Location: United States
We wanted to create a room that was what we would've liked as a kid. The original idea was to make the room feel like it was a forest glade, but we didn't have time to paint that detailed a mural and so much of the walls are window that it wouldn't really have worked. We settled on three season trees: Summer, Spring and Autumn and proceeded to populate with creatures - some by us, some by our friends. We also added some metal elements (like the clock and curtain rods) to give it a Narnia feel.
We wanted to create the nursery ourselves, plus we didn't have much of a choice given our very small budget.
We started by painting the walls and ceiling blue (with a roller) and the bottom of the walls a reddish brown (with a brush and sponge for texture.) Paints were no-VOC from Home Depot although I still wore a gas mask just in case. For the closet we used leftover paint from our bathroom and faded down to a dark ocean blue. The idea is that the closet is an ocean (Neil Gaiman, "Ocean at the End of the Lane" inspired).
My husband painted the trees and built-in book shelves (scrap wood) using acrylic paints from Michaels. Having plenty of shelving is important to me, mostly for books. I also like the idea of toy baskets (like the one next to the Craigslist-bought green chair) because they look cute and I'm hoping they will make clean-up easier.
The crib is a Stokke that I bought (off Craigslist) because I like that it is on wheels and fits through doors so we can have the baby in our room at first. Changing pad is the Keekaroo Peanut Changer (a gift) which I like because there are no linens to deal with, also it is heavy and deep enough that we didn't need to put a rail around the dresser (we didn't feel a changing table was necessary and we had a dresser that looked nice in the room.) I've had the giant blue "foof" chair for years and decided it will be the perfect place for storytime or small people who want to climb mountains.
We redid the closet to have shelves the right size for cloth bins for easy clothing storage. The shelf on the opposite wall will one day be a reading perch, but is currently nice for larger storage.
Our friends gave us some amazing art: Hot Air Balloon is by Joanna Walker, Blue Knit Monster is by Jennifer Court, Bird & Dragon Mobile by Sarah Gallant Breedon, Sunflowers by Victoria Tunkel, and baby quilt by Patti Lightstone.
Thanks, Ariel! Welcome baby "Button"!