Last year, in a bid to step up my parenting game, I bought my 10-year-old daughter a teepee for her bedroom. Sure, it was no trip to Disneyland or a free pass to lollies for breaky, but I could see that my growing girl wanted a space of her own; somewhere that was a secret little haven beyond a bedroom that was solely hers and no one else’s. Maybe it’s because I still feel like a child myself 99% of the time, but I remember SO vividly that desperate desire to have a little domain of my own when I was her age.
So, she made a sign and we set up her teepee with pillows, a torch and the rest was up to her. So far, she uses it as a reading space before bed, where she huddles in there with a book for 15 minutes, or a retreat when she’s just in “a bad mood” and no amount of talking is gonna fix it.
The thing is, it’s easy to forget what it’s like to be a kid with practically zero control over your own life, or any real privacy for that matter. For as many times as I’ve shouted, “You can do that when you turn 18, but for now, it’s our rules and that’s it!” I’ve also thought, “God, it must suck not to have your own space.” So this felt like a perfect deal; she has a spot in the house to call her own and I still get the parental comfort of knowing she’s under my roof and essentially, playing by my rules.
As is modern life, one mum has upped every parent’s bid to give their kid a bid of space and created the most incredible little retreat for her daughter. I will NEVER show my own kid these pics, because she’ll surely feel totally ripped-off by her fabric teepee.
Laura Medicus is the interior designer who turned an old dresser into a portal to a secret room for her 11-year-old daughter, Sylvia – and it is NEXT-LEVEL. On her blog, The Colorado Nest, Laura details the whole project if you’re keen to give it a go yourself – but to shorthand it, she placed the dresser in front of the closet (which she removed the door from), removed the back of the dresser and got busy decorating and re-organising.
I’d legit kill for one of these for myself. Check it out…
Laura has since given the room an update for Sylvia. She told Popsugar, “Sylvia is LOVING it – currently we helped her move her twin bed into it and it’s now a secret bedroom/reading spot, so it’s used daily and is really cozy. I should add that we do have an air return in there and a vent right outside the opening so it gets some air movement.”
Speaking of parenting, we talked about kids doing chores around the house and the little lies they tell in one of our recent Show+Telling podcast. Listen below, then come subscribe here for more.