Here, with my kids grown and gone, we've had our own bedroom transformation. My husband's "office" had filled up with piles of yard sale finds, including on and beneath a massive oak desk where he was supposed to work. The room could only be navigated with great care, tiptoeing between the piles.
Finally he agreed (aka caved) to get the mess under control and transform the room into a comfy bedroom for a visiting daughter.
The process took from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The desk, by the way, could not even be give away on Craigslist so it got carted away in the trash. For some of us (me watching; him doing and saying NO DON'T HELP ME!) it was painful. But with a little help from IKEA (bookcases) and West Elm (bed), look how nice it turned out!
In the end, he only threw out about six box-loads of stuff) because the bed is a magic storage bed that lifts up to reveal... junk. Out of sight at least.
Said daughter was gobsmacked when she saw the room. She may even have cried.
I know, it's not a Harry Potter room, but if I were making a themed bedroom I might follow the lead of the spectacularly situated Sylvia Beach Hotel where I spent a weekend with the Oregon Writer's Colony on the coast in Nye Beach, Oregon. Its rooms honor authors.
Here's the J. K. Rowling room.
And there's an Agatha Christie Room with a shelf of her books and a clue from each mystery hidden somewhere in the room. Also rooms for Alice Walker, Amy Tan, Dr. Seuss, Mark Twain, Hemingway... and more.
I always thought the hotel was named for a place, but it turns out Sylvia Beach was a person. She opened the bookshop Shakespeare and Company on the Left Bank on Paris shortly after WWI and kept it open until the Nazi occupation in WWII, and helped many writers escape fro Paris. She was passionate about books, and became friends with writers like Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, James Joyce, and many more.
According to Goody Cable, who co-owns the Sylvia Beach hotel, Ms. Beach's unsung claim to literary history is that she edited and published Joyce’s "Ulysses." With the help of her sisters, Joyce's benefactor, Harriet Weaver, and various authors, she smuggled the book into the US, Canada, and England to bookstores and private buyers. It was considered erotica and banned. She saw little or no monies for her efforts and got little credit.
How appropriate that a whole hotel whose bedrooms honor writers is named for her!
So today's question: What about your room makeovers. Done in a day, a week, a month? Painful, gratifying, expensive, fraught with potholes??