Creating a Reading Space

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
~C.S. Lewis

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I am a binge reader.

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I am that person trying to read my book while walking down the street, waiting in line at the store, or between steps while I’m cooking dinner.

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I was that person on the airplane sobbing (as in giant tears smearing the pages) as I finished The House of Mirth.  My apologies if you were the stranger sitting next to me.

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It doesn’t matter how early I have to be up or what other matters are pressing, I dive into books head first and come up gasping for more.

And I want that for my kids.

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My oldest started kindergarten this year, and I don’t want the formality of school to ruin the joy of books and learning.

It happened to me at times; the busier school was, the less I enjoyed reading.  It became work rather than pleasure.  So I was determined to create a magical place for my kids to enjoy reading and learning.

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The spare closet in my boys’ bedroom is perfect.

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And Wayfair and Porch.com’s #Back2SchoolHacks challenge was a perfect excuse.  We had already done the bookcase (full source list below), and I added extra throw pillows we already had, cozy poofs and fun vinyl decals.

I know not everyone has a big empty closet like this, but really any corner will work.  You just need four things:

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I would have loved more adorable poufs, but as budget is always a factor, I decided to makeover this affordable bean bag from Wayfair to give it a higher end look.  I used this knit throw to create a simple cover.  I’ll share specifics soon, I promise.

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I LOVE this space.  We read in it every night together before bed.  I find my boys in here reading alone throughout the day.

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What do you think?  I, for one, wish I had a reading space like this for me. 😉

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A place to get lost in the worlds that books have to offer.

Adorable reading and play room for kids: create a darling nook anywhere in your house with books, maps, pillows, poufs, and more | maisondepax.com

I just love the coziness and imaginative quality that transform this little closet into an oasis of adventure…  But that’s just me.

What would you like to transform?

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and I was compensated by Wayfair and Porch.com for this post, but as always, all opinions and obsessive love of literature are 100% mine.  You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Source List:
red pouf |dry erase dots | map |bean bag |bean bag cover |crates |marquee letters (in store only) |black and white pillowgray pillows |green pillow | fur

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Comments

  1. Nice job on the pouf, love it Rachel!

  2. What a brilliant MOM you are. Beautiful space for reading – yes it is so important. Who is the author of House of Mirth? Regards Betty from Ontario Canada.

  3. Do you have a source on your site as to how to create the “crate bookcase” that you show in these pictures? I know where I can purchase the crates, but is there a specific size, and then after I’ve purchased them, how to actually construct this or any type of crate bookcase. LOVE the idea of a reading room!! Reading is SO important to me, that I literally started reading to my daughter in the womb!! That was 26 years ago, but now (I think as a result of that), she is not only an avid reader, she is also an Elementary School Teacher!!!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! I actually intend on posting a full tutorial fairly soon, but in the meantime, I can tell you that the crates linked under “sources” are the exact same size I used. I literally just stacked them all together. I hope this helps!

  4. Rachel, I know your life is beyond insane right now. Remember, I have 3 boys, a hubby and those parents that kept me painting and repairing all winter/spring long. I am also a small business owner. I know how it is to go to bed with jobs incomplete but your body says “stop!”

    I am glad you have been blessed with all these sponsors, changes and opportunities. I know how much time it all takes, in addition to those adorable kids. Make sure you always refuel yourself (and your hubby/marriage), bc at the end of the day, that is what matters.

    I do love the way your house is coming together and love these snippets of each room. Thank you.

    Cyber hugs and kisses.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      You are so sweet, Terri. I love having blog friends who look out for me! :) Just so you know, I had a massage and haircut all by myself yesterday for my birthday, and Mr. Pax and I are going on a date tonight. 😉 xoxo

      • Fabulous! Enjoy your date! and a Happy, Happy Belated Birthday.

        So, are you gonna blog about that? hahahahahahahaha

        I just crack myself up sometimes. :)

        hugs.

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