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Decorating the guest room--

So, I'm pretty sure I want to decorate the guest bedroom in an "Obsessive Gryffendor Student Lives Here" theme. I'm not sure how to best go about this. There are a couple of Harry Potter collectible pieces that I'd like to get, so I'll probably acquire those and let them live in the room as a "loose thematic link" thing (I really want the Noble Collection wands, they're well-done), but beyond that:

1) red and gold curtains, comforter. Maybe specifically Hogwarts/Gryffendor pillow cases, if they're available.
2) The three or so different Gryf tapestries and wall-hangings.
3) If I can afford it, the replica of Gryffendor's Sword. That may have to wait a while, it's like $170. On the other paw, since Wizards of the Coast isn't making any new D&D books, I've got more cash than usual :) This is a luxury item, though.
4) Maybe a coat rack with a class robe and the red/gold scarf.
5) It would be neat if I could get a blank megaphone and have one of my artsy friends paint the Gryff lion on it, or find some school that has orange and gold for its colors and get a set of their pompoms.

What else would really set off the theme?


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Feb. 21st, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Scorch marks on the walls? :)
Feb. 21st, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
I would have gone with red and gold paint, but you have a point...maybe some of those cute torch lights from Ikea, or were those TOO cute?
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Not too cute for this decor, no. :)
Feb. 21st, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest an aged Persian-looking rug for the floor, preferably somewhat shabby and abused (the sort of thing that might turn up at a garage sale, but that even Goodwill might decide was too far gone for the sales floor). The walls should have some sort of texture / aging to them - everything in the books and movies has this sort of aged, worn, somewhat shabby feel to it, and if you're trying for atmosphere, some brand new thematic props in a new-feeling room will come across as props, rather than things that belong there. Paint on the walls is easy enough to change if you decide to move / change the theme later.

You might also put an owl perch, or include a big owl cage if you happen to stumble across a really cheap one, and the room can accommodate it. A trunk would also be good, both as a thematic element, and as storage for bedding / guest's belongings. You could make Hogwarts Express shipping labels and attach them.

A stack of parchment (parchment-look paper is cheap), a glass inkwell, and a jar of quills would be a nice touch. So would an assortment of strange glass / metal containers, the transparent ones with odd bits in them (plastic body parts / bugs / sculpted bits of Fimo are good for this), labeled with the names of spell components from the series. You could pick up old hardback books at thrift stores, and re-paint the spines with new names of appropriate textbooks and reference books, and have them on a bookshelf or wall shelf somewhere.

You could have posters / ads up on the walls for upcoming wizarding events or products - the Tri-Wizard tournament, or a quiddich match, or ads from Wheezley's Wizard Wheezes (sp?), the latest flying broom, a wizarding musical group, class and exam schedule, whatever a Hogwarts student might want to put up on the wall. Some of those things may be available as files online, and you could take the file to Kinko's and print it out as a color poster, or black & white flyer, or something similar. If something like that doesn't exist, it would be simple enough to make. I can do the desktop publishing portions if you know someone who'd be able to do any original artwork needed.

(All of this, however, may be beyond your desire for the scope of the project)
Feb. 21st, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
I lurve the idea of a truck with labels all over it :) I can look around for posters and suchlike, and the persian rug idea's good (it might clash a bit with the bed we have in there, though, and replacing furniture is where things start costing $$).

I think I'm going to avoid putting a new shelf in there, because the room does double-duty as a storage space for our DVD collection, and I don't want to render the room entirely non-functional (a guest bedroom is a real luxury already, and it's good if the space is a bit versatile). But maybe a small nail-up shelf with a few books on it would be possible.

Hmmm...with this level of elaboration, it's starting to sound like a fun way of theming the dining room :)
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the sort of nail-up shelf (or shelves) was what I had in mind, unless you had extra shelf space on an existing bookcase that was already in the room. All the decorative stuff is fun, but it's just a pain if it interferes with the room's ability to function.
You may want to put up some sort of curtain to cover up obviously muggle features of the room (like a DVD collection).
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'll meditate on it. It's possible that if we can acquire a deeper shelf, we can put knicknacks and things in front of the DVDs and use it as a display.
Feb. 21st, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
If you choose to do so, some of the fancier stationary shops will have new quill pens or glass quills (which are a lot of fun to play with)and may have parchment as well. Or if you happen to come up to Scarbourough in a couple of months, the bookstore right near the front gate has them as well.
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Some possibilities for posters:
This one seems very movie-based, which I'm not sure is your intent.
Undesirable Number One
Hogwarts Crest
A more hand-drawn look
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
This one has a couple of posters for quidditch teams, and some book covers.
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Feb. 21st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Dully noted :)
Feb. 21st, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I thought 4th edition was to be published in May this year? o_o
Feb. 21st, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but that still leaves me March/April...
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Pshaw. Slytherin Pride! *pumps fist*
Feb. 21st, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Whilest I do wander around in a Slytherin t-shirt a lot and have a house banner over my closet door, I want the guest bedroom to be a friendly place, which Sly is not :)
Feb. 22nd, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
That's not true! Our bathroom is the Slytherin Dungeon - we've got rubber snakes on the walls, coming out of the air vent, wrapped around the towl rack, etc., candles everywhere and it's where my hubby and friends sit and smoke weed, lol!
May. 12th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Cool quote

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Aug. 23rd, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
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