Our baby nursery was inspired by the entire epic series of Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. My husband and I are both HUGE fans ... but it was my (mom) idea to turn our passion into a truly one-of-a-kind living space for baby!
What brand and color of paint did you use?
Ceiling: Valspar matte in "surfer waves" Clouds: Valspar semigloss "snowcap white" Walls: existing neutral color
If you added stripes, polka dots or other paint effects, tell us how you did it.
We painted our ceiling with clouds that mimic the ceiling in the Great Hall at Hogwarts ... we simply rolled on the blue paint with a foam roller ... and then used a NATURAL sea sponge to paint the clouds in white by hand ... making each of them unique in shape and size.
What brand of crib did you buy? Where from?
"Just One You" Carter's Heirloom crib from Target.
What brand of furniture did you choose? Where did you buy it?
We used a dresser and wardrobe that we already owned ... and purchased the "Just One You" Carter's Heirloom crib from Target as well as a Shermag Glider Rocker from amazon.com.
What bedding set did you use? Where did you buy it?
Tell us about your window treatments, lighting, rugs, wall decor and accessories. Where did you buy them - were any handmade?
Our window treatments are my absolute favorite ... not so much the valance ... but the curtain rod constructed from a handmade broom (custom made by a broom crafter).
The vinyl wall quotations are custom
designs from NothinbutVinyl on etsy.com ... all inspired by Albus Dumbledore's words in Rowling's novels.
The antique trunk is an authentic 1872 travel trunk purchased from an antique restoration expert.
The magic wands and Hogwarts scarf were purchased from gift shops at Universal Studios "Wizarding World of Harry Potter."
The various smaller details -- photo frames, wall hooks, etc are from a variety of craft stores such as Michaels and Hobby Lobby. One canvas wall print (owl) is from Pier One. The large canvas wall art of the stacked Potter books is from a photograph taken by me (mom) and put onto canvas through walmart.com.
How did you store all your baby goodies? In baskets, on shelves?
Our baby goodies are mostly stored in the closet and in drawers ... with the exception of the compartmentalized basket on the changing table for creams and lotions.
How long did it take you? Was it easy, fun, difficult? What was your favorite part?
Working sporadically, the nursery took us 13 weeks to complete. It was incredibly FUN! I thoroughly enjoyed scavenging for the most unique and authentic Harry Potter decor I could find ... while keeping the nursery "baby friendly" in overall appearance.
My favorite part of designing the nursery was finding truly one-of-a-kind items like our handcrafted broom curtain rod, our circa 1872 trunk, and a miniature cauldron.
Did you do the entire nursery on your own or did someone help you? Who? What did they do?
My husband and I fashioned the entire nursery ourselves.
What do you love most about your little one's finished room?
That he will be the only baby with a bona fide Hogwarts-bound nursery!
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