SUSAN ELIA MACNEAL: As many of you know, 2013 was the year my mother-in-law, Miss Edna moved in with us and, in October of 2014, we said goodbye.
Our son, the Kiddo, bravely and unselfishly let his grandmother have his room, while living in a nook we made from our apartment's dining room (it's a loft apartment, so it's not as dire as it might sound). We called his room, made with temporary walls, in jest, "the closet under the stairs," because Kiddo is such a Harry Potter fan. In all seriousness, it was pretty darn nice.
Well, Hubby and I got the idea into our head that a total bedroom makeover was needed before Kiddo could move back into his old room, and decided on a Harry Potter theme. We wanted it less "stuff with logos you'd get at the theme park" and more "referencing Harry's room at Gryffindor." I'm proud to share the results with you.
This is the crest for the door, made by Hubby:
This is the day bed, which makes a comfy place to read and play board games. Hedwig, the owl bearing a Hogwarts acceptance letter, was made by Michael Schupbach at Puppet Kitchen.
A longer shot of the room, including bunting and Persian carpet.
Lucius Malfoy's staff, made by Hubby and Kiddo:
All of the artwork is a 1930s take on Harry Potter, from Etsy.com:
The bookcase (Cogsworth clock by Hubby):
Owl bedside lamp:
Window (with view of children's author Mo Willems's patio):
The desk (fourth graders get a lot of homework):
Closeup of another print:
Potter-abelia on the desk's shelf:
Closeup of the desk's owl, again made by Puppet Kitchen.
And, finally, overwhelmed and happy Kiddo on his new bed in his new room!
And here, at Mattie request, is a picture of him and "Grandmama" aka Miss Edna together.
SUSAN ELIA MACNEAL: Reds and lovely readers, what do you think of themed rooms? Is there a room in your abode you'd want to redecorate with a literary theme? And what would you choose? Please let us know in the comments!