Here’s a glimpse upstairs after I finished getting Narnia ready for the first Royal Visit by the Grandkids.
(A word of explanation is in order about “Narnia.” We call the whole upstairs “Narnia” because all the different rooms were actually in the real Narnia, and they are part of our whole Narnia theme. We also call the Grandkids’ Dorm itself “Narnia” because you go through the Wardrobe to get there. Hopefully the meaning of my use of “Narnia” will be clear from the context.)
Aslan’s Tent is the parents’ bedroom. As you climb the red-carpeted stairs, Aslan’s Tent is on the right, across the hall from Cair Paravel. It’s the only room that already existed upstairs.
There’s room for a sitting area in the corner of Aslan’s Tent near the French doors to the balcony. (The large mirror is only here temporarily.) I have plans to make Aslan’s Tent more Rococo-Morocco, but all in good time.
Step across the hall into Cair Paravel, soon to become the Library. The doorway at left leads to The Lodge; the one on the right, to the landing between Cair Paravel and Aslan’s Tent.
The other side of Cair Paravel will soon hold bookcases, and the reading area will move over next to the Wardrobe.
The stained glass door that leads into Spare Oom contributes to the castle ambience of Cair Paravel.
Let’s peek into The Lodge as we call the bathroom (in honor of the furry friends who led the Pevensies to Aslan).
I was delighted to find this Amish-made towel tree in a local furniture shop. I was also excited to find the Bed, Bath & Beyond shower curtain that ties in the colors of the river rock floor, the Brazilian cherry vanity, and the log walls. Who knew furnishing a bathroom could be so much fun?
Every bathroom in our house has to be set up for reading, so an antique hook and a Victorian-era hanger were pressed into service as a magazine rack.
Kara found this reproduction sampler (made in China) at a local antique store, and we laughed so hard I had to buy it. That’s one of the best $10 I’ve ever spent! Kara thought hanging it across from the shower would be the perfect touch. In case you can’t figure out why, here’s what the motto says: “When this you see remember me, and bare me in your mind. Let all the world say what they will, speak of me as you find.” (The answer appears at the end of this post.)
I had fun making this toilet paper holder from: a lion’s head pull I spray-painted bronze; a key chain ring; a piece of leather rein; a curtain rod hook; and a piece of an old broomstick that Herb cut down for me. The rein is permanently screwed to the dowel on the right while the curtain rod hook fits through an existing hole in the rein for changing rolls of TP.
Let’s take a quick peek into Spare Oom as we call my craft room. It’s a great place to read by a window with a view or to stick an extra guest, as long as they don’t mind a crafty mess!
And finally–on to Narnia proper!
Aslan waits beside the miniature Christmas tree Kara decorated as a gift for her niece and nephew.
If you look behind you after you enter Narnia, this is what you see. Some of the decorative features are (from left) a cross-stitch of Jesus and the children rescued from a junk shop along with the lion mirror (Aslan, of course!); an antique hunt cabinet with a dragon that we purchased from Kara; and next to the lion corbel, the quote that sums up our whole project, taken from C. S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
“I am [in your world],” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. That was the very reason you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
(A future post will cover this vinyl wall words project.)
The berths on the boys’ side have fur throws for blankets and red velour spreads which can double as dress-up capes.
The dress-up capes on the girls’ side are purple.
At the foot of each bed is a crown hook for hanging pajamas or robes. (A future DIY post will feature the hooks.)
As we turn out the lights, all is ready for the arrival of Charis and Kol, Daughter of Eve and Son of Adam, Queen and King of Narnia.