My new strategy was to finally put up curtains in her room. I have avoided putting curtains anywhere in the house because we are renting and are living here relatively short term. But today I realized that it is quite possible put up curtains in a noncommittal fashion.
It involves random fabric (that my mom was dejunking last year and I stole) and clothespins. Luckily there was already a curtain rod attached above the windows, making it even easier.
(Do you see that cantilevered table off to the side? It was my *brilliant* use of an old ikea shelfboard that is wedged under the wood bar/changing pad.)
I like it. I think the clothespins are an especially nice touch too. So many boring curtains out there. What's wrong with a fraying edge anyway? And then when we move, I can just fold them up and put them away and they are not fitted to a specific size window that we may never have again.
This solution may bother many of you who are decorator savvy. Women would often ask me what colors I was going to use in the baby room. My answer--don't know, don't care! Ila's room currently features a lovely generic blue carpet that is in every other room in the house. And there are the two green matted pictures of gardens on the wall that you can see in the first picture (which used to be in my room when I was young). And hidden on another wall is a purple flower arch my mom made that also used to be in my room. Also featured is my hope chest with a yellow tablecloth on top, barely visible in the second picture there. And then the rest of the furniture is white. And now I have lavender, denim, and blue/black checkered curtains. If only I had some orange or fuchsia to finish it off.