Hufflepuff-Inspired Bedroom

Today, I wanted to give you a tour of the Hufflepuff-inspired bedroom in our Florida Airbnb. If you missed the first bedroom tour (Slytherin!), you can see that here. I wanted to make sure and tour Hufflepuff as one of the first rooms because, as it was pointed out to me on Instagram, the Hufflepuffs of the world are often forgotten.

Our Airbnb house has two stories. The upstairs has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Here’s some of the art and what the stairway leading to the bedrooms looks like.

Here is a before and after of this bedroom. We did change the carpet on the stairs and landing, but other than that most of what we did on the second floor was paint and furnish/decorate. I chose a golden yellow color for the accent wall in this room. This bedroom is on the smaller side so I decided to add a bunk bed to maximize both the sleeping area and floor space. We imagine that likely it will be families with children staying in this home so the two bedrooms that have bunk beds were designed with that in mind. Although I must admit, I also stay in Airbnb homes most of the time when I travel and I have sometimes ended up in a bedroom with bunk beds, so they work for adults too. 🙂

The bedroom is simple and uncluttered with the beds, an area rug, side table, and floor lamp. There is also a really fun owl bean bag—a great spot for reading. Ha! This room has black velvet curtains to keep the room dark for sleeping, but there’s plenty of light in the room otherwise. Keely helped me create a little framed piece of fan art with the Hufflepuff motto that hangs above the side table. And the paint color is Midsummer Gold from Behr.

Even though the room is quite simple every piece was chosen with care. Here’s a few things in the space: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 (similar) / 5


Here is a peek into the bathroom. This bedroom as well as the adjacent bedroom (which I’ll share soon—it’s Gryffindor!) both have doors that connect to this bathroom. Check out the room sources below for more details. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Room Sources: bunk bed, curtains, area rug, side table, floor lamp, owl bean bag, Hufflepuff door banner, bathroom rug.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

Slytherin-Inspired Bedroom

Our Harry Potter-inspired bnb house has five bedrooms. So, of course I had to make four of the bedrooms themed after each of the houses of Hogwarts. This master bedroom is located just off the kitchen and dining area. It’s a very spacious room (quite a bit bigger than the master bedroom in our own home, ha!) and since the full bathroom that is attached to this room already had green tile that I didn’t plan to change, I decided to make this into the Slytherin-inspired room.

Here’s a before and after of this room. Clearly updating the floors was a big change for this space. Other than that, all we really did was paint and then decorate/furnish this room according to the theme.

Each room that is themed after a Hogwarts house has a banner on the door, indicating which house it is. I also chose to add one colored accent wall in each room, picking a color that I felt represented the house—so of course our Slytherin-inspired room has a dark green wall. There is a king-size bed, side tables, a large dresser, TV, and a few fun/spooky decor items. I also chose to add black velvet curtains, which I actually have in my master bedroom at home as well because they do such a great job of blocking light in case you want to sleep in.

Here are a few of the items from the room. I have to admit, the snake rug is probably my favorite! Items: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

Keely helped me make the prints that hang above the bed. I wanted to have some fan art in each room that had something to do with the houses motto or history from the books/movies. In the Slytherin-inspired room, there’s a print with the definition of Horcrux, one that is a “recipe” for Polyjuice Potion, and then one is the words to one of the unforgivable curses (the killing curse! ah!). And I chose Green Agate from Behr for the accent wall. See the room resources below for more details. Are there any Slytherins out there reading this? Do you feel I did your house proud? 🙂 xo. Emma

Room Resources: area rug, bed frame, curtains, side tables, side lamps, black dresser and then I added other pull knobs from The Home Depot, green vase and throw pillows / HomeGoods, comforter, black skull / JOANN, house door banner, snake and skull banner / Walmart (halloween decor), bathroom rug. Accent wall paint is Behr Green Agate.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

Harry Potter-Inspired Dining Room Tour

Today, I’m sharing a before and after tour of the dining room from my Harry Potter-inspired house. Here are the living room and kitchen tours. I love this dining room!

Exciting news—this Harry Potter-inspired house is available to rent if you’re looking to vacation in Florida anytime soon. Here are the listings: AirBnb and HomeAway.

As you can see, the big changes in this space included the flooring (same as the entire first floor of this home, so the spaces flow together), painting the walls white, and swapping out the light fixture. I decided to get a light fixture that felt more like a chandelier made of candles. I was trying to find something that mixed the modern feeling I was going for with something that could maybe be found in the great hall at Hogwarts. Ha.

And since this is a five-bedroom home, it’s entirely possible there will be large groups staying here. So I wanted to get as big of a dining table as I could without it feeling impossible to move around in the space (as you have to exit out those back doors to get to the pool).

Simple, modern, but hopefully has some magical vibes too.

I added a collection of hanging bird cages with (faux) owls in one corner. I call it the Owlery. Ha! I also found this really fun tapestry that made me think of Professor Trelawney. The rug I choose is for both indoor and outdoor as I have a feeling wet feet from the pool area may walk across it from time to time. And I don’t know if you can really see it all that well, but we added a few board games and card games to the side table storage for groups to enjoy.

And since that back door leads to the pool area I figured I might as well show you that space here too.

We actually have more outdoor furniture being made but it wasn’t done in time for these photos (hopefully I can get some added to the listing photos eventually as the new furniture is, well, PINK, so that’s exciting). There is plenty of space to hang out, lounge, chill in the pool, chill in the hot tub, and with the screens and blinds you’re mostly protected from bugs—and have a decent amount of privacy from neighbors. The hammock is a great place to read, in case you were wondering. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Room Details: table, chairs, chandelier, rug, side table, tapestry, owl cages, faux owls from JOANN, hammock. Not pictured: This high chair which arrived just after these photos.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop. And thank you Steve Dennis for helping to hang the Owlery. 🙂

Harry Potter-Inspired Bnb Kitchen Tour

In case you missed the announcement, Elsie and I are both working on a short-term rental property just outside Orlando, Florida (about 20 minutes from the parks). They both have a theme, and mine is inspired by Harry Potter with a bit of a modern take. You can see the living room tour here, which was the first space I shared from this project. Today, I wanted to share a little before and after, plus a tour of the kitchen.

As you can see, we decided to have the same flooring from the living room flow throughout the kitchen and basically the entire first floor. It makes the home feel so much more cohesive and I just LOVE this flooring. We also changed the tile backsplash, painted the walls, and a few other minor things like changing out the light fixture.

There is a large dining room just on the other side of this kitchen (no door between) and that space has an eight-seat dining table. So I decided to swap out the kitchen islands to something that felt a little more like a work station, but with optional seating for hanging out while someone is cooking—that kind of thing. I love the feel!

A fun little letter board leads into the kitchen. Do you remember which book/movie this is from?

This kitchen was already very functional and I’m so happy that with a few changes it feels like a part of the whole house. There is a small pantry that also has a large trash can (I added an “Accio Trash” sign to the door. Ha.). And there is everything guests may need, including some Harry Potter-themed mugs. I really hope these don’t get broken, but I suppose we can always buy a few more if needed.

The kitchen is connected to a small hallway that has the laundry appliances. And this leads to the garage which we have turned into a game room/hang out area.

We simply painted the brick panel walls white and updated the ceiling fan—that’s it! We have a shuffleboard as well as a cornhole set which you could play in the garage or take out to the back porch pool area.

Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Room Details: island tablestools, letter board from Home Goods, light fixture, runner, shuffleboard, cornhole game.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

Platform 9 3/4 Inspired Accent Wall

Get ready for more Harry Potter-inspired decor posts! Today, I wanted to share a little more about the Platform 9 3/4 wall I built in the living room at our Florida house. This is the very first thing I knew I wanted to do in the house once I had decided my theme. I just felt like this wall was the perfect spot to have something that guests could take a photo in front of or just enjoy. And I knew I wanted to have a Platform 9 3/4 somewhere in my Harry Potter-inspired house. It’s how young wizards and witches enter the train station to head to Hogwarts, hidden from Muggles. And I just think it’s really extra special. I visited one they had set up in the London Underground (Is there more than one? Maybe there’s only one?) when I was in college with my friends and, like total cool kids, loved getting our photos in front of it. Ha! So I just knew I had to build one for this house.

Here is the wall before and after. You can see the full living room tour here where I talk more about the floors and paint we choose for this space. You can see I also updated the carpet as well (hoping the darker color will hold up to traffic from guests over the years).

I am going to tell you how we built this wall and what items we used. BUT I realize probably no one out there is going to build this in their home. It’s, well, a bit much unless you also have a Harry Potter-inspired house. I still thought it would be fun to share though even though it’s one of those projects I don’t see anyone replicating.

My contractor, Steve Dennis, cut and hung the faux brick paneling. He also helped me to cut the trolley/cart down so that’s it’s “disappearing” into the wall. Ha! This is probably the strangest job he’s ever been asked to do with a client. But he was really cool about it, he said his daughter was a big Harry Potter fan so I think he gets it. 🙂

Once the brick was in place and the cart was secured to the wall, it was just a matter of painting the brick and part of the cart. Then we screwed the suitcases (they are not real, made of a thin wood) and birdcage in place. I got the sign from Etsy and I loved that the style went with my overall design.

If you are a fan of the books and movies, you can see, very obviously, that this is an interpretation of the Platform 9 3/4. It’s basically giant fan art. Ha! I was aiming to make the house feel modern and my colors were mostly white, grays, and black, so this is just a take on this fictional place. It’s not meant to look exactly like the movies—nothing in the house really is (except some official merchandise that we purchased).

As I’ve shared peeks of this online, a lot of people asked why I didn’t design this wall to look more like Harry Potter’s bedroom (the cupboard under the stairs). There is an actual space under the stairs in this house, so I made that into that space. As you can see, I really didn’t invest a ton of time or money into this space. I had a budget to furnish this entire house and I didn’t want to waste too much of it on a space that hardly anyone would use. But I knew it would make fans smile when they opened this door, so I wanted to do something to give a nod to Harry Potter’s childhood bedroom. There’s even a calendar on the wall where “he’s counting down the days until he returns to Hogwarts.” 🙂

Since I cut the cart so it could appear to be disappearing into the wall, it doesn’t stick out that much from the wall. So it’s very easy to walk around as you leave the living room to go into the kitchen. It’s maybe one or two inches deeper than a console table would be. Everything is bolted and screwed together so hopefully we don’t have any issues with the cart moving from the wall … you’d have to really try to make that happen, so I am hopeful guests will be respectful and just enjoy this accent wall for what it is—decor and maybe a photo opportunity. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Accent Wall Details: Cart / Suitcases / Birdcage / Faux Owl from JOANN / Sign / Paint and Brick Paneling from The Home Depot.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop. Project assistance from Steve Dennis.

Christmas at the Holiday House

Hi friends, Emma here. With the Larson family traveling to Missouri this weekend to spend Christmas near family, I thought I’d give you a little, mini-tour of how I tried to make their holiday house here in Missouri really festive for them. Her daughters know that Santa is going to visiting this house (wink, wink), so I knew it needed to feel festive. If you saw Elsie’s tour of her house at Christmas then you know those girls are used to things being VERY festive. I don’t think I achieved quite that level, but I did love the idea of decorating for them and also then keeping all these decorations for this house in the future. 🙂

In the front living room, there are two trees—one gold and a smaller champagne tree. I love the look of them together next to the mantel.

In the dining room, I updated the letter board and then I bought too many gold ornaments, so I decided to make a little centerpiece out of them.

I wanted a tree in the back living room too, just because it’s nice to have a tree all lit up when you’re watching a movie or something at night. It’s just so cozy! So I bought this really sweet soft pink tree and I LOVE it.

That’s pretty much it—thanks for letting me share and happy holidays! xo. Emma

Room Sources: Trees / The Home Depot (linked above), ornaments, tree skirts, garlands / Target, JOANN, and Hobby Lobby.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited A Color Story Desktop.