I’ve always loved the idea of a reading nook in our house. But, the word “nook” usually makes me think of a cute window seat or a quirky spot under a staircase.
So, when Pottery Barn Kids and PBS Kids asked me to participate in their Book Nook Challenge, I walked around our house looking for some fun, hidden spot I had somehow missed and came up with nothing. That’s when I decided to use this blank wall in our undecorated nursery:
I had just over a week to complete the challenge. Using items I got to select from Pottery Barn Kids, and some things I already had, I created this little “nook” for our kids:
I wanted it to be a fun and colorful spot where they could hang out, read, pretend, wrestle. . . I used a simple color scheme but lots of pattern, an oversized floor pillow instead of chairs, and a large print of a vintage reading poster that set the tone for the whole nook.
In case you want to see a little play-by-play of my process, here’s how the week went:
I started by stenciling a focal wall, and playing around with the furniture arrangement. I ended up using a taller bookcase that we previously had in our living room, and paired it with a one-shelf bookcase that could double as a bench seat.
The blue that I had painted the back of the bookcase didn’t mesh with the navy and white wall, so I started thinking of other, more fun, options rather than just painting over it (again). I had a large sample of grasscloth wallpaper that I tried to piece together, but it felt a little bland for a kids’ space.
Instead, I found a fabric remnant (in a great pattern) that I had left over from a client project, and stapled it to the back:
Since there was no surface space for a lamp, we used a small desk lamp to create task lighting by putting screws through the base and attaching it to the side of the bookcase. (I just ran the cord down the side, and attached it with a small piece of velcro.)
Meanwhile, on the other side of the room. . . this was happening:
The final (and most fun) step—accessorizing:
The kids’ were eager to start using it as soon as it was finished. I’m hoping that their enthusiasm lasts throughout the summer. We’ve even talked about having a daily reading time for everybody—including me.
I foresee us doing a lot of reading—and playing. Of course, there might be some times that are easier to read here than others. . . It has quickly become the hang out spot.
You can see the other book nooks created by bloggers for this challenge—and vote for your favorite one starting today—on the new Pottery Barn Kids blog. (The winning blogger receives a $500 gift card to give away to one of their readers! You can vote once per day, and voting is open for one week.)