The trouble is that because of the sheer amount of cuteness on the web (a) it can be overwhelming to make any kind of decision, and (b) some kids (ahem, mine) don't actually use their room until about the age of two, and even then, most mornings you wake up to one, or even two, cuddle bugs in your bed. So much for your well-thought out, sweet, yet chic nursery.
In our case, we knew we were going to be co-sleeping for some time. So, thankfully we didn't put time or money into the extra bedroom until our oldest was about 18 months. I was very excited. I came up with a mood board on pinterest. Ok, so, it's not so much a mood board, as it is a brain dump of beautiful, monochromatic kids rooms, with a splash of color and coziness.
We painted an accent wall, got some furniture from IKEA and DIY'd the Kura bed, probably the most posted bunk bed on Pinterest. (Thoughts on this particular piece of furniture to follow.) And then... she didn't sleep in it. I had a toddler on top of me for the last four months of my second pregnancy. And then, the baby came and our daughter slept in her room, but not in the bed we had so lovingly papered and painted, rather with her dad on the crooked futon that was meant for guests and took up 60% of the room when opened. We had some hideous black out curtains that were also supposed to block sound. The futon featured a handmade, earth-toned quilt. The quilt is a cherished wedding gift, made by a good friend's mother, but it had nothing to do with the forest green wall and pinks I had going on. Sadly, I don't have any pictures of the space from that time, though it is probably for the best. Eventually, (at two and half), our daughter started sleeping in her bed and very soon after, it seemed, our son was in his own bed, as well. We sold the futon and moved things around.
This is what it looked like at some point...