I found lots of inspiration for my design via Pinterest and created an inspiration board you can find HERE. The products I chose to work with are pictured below:
Canopy * Bean Bag * Bookcase * Rug * Lamp * Galvanized Magnetic Board * Books * Dalmatian Bookend * Glow in the Dark Star Decals
You might remember that, just before the challenge began, James' room looked like this (after clearing out most of the furniture):
And after incorporating the items from Pottery Barn Kids, he now has a perfect little reading nook to call his own.
The inspiration for the reading nook began with the blue and white stripe Rugby Play Tent Canopy. Not only is it a super-cool place for a kid to hide away for some reading time, it makes a bold statement in the room. It's made of durable polyester and is really sturdy. We hung it from the ceiling with a small hook.
A Dr. Seuss quote fits well with the space and is framed just outside the canopy. I simply printed it from my computer. Instant, inexpensive art!
For cozy seating, inside the canopy is the Red Madras Anywhere Beanbag. James is about 3 feet tall and fits this chair perfectly with room to grow. The Chenille Jute Stripe Border Rug ties it all together and is really soft.
I added some pieces from our own house to the nook as well. We are fortunate to have an old (vintage??) red wagon that belonged to James' dad as a kid that is still in pretty good shape for being over 30 years old. After a good washing, it doubles really well as added book storage.
The big star bucket holds extra pillows and blankets for super cozy-time inside the canopy.
I liked how the star bucket mimicked the awesome glow-in-the-dark star decals we put on the ceiling. They really do light up the ceiling like the night sky when the lights are out!
Opposite the canopy is the Pottery Barn Cameron bookcase in white. I'm so pleased with the quality of this furniture- it has a sold wood frame and was easily assembled in about 20 minutes. I like to keep books as well as colorful decorative objects in the bookcase for added visual interest.
On display is part of James' favorite train set from his Great Grandma on top along with the Solid Task lamp in red.
The bookcase holds lots of books and I included a wire basket that can easily corral the smaller board books. Making a label that James can "read" was easy with computer clip art and a laminating machine. It also makes clean up easy since James knows exactly where the small books belong.
I adore this Dalmatian bookend. It's surprisingly solid and keeps the books upright. So cute!
The Galvanized Magnetic boards are perfect for showcasing James' current art projects and I love how doubling them up increases the impact in the room. The "GROW" sign is meant for a garden, but I thought it was completely cute and appropriate for a child's room.
As you can see, James loves his little nook and "reads" in it everyday. He even watches his PBS Kids shows on the iPad in there. We especially love Super Why and I swear it has given him a head start on learning to read. I hear the catchy ABC song in my head as I type . . .
Now for the fun part, YOU get to vote on which blogger's Book Nook you like best. The winning blogger will be giving away a $500 Pottery Barn gift card to one of her readers! You can vote once a day until June 23, 2013. Thanks! :)