Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reading Nook


Once I knew we were moving back to our home in California, I had all these ideas as to how I was going to decorate. Having lived in our home for 6 years previously, I knew all the changes I did want to make and all the things I did not want to do again. For starters, I had to turn my formal living and dining rooms into a big playroom for my kids. After all, who really uses their formal living room anyways?


Once I painted and got things underway in the playroom, I wanted to build a reading nook so my kids would have a space dedicated to reading. I have seen so many great ideas on Pinterest but lacked the architectural detailing that some of the posts online had. However, I do have a niche in my dinning room {I'm assuming for a large hutch filled with expensive stemware that I just don't have} that I figured could be my architectural bonus where I could create my book nook.


So, I did some shopping {on a budget, because let's face it, I do everything on a budget} and decided to go with simple crates for the book shelves. At just $10 each, it was a pretty good deal for all the books I have. I also thought showing off some of the kid's art was a fun way to make the space their space. With everything put together, the whole thing cost me about $40, not including the lamp that I already had. Santa is bringing the kids bean bag chairs, which does bring the overall price up quite a bit, but I'm pretty happy with how everything turned out. I know they are enjoying it, too!


31 comments:

  1. You did a good job with that. It is adorable!

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  2. What a great idea! Such a super cute corner! We're talking about creating a reading nook for our daughter at some point. I love the artwork too!

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    1. Thank you.. I hope you do! My kids love it!

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  3. This is awesome! What a wonderful idea and I think your kids will love it!

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  4. This is great, I love it! The crates work really well.

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  5. I love your reading nook. We're moving to Hawaii soon, and I'm already planning out the kids' playroom--must include a reading nook. Adorable.

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    1. Good luck on your move! Yes, if anything it keeps the books neat!

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  6. I love what you did with the reading nook! And I also like the way you hung up their art work.

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  7. I love your reading nook! It turned out super cute. I'm trying to decide what to do for all of Taylor's books.

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    1. There are so many cute ideas online, it was hard to decide what to do! I'm sure you'll come up with something great!

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  8. I love the little crates and that you display the crafts above!!! We need a reading nook for my daughter for sure!

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  9. LOVE your book crates. I am always looking for fun and funky accessories and decorating styles.

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  10. I love it! It looks really nice and once the bean bags are there it will look very cozy! :)

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  11. This is so cute! I love it. Looks much better than my bins of books scattered all over the place. Sharing..

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  12. I love your reading nook! So cute the way you did that! Very nice, thanks for sharing!

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  13. Very cute! My kids love to read and thoroughly enjoy their book areas. It's so important to get them started young and it is awesome to catch your kids reading by themselves.

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  14. I love this reading nook! It is so adorable. Your kiddos will love it.

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  15. Hi Ashley! Looks great! I have to do something like this for my son soon. Where did you get the crates?

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    1. HI Heather! I got these crates at Ikea but I know Target has them for $12.99, Walmart has them for about $10 I think, and you can find them at Jo Ann's and Michaels.

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  16. I love the crates and the artwork! It's such a cute space!

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  17. Such a cute little reading nook! Love the wall-art!

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  18. I am enchanted with this reading nook. Love all the colors and the art display :)

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  19. This is very cute and lovely.We have given some space from a large book shelf for our son.We keep our other things on the same shelf too.But after reading this post,I want to try some dedicated space for him.Thanks for sharing the idea.

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  20. Nice job! How did you attach the crates to the wall? Looks like they can hold quite a bit of weight.

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  21. This is so great and very cheerful too. Perfect for your little ones. And the artwork is nicely displayed too. Those crates are fantastic, practical and budget friendly..

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  22. What an adorable reading nook! I'm also working on ours for my son's playroom—his book collection is getting out of control and he's not even 2 yet, haha. Visiting from the Manic Mondays blog hop :)

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  23. such a lovely spot in the house and I bet the kids love it!. I have my books and the kids' books scattered here and teher..I should do domthing like you :)

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