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 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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  1. What a fun little corner, I love the lively pillows!

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  3. This is fabulous Lisa! You have managed to create such a vibrant and beautiful space! I love those pillows!

  4. I love all of the simple details put together and made a wonderful reading area! That is surely a nice place to read! The colors look really nice and the bookshelves are a brilliant idea!

  5. I love to read so I think this space is amazing! I think the concealed Bbok shelves are my favorite part!

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