bit different.
Lamp: Already owned, but wrapped the shade in polka dot ribbon. A tip I saw on "Sarah's House." Love her!
Mobile: Babies r Us with polka dot ribbon bows added.
Laundry/Toy Baskets: Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
Her growing hat collection! It includes her first hats from the hospital, as well as fun and fancy hats from her grandma.
Get as many ideas as you can by viewing all the wonderful rooms on this site! I only wish I had found this site early on in my pregnancy! It's loaded with creative nursery ideas.