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Reading nook with IKEA shelves

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!

reading nook before with fan-1

BEFORE: This is how the space looked when we moved in and remained that way for two years!

reading nook moulding DIY tuturial-1

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

white reading nook with ikea shelves, fancy corners trim moulding and plants

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.

White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants

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.

White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants - fish tank

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.

White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
colorful ottoman with neon colors and carved wooden base
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants

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!

White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants
Easy DIY art - free printables - acrylic paint - gold frames with gold upholstry nails - how to hange a photo with a string
White reading nook with moulding and Ikea bookshelves - library with bookcases and plants

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