Thursday, June 06, 2013

{home sweet} the nook.

we finished our garage this past year and it freed storage space under our basement stairs.  growing up, i fondly remember playing for hours, surrounded by unfinished walls beneath our stairs. Christmas lights strung, a pile of colouring books, and my special dolls - it was one of my favorite spots.  it motivated me to create a cute, creative space for the girls to read, colour, dress up and play.

simple white walls, some inexpensive adhesive carpet tiles, repurposed furniture and a little DIY went a long way.  my favourite addition are the awesome gold dot decals from urban walls that add playfulness to a plain white wall.

the nook is lit with white SKOJIG wall lamps from ikea.  i love these lights.  they're easy for the girls to turn on and off with a push of a button and the light is soft and concealed. luckily we had installed two electrical boxes before drywall with the intention of someday using this space for something other than storage.

a little tin valentine's mailbox picked up from superstore is always stuffed full of pet shops and secret notes.  above is a display of framed kid art hung over a block of mint paint.

the cozy lounging corner is layered with a pile of comfy, colourful pillows with favourite books in arm's reach hosted in a BEKVAM spice rack.  old canvases covered in TIDNY fabric are waiting to be coloured with fabric markers.

a toy storage cubby repurposed from my girls' closet organizing special play things and dress-up accessories.  i hung a tension rod to hang a no-sew patterned curtain to back the shelf.

their favourite, a dress-up closet packed with old halloween costumes and some thrifted from community garage sales, complete with a basket overflowing with hats, wigs, wings and wands.

we are moving this summer to another home and this little nook will definitely be missed. our new home does have a finished space under the stairs so perhaps, someday, another secret space will be created.

happy weekend!


Danielle Hardy said...

I can honestly say to this day that your reading nook pictures are my favorite feedback pictures of all time. You have done an amazing job with the installation and decoration. Loves it :)

Unknown said...

Oh this is truly beautfiul! You have done such an amazing job creating a space that will provide so much entertainment and also a lifetime of cherished memories. You're design has inspired me to add a little pizazz to my daugter's room. Thank you!!!

. said...

This is beautiful! What a fun space!

christine, just bella said...

One of my favourite spaces ever! So fun to see what's around the corner too, hooray for blogging!

Megan said...

Such a precious space! I had just found your blog when you took a break, so I am thrilled you are back at it!

Ezra, Kian & Eden said...

Welcome back you talented lady you! Oh how I've missed being inspired by you! You are incredible! :)

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