My Reading Nook Makeover


The funny thing about living in a townhouse is that the space always ends up being very long and narrow – which makes it super awkward for placing furniture. We were unsure of what to do with the empty space we had next to the front door and under the window.

It was a little too far from the TV to integrate into the living room area, so I decided to create a reading nook for myself to catch-up on magazines or to laze around on my laptop.


The main piece that we started off with was a White Chaise Ektorp Lounger from Ikea that we picked up on Craigslist for $150.


I then added a Threshold Acrylic Stacked Ball Floor Lamp ($80) from Target. If you haven’t shopped Target’s Threshold Collection yet – RUN. It’s incredibly stylish and super affordable. Our entire house is practically outfitted in Tar-jay goodness. It’s nice to be able to mix high and low.


 Found a cute planter of succulents to add some colour.


We lacked a proper bookcase in our house, so we decided that this Hemnes Glass Door Bookcase ($350) from Ikea would do the trick. I love the doors because it keeps the dust out and the drawers are great for hiding all kinds of clutter.


To store my magazines I found an industrial-style wire basket from The Container Store.


I hung up a string of photo swag from Minted that I received at Alt Summit.


To accent the chaise, I bought a small burlap lumbar pillow from Restoration Hardware that matched the ones I had on my sofa. The pillow and cover are sold separately.


To keep cozy, I added a Pendleton throw blanket I picked from my last trip to Portland.


I chose an entryway table with a distressed shabby chic look from Wayfair for under $300 with shipping included.


Diptyque candle splurge for the entryway table.


And here’s what my reading nook looked like before. Total cost of my makeover? Around $1000. The most expensive piece being the Ikea bookcase that we bought brand new.


Loved this? Check out my Dining Room Makeover.


Do you have awkward space in your house that you’re trying to figure out?