Reading Nook … Before and After!

The Reading Nook was finished by Christmas Eve! I have had so many of you wondering if I finished and if Miss Precious liked it …

 She did!!!!

For those of you who want to see the Before and After right away …

You will have to wait until the end to see them side by side 🙂

However, I’m prepared to show you the finished project if, you keep reading until the end! Deal? I promise to make it worth your while.

For me, most of the fun is in the details that make it special. I found some glow in the dark butterflies (#Target) that I knew would be perfect for when the door is closed and the light is turned off. I arranged them to look like they were fluttering off in a group.

Miss Precious LOVES keys so I found some that had words engraved in them. (#Michaels) Three of them really sum up what I was doing … “Secret”, “Memories”, and my personal favorite, “Journey”.

Snuggling was a must! and I fell in love with this snowflake throw (#Target) that is so cozy. I wanted a place to store it when we don’t need it so I bought a white hook to hang it on. No secret place is complete without a flashlight and I found a red one to match the accent color that I was using. Yes, Miss Precious LOVES flashlights too!


The Dreaded Cushion …. da da da DA! I picked this upholstery fabric as it reminded me of all the places that books can take you. (I am an avid reader!) I also wanted to use it because it will grow with her and never be out of date. (At least for this kind of space) The fabric is sturdy which I love, and soon, will do a post on, “What I learned while making a Cushion”. Subtitle … “Someone, save me from this HELL on earth”! You get the idea. I had to make it, as the size I needed, made it too expensive to purchase. I love it and I am glad that I can say, “I did it!!!!!”

 There were more books in the baskets below that she could open … A “Handy Manny” series. Teach them while they are young 🙂


This sweet little pig became my theme and I found her, and her books at #Costco. I am so happy that I went with her as the theme as it gave me an opportunity to bring in a paint color that I would not have chosen otherwise, but now am in LOVE with!


I am not removing the door, so that it remains a secret that it exists. After all, children love secret spaces. Then again, So do I! I set a plant in front of the door and she did not even peek in there once.


Miss Bliss over at Bliss Ranch suggested a bow on the door and I knew she was right! I love fun suggestions 🙂


Miss Precious and Adorable Daughter disappeared on Christmas Day. Look where I found them.

It is almost hard to remember the closet it used to be, until I did a side by side. I vote for the Reading Nook in that space 🙂 LOL, as if you needed to have them labeled … I give you the Before and After! Thank you everyone for following along on this project, giving me support, and your interest. It means so much to me.


As a “THANK YOU” and celebrating one year of blogging I am hosting a giveaway. A $25 Starbucks card! (I don’t know about you, but I could use coffee about now to keep awake while I clean up after the holidays!) Young or old, in the States or another country … anyone can enter. I am no longer on blogger and miss seeing your friendly faces, so I am hoping you will follow me either by Linky or Network Blogs.

Hugs and Happy 2013!

To find more on this project …

The Reading Nook was featured here …


I was featured on Practically Functional


All Star Block Party

Featured on One Creative Weekend
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I party here …

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41 Responses to "Reading Nook … Before and After!"

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  1. Sharon

    January 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    You did a wonderful job! I am sure it will be enjoyed for years! Happy New Year!

  2. Joy2Journey

    January 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Thank you Sharon. Nothing beats the memories that are made … they last a life time!
    Hugs and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. Linda

    January 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Loving this so much and looking around for a space to do a reading nook. I have the closets but there is so much STUFF – where would I put it? ha ha thanks for showing us … Linda

  4. Joy2Journey

    January 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    LOL, Fortunately for me, I didn’t have anything really in that closet. It was just stuff that could find another home. If you do one … you must share it with me. I would love love love to see it!!!!
    Hugs and Happy New Year

  5. Anne @ DesignDreamsbyAnne

    January 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    woot, woot! more coffee!!!

    I love that nook, if I were a kid I’d be in there ALL.THE.TIME 🙂

    ps where’d you get that fabric? I love it!

  6. Joy2Journey

    January 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    That is exactly what I was going for! The Kid fun factor … I found it at JoAnn’s (do you have those in Canada?) It is upholstery fabric.

  7. Bliss

    January 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    It turned out fantastic (especially the bow), you are officially the president of the cool gramma club. And you tackled making a cushion??????

    Now how about a “Quiet… people reading” sign for the door knob?


  8. Joy2Journey

    January 1, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    LOL I was waiting to get my Silhouette before I made my sign. However, I was going to hang it on the door as it would bang into the other closets if it was on the knob. I was thinking more on the lines of “Quiet … someone special is reading” 🙂

    I did tackle making the cushion but I think I said some words that were not lady like, in the process. I also have a war wound to prove it! Working with Upholstery fabric is different that what I am used too.

  9. Suzy @ Worthing Court

    January 2, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    How adorable! My granddaughters would love a space like this and I have the perfect closet for it. Thank you for the inspiration! And thank you too for the opportunity to win the Starbucks giftcard! Happy New Year!

  10. Joy2Journey

    January 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM


    I would love to see what you make for your Grand daughter! Isn’t it fun to make something special for those Grandbabies? 🙂
    I am so glad that you entered the give a way! Sounds like you like Starbucks 🙂

  11. Nif @ Call*Me*Nif

    January 3, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    This is fabulous! I am an avid reader, and I would have LOVED a space like this when I was younger. How cool and creative… lots of memories will be made! Thanks so much for the giveaway, too. Happy New Year!


  12. Tammy Killough

    January 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    OH wow….lucky girl! My daughter would have LOVED this! Awesome job!!! Thanks for the giveaway too…by the way! I’m your newest linky follower…and I tweeted….fixing to go to FB and share too!!! Thanks Again! ~Tammy

  13. Tammy Killough

    January 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    OH wow….lucky girl! My daughter would have LOVED this! Awesome job!!! Thanks for the giveaway too…by the way! I’m your newest linky follower…and I tweeted….fixing to go to FB and share too!!! Thanks Again! ~Tammy

  14. Roxana

    January 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Absolutely Perfect! Wow! So much love and thought. I love it all 🙂

  15. Diana Rambles

    January 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    This is absolutely amazing! Just love it!!

  16. Liz @ Quirky Vistas

    January 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Hi BJ, so good to see what you are up to. I’ve been away from my blog for most of December (and other blogs as well), but it’s good to be back and able to visit everyone again. This reading nook is genius and so cozy looking. What a fantastic idea. The little pig drew me in. Adorable! Stop by and visit sometime when you have a chance!

  17. Joy2Journey

    January 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Thank you Tammy. Thank you for the follow …. I really miss seeing all my Google + followers since switching over to WordPress. So glad that you are following along.

  18. Joy2Journey

    January 3, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Thank you. It was a project of love for sure which made it so fun. Did you see the playhouse I made her last year? LOL I better come up with something fun for her next year!!!)
    Thank you for stopping by … hope you entered the giveaway! 🙂

  19. Joy2Journey

    January 3, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Thank you so much. I have to admit … it was a fun project! 🙂
    Hugs and thank you for dropping by,

  20. Joy2Journey

    January 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    I have missed you! I will drop by your blog as soon as I catch up on my emails. So glad that you stopped by and commented too. Nice to know you were here. The nook was fun to make and of course … who can resist “Olivia”!

  21. Heidi

    January 3, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Any kid (or adult) would love that space! I particularly like the butterflies and red paint! Thanks for linking up at One Creative Weekend! Enjoy your weekend.

  22. Rebecca

    January 4, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    This looks fantastic! I love it! Such a great use of the space!

  23. Sue

    January 4, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    BJ, Your transformation is amazing and I’m sure it will be well used! The piggie is a hoot. Happy New Year!

  24. Joy2Journey

    January 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Thank you Heidi! Love your parties too!!!

  25. Joy2Journey

    January 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Thank you … I love Olivia too! I smile every time I look at her 🙂

  26. Joy2Journey

    January 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Thank you Rebecca … I am enjoying for sure!

  27. Jessi @ Practically Functional

    January 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Wow! What an awesome reading nook; you did an amazing job!

  28. Joy2Journey

    January 6, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Thank you Jessi. I was a fun project!

  29. Shannon

    January 6, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    This is completely adorable! What a lucky little reader at your house. 🙂

  30. Joy2Journey

    January 7, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Thank you Shannon. I hope to encourage her love of reading!

  31. Meg @ Nutmeg Place

    January 8, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    LOVE this! Featuring it on this weeks All Star Block Party!

  32. Jessi @ Practically Functional

    January 9, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I just wanted to let you know I featured this today on my blog! You can check it out and grab a Featured button here: The Fun In Functional link party

  33. Heidi@OneCreativeMommy

    January 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I featured this idea on One Creative Weekend at today. Please stop by and grab a featured button if you’d like. The party is open, and I hope you’ll link up again!

  34. Feral Turtle

    January 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    WOW!! You did an amazing job. Glad you got it done before Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful 2013. Cheers.

  35. Joy2Journey

    January 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Oh my gosh Heidi, I just saw this. I am in Cali with my Mom helping her out with some things and have not been at my computer that much. Thank you thank you thank you or the honor. Hugs and have a great weekend!!!

  36. Joy2Journey

    January 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Thank you so much. I think I started a bit late and I don’t like being close to the wire!!! Note to self … start earlier! 🙂

  37. karen@somewhatquirky

    February 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I know I’m late to this little party, but I just want to say this is adorable! I’d like to have one of these for me.

  38. Stacey

    March 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    BJ, I’m so glad to find you today. Just came over from the tour at Debbie’s. 🙂

    That reading nook is amazing! I love Olivia. Your grand daughter looks so happy in there.

  39. Joy2Journey

    March 16, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I am so glad you found me too 🙂 My granddaughter loves it. Thank you for your sweet comment!

  40. Melissa

    April 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I love it! You did a great job!
    I wish I had one of these!!! =)

  41. Joy2Journey

    April 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I know how you can make one 🙂 Do you have a closet you could part with?

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