When planning the birth of a new child every parent wants to create the perfect nursery setting and no one ever knows where to begin besides picking out the furniture. Which, is okay in my book to call the store and switch colors three times if you want to. But anyway, I of course, chant the "less is more" motto whenever I can, and that holds true for nursery decor as well. I can't stand clutter. I was in a tiny one bedroom apartment when my first daughter was born and we didn't move into our house until she was three months old. Our second was born under conditions even more unsettling to me, house construction, and they shared a room until she was almost a year old. But in any event, I have always been known by my friends to somehow make it all work, or in this case, make it all squeeze into one tiny bedroom.
When decorating your child's nursery, I always suggest not trying to match everything to a "T". The bedding does not have to match the curtains, the curtains do not have to match the rug, etc. Use your imagination and put in the room things you like - whether or not they match or are specifically for a baby - a nice vase with flowers sitting on a shelf in a baby girls room for example, a vintage airplane on a boys shelf. They won't be babies for long, so you dont want that baby bear or looney toones baby border for long - trust me! Keep it simple and you can always add or take from it as you go. I actually love these things I found on Ebay called Wallies. They are prepasted wallpaper cutouts that can go anywhere on the walls, toybox, furniture. I just scattered a bunch of gerber daisies all over the baby's room and if I get tired of them I can add something else. Thats simple decorating on a shoe string budget. It cost me about $8 to change the look, not bad....
Shelves are also great in baby rooms (look for some at Target) and so are plain white wicker baskets for little toys, books and puzzles.
And by all means, don't forget my #1 nursery accessory. A CD player with plenty of musicial lullabies to rock your little one to sleep.