When my husband and I moved to Georgia we didn't know the sex of our sweet Hazel. So it was very easy to pick the paint color for the stripes on the wall. I am a person that tends to change my mind a lot when it comes to decorating, I felt it was easier picking things out that could be gender neutral. So in the beginning everything I picked out was white, which is my favorite color. Yes, it's a color! Then once we found out we were expecting a girl, soft pink and turquoise joined the party. We knew we wanted the nursery to be a simple and relaxing place to be and I think we accomplished that.
I was introduced to Pinterest right before I found out I was pregnant, so the rest is history. Once you find out big news like that of course Pinterest becomes your best friend. Then naturally through Pinterest you are introduced to Project Nursery! It's a mad snowball of inspiration.
I don't really have a decorating style, I like to buy things that serve some sort of purpose while looking good. There is no rhyme or reason to how I came up with this, just picked things that tickled my fancy. I tend to lean towards a softer color palette with lots of white accents. Plus with being in a rental we couldn't do anything too permanent or crazy (wish we had wood floors!)
Crib: Jenny Lind (craigslist find) Available at many online retailers
White Frames: Michaels (did have to prime and paint white)
Pictures in Frames: http://www.etsy.com/
Lamp: Base from Walmart and Shade from Target ( shade embellishments DIY )
Dresser: Craigslist DIY (painted, new knobs, new book page collage top)
Barn Wood Ladder: http://www.ebay.com/ (DIY painted white)
Vintage Arrows: From Izzyandme on www.etsy.com (DIY stripe painting)
White Curtains: Target
Mirror: Kirkland's Home Decor (was a gold frame, hand painted white)
Personalized hanger: DIY
Personalized letter/name canvas: Free alphabet printable cards can be found at http://www.thehandmadehome.net/2011/05/freebie-of-the-month-club-alphafantastical-insta-decor/ I printed out the letters to spell her name and then decoupaged them onto canvas.
My favorite item is the $10 dresser that I found on Craigslist. It was a lot of sanding, priming, painting, and mod podging etc., but it's adorable. I also love the ribbon/feather mobile. It actually took me a really long time but you would never guess by just glancing at it. It was inspired by a Pinterest project I pinned long ago. It's so soft and was the only way I could think of incorporating my white feathers for the look I was going for. Last but not least, the hand embroidered quilt on the rocking chair. It took my mother-in-law and many other family members almost seven months to complete, it is absolutely stunning in person.
Start early! I am so glad that I decided to start purchasing items as soon as I found out we were expecting. I knew the budget would be tight and we would be moving half way in between so I needed to be frugal. I am a avid Craigslist stalker of treasures. I knew exactly what crib I wanted and searched high and low for it used and sure enough Craigslist came through for me. Don't be afraid to take that route if you are willing to put in a little elbow work to clean/refinish a piece. I find great joy in transforming items and I know it is not everyone's idea of a good time but that's my little tidbit on how to save a little green. Just remember to have fun with it and not take it too seriously because once your sweet baby is here all the details kind of just fade into the background!