Woman Creates 'Cupboard Under The Stairs' For Her 'Harry Potter' Obsessed Daughter
Harry Potter fans young and old, prepare to get jealous. One mum has created an epic 'cupboard under the stairs' for her HP obsessed daughter - and we want it for ourselves.
Hannah Price Faulkner had always dreamed of giving her six-year-old daughter Poppy her own special room when she started school, but struggled to find space in her two-bedroom house in Plymouth, Devon.
However, after being inspired by someone online who had turned their under-the-stairs cupboard into an extra room, the mum-of-three set to work creating a 'chill out zone' for Poppy, based on the wizard's first ever home.
But far from being small, dusty and full of spiders like at number 4 Privet Drive's, Poppy's cupboard under the stairs is truly magical.
In just 48 hours, Hannah, 26, had managed to transform the 9ft-square space under her stairs into a little retreat for Poppy where she could read her books.
Decked out with Harry Potter march, and complete with comfy cushions and cosy lighting, the whole thing cost Hannah less than £100.
When she revealed the room, little Poppy was left crying at the result.
"It's a great little space: it's her little special area," said Hannah.
"It just seemed like wasted space before.
"While I was decorating it, I sent her to her nan's overnight and I revealed it to her when she came back the next day. Poppy was overwhelmed when I showed her.
"She was reduced to tears, really happy tears - she was not expecting it.
"She saw me knock the wall through but I told her I just needed storage for the pram so she didn't suspect anything.
"She was so grateful when she found out it was specifically for her. It was great seeing her face light up."
The mum sought the help of her father Graham, 58, to help kick through the cupboard, and completed the rest of the room herself, adding red brick wallpaper, Harry Potter-themed throws, cushions, cauldrons and a Hedwig hot water bottle.
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The room is completed with the flags of the Hogwarts houses, while, carrying on the theme elsewhere in the house, a sign in the garden directs to different places featured in the books such as Diagon Alley and the Room of Requirement.
Hannah spent just £90 on the decorations, which she picked up at Primark, Wilko and Facebook marketplace.
Poppy has two siblings, Riley, 18 months, and Freya, four, who was recently diagnosed with autism. "Poppy uses it for reading, colouring, playing with her toys and pretending to make spells," continues mum Hannah.
"It can become Hogwarts castle one day and the next day it's a school.
"She has been the teacher in there to do potions with all my shampoos and conditioner.
"It has been Hogwarts Express too - it's 'imagination land' in there, it can be anything.
"It's lovely for any parent to be able to give your child something new and which is their own.
"Freya and Poppy have got different needs - Freya needs bright colours and lots of sensory objects in her room, whereas Poppy wants to decorate it with the things she likes.
"Poppy can have all her Harry Potter stuff in the room now.
"I didn't want Poppy to feel left out because we tend to accommodate Freya's needs more since she has additional educational needs - sometimes I feel like her two siblings steal all the attention.
"Now that Poppy has her own space, she goes in there if she is a bit anxious.
"There's a lot of pressure on children at this age and she can chill out in there."
To coincide with the new room, Hannah and store refurbishment worker dad Matthew, 29, also threw Poppy a Harry Potter-themed sixth birthday party.
"Poppy always wanted to go to Hogwarts so we brought Hogwarts to her," Hannah said.
"We made our own invites, props and platform nine and three quarters sign.
"Poppy was spellbound by her party. It was a magical day."
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