Forgive me, I’ve gotten a bit behind in sharing with you some of the exciting things going on this house. There’s been birth, baby, post-partum, yes of course. But there were other things going on a few months ago during my supreme and most-elongated nesting phase that I had the wherewithal to photograph, but not necessarily the wherewithal to post. So here we are.
A long while back, I shared with you a few projects that I did around the house as a result of taking a really cool online course called “The Playful Learning E-course.” It’s a really neat go-at-your-own-pace class that gets you inspired to make some simple changes and doctor up your house so it’s more child-centric. I did this room, this little space, and this wall organization as homework for the class last summer.
One of my favorite things about this e-course is how the teacher encourages you to find little nooks and crannies around your house. With a little imagination and usually some objects you find lying around elsewhere in your home, you can re-create these small spaces as mini-learning and playing centers. The nook you see below, at the top of our stairs, has always beckoned my attention. When we moved in to this house, we immediately painted this hallway space (you can see a horrific “before” and lovely “after” here). Once it was sparkly white, I fell in love with this little space that’s about 4 feet by 3 feet. But I didn’t know what to do with it.
At first, I put a shelf and some toys there in hopes that Orlis would want to play there, but it never drew him. So, I thought for a few months, and then decided, after taking this course and learning the importance of creating a cozy space for reading, to make it a book nook.
I took a class to learn how to make some zippered floor pillows.
(I’m very proud of these.)
Then I knocked out four more regular pillows while Orlis serenaded me. I gathered up some books, a bit of artwork, and a couple of fluffy rugs…
and a reading nook was born.
(Wall art by Johanna Wright; faux lambskin rugs by Ikea.)
And, oh, what a cozy place it is — to snuggle up with some good books and my cuddly boys and treat ourselves to a good read.
Note: I updated the books on the sidebar recently — there are some good reads floating around this house (and landing in the reading nook). Check ‘em out!