After having several people ask me about my Harry Potter nursery, I decided to show it off here. It would be impossible to describe the sheer number of thoughts that ran through my mind when I found out I was pregnant. At the time, my husband and I were living in a one bedroom apartment but had already signed a lease on a two bedroom apartment that we would be moving into later that month. The original plan for the second bedroom was to make it my office, and I won't lie, I shed a couple for its loss. But within a week, I was already planning the nursery.
Why Harry Potter?
I struggled over two themes: Harry Potter or Super Mario. My husband really pushed for Mario, but my concern was that we may have a little girl. At this point, I was maybe 5 weeks pregnant, so we were a long way from finding out the gender. And I know that girls like Mario (I love Mario), but I still thought it seemed more appropriate for a boy. Plus, anyone that knows me knows that I love Harry Potter. I am not sure that there are words to describe my deep love for Harry Potter.
I still remember when my 6th grade teacher introduced me to him. I've been obsessed ever since. In high school, I threw a birthday party for Harry. I did the midnight release parties. And, even to this day, I read the books regularly. Instead of watching TV at night, I listen to the Harry Potter books on audio. So, it was natural for me to want a Harry Potter nursery.
The problem is that my husband does not actually enjoy Harry Potter, so I knew the nursery couldn't be all Gryffindor and Hogwarts. Plus, although I've seen a fantastic nursery done that way, it doesn't fit my style. I wanted something brighter, more colorful, and more whimsical.
I thought about what Harry Potter means to me, and I decided that I wanted to focus on the grounds of Hogwarts. I wanted the nursery to look like you were hanging out outside, near the Forbidden Forest, with touches of Harry Potter all around. I know, its a lose Harry Potter theme, but it is what Harry Potter means to me. My husband says its barely Harry Potter at all.
On a side note, some people have asked what I plan to do if William doesn't like Harry Potter. It's a weird question; no one ever asks what someone will do if their baby doesn't like ducks when they choose a duck theme. Babies don't know what they like. The nursery is pretty much for me to be happy and comfortable in. And I am happy and comfortable in it. So for now, that's enough.
Creating a Harry Potter nursery is not as easy as just going to your local baby store and buying a bed in a bag. Originally, I had bought a crib set that was brownish, but I quickly returned it. I bought a simple, brown polka-dot sheet and paired it with a leafy crib skirt that my mom made. The blanket is also a gift from my mom, who embroidered William's name on it.
The decals are the most important part of the nursery, and it cost me about $40 to get enough for the entire room (I got them on Amazon, and they were significantly cheaper when I bought them over six months ago). The next piece that really makes the forest-y theme is the green rug, reminiscent of tall grass in person, which cost around $60 at Ikea. I went with the brown crib, which converts to a toddler's bed.
Two of my favorite pieces are actually the small turquoise desk and yellow chair. I found both at a thrift store, and my husband gave them a quick coat of spray paint. The desk was $3 and the chair $2. Obviously, I didn't need them, but who could resist a price like that? And I think every child should have an old-school, school desk. Eventually, I'll have to find a chair that will actually fit the desk.
The glider was an incredible find, as most gliders cost around $300 and mine cost an amazing $150 at the local military base's furniture store. Plus, it was tax free.
The book shelves were $5 Ikea spice racks that I painted in a yellow ombre style (my husband's idea).
We also painted a small Ikea dresser in the same ombre style with the same yellow colors. As you can see, our baby has a flat screen TV mounted on the wall and a Wii on his dresser. That's not because we intend for him to watch it. It's because we had an extra TV that we didn't know where to put.
Excuse my dog's crazy eyes, but I couldn't fix them because of a small disagreement with my copy of Photoshop. In any event, I made that little owl dog bed to match the room theme. And Buddy happily sits on it when he hangs out in the nursery. Incidentally, I had intended to make a quilt with the same fabric, but it didn't work out. I'm in the process of making a quilt with similar colors instead.
These pillows are the most Harry Potter influenced part of the nursery, and they were also the most labor intensive. I found the basic patterns online, but, unfortunately, I had to adapt the patterns a bit because those pillows are huge. The first one is Hagrid's Hut; the second one is the lighting bolt scar; and the third one is Hogwarts castle. Each one took me at least three days to make, but I think it was worth it. I had planned to make another one, but as William could be here any day now, I think it will have to wait.
Here is a close up of the bookcase from an earlier picture. As you can see, it is also strongly influenced by Harry Potter. The vast majority of books on it are my books, but I pushed them to the back and put the various Harry Potter trinkets towards the front.
Rachel Paxton is a typer of words in Dallas, TX.