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Create a Cozy Reading Nook


Don’t get your hopes up. This isn’t one of those fabulous ideas you find on Pinterest where people have turned a closet into an amazing, built-in bookshelf bonanza.

This post is about a $30 chair from IKEA, an old baby blanket and a box.

That’s all you need to create a special area in your house that’s just for kids, and just for reading.


Here are the four essentials:

  1. Something to sit on (chair, beanbag, pillow, sleeping bag)
  2. A warm blanket
  3. A listening audience of stuffed animals
  4. A box with super easy books

How easy should the books be? That depends on your child. You want the books to be ones that your son or daughter can easily read independently. In my daughter’s case, we add Homemade Books and Bob Books that she’s already mastered.

On a personal note, this is the first time in four years that our reading nook has had a chair in it, instead of only a pillow. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but our nook is up in a landing, which would be otherwise unusable space. For years I’ve been afraid of kids falling over the banister. I didn’t want anything up there they could climb.

But (knock on wood), I think it’s safe now. Jenna’s almost four-and-a-half years old. It’s hard to believe! Time goes by so fast…

Ikea meets preschool is my signature style

Can you spot the Ikea?

Can you spot the Ikea?

Here’s my “I Brake for Moms” column from today’s Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20131110/BLOG5205/711109961/Theres-no-home-decor-that-children-cant-defeat


I wasn’t kidding about the ugly 1980’s wallpaper. Thankfully it’s gone now, but we lived with it for six years.


This is what it took to get rid of it.


And this.


Here’s the after.


Everything is painted now, but we do have one tiny wall of wallpaper up behind the china cabinet. Nobody is allowed to touch it!

It’s unscathed…for now.