Cheap Target clock, photo I took at Crystal Bridges, and paper pennants made from rice wrapping paper and leftover sock yarn
We have a fairly small house. It's laid out really well, but the fact remains that we already have four people divided into three not-huge bedrooms, so fitting in a fifth was proving to be a logistical puzzle. Not that I have a problem with kids sharing bedrooms, and Brooklyn has already volunteered (once Juniper gets old enough to sleep through the night). And it's always baffled me that we take a new human who's just spent their whole life snuggled up next to someone's heartbeat, going along with whatever Mama's doing, and then think they'll enjoy being stuck by themselves in a big empty room.
So I turned to Pinterest (oh, perilous place!) and when I crawled out of the rabbit hole I'd tumbled down a few hours later, I had an idea. My very favorite place in our home is the knitting corner in our bedroom, and it just made sense to incorporate the junebug into that space.
I turned my little cube organizer perpendicular to the wall and moved my chair out of the corner, leaving a surprisingly large empty space that should be just enough for a bassinet or pack n play and a footstool - and set the whole thing apart with $20 in supplies from Target. One shower curtain, folded in half so it's pretty on both sides (there's no particular reason why it would have to be a shower curtain, that's just the print I liked); one super-cheap curtain rod (the U shaped kind meant for valances); and a cup hook.
I screwed one end of the rod to the wall at the correct height, and suspended the other end from a cup hook in the ceiling by way of a bit of leftover yarn (fishing line would probably provide a more polished finish, but I used what I had). As viewed from the corner, it blocks the doorway (perfect - I can leave the door open so I can still hear, without worrying about a tiny napper being distracted by movement in the hall), as well as two of the three light sources in the room and the small television Brooklyn sometimes watches afternoon movies on. Also, I think because of the color, it makes the room lighter, so that counters the visual shrinking I was slightly concerned about.
The space is still somewhat in-progress. I'm still fiddling the art around to see where I like it. I ordered a rug (partly for prettiness and partly for sound absorption and partly because I scratched up our bamboo floor dragging furniture around) that should be here next week, I spotted some adorable wire wall baskets that I may have to go back for, and, of course, I'll have to either set up our old pack n play (the economical choice) or acquire a bassinet (the cute choice - it's called Juniper so obviously it's meant to be).
In the mean time, I still have my happy knitting corner and now my back is in the afternoon sunshine, which is delightful (although, at the moment, it's making me want to take a nap, instead).