Reading Nooks

I don’t read as much as I would like but I do enjoy cozy little reading nooks as much as the next bookworm. I have, what I like to call, a Princess Corner in my house. It is a cozy little corner where guests and I can sleep, nap, read, or just hang out. The Princess Corner is made from a futon mattress (without a frame),  mosquito netting (that can found at many hardware stores) and random objects for decoration. I was lucky enough to find a box of very cheap fake flowers at a thrift store and used them to decorate around the netting. The butterflies can be purchased at any craft store but I was also lucky enough to get these for free from my boss at work.

Princess Corner
Princess Corner
Christmas orb used as a fairy orb
Christmas orb used as a fairy orb
Patches of flowers
Patches of flowers
Feathered Butterfly
Feathered Butterfly
Fairy Orb that Changes Colours.
Fairy Orb that Changes Colours.

I made the fairy orb for a character in a LARP (live action role-play) group. This one is going to be difficult to explain  because I Macgyvered it out of a plastic colour-changing mushroom (from the dollar store), an ant biome (from a science kit), feathers, ribbons, stickers and fake leaves. Basically, I found random things around my house and put them together to make this beautiful colour changing orb. The mushroom is placed in the small ant biome (the globe) where the turn on switch is accessible from the outside. I then glued it in place and decorated the top with different items.

In the opposite corner of my living room is my new reading nook. This nook is not as functional as the Princess Corner but its simplicity makes for a nice spot to ‘curl’ up and read.  I bought the tiny colourful pillows from a thrift store as well as the matching (in colour) picture. I used some coloured fabric to create a little waterfall of cloth behind the nook so one can hide away while they read. The base of this nook is an old storage chest that has a pillow rested on top of it. I used a body pillow for the back support and covered it in a soft white blanket.

A tiny little book I bought from the thrift store. I can't wait to sit down and read it.
A tiny little book I bought from the thrift store. I can’t wait to sit down and read it.
Reading nook with beautiful colours.
Reading nook with beautiful colours.

 

Last but not least, is my Princess Garden Corner. I really wanted a comfy place to read on my tiny balcony. I used upside down Tupperwear storage bins as the base. I placed a piece of  plywood, I used for painting, over top to create an even platform. I bought some floor foam and used these to make the seat a little more comfortable. Then, I used an old pillow on top of the foam to make the corner even more cozy.

I had found cloth at a thrift store that was perfect for this project. It wasn’t too expensive and it came in this beautiful blue colour. I cut them into different lengths and tied each piece to a string that was tied across the adjacent walls. I then used some fake flowers to decorate the top to create a beautiful crown of flowers. I also have a tiny glass orb that I had purchased at a thrift store where a fake tea-light can be placed for a beautiful effect at night.

Garden Princess Corner/reading nook
Garden Princess Corner/reading nook
In the garden. Lemon Balm.
In the garden. Lemon Balm.

 

Fake flower crown
Fake flower crown

 

 

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