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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mom's Reading Nook- A.K.A. My New Favorite Corner of The House

I love to read.

reading chair

I love to curl up with a good book, a hot cup of coffee (or glass of wine), and get lost in the pages.   As a mom, it's hard to find the time.  Squeezing in a few minutes every day or every other day is the most I can do lately.  I decided to set up a little corner of my bedroom as my very own reading nook.

A quiet place........... away from the chaos............ where I can steal a few minutes.............. to read and relax.

mom cave
It was pretty simple.  I already had the chair in here (Arhaus) and the rest, besides the curtains I made, came from shopping the house.  I took the lamp from the hubs office.  I'm using a vintage picnic basket as a side table.  The horse picture is an old diy project.  The other frames and things were found in the storage closet in our basement.

mom cave

It's just a little collection of things I love.  I framed a cocktail napkin from our wedding (in case you were wondering what was in the frame at the top right).

I have all the essentials.
mom cave

Now all I need is some peace and quiet.  ;)

Do you have a reading nook?  Where do you like to curl up and read?  And for the record, I'm not a "nook" or any kind of e-reader girl.  I like the feel of the pages in my hand.  I'm old school I guess - I did just start internet banking though.  ;)  Where do you stand on the e-reader subject?  My hub keeps trying to convert me.  I'm holding strong!




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61 comments:

  1. I love your nook! You really made the most of the space you created! I have that same throw. It really looks great with your pillows.

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  2. Love your reading space/nook.

    I myself am now a ibook reader - I like both options, but I never thougth I would be the ereader type - until I realized reading on the subway on my cell phone Kindle app was easier than holding a book. Now I prefer my ipad but I use it mainly at home or on the bus... funny how your commute can chanage your ways ;)

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  3. I have a Kindle but still love a paper book. I've used the Kindle twice in a year! The reading nook looks wonderful, so inviting :)

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  4. I so need a reading nook! Your's is so nice and cozy:)

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  5. Love the little corner you created for yourself! I just read wherever I happen to be at the moment - on the couch, at the kitchen table, in bed... haha.

    I was vehemently against e-readers when they first came out. I felt like they were killing the publishing industry yadda yadda yadda. My fiance insisted on getting me a kindle for Christmas one year (probably was sick of my book collection taking over our apartment). Can I just tell you, it was love at first read. Unlike an iPad or nook or newer kindle, the plain ol-fashioned kindle isn't backlit, so it's not like you're reading a screen at all.
    I have a cover on it that gives it more of the "book" feel. It's so easy to take everywhere with me. My three favorite features:
    -going on vacation is SO much lighter. No more two or three books weighing down my carryon. I can have hundreds of books loaded on my kindle!
    -I fall asleep reading ALL the time. the kindle saves my spot. I used to drop my books and not know what page I was on!
    -when you finish the book in a series you can IMMEDIATELY purchase and start reading the next book. Even if it's 2 am. :)

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  6. You had me at the horse picture!!! I love your new reading nook! I am inspired by the wall color too to try something darker than I usually go! I always read in my bed and it can not be on a tablet- I need a real book too!

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  7. Your nook looks so inviting! I love that you were able to shop your house for most everything. I am a big Kindle fan. I still read real books (am reading one right now), but I love the convenience of my Kindle.

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  8. Its perfect Carmel! LOVE the drapery!!! Now to find the time to enjoy that corner, right??

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  9. I am a voracious reader. Typically I read on the couch while my husband watches TV. I was so against the e-readers because I love books. Not necessarily feeling the pages, but I love displaying books and reading them so many times they become worn and a little frayed...almost like a badge of honor. I'm in a book club and while sometimes I enjoy the books they read, I really was tired of having so many paperback copies of chic lit novels around my house. This totally simplified the clutter. And if there is a really great book that I want to have all of the time, I can go out and buy it. But, like a previous person said, I love being able to buy a book right in the comfort of my house and then buy a second book when I finish the first immediately. Love it!! It has definitely got me reading more than I was before.

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  10. i love it! such a cozy space! my bedroom paint arrived today! now i need to get to work....

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  11. It looks very cozy and very charming, Carmel. I think it's so important to have spaces just for us "women." I don't have to deal with the chaos of children at home (I do miss that) unless the "Grands" are visiting, so my reading spot (other than in my bed at night) is a nice comfy leather chair in my sitting room. Since this area of our home is usually nice & tidy, & decorated with some of my nicer things, it makes for a very pleasant place to relax and read.

    I hope your little one is feeling better!

    CAS

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  12. I'm a die-hard real pages book fan too! What a terrific space for curling up with a book! I love how you added special touches that were meaningful to you, and the colors are beautiful. I'm a big reader as well, but don't really have a favorite spot. Anywhere that's soft and comfy will do!

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  13. Such a cozy spot! I love how it turned out!
    -Shelley

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  14. It looks great Carmel! I want to read there myself!

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  16. Love your reading nook! Thank you for checking in with your readers (updating your blog) more often then not! I really enjoy it!

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  17. Carmel, you have such a great cozy space to enjoy. Love the dark blue walls with that chair and the gallery wall.

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  18. I was the same way about real books vs. e-readers for a long while, but my mom got me a nook for my birthday and now I love it. What pushed me over the edge was that you can check out books from the library on the nook! I love it--it saves me money and time and when/if I find a book I really love I can go buy it for my shelves. I usually have a book book and a nook book going at the same time.

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  19. Love your little nook, Carmel! The blue is just gorgeous... here's to many hours of enjoyment in your new space!
    Heidi :)

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  20. I love the color of your walls along with your curtain fabric!! Looks great and very inviting to just sit and read !

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  21. I love your reading nook! I have a comfy den where I like to curl up and read. I'm converting to using the Nook app on my iPad as soon as I get through my actual books. I'll always get first editions of some of my favorite authors but I love e-readers because you can carry so many books at a time. You never have to worry about running out or forgetting to bring them along (as long as you have your e-reader, that is).

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  22. That might be my favorite spot in your house too! Love it - so cozy and comfy! Enjoy - put your feet up and read more often!

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  23. Totally diggin' your new corner! It really is so homey and quaint...love everything about it! And I'm sure you'll get some good use out of it when school starts in the next little while, right? (c;

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  24. pretty curtains. Please divulge resources for them and for pillows. I never see cool chevron pillows.


    I was anti e reader until recently. Now I'm a convert. I love the nook with Glow. I can read at night without waking anyone, it has a super long battery life. I like.it.alot.

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    1. The chevron pillow was an etsy purchase and the darker blue is from Target. The curtains were a diy no-sew project - fabric purchased from a local store.

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    2. Wrought Iron by Martha Stewart - we had it color matched at a local paint shop.

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  25. Like you, I was opposed to e-Readers. That is, until I borrowed my daughter's. Then I was hooked! I have downloaded more free books than I could ever read! I will never give up print books, though, and will buy one if I can't get the Kindle edition for free or close to free. But especially as I've dealt with tendinitis in my shoulder and elbow, holding a Kindle with my good arm is much easier than trying to hold a book. Plus, the Kindle is easy to throw in my purse when I head off to an appointment; I found that a print book and my planner - even when they would fit in my purse - made it way too heavy. So yeah, I'm a convert.

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  26. Greetings from Richmond Kentucky!!!I just joined Blog Sisters yesterday and when I saw another Kentucky girl (transplanted, but KY just the same) I just had to visit. So funny we are a bit alike, my husband is from Kentucky but spent a large portion of his adult life in LA. When he returned, we met and married.

    I love your nook with it's perfect mix of patterns. I know you will enjoy it. I have a post ready to publish this morning about books and nooks... would love to have you visit. www.eyefordesignlfd.blogspot.com. You can access my website from there also but not with an apple device as they are not equipped to handle flash. You would have to use a laptop or android phone.

    I hope you have a wonderful day!!Lisa

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  27. That is just perfect Carmel! I really love your drapes and pillows - all those deep colors are so soothing. I think your wall color is what I wanted for our media room- but our paint turned out crayola blue- NOT what I was going for! :)

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  28. I would love to curl up and read in your beautiful, blue corner! Thank you for sharing!

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  29. Love your little slice of heaven with all of it's pretty coordinating patterns!

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  30. Hey Carmel- your timing is impeccable- there was just a blog hop on Olioboard.com all focused on designing Mom-Spots! Love yours! Check it out if you're not familiar- great ideas there, too! As always, thanks for sharing!
    Joanne @ Homestyling101

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    1. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to check it out.

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  31. Read? What's that. You mean a book? Crikey I am so behind in that area....:)
    Love the corner though.....whether you read or not it sure looks good!

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  32. Beautiful!!! Makes me want to grab a book right now. It reminds me of a commercial running right now ... I don't remember what for ... but the mom finally has time to read a book and her teenage daughter tells her the end. lol Hopefully you've had time to enjoy the space! And thanks so much for linking to our party. :)

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  33. You did a great job shopping the house accessorizing and designing the gallery type wall. I love the deep blue and the Ikat curtains...well, they look like they are Ikat. It truly does look like a comfy place to curl up and read a book.
    I too am an old school girl. Love the feel of the pages. No nook or kindle fire for me.

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  34. Just hopped over from Miss Mustard Seed. That looks like the best reading nook! I just love it. The colors, the blanket, the gallery wall. Lovely. Thanks for sharing! Sarah

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  35. I LOVE it especially the blue! Just perfect. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Picket Fence. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-8.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  36. Give up the ghost girl - get yourself a Kindle and let the books blow your mind! So many freebies out there, and great self pub authors who only do e-readers...but, you know how I feel about my books! Your reading nook looks great! I'm setting one up in my office soon...mama needs her space to get her read on! (oh, what color blue is that on your walls?) love it!

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  37. When do you find the time to read ... it feels like a long lost love to me these days now that I'm always blogging and reading blogs and making pillows for the Etsy ...

    I love your nook though. And I'm with you. I need to feel the book in my hands. And to flip the pages. And mark with a bookmark!

    Thanks for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party!

    :)

    Linda
    www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

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  38. Can we talk about why this my favorite room? OMGoodness... The blue..the chair...curtains...all manner of yummy homemade goodness....wow. Come to my house immediately!

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  39. What is our pint color? I love it!

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    1. Darn autocorrect... What is your paint color?

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  40. The paint color is Wrought Iron by Martha Stewart. It's a great navy - I really love it! I had it color matched in a Coronado brand paint that is sold here in Lexington through a local paint shop called Perspectives.

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  41. Gorgeous - love everything and could spend my whole day reading (I wish!! in that cozy little corner. The color is deep and fabulous - very library like! I'm a real book girl too - hopefully I won't be converted to the e-reader any time soon!
    Kelly

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  42. So inspirational! I'm dreaming of such a little reading space in my bedroom... Right now it stores tons of boxes of books during the renovation process... But one day!!!

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  43. As comment 500.....I can officially tell you that this project is rocking the blog world. Seriously, an amazing job!

    You. Are. Wonderful!

    Thanks for linking up to the Color Party!
    karianne

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  44. It turned out great! I needed one of those when my kids were little! Oh well, I have one now. ha. I love the feel of pages too; not sure I will ever change over. Someday, I want a library in my house!

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  45. Where did you get your curtain fabric, what's the name of it? Thanks!

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    1. I'm trying to source the fabric online - since I've received lots of questions about it. I bought it at a local fabric store.

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  46. As much as I love real (& old) books, the smell, the feel, physicality of turning the pages...the conveniences of an e-reader have won me over. Being able to: travel lightly and take anything I could possibly want to read with me; for reading while waiting (kids activities, appointments, etc); at night using my Ipad without additional lights messing with hubs sleep, still having access to borrowing from local libraries; not needing to find more storage for more books or part with them prematurely... so many fabulous reasons to convert. Yes I still have real books too, but those are usually more of the reference, life long faves or coffee table/design varieties. Fabulous nook...trying to figure out how to incorporate a similar space in our soon to be new master...so ideal!

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  47. What a lovely spot to sit and read! Could you tell me where you got the horse print on the wall and the scrablle letters?

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    1. The horse print info can be found here http://www.ourfifthhouse.com/2011/05/big-lex-turning-poster-into-hand-made.html

      and the scrabble letters are coasters I bought at a local coffee shop.

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    2. I know you asked about this months ago, but I was wondering the same thing. Found them at Vat19.com for $20 plus shipping. Can't wait to make my own unique wall art!

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  48. I LOVE this!! You are amazing! You're blog is amazing and I wish you could tell me what to do with my new house!! Love you're blog and thanks for posting!! :)

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  49. Oh I so love this!
    Love the navy blue and the chair!
    Amazing!
    You have a new follower.
    Lovely greetings from Germany...

    http://pudel-design.blogspot.de/

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  50. What a cozy spot! Love all the great patterns. Where did you find the fab drapes?

    http://simplymodernhome.com/

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    1. I found the fabric at a local store and just hemmed them the no-sew way but left the edges raw.

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  51. Oh I just adore your reading nook! I just found your blog and I absolutely love your style. Would you mind emailing me when you get a second?:) micmanno@aol.com. I tried to hit your little mail thingy in your social media buttons, but nothing came up. Thank you so much. Debbiedoo's.

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