I've wanted to create a reading nook for the kids for while - well, ever since I finished the playroom. I looked for ideas online, especially on Pintrest. I wanted something cozy, cheery, and whimsical. Justin and I talked about what would work in our space...and this is what we came up with!
I picked up two 99 cent sheets at the thrift store and for a few dollars just boards we wrapped the fabric around to secure it to the wall/ceiling. I used scrap fabric for the top piece of the tent (it's the same beehive fabric I made curtains and a crib skirt for the nursery with). I used a lot of smaller scraps to patchwork together a cover for the largest of the pillows. It took awhile and it looks a bit loud, but the kids love it. Jackson has pointed out some of the pieces from other things I've made for the kids. Soon I will make covers for some of the other smaller pillows also. The lights were in our kitchen, but we hardly ever used them there. The felt ball garland was something I had in our craft container (it actually only lasted about a day before my curious babes torn it down- now it's on shorter strands hanging down from the top.) The pillows came from around the house and right now I have an old comforter and family quilt as the padding on the floor. When Summerlin is moved into a big girl bed this summer I will use her crib mattress as floor padding.
With the curtains closed.
A second view - we also keep a large tub of books in the tent at all times.
And of course I have to include one of my favorite little boy - he absolutely loves this space! Thursday he spent an hour sitting in the tent reading. Warmed my heart!