Like most people in their mid-20s, I'm slowly being surrounded by babies. Friends, cousins, and co-workers have done a bang-up job of procreating in recent months, and all these babies mean a lot of thought about gifts and nurseries and baby-proofing.

I always stick a book or two in with baby shower gifts (you can never start them too young!), and as I've poured over reprints of Winnie the Pooh, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and other great books I loved as a kid, I started thinking about how lovely it would be to decorate a nursery with vintage images from classic children's books.

I have a soft spot for Beatrix Potter's characters and E.H. Shepard's illustrations of Winnie the Pooh, but whatever you choose, make it personal; decorating the walls of your child's nursery with images from books you loved as a child will help you create a welcoming nest for your little one.

Whether you stick with images from a single book or make meaningful selections from several titles, keep the frame and matting consistent for each image to unify all images.

Finding vintage books is easier than you may think, and it's quite affordable. A local used bookstore is a great place to start, but don't forget to try local charity shops, which sell used books for as little as $1.

It may be tempting to snap up a book in almost new condition, but try to resist. If a book is only gently used, some child can love it, and it always seems a waste to pull apart a perfectly good book for the sake of art. Instead, select titles that are falling apart (which will make pulling out the pages easier, too).

And don't forget to raid mom and dad's attic or basement. Your parents probably still have books from when you were a kid, and you just can't buy that kind of sentimental value.