I don’t know why I left this space empty so long! A couple inexpensive chairs and IKEA shelves I already had made the coziest little reading nook. And I can finally see all my books in one spot!
BEFORE: This is how the space looked when we moved in and remained that way for two years!
PENDANT: We changed out the dated fan for this large capiz globe (this one has been discontinued from West Elm, sniffle). This chandelier is similar but has a heftier price tag.
MOULDING: I added trim with inexpensive precut corners. You can do the whole thing with no power tools! I also added a $14 plastic ceiling medallion to the base of the light. Here’s the post: Easy trim moulding in reading nook
ART: For extra drama, I added gold frames that go all the way up in the center of the moulding. I found free line drawing of flowers and painted them! See the post: 5 incredibly easy DIY art ideas
SHELVES: After remaining empty for years, one day I just decided to put white IKEA Kallax shelves ($69) from the playroom here. Built-ins are not in the budget, but you know, I’m ok with that! I actually really like these inexpensive shelves here. One day we’ll build them, but we have other priorities right now. It’s good to be content with and use what you have!
FURNITURE: I bought these two armchairs from Walmart for $200 each. I really like them, BUT they are on the small side. There isn’t much space here, so they work well here. They would also be nice for the heads of a dining table.
The Besso tassled blanket/tapestry and jute rug were from Urban Outfitters. Looks like they are sold out, but this rug is similar and more affordable ($128). The ottoman ($60) and gold lamp ($20) are from Ross Dress for Less. You can see my live plant picks here and my favorite faux plants here.
I decided it was finally time for a few pops of color in this place! Some neon acrylic paint in the frames and bright cushion on the ottoman add a touch of cheer and make me smile.
During month two of staying home, we added the kids’ fish tank from their room. Something to do and watch! haha! Ok, I actually do watch them and it’s calming.
I don’t think you come here for fish news ;) but the tank is from PetSmart, the gravel and plants are from Walmart and the fish are Tetras. They are hearty and school well together.
I found this $4 ceramic shell at Ross Dress for Less several months ago. It was blue and white, but I spray painted it gold to fit in here!
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- Capiz globe chandelier (similar)
- Gold frames
- Artwork – DIY
- Macramé pillows – Ross Dress for Less
- Tapestry/Blanket – Urban Outfitters
- Ottoman – Ross Dress for Less
- Fig plant (similar)
- Rug (similar)
- Shelves – Kallax IKEA
- Fern stems
- Vase (similar)
- Wood pedestal bowl – World Market
- Gold lamp – Ross Dress for Less
- 15″ aqua planter (teal) – aqua might be available in store
- Marble/gold side table
- Snake plant – local nursery
7 thoughts on “Reading nook with IKEA shelves”
Thanks so much! :)
Loved seeing this space transformed! Also, we have the same Bible. 😊 Love having the space on the edges to write!
I love that Bible too! I’m such a note taker and I love having them all in one place!
Looks beautiful and so calming!
Thank you so much, Jessica! It’s my new favorite spot :)
I love decorating too,but not as creative as you!! Would love some tips on my new house!!!!!
Loved this…it is great looking..Blessings, Dru