Sawyer's nursery was a BIG challenge. His room was originally an office, 10x10 with 22 ft. ceilings, pocket doors, and no windows nor a closet. My 2 biggest obstacles were creating storage space and breaking up the wall space, vertically. We created a warm, neutral nursery with different accents instead of creating a theme. I did a lot of the projects myself, and found inspiration from this website.
I knew I wanted a warm nursery, that when converted back in to an office, wouldn't need much changing. I like modern, clean lines which carried through in my nursery design. This nursery was all about storage, storage, storage!
My project style is a mix of modern and eclectic. I like to see what deals I can find on items that I have to have, and shop around before settling on anything. I'm a huge fan of craigslist, eBay, etsy, and amazon.
All of the items in the room were purchased for Sawyer, unfortunately I didn't save anything from my first son, as we didn't expect or plan on getting pregnant again (brother is Tatum, 3 1/2). The crib is from Amazon - it's an Amy Coe crib and we found the modern design relatively cheap. The bedding is a Carter's minky dot crib bumper from Baby Depot and the fitted sheet is a circle dot print from Walmart.com. The dresser is the Malm in white from Ikea. I also made the shelving unit by attaching a curtain rod and voila! It's a hanging closet! The items on top of the shelf are misc items from thrift stores and Pier 1. Of course, there is a copy of Tom Sawyer on the shelf. The chalkboard was a DIY project I did by purchasing a frame from a local thrift store, buying a piece of wood to fit, and painting it with chalkboard paint. Im ecstatic by how it turned out! The rocker was a find on craigslist ($50!). I bought the side table at Goodwill and painted it, then attached vinyl chevron decals to the top of it. The large wall piece of argyle with Sawyer's name was done at my parents signs & graphics shop at a whopping $0 cost to me! I even installed it myself. That really makes the room, and Sawyer loves staring up at his name. The lighting fixture is also from Ikea, as I'm sure you've seen on numerous other nursery's on Project Nursery. The wall color is also Cashmere from Valspar. As for the rug, my favorite piece in the room, I purchased that from Overstock.com. I LOVE the rug!
My favorite items in the room are the chalkboard and rug. I just absolutely love them!
My advice is just to start in 1 place and work your way around the room. The original design I started with was green and navy, and as you can see, it went in a totally different direction. Find a wall color you love, and go from there. You can always find bedding to go with the wall color, then accents, furniture, etc. Use inspirations from others, but make your room unique!