Monday, April 29, 2013

Reading Nook - The Details

Here are the details of the reading nook/library in my older daughter's room, pictures of which I had shared with you in my last post.
 
 
This gorgeous Eva rug was purchased a few years ago from Ballard Designs. It is no longer available. The stunning turquoise fuzzy bean bag is from Pier 1. The turquoise one is no longer available but they have it in chocolate and red. It was originally in my younger daughter's room but we moved it to this nook a while ago. It works better here and the other room was being repainted.


 
 
The bench is by Martha Stewart. My kids were toddlers when I bought it. It had a different seat cover which I have subsequently "reupholstered" myself. An easy project which I will share with you soon.
 


 
 
These two pillows were a great buy from Overstock.com. The colors were a great addition to this predominantly blue-and-orange-themed room.



This typography print was purchased a year ago, part of her birthday gift as she loves reading so much. It is from a shop on Etsy which has closed.

 
 
 
 
These are the Umbra® Conceal Book Shelves from The Container Store.
 
 
I purchased the 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" h as well as the larger 15 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"h. The larger one, Umbra® Conceal Double Shelf does not seem to be available online at this time but they do have a larger size than the regular size and this is a 7" x 6 1/2" x 5 1/2"h.
 
The beauty in this design, the key to keeping the lowest book "floating" are these tiny metallic clips at the base of each shelf - I have them circled in the picture below.

 
 
The hard cover of the book is placed between the clip and the plate of the shelf and is held snug.
 

 


 

 
 
And then you build your library upon that. I decided to use the corner - both walls - as that would be more efficient use of space. It is an attention-grabbing space when one walks into the room.



The small shelf (shown on the right wall here) can hold up to 15 pounds of books while the double - on the left - can hold up to 30 pounds. That is considerable weight.


 
 
And there you have it. The denim framed piece to the right is something we created a couple of years ago. Will share that project in another post.

 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A reading nook, a growing library

The kids love to read. They own a collection of great books which continues to grow in this age of technology with the increasing use of eReaders like Kindle. Nothing comes close to the look and feel of a real book.


 
 
 This is my teenage daughter's reading nook. Although she has a Kindle and uses it on trips, she loves her books.
 
 


She has received many as gifts over the years. We love hardcover books. Stuck in the corner are some books that were projects in elementary school. Definitely holding on to those.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 A growing collection of classics, a gift from my parents, her grandparents.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This print I had ordered especially for her; one of her birthday gifts last year. It should be hung.
 
 
 
 Or perhaps it might be left propped up on the bench.
 
 
 
More details about the space and the items in it in my next post later this week.
 
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Monday, April 8, 2013

We've been travelling

We recently returned from a week-long trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
 
 

 
It was a much-needed break and the weather was perfect in this town, situated on the east coast with stretches of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the Pacific.
 









 


There were many activities to choose from at the resort where we stayed..aerobics in the ocean and pool (aqua gym), wind-surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, archery, tennis, trapeze, yoga, zumba and more.

 

 
 





Idyllic settings to relax under palm trees..
 



 
or catch some sun while reading a book.
 

 
We even caught a dazzling full moon.
 

 
 
 The location was idyllic; the weather was perfect.
 
I hope you are enjoying the beginnings of Spring.


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