Outdoor Summer Reading Nook Challenge with Pottery Barn Kids
Fun project alert! A few weeks ago the folks at Pottery Barn Kids emailed me about creating a Summer Reading Nook for my girls and for their PBK and PBS Kids Summer Reading Nook Challenge. 5 other bloggers were included and we were given access to specific PBK staples for us to use in our nook, the rest was up to us.
I don’t know what doing Dylan’s room did to my brain, I think it unlocked my inner daydreaming child, because right now everything I am doing sort of has the perspective of someone roughly 3.5 feet tall. (what do you know, maybe I am a good mom…if you ignore all of the cereal/toast/ramen that happens in this house.)
So here is the thought process for this fun project. I don’t so much have a spot in my little house right now for a reading nook, so the obvious choice was to make something that was well, not in my house. When I told Court the plans he was like…”Dude. This thing is going to be so heavy, and cost a million bucks, can’t you just repaint a wall?” To which I replied “I mean, I understand, but if you saw what I see in my head you wouldn’t be able to shut it off either. Plus its freaking Pottery Barn.”
He then saw the light.
Doesn’t it look like childhood in a jar? I am SO in love with it, and more importantly my girls are too.
The design is a mix of thrifted treasures (the light and accessories), family heirlooms (the amazing oil painting by my Great Grandma), handmade flair (obviously the pom pom tassels), and Pottery Barn Kids Furniture.
The build went really smoothly and I will have a quick tutorial with guidelines and info about the structure up this week.
The canvas tent is made from a drop cloth, sisal rope, and grommets, and was SERIOUSLY simple. And because you guys love to know the behind the scenes nuggets…the original plan was to use wooden dowels instead of the rope. But then the whole, running, screaming, tag playing scenario ran through my mind and I knew we needed something that was a little more forgiving (as in forehead forgiving). So rope it was! If you are a hardcore Vintage Revival-er you will remember the curtains I made for Hailee’s Living Room with this same idea!
My favorite piece is the gray and white striped Rugby rug.
Of course my girls love the beanbag. Also, Ivie’s hair? Super jealous.
And what would be a photo shoot without a few Dylan Outtakes?
That girl will be the death of me.
Reading with my daughters is something that I cherish. I love reading books that have a great lesson in them, like The Giving Tree. My favorite series of all time though is Skippy Jon Jones. I can do a MEAN Spanish accent Skippito.
If you are itching for more kiddie inspiration, check out Dylan’s Bedroom.
Or if you are in the market for something a little more grown up (I use the tern grown up loosely around these parts) check out my living room.
I partnered with Pottery Barn Kids and PBS to create this project. Pottery Barn Kids sent me specific items to use in this challenge. The project ideas, cost, and opinions are 100% mine.