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Gina Matter was a kid when she fell in love with the story of Harry Potter.
She discovered the books by J.K. Rowling when she was a struggling reader. Her mother started reading the stories aloud to her before bed.
“The series captivated me so much, I began to pick up the books and continue on without her,” Matter said.
Today Matter — who lives in Maple Grove with her husband, Reed — is passing that love onto her daughter, Octavia, with an immersive nursery decorated with all things Hogwarts.
It all began years before the Matters’ daughter was born, when Matter set up a Pinterest board to collect a variety of decor elements.
“Many people I shared the idea with didn’t understand how it could translate into a gender-neutral nursery,” she said. “I am so glad I stuck to my design.”
So far, Octavia — who celebrated her first birthday in February — has been a magical child, Matter said.
“She is easy to please and full of smiles,” Matter said. “I think she may turn out to be more of a magician than a muggle. She is very observant and clever. Her intellect seems to be on the same level as Hermione’s. She is also a curious little bug with a sneaky sparkle in her eye, similar to that of Harry and Ron.”
Octavia began walking early, taking her first steps at 9 months old.
“I have no doubt she will be nimble on her broomstick,” Matter said.
See the full photo display as seen in Minnesota Parent magazine here.
Crib and changing table: Heidi Klum Truly Scrumptious
Changing scale: Hatch Baby ($249)
Birdcage: Relectronics on Etsy ($225)
Mural: Pulaton ($199)
Mobile: LittleWrensNursery on Etsy ($112)
Lamp: GoldenRatioFurniture on Etsy ($185)
Gold birch tree pillow: Pier One ($30)
Forest pillow on chair: Society6 ($22)
Family tree mural and decorative trunks: painted by Julie Lord / Lord Ames Interiors
Wall paint: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams
Etsy.com: Blanket over the crib, Dumbledore-quote sign and pillow, owl picture, crib sheets, Dobby doll
Target: Succulent terrarium, rug, toy bin, faux fur blanket
Harrypottershop.com: Hogwarts replica, snitch replica, golden egg, broom, quidditch goggles
Universal Studios: Snape’s wand, necklaces in display boxes, stuffed Hedwig
Photos by Ivy Christina Photography / ivychristinaphotography.com
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