Created by: House Homemade
Hello and Happy New Year!! I’m so thankful to be back this year as a guest blogger on fabric.com. If we haven’t ‘met’ yet, I’m Jessica.
The New Year is all about blank slates and new ventures. People makes goals, make changes, and set out to live a better life every January. After the Christmas décor gets put away, I like to organize. I like to thin down on the things we have and get rid of things that don’t get utilized.
Something that became a focus to me last year was giving a purpose to every square inch of our home. It’s important that your house works for you. You should love to spend time in it. We had unused corners and spaces we didn’t fully appreciate because they didn’t really do anything. To fix this, we rethought the use of some of our rooms. My husband and I built a small desk to fill up an empty corner in our living room, this past fall I sold everything in the entryway and built a coat rack to give more function to the space, and last spring we created built ins in the playroom for maximum storage and coziness. (Pssst those great pillows and the roman shades are fabrics from fabric.com).
This built in area also doubled as a fantastic reading nook, and I think a cozy corner or spot in the house dedicated to relaxing and reading a good book is such a wonderful use of space. So, I created a few mood boards for DIY reading nooks to inspire you in the New Year with what I think are the perfect fabrics to complement each!
The Modern Boho Book Nook
First is a book nook with eclectic style. Now don’t let the term “nook” deter you. You can create purpose for any corner of your home. It doesn’t have to be a space secluded from others. It’s about giving a function to an area of your house. A nook for reading, coffee drinking, Pinterest browsing, or all the above really just needs a few things: good lighting, cozy seating, throw pillows, a rug, maybe some art and (of course) books!
I’m picturing this nook in the corner of our front room.
Picture it though, keep the lamp or replace it with a cool, modern sconce. That’ll give you great daytime or nighttime reading light. The macramé could be switched out with a framed book sleeve or poster. There’s already a side table for holding coffee or the current reading stack (mood board table here). This rug caught my eye. I love the warm terra cotta and orange with the blues.
I love these textured, boho fabrics for a chair cover or curtains for more warmth, or even some comfy pillows. I, for one, wouldn’t mind spending a good amount of time in that scene. You can find a post I wrote for the fabric.com blog about how to mix and match fabrics here.
Farmhouse Book Nook
For a more neutral look, here’s another board full of style and DIY projects!
Using beautiful fabrics in curtains, for throw pillows and as the pendant would give it so much texture and warmth.
For this farmhouse-inspired nook, I included my DIY embroidery hoop pendant light. Ours was large but you could choose any size and any kind of fabrics to get a very cool, very custom look. Read more about that here.
I also couldn’t help but add the leaning book shelf because, as I shared with you earlier, we’ve made one of those for my desk. Buying is great but building can give you a custom size for your specific space. I also love this chair, accent rug, accent table and read sign.
Kiddie Fun Book Nook
Last but not least is a fun space for the little ones! I feel like a kids space can be pulled together even easier than the others. Here’s what I came up with for a kid’s reading nook.
Isn’t that so fun?! The fabric I picked for this space makes me so happy!! First off, I love every single fabric by Cotton + Steel. It’s all so whimsical and cute. In keeping with the storybook theme, I picked this great Alice in Wonderland fabric. You could use this fabric for a pouf or sew some fluffy throw pillows for the space. I also liked this wavy citron fabric to balance with the business of the other. Also, what better way to pull it all together than with this colorful pom pom trim….STOP IT! You could even use that if you made your own little canopy.
Fabric.com even has a teepee pattern if you’d rather have something more versatile…and removable.
For this space, we still have good lighting with the pendant. You could buy one, but I made one with a thrifted basket. Then I added in a little kitty night light, a cozy gender neutral rug, some cute art and a playful pennant. There’s a lot of good felt fabric color options on fabric.com for creating a DIY pennant like this one.
The best and most cost efficient thing about a kids reading nook is that they can sit on the floor! Check out this floor pouf tutorial that I partnered with fabric.com on last year!
Another good thing for creating a nook for kids would be storage. I quickly and easily built a photo ledge that could be turned into shorter shelves for book ledges. These could keep everything easily accessible and organized!
I couldn’t help but play around with a few more fabric combos for a kids reading nook.
So what do you think? I hope you see that carving out a little space for ‘me-time’ is easier than you thought. It’s about being intentional. You might own most of the elements for the nook already. It’s so gratifying when you can create a special spot that feels functional, cozy and personal. This New Year see what you can do to make your home work for you!