I had a long time to think about how I wanted to decorate the nursery, but up until a few months ago the most I had picked out were the colors. Last summer we painted the room sage green and robin egg blue, two colors that were relatively gender neutral.
One night--after seeing the moonlight filter in through the window, projecting a tree shadow on the wall--I was inspired to create a big tree mural on one of the walls. Yet after several sketches, I discovered what I really wanted were primary shaped trees with red birds. Sydney has red kites, and so I thought another "flying" motif would be appropriate. Hence, the red birds.
I later found out that red birds are considered the Christmas bird...so I think I made a good choice.
Other than the mural, the walls are a bit bare because I'm holding off on putting up all the wall decorations before I have all the framed art (my mom is doing another genealogy tree for the room similar to the one Sydney has). Two things are up though: a growth chart in the same style as Sydney's, and an activity/inspirational calendar called Baby Be Loved. (I highly recommend this book because it has some great activities and ideas, and it's just perfect for hanging above the changing table.)
I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how the room turned out. Especially considering the only new thing in the room is the paint, the growth chart, and the size 1 diapers (poor child, not even a stitch of new clothing or blankets or toys! Ah, the budget saving beauties of a second child of the same gender). To see pictures of the room, start on photo #43 of the photo album.
Next week is the final installment: master bedroom and bath.