Budget Bedroom Makeover: the Reading Nook

• 23 June 2008

I love reading the blog Sugar City Journal. I wish they could sew faster so I could look at more pretty things, more often :)

On a particular day, the art-history-major in me was incredibly inspired by a post about a van Gogh painting depicting pretty Japanese branches and a stunning orange stripe. Lynne translated the painting into an adorable dress. Immediately my mind began spinning. How could I incorporate this look into my own home? (a dress being totally out of the question given my complete lack of skill in this category) It didn't take long to figure out the perfect spot...

...my new oasis--part of the budget bedroom makeover I spoke of several months ago (these things take time). It's simple, small, but possesses all the necessary details of a proper reading nook.

1. a comfortable chair (perfect for slinging legs over)
2. inspiring art
3. ample light
4. a good-sized collection of reading material

Okay, so maybe it doesn't possess all the necessary details--I do realize now that I haven't procured a soft throw. Any suggestions?

My favorite part of this area is the pillow. Really. I asked Amy to sew a custom pillow cover out of the packaging from my bedding because I simply could not get over how cool it was. Why is everything from Anthropologie--from the store displays to the packaging--so unique, so special? Love it. Anyway, she created a cute little number from the sham envelope and added a few buttons for added visual interest. On its backside is the orange stripe a la van Gogh a la Sugar City Journal. I like that I can look at one side one day, and then switch it up another. Perhaps all pillows should have two personalities!


Chair- IKEA "As Is" section (not sure just why)
Art- Ink Drawing by local artist Dan Richards
Frame- Sample frame at Reuels
Vintage Lamp- free at a church home decor swap; cha-ching
Stool- IKEA; painted a complimentary color by moi
Rug- a gift from my Dad and Aussi stepmom...straight from Australia
Pillow- sewn by the talented Ms. Redden


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