No, not that type of nookie- get your mind out of the gutter! I am instead referring to the the nook where wholesome activities such as reading and quiet time can be indulged. That’s much more exciting than any hanky panky, right? *crickets* Anyhoo, Aaron and I worked dilligently this weekend to transform an awkward spaced into something that was not only useable, but rather funky cool as well.
The space in question is at the bottom of the stairway and one where we believe used to be a seperate entrance to the home many years ago.
Whatever it’s purpose was at one time, now it was just a bizarre little alcove that was pointless as it was. So what does a gal do? Jump on the ‘net of course and begin googling/binging the heck out of small space/nook/alcove ideas. Lo and behold, after a few queries and clicks of the button I found an idea I was smitten with: a reading nook!
My first thought was cute! My second was more considerate: how perfect a spot for Roscoe (particularly with a baby on the way who is about to shake up life as he knows it)! So I enlisted Aaron’s help and we got to work this weekend. First steps included taping off/painting the area with paint leftover from the front sitting room. Then I used a concentric circle design circle to add a little pizazz (not the best photo, however).
Next, it time to put Aaron to work and bring the landing level with a piece of plywood.
I won’t bore you with the next steps other than to say that it involved installing a seat, upholserting said seat in some remnant fabric, hanging curtains, etc. Before I reveal let me first say that one of my favorite aspects of the inspiration photo was the word “Nook”. I am rather giddy lately over letters/words so, of course, had to incorporate this element. Lucky for us, the antique shop literally right up the road sells a bunch of old marquee letters. We snatched up the letters for a steal at $29 at hung them up as the crowning glory of our project. Behold:
Did you notice the bent spoon at the bottom of the picture? That was my clever husband’s idea to provide Roscoe a spot to hang his jacket(s).
Now it’s time for the big reveal! Woot woot, here it:
I don’t feel like these shots really do the space justice, but 1) my camera is just a point and click, and 2) it still isn’t complete! We still need to build some shallow book shelves and install a light for the interior. All in all, I’d say it was a job well done and, if Roscoe is the judge, it is an uber success!