Ravenclaw-Inspired Bedroom

Today, I’m sharing a very special Harry Potter-inspired bedroom—our Ravenclaw-inspired room. According to the “official” online quiz, my house is Ravenclaw, so that’s why it’s special to me. 🙂 This bedroom is located in the upstairs of our Florida bnb and is the second master since it has a full bathroom attached (and also a huge closet).

Here you can see a before and after of this room. We mainly just removed some wallpaper and painted. Other than that, it was just a matter of furnishing and decorating. The big window in this room was something interesting to work with. I had a hard time finding blinds and curtains that would fit it well as one big window, so I decided to treat it more like two smaller windows. I’d never done that before and I am really happy with the outcome! I think it looks really nice and I slept in this room while I was there working on the house and the double curtains/blinds situation worked great for blocking light and allowing for great sleep as well. Double win.

I’ll admit, I don’t feel like Ravenclaw is represented all that much in the movies and it’s been a long time since I read the Harry Potter books (I am due for a re-read soon!), so I actually felt a little lost on what to do in this space to represent this Hogwarts house well. I landed on a bold blue accent wall (the color is Behr’s Express Blue), blue and purple-ish rug, and a fun little star and moon tapestry. I also added a faux raven to one of the side lamps for a touch of whimsy. Ha! This room is quite simple but I am really happy with it. I rarely decorate with blue and I actually really love the vibe of it—feels sort of soothing in this space.

Here are a few items from the space. My number one tip for updating a piece of furniture you buy from a big box store (like Amazon or IKEA) is to swap out the hardware. This can totally change the vibe of a piece! Items: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

I loved that this bathroom has a double sink (in addition to a shower and tub too). I have a feeling for this reason alone it will likely be the room Trey and I stay in when we visit. 🙂 Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Room Sources: area rug, curtains, faux ravens (or maybe crows … who’s to say), side tables, side lamps, dresser, moon phase tapestry, bathroom rug.

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

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.

Elsie’s Guest Room Refresh

I had been thinking of refreshing my guest room for the past few years. When you last saw it, it was bright as hell, and I loved our yellow room for years (and still do!). It was one of the most visually stunning rooms I have ever designed. And I never did get tired of the yellow because it was in the guest room, not a main room. So for the record, I still totally stand behind doing a big statement in your guest room.

That said …

As the years went by and I styled, restyled and styled some more our various rooms, I definitely felt that overall our more neutral rooms felt more timeless and more “me.” And as the time when we had planned to list our home approached, I decided to make a few small changes to help our home be ready to list. Now I am not saying you can’t list a house with statement wallpaper—you for sure can! However, many people I trust advised me that it wasn’t the best idea. And personally, I know that I would probably never keep someone else’s big statement wallpaper if I bought a house that came with it … because I truly enjoy the process of choosing my own big statements.

I say all of that to say I realized this refresh may be controversial to some, and that is fine with me. I really believe there is a solid case for either decision I could have made. And either way, you get to see the room one more way before we move, so that’s fun!

I’ll go more into what I chose and why below. But first, more photos …

I LOVE this wallpaper!

I chose this peonies wallpaper in grey. I knew I wanted a neutral floral print and I really love this one since it’s so graphic and modern. It is somewhat the opposite of the last paper we had in here, which made the swap all the more exciting. Most of the rest of the furniture is the same (I’ll link it all just below here) and I added a new comforter from Target. I was really feeling something warm that played off the colors of my new tapestry.

My sister is staying in the room this week and she said it felt bigger, which is cool!

Sources: Peonies Wallpaper from Chasing Paper, Bed/Anthropologie, Rectangular Pillow/CB2, (similar here) Side Tables/West Elm (painted), Lamps and bedding/Target, Curtains/Anthropologie, Light Fixture/Sazerac Stitches.

I found this woven piece at a flea market and it’s one of my favorite vintage finds in a long time.

Our guest book is getting so full. I just checked and the first entry is from 2014 … still going strong. And below we still do the guest snack cart. We keep it full of a variety of snacks … mainly junk food.

My rainbow weaving from Sunwoven is still going strong as well. I know I’ve said this a million times, but if you collect special pieces that all fit a certain vibe for your home you can mix and match from room to room anytime you need a refresh … it’s the best!

I hope you all had (and are having!) a lovely holiday. Thank you so much for following along. xx- Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.