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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Reader's Spotlight: Girly Reading Nook


One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is getting to know my readers & hearing about your passion for creativity & the projects you've done. The home blogging community is such a fun place to get inspiration & make new friends in the process. But it's not only blog writers that that have that knack for DIY know-how... blog readers know their way around a craft room, too & even though their talent isn't always showcased for the world to see, that doesn't mean they're not awesome.

Today I want to introduce you to one of those awesome crafter friends of mine who just happens to be a reader. This is my IRL (in real life) friend, Lynn.


This is where Lynn crafts...
(caution--these pics may evoke feelings of jealousy)


Isn't it gorgeous? And my favorite part is the metal table top which isn't actually metal at all, but is metallic contact paper from Lowes. Who knew! I love it. And I know some of you are grabbing your flip flops right now so you can head to Lowes, but just hang on a second & see the rest of this...

She also spray painted some clearance chairs a chic white, made some seat cushions, painted a gorgeous stencil on the wall, & transformed a tired brass chandelier into a gorgeous feminine fixture.






Love it all. But one of Lynn's latest & greatest projects is something I know many of you will flip over. She got her inspiration from (who else?) bloggers!

This is her daughter's new built-in Reading Nook transformed from a closet.



It's a little girl's dream space, complete with baskets for books & cozy pillows to curl up with.

Lynn did most of the project herself, with a little help from her husband.

They constructed the bench much like this project from Thrifty Decor Chick, one of her sources of inspiration.

Lynn sewed all the pillows from fabrics she found on sale at Hobby Lobby...


Added a cute lantern fixture for a little more light...




And made the curtains, which she hung from a tension rod positioned near the track for the original doors.



The built-in shelves hold baskets for books.




And the best part about it is that nothing is permanent. They kept all the shelving & closet doors for an easy switch back to a closet, should they decide to do that in the future.

But, for now, it's the perfect place to hide out with a friend!



It works well for an extra bed when company comes, too!



Thanks, Lynn, for letting me show off your project so it can inspire someone else out there!

And, friends, keep those projects coming! If you've done a great project the world needs to see, let me know! I'd love to hear about it & share it with my readers.

Linking to The Shabby Nest






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22 comments:

  1. wow! she is very talented and stylish! i love love love that craft room! and her daughter's nook is soooo cute!

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  2. Thanks for sharing Lynn's spaces, Julie! They are gorgeous and I love her crafting/creative space!

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  3. so jealous of her craft room!!

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  4. Okay- It's official- I hate her- Not only is her craft room WONDERFUL-she is as cute as a button and talented too! Hate 'er~ Okay...She is Wonder woman...and how nice to have a great friend like that- xo Diana

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  5. So lovely! And what a great friend you are for featuring. Good on both of you.

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  6. What an awesome idea! Love it, and I'm sure your daughter does too!!

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  7. How absolutely beautiful! I'm on a very slow road to having a craft room, and this one is inspirational!
    Barbara

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  8. I love the reading nook!!! I'd love it if you'd come link this up at my Home and Family Friday linky party!

    Becca
    becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com

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  9. OmiGOSH, absolutely positively FABULOUS!!!!

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  10. Amazing! All of it! Thanks for sharing! Come see a stylish toilet seat!

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  11. Oh I want to do this, and I don't even have a little girl! Love it.

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  12. I would LOVE to have an extra closet to add a little reading nook! That is just too cute!

    Jeni @ Becoming Martha
    http://jensidea.blogspot.com

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  13. Yup, I am jealous for sure. Totally love that reading nook.

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  14. Gorgeous!!! Thanks for this great idea!!

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  15. What a wonderful girly spot. I am definitely jealous and wanting now to make for my little girl. I would love for you to link up to my linky party.

    www.blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

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  16. That is so cozy looking! I wish I had a space to curl up like that and read a good book!

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  17. That is such a cute nook. I'm going to have to pin it now. Love it. Makes me wish I had a closet zi could turn into a reading nook.

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  18. I love this idea, but I always wonder what they do with the girls clothes that were hanging in the closet, like dresses. ??

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  19. Thank you Julie for featuring my projects and thank you to everyone for your sweet comments.
    Misty, I bought a wardrobe for my daughter from IKEA for her hanging clothes.

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  20. Lynn, from the pictures I see here, I can clearly make out how beautiful your house must be. Your crafts room looks so neat and organized. Great job with that reading nook. Looks beautiful.

    We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-2-and-features.html

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  21. And to think...you can go see your friend and her pretty space whenever you want!! It's beautiful!

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  22. What a lucky lady. I love her daughter's reading nook. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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I love hearing from each of you and will do my best to respond! Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you're here!