You’re Gonna Want to Spend Your Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts Castle
It may have been six years since we got a new Harry Potter movie and 10 years since we got a new book about the original trio, but the craze is still very much alive (all the hype surrounding Fantastic Beasts likely doesn’t hurt, either). Clothing collections with the theme still sell like hotcakes, and Potterheads everywhere lost their minds when themed vacations and tours started popping up. In recent years, fans have been able to visit Hogwarts for the holidays, and it looks like the castle is opening its doors once again.
The Warner Bros Studio London is giving Potter fanatics the chance to visit the hallowed halls for Valentine’s Day in 2018. On February 9 and February 10, you can dine with your loved one in the Great Hall. When you walk in, you’ll be greeted with drinks — including an exclusive Love Potion cocktail — and canapés, and you’ll find your chosen wand waiting for you when you sit down.
After the three-course dinner (where you’ll get a photo with your companion), you’ll be treated to an after-hours Studio Tour, where you’ll get to visit sets like the kitchen at the Burrow, Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, and the Forbidden Forest. You’ll get to partake in Butterbeer, hang out on Platform 9 3/4, see the original Hogwarts Express, and even see actual costumes from the film. You’ll get to wander down Diagon Alley and see the Hogwarts castle model.
Tickets are on sale starting today, December 19 and will run you £495 (about $662) per table. If there’s a Potter nut you love, this would definitely make the perfect gift.
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(Photos via Warner Brothers Studio Tour)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)