When I started planning for our 1st baby's nursery, I really did not have a specific design in mind. But I was very clear on what I did NOT like: a very traditional princess-y pink nursery. Since we live in an apartment, I knew I wanted the nursery to still reflect our modern taste. And I knew I wanted a very pale blush - peach pink as the focal color. But living in an apartment also presented limitations on the decor we could do (i.e., we could not put a ton of holes on the walls, use wallpaper, etc).
The first decision we made was the furniture. Choosing the crib, changing table, and bookcase took about 2 months! I quickly realized that I did not want white furniture as that did not match the rest of our apartment. Well that removed 99% of choices out there! Eventually - after much back and forth - we chose the Wyler Collection from Restoration Hardware Baby.
After choosing the furniture, we decided on the shade of blush pink that I LOVED... but even this came with some struggles because majority of Baby Girl beddings & decor come in very dark pinks! I'm very thankful for the Monique Lhuillier collection at Pottery Barn Kids because she has the prettiest shade of blush pink that goes very well with brass gold and cream!
From hereon, it became a (quite a slow) process of finding inspiration from Instagram, Blogs, etc. Sidenote: I personally do not venture into Pinterest because I get overwhelmed! Me and my husband would purchase one piece at a time... so the nursery design kept evolving and was a journey for both of us. I also found customer-uploaded pictures in retailer websites as very helpful sources of inspiration! Majority of our pieces came from RH Baby & Child and Pottery Barn Kids. Accent pieces & other decor came from Anthropologie, The Little Market, Cracker Barrel, and Target.
The end result is a very elegant, feminine, comfortable nursery - that still has a touch of playfulness to inspire creativity and imagination!