Laura Medicus is a wife, mother, and incredibly talented interior designer based in Denver, Colorado. As an only child, Laura grew up with a great sense of imagination and wonder.
Laura’s daughter Sylvia is also an only child, and she’s inherited her mother’s love of all things whimsy and fantastical. Sylvia loves themes of mystery and magic and exploring the worlds of Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes. Laura thought it would be cool to incorporate those themes into her daughter’s own space inside their home.
Their house was built in the late 1930s, so it wasn’t a huge surprise when Sylvia’s bedroom came without a closet. She started keeping her clothes in a big antique wardrobe bought off Craigslist instead.
When it comes to interior design, Laura and Sylvia have always shared a love of cozy, hidden spaces. So Laura set off to build a secret closet/hideout space for Sylvia that could only be accessed through her wardrobe, à la The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, one of her favorite books.
Once Laura shared her vision with Sylvia, she “knew there was no turning back.”
With the help of her husband, Laura completed the incredible secret closet on a DIY budget. “We took an existing closet from our bedroom, walled it off and created an opening to it in Sylvia’s room,” Laura wrote on her blog, The Colorado Nest. “I took part of the back off of the armoire and now she can enter through the furniture to access her fun secret hide-out/closet! Sylvia wanted a ‘cabin’ feel so we lined it with cedar planks.”
These days, Laura says Sylvia spends a ton of time in her nook. It’s where she reads her fantasy stories, hangs out with her friends, and even watches TV. Oh, and she even manages to keep her clothes in there, too.
Check out the amazing Narnia wardrobe below and try not to be too jealous.
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