Why 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.
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.
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.