This Mom Created A Magical Narnia Playroom Under The Stairs

Brittany Gogel masterfully created a Narnia-inspired playroom for her daughter. The Canadian mom is a DIY queen, so she pulled out all the stops to give her daughter the wonderland she deserves. With such a creative mom, it’s possible for her daughter to have her own mini-Disneyland at home.

The magical playroom is located under the stairs. She customized a fake wardrobe door as an entrance to the playroom. The antique-looking closet is complete with old coats, just like the wardrobe the Pevensie children had in Narnia. Once you push back the coats, a short trail of fake grass leads into the rest of the room.

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This past weekend was just what I needed: time away with the two most important people in my life. . For the very first time I left my phone at home and went away. It was awesome. I didn’t miss it even a little bit! . As much as I enjoy sharing things with all of you, it is really great to pause and stop documenting the present and just LIVE in it. . I actually want to remember what that feels like every day. So I’ve shut off the notifications on my Instagram and am going to try responding to comments and DMs a little more strategically. I’m all about personal connection, but while I genuinely want to connect with all of you out there, I also need to focus on connecting with who is right in front of me...and sometimes that’s my daughter and she never should come second place. . This weekend was the best! We ate popcorn and cookies, played at the park, went water sliding (3x!), read book after book, and even watched a couple shows. My heart is full. . You may not think that one small room can impact you...but it has...more than I ever intended. When I made this room I felt very nostalgic and actually felt like a kid again. That has now translated into other activities. This past weekend when I went down the water slide I said to myself, “I’m going to go down this just like I did when I was 8.” And I’ve never laughed so hard...I had clearly forgotten what it felt like. When was the last time you felt like a kid? What was it that made you feel that way? Maybe you should try it again. . . . . . #eclecticdecor #chicdecor #interiors #interiorfinishing #houseandgarden #vogueliving #elledecor #architecturaldigest #vintagedecor #colourmyhome #howivintage #pocketofmyhome #howyouthrift #chicdecor #moreismore #maximalistinteriors #mycollecteddecor #eclectichome #mycuratedaesthetic #finditstyleit #apartmenttherapy #narnia #currentdesignsituation #myhouzz #myinspiration #yqrinteriorstylist #myhomestyle #colourismyjam #oneroomchallenge #oneroomchallenge2019 #bhgorc @oneroomchallenge @betterhomesandgardens

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Gogel repurposed the space under the stairs to be brighter and more comfortable. The floor is fake grass, and the ceiling is strung with bright lights and lamps. She put in decorative wallpaper with different wildlife on it to simulate a woodland. Too intensify the effect even more, Gogel made papier mache trees, complete with little lady bugs on the trunks. With some chicken wire, a glue gun, and old Christmas trees, she completed the forest feel of the playroom.

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The DIY queen decided to call her creation the “imaginarium.” She believes that storage is meant for the garage, not anywhere inside the home, so she thought the space under the stairs is the perfect room to transform into a magical playroom. The entire project cost her €590, not counting the custom wardrobe doors. She documented the progress on her blog, Brit & Barclay Designs.

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Today is the day...the doors are open and all are welcome in! Let me give you a heads up of what you’re in for. The space has been reinvented and is sophisticated and cultured, with many eclectic tastes from around the world. It is bold and colourful by mixing palettes and patterns. It is whimsical, fanciful, and imaginative. I’ll be honest, I’m pretty proud of it. I’ve put a lot of thought behind every piece and energy into making it all happen. But beyond what I’ve learned from going through the process, I want most is for our home to be an imaginative place for all our friends! That’s why I created Brit & Barclay, I guess. I have a massive imagination and I want to put it into action. I’d also love to inspire people in the process. Maybe what you do has nothing to do with design, but when you walk into a space I’ve created, I want you to feel awestruck, excited, and ultimately inspired to create from your own imagination. Hope and belief are two powerful tools in our kit, and we should keep them sharp! This first benefits us and then our kids. By living our full life we actually invite them into something wonderful. I’m not quite sure how it works, but somehow, when I sit in this room I feel like I can change the world. That’s the power of imagination! When you can imagine something you can make it possible. . . . . . #eclecticdecor #chicdecor #interiors #interiorfinishing #houseandgarden #vogueliving #elledecor #architecturaldigest #chinoiseriechic #vintagedecor #colourmyhome #howivintage #pocketofmyhome #howyouthrift #chicdecor #moreismore #maximalistinteriors #mycollecteddecor #eclectichome #mycuratedaesthetic #finditstyleit #apartmenttherapy herapy #currentdesignsituation #myhouzz #myinspiration #yqrinteriorstylist #myhomestyle #colourismyjam #oneroomchallenge #oneroomchallenge2019 #bhgorc @oneroomchallenge @betterhomesandgardens

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Gogel encourages other parents to find similar magical spaces in their own homes. While going out and exploring with your kids is important, there’s something special about having a room to play together in and escape the realities of the world with each other. For a kid, they’ll undoubtedly find a magical playroom awesome, and they have their own safe space to let their imaginations run wild. As adults, we tend to forget the importance of being creative, playing, and relaxing. With a playroom everyone wants to be in, parents and kids will be able to bond over the magic they create together.

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“This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!” thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her. Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet. “I wonder is that more mothballs? [...] This is very queer,” she said, and went on a step or two further. . Next moment she found that what was rubbing against her face and hands was no longer soft fur but something hard and rough and even prickly. “Why, it is just like branches of trees!” exclaimed Lucy. And then she saw that there was a light ahead of her; not a few inches away where the back of the wardrobe ought to have been, but a long way off. A moment later she found that she was standing in the middle of a wood. [...] Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive and excited as well. —The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe . . . . . #eclecticdecor #chicdecor #interiors #interiorfinishing #houseandgarden #vogueliving #elledecor #architecturaldigest #vintagedecor #colourmyhome #howivintage #pocketofmyhome #howyouthrift #chicdecor #moreismore #maximalistinteriors #mycollecteddecor #eclectichome #mycuratedaesthetic #finditstyleit #apartmenttherapy #narnia #currentdesignsituation #myhouzz #myinspiration #yqrinteriorstylist #myhomestyle #colourismyjam #oneroomchallenge #oneroomchallenge2019 #bhgorc @oneroomchallenge @betterhomesandgardens

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