When we moved into our current home just a few short months ago, this room was painted a neon green and had bright purple curtains; thus, of course we knew it would make a great project for baby Axel's nursery to be! The only furniture we ended up buying during his nursery renovation is the chair, ottoman and crib. Everything else you see is a piece of re-used, re-furbished and/or re-purposed furniture--making this nursery the quintessential up-cycled baby domicile.
We started with the paint: keeping two of the walls neutral utilizing an all-over gray tone to allow for a calming effect, then made things interesting by interchanging a lighter gray tone in with the original in those horizontal stripes you see on the other two adjacent walls, all moldings and doors were left ivory. Everything else simply followed this flow: calm, simple and sweet with added touches of fun color and geometric shapes, along with silly books and unique pictures to bring youth into the space.
Timeless pieces like the tufted club chair in the corner, or the antique changing table that previously served as my mother in-law's TV stand (and was believed to have been a 3-tier dresser before that), add to the rest of our home's traditional decor. However, like the rest of our home, we've brought such items into this century with a bright coat of paint or contemporary accent piece to accompany and compliment their disposition (i.e., the leather ottoman, modern shelving/lamps). A sort of old world meets new is what we tend to aspire for in all of our decor.
Ottoman: Pier 1
Mirror and "1,2,3,4" Hooks: HomeGoods
All shelving originally from Target in 2010. Lamp behind chair from Target in 2006. Table top lamp from IKEA in 2006.
Baby bouncer part of the Graco Duet Connect LX Swing plus Bouncer in "manor" color.
All pictures from Muddy Puddle Prints on etsy (all frames from Target).
All fabric-lined shelving wicker baskets, the antique glass piggy bank and the amazing changing table (painted and antiqued by my husband) were inherited from my mother in-law upon her passing last February.
I love all the sweet elephant-adorned items, like the pillow case on the chair, a couple of the pictures above the crib and on the lower shelf--even the crib sheets have a light gray elephant print.
Don't get everything from one source, keep it somewhat eclectic! Even if the overall goal is a polished look--variety vs uniformity will allow for a truly spirited space for your surely spirited wee babe.