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Making Your Own Nook

taryn mcLean

Here in Knoxville, many of us have spent more time indoors lately.  It's been quite the wintry world in East Tennessee.  I have enjoyed several snowy walks and my kids have racked up the miles on the sleds but much of our time has been in the house. 

With all the time inside, I've so appreciated having that special spot to retreat to when I need a little breather from all the folks here all day. 

Do you have that spot?

It doesn't take much really.  Just a chair or seat of some sort, a reading lamp, a blanket, a small table, & a few of your favorite things.  Each of us have those few items that make a spot ours.  For me, there's a little plant, some homemade "mommy" items from my kids, a pic of my daddy with my brother & I as kids, my favorite business card of the month, and always... my journal & the Word just to name a few.  I'm so thankful to also have a built-in bookcase nearby filled with other fun items that inspire me & are available when the mood strikes.

Below are some thoughtful posts that might help to nudge you into getting your space just right.  Or maybe it's a space for your child to read, imagine or just feel safe & quiet.  I found a couple of ideas for the littles too.  Anyway, we'd love to hear any other ideas you may have.  What has worked for you or for your family?


1. Kara Tippetts' "Corner Nook" is just enough & not too much when she needs it most...

2. Kate Pruitt for Design Sponge posts fabulous pictures of Lora Neveu's window seat nook that she designed for her daughter.  A little more work involved, but well worth the effort for the results.

This master bedroom nook by Courtney Fernan is a simple example of just a few items that make the spot just cozy enough.  She also links where all the items were purchased.

For the littlest ones, Jen with Mama.Papa.Bubba. gives us a great idea to encourage reading & quiet time from an early age.  Just a few pillows, a spot for books & a fun curtain & you're ready to go!