Magical nooks in the house

2nd August 2016

With the newest Harry Potter book (well, script) hitting the stores this week, we thought we’d sprinkle a bit of our style sorcery around and show you how to create some magical nooks in your home and garden.

It’s been a long time coming (nine years, to be exact) but Harry Potter mania is once again descending. That’s right, on 31 July, at the stroke of midnight (the witching hour, or what?), the ‘Special Rehearsal Edition’ of JK Rowling’s new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two, will be released, a day after the play premieres at the Palace Theatre in London.

It’s already the most preordered book of the year, with Harry’s myriad fans desperate to find out how the Hogwarts’ hero has fared with a job at the Ministry of Magic, marriage to Ginny Weasley and three kids to boot… and no, we’re not going to tell you what happens (because we haven’t read it yet either!).

JK Rowling’s new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two

Make some magic of your own!

But once you’ve got the new Harry Potter book in your hands, where are you going to settle down to read it, we hear you ask? It’s not as if you can just wave a wand and conjure up a perfect little magical nook, is it? Well, yes, actually – because we’ve cast a style spell and come up with some top tips on how to create a magical space in your home or garden. Altogether now… abracadabra, alakazam!

Fairytale reading nook for kids
The dictionary definition of nook is ‘a small space or corner that is inside something’, which is great because it means you can have one absolutely anywhere you like. If you’ve got kids who like to read – or be read to – why not create one in their bedroom so they’ve got somewhere magical to curl up with good book.

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We love this ethereal, floaty, indoor-tent idea on lifestyle site stylemepretty.com – and it’s so easy to recreate with some draped fabric, a few gold or silver stars and lots of comfy cushions.

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Nice n stripy
For boys, we were wowed by the clever use of an alcove we found on nelliebellie.com… that’s what we call making the most of a small space!

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Cuddle up
And it’s all very well for the kids to have somewhere comfy to read, but what about mums and dads when it’s story time? Worry not, as DFS has a huge selection of  comfy cuddler chairs and sofas to choose from, just like this sherbet-coloured beauty.

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The enchanted forest… indoors

No, we’re not talking elves and tree sprites! But we are talking about getting creative with natural, forest-inspired materials, such as wood, leather and wool – it’s a fast-track way to create some earth magic in your living room. We were felled (sorry!) by this idea from Dutch inspiration site zelfmaakideetjes.nl that turns a simple corner of the living room into a self-styled sanctuary where you can escape and let go.

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A mystical garden glade

Magical nooks don’t have to just be inside… you can create a beautiful secluded space in your garden that really comes into its own once the sun goes down, like this charming one we discovered on wedding planning site itakeyou.co.uk. The simple garden furniture (DFS has a superb selection to suit all gardens and budgets) is transformed into something extra special by all the twinkly lights, candles and lanterns – we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be on a hot summer night.

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Looking for more inspiration?

Check out our newest Style Sourcebook ezine, online now. It’s packed with style advice and ideas on the latest looks for your home

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