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Relax with a Book in this Cozy Nook

Reading with your kiddos can be the highlight of the day! Blogger Chelsea Day from Someday I’ll Learn has provided us with some great tips and ideas for setting up a special reading nook at home.

As a mom of three, I’m constantly looking for ways to amp up learning opportunities and maximize the limited space we have at home.


Throughout my kids’ young lives, their room has remained primarily a spot for sleeping and relaxing, with toys kept elsewhere. Books have presented a unique challenge since they require a certain amount of dedicated storage. We didn’t want to put them near the rough-and-tumble basketballs or by the craft supplies (markers mixed with books aren’t the best combination). I’ve been contemplating a little reading nook in the space between my boys’ bed and closet entryway, and the whole thing came to fruition with a single visit to Tuesday Morning.


The first item I spied was one of these catch-all entryway organizers. It had a nice handmade feel that I try to instill into our décor (the major bonus, of course, being that I don’t actually have to make it myself). With a frame, chalkboard, hooks and basket, it was perfect for sprucing up the space with decoration and function all at once. I nabbed three of them and scrawled, “Read Good Books” across the chalkboards. Favorite family photos quickly filled the frames.


Since the kids have a closet dedicated to clothing storage, I didn’t need the hooks for jackets or hats. Instead, I stocked up on a bunch of coordinating baskets for casual storage. Now, they can just grab-and-go! Taking a basket of books on the road is an easily solution to car boredom.


A storage ottoman provides a nice, cushioned seat. Underneath, we put holiday books that we don’t read on a regular basis but want to have available for special occasions


A perfectly-petite side table is a great spot for placing books we’re midway through, and it offers even more space for oversized books below.


This little spot is ideal for bedtime stories. The kids used to fight over whose bed I’d sit in as I read to them each night. Now they can all get cozy to see the pictures, then clamber into their bunks afterwards. I even nabbed a ton of new books for them, including favorite character picks like Thomas the Train and Mater.


On rough nights when bad dreams require me to perch bedside, this is the perfect spot for a little snooze. All that’s left to do is pull up a pillow!

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  1. Reply Bonnie Guilliam

    Tuesday Morning has a lot of unusual merchandise to pick from. I’ve bought some nice things .

  2. Reply Stacy

    They unfortunately keep moving our Fremont, Ca. Store. Finally one seemed to stay put for awhile. I went one day and it was gone. I wrote to corp. and asked where it went. They gave me the address of the closed store. (really)? I really love this store but I’m tired of the search….

  3. Reply Angela Cosma

    My favorite store in Ann Arbor is Tuesday Morning in the Kroger plaza on Carpenter Rd. It’s a hidden gem that needs to be opened to light so every customer can experience down-home, small town feel with awesome friendly service. I’m the Church Lady Ms. Angie, who just loves to find unique faith-base gifts for home and my ladies in Women’s Ministries. This store especially is keeping the customer relationship in retail alive and kicking. We are truly bless to have the team of Rene the store manager and her fellow employees in our community. Keep bringing those one of a kind finds into this store especially those items that are similar to Country Homes, Elle Decor, Cottage Living and even from HG TV magazine at really affordable prices.

  4. Reply Emmy Scarano

    Very cool reading area! I love the basket shelves.

  5. Reply C Cummins

    I love your idea. Question?? Do you live in a ship?? iron walls?