How does your family use this room?
We have three boys—Jack, George and Charlie. This room is shared by George and Charlie. It’s my favorite room in the house, though. If I ever get the luxury of a nap, I take it in here.
The boys are obviously Harry Potter fans. Is it a family thing?
My husband, Jonathan, and I are huge fans. He actually asked me if we should wait and see if it comes to the boys naturally, but they had to be Harry Potter fans. It’s what we read at night before bed.
Tell me about the mural.
The mural was painted by Reid White. She was actually the boys’ babysitter. I had been talking about doing this for a while, and one weekend while I was I way, my husband had it started.
Where did you find the themed decor?
Most everything in the room was purchased separately. Some things came from Etsy, Ebay, and other online stores. A few things came from Harry Potter World. We wanted certain things to be genuine – like Hedwig. Hedwig had to be legit. No generic owls.
What was the boys’ reaction to the room?
They absolutely loved it. And I hope they continue to do so. I’m not changing it unless it’s to make room for a crib for a future grandchild named Sirius. I love that room as much as they do. Maybe more.
Is it important to you for your kids to have a creative space?
Absolutely! A home is where we spend most of our time – growing and exploring life together. While I would love to have a home that I can entertain in, I mostly want to have a fun, creative environment where we feel comfortable and can express our interests and the love we have for ideas, art and imagination. I feel like our home represents who we are as a family. You can see pieces of our personalities in each room. We frame our children’s art and hang it next to art that is purchased from a gallery. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.
What does your family love about Harry Potter?
What I love most about Harry Potter is that it appeals to the child in me, while also teaching me how to be an adult. The idea of good versus evil, not only in an external way in the world, but the struggle of light versus dark within us, is told in the most simplistic and beautiful way possible in both the books and the movies. They both inspire me to try and see the good in myself and others. I framed some of Dumbledore’s quotes in hopes that my boys will take them to heart. And the magic is what makes it accessible to people of all ages. My kids love it because it’s fun, but I know they’re simultaneously learning important life lessons. And I love the fact that at any given moment, someone in my house can scream “Expecto Patronum!”