My fellow bookworms, prepare to get crazy jealous of an 8-year-old girl’s reading nook. It is truly what we missed out on as kids.
Cate Holcombe’s 8-year-old daughter is obsessed with reading, so when it came time for Cate – who works as an interior designer – to redecorate her room, this mother knew that a book nook was going to be a priority for her child.
And wow, is the idea of the reading nook a good one. I really wish my mom had created me something like this.
Cate Holcombe said, “I decided I could take advantage of the sloped ceiling in one corner of the room, and incorporate it into the tent design. I figured out a simple way to hang the fabric so it would close completely if she wanted to tuck herself away to read or play.”
The first task on the to-do list was to find the correct fabric. Cate went with a pretty linen floral for the inside – buying 23 yards of it. To create the exterior of the text, she bought 10 yards of a solid print that complemented the floral pattern.
If you’re reading this and getting ideas but also have a budget in mind, Cate suggests checking with the local fabric store in order to see if they’re offering discounts or selling overstock fabric at a lower cost – sometimes you can find great bargains for less than $10 per yard.
When she went to assemble the outer walls, Cate stapled the fabric to a wooden strip, which was then secured to the ceiling.
She found her biggest challenge to be sewing the fabric together in order to make it appear as one big square.
Cate added that she isn’t a seamstress, saying, “If you look closely, you can see that the corners and edges don’t line up.”
In order to cover up one rather messy corner, she covered it with scalloped trim along the edge – hiding the mistake and adding a nice touch of detail.
Once the tent base was complete, the real fun of decorating could begin. Cate began with some wooden bookshelves, plus a comfy armchair and a plug-in tassel sconce in order to give the reading environment that perfect cozy feel. She added other creature comforts such as a pink rug and loads of fluffy pillows.
So, what does her daughter think of the place? Apparently, “she loves that she can curl up with a good book, and hide away from her little sister,” Cate said.
Can I get a reading nook where I can curl up and hide from everyday life?
For more pictures of the entire makeover, plus a complete tutorial, you can check out Cate Holocombe Interiors.