I've been looking at kid's furniture and things lately, like toy boxes, toddler beds, little tables, etc. so that when Nina's a teensy bit bigger, I can start making her room at our new place more -her- room., and not just a baby room. I didn't have my own room until I was nine, because we lived with my grandpa in his spare basement living space, with my brother and my mom, so my brother and I shared a room and my mom slept on the couch. I -loved- having a place that was mine. I've always kept that view, that my room was -my- room. I decorated it, made it my own. It felt like a little world of my own, within our house. I want Nina to have her own place, too, but earlier than I had to.
My problem, however, is that everything for little kids seems to be gender separated or character specific. Dora, Spongebob, whoever the crap Sofia the First and Doc MsStuffins are. Pink, Blue, Car beds for boys, bright pink car beds for girls. I'm trying to make her room colorful and fun, but without so much typical-ness...if that makes sense. If she ends up liking characters later on, or bright pink "girly" stuff, no problem, I'll change it up for her, but I don't want her immediately surrounded by things that she's "supposed" to like just because she's a girl, and have that somehow influence her preferences. My mom painted my first room bright yellow, with a pink flower desk, a pink flower laundry basket, and a pink canopy on the bed, with flower rugs. I HATED that. I redid everything in green and brown, even though it annoyed her because that wasn't "something that girls do". I've found some wonderful pieces, that are cute and colorful and keep a room decorative and fun, but some other things, it's just...ugh.
With my son's nursery, we did a jungle theme. We new we were having a boy, but I still did not go with a natural boy theme.