When Wren was born, we lived in a one room industrial loft in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. We converted our walk-in closet to a pint sized nursery. We had to include a few before pictures to the after so you can see what we were working with!
Our design inspiration came when we picked out the wallpaper and designed the rest of the room around that. Our biggest inspiration was to create a nursery that was functional and darling, in the small space we had. We tore down the original closet shelving, painted the walls coral and wallpapered two accent walls, created wainscoting with trim and textured wallpaper, and covered the concrete floors with stick on vinyl, made to look like wood flooring.
Together, my husband and I are transitional. He's an architect and much more modern, while I'm closer to traditional. For our daughter, all of that was out the window - we wanted it to be fun and whimsical.
Babyletto Crib: Amazon
Dresser, wall shelving, wall closet IKEA
Mirror: Found in free space of our building
Rug and Lamp: Pottery Barn Teen
Sheep Painting: Made by Grandma
Chandelier: Pottery Barn Kids
My favorite items (I can't choose just one!) are the wallpaper - because our daughter is named after a bird, we like to keep her surrounded by them! - and also the star night light I found on Etsy. Its unique and beautiful.
My advice is to use the space you have the best you can. Don't be afraid to think outside of the box! Some people were horrified that I would "put my baby in a closet". And search as long as you need to for those perfect items. I spent hours searching for each component and I'm glad I did! Engage in a little DIY! It makes the room feel really special.