When we found out we were pregnant, we decided that we wanted the gender to be a surprise. Therefore, we wanted to design a nursery that was gender neutral, but very warm and inviting. Once Zoe was born, we added personal touches to make the room uniquely hers, but the design definitely works for both genders.
We were looking for themes for the room, and kept getting drawn to owl items. We wanted the room to remain gender neutral, so we just sprinkled owl items throughout the design that work for both sexes. It adds a cuteness without being over the top. My husband and I are also into music, so much of the artwork on the walls are concert posters in colors that are kid-friendly.
Our decorating style leans to the modern side as we like rooms to look light and clean, but we always incorporate items that have meaning or age to give any room a personal, inviting feel.
The crib, dresser, rocking chair and standing light in the nursery, and curtains are all from Target. The bedding is from Pottery Barn. The green shelf and toy chest are from IKEA.
My favorite item is the quilt hanging over the crib, it was handmade by my cousin for my daughter and includes fabric from her late grandfather's sweater, along with pieces of the sheets from her room design and fabric from the flower girl dresses from our wedding.
Keep the design simple, keep the wall color toned down, and let the art and personal items make the space.