Pottery Barn Kids & PBS Kids Reading Nook Challenge (Vote to Win $500 to Pottery Barn)

Hi friends! As a huge fan of Pottery Barn Kids and PBS Kids, I was delighted to join in a Reading Nook challenge where I was asked to create an inviting kid-friendly space in my home with Pottery Barn Kids goodies.  Five other bloggers are participating also and YOU get to vote on the Book Nook you like best.  The blogger who created the winning space will get to give one of her readers a $500 gift card to Pottery Barn.  I hope y’all like what I’ve created and that one of YOU wins the gift card!  You can cast your vote on Pottery Barn’s new blog, Building Blocks.

I found lots of inspiration for my design via Pinterest and created an inspiration board you can find HERE.  The products I chose to work with are pictured below:

You might remember that, just before the challenge began, James’ room looked like this (after clearing out most of the furniture):

And after incorporating the items from Pottery Barn Kids, he now has a perfect little reading nook to call his own.  

The inspiration for the reading nook began with the blue and white stripe Rugby Play Tent Canopy.  Not only is it a super-cool place for a kid to hide away for some reading time, it makes a bold statement in the room.  It’s made of durable polyester and is really sturdy.  We hung it from the ceiling with a small hook.  

A Dr. Seuss quote fits well with the space and is framed just outside the canopy.  I simply printed it from my computer.  Instant, inexpensive art! 
For cozy seating, inside the canopy is the Red Madras Anywhere Beanbag.  James is about 3 feet tall and fits this chair perfectly with room to grow.  The Chenille Jute Stripe Border Rug ties it all together and is really soft.
I added some pieces from our own house to the nook as well.  We are fortunate to have an old (vintage??) red wagon that belonged to James’ dad as a kid that is still in pretty good shape for being over 30 years old. After a good washing, it doubles really well as added book storage.  
The big star bucket holds extra pillows and blankets for super cozy-time inside the canopy.  
I liked how the star bucket mimicked the awesome glow-in-the-dark star decals we put on the ceiling.  They really do light up the ceiling like the night sky when the lights are out!
Opposite the canopy is the Pottery Barn Cameron bookcase in white.  I’m so pleased with the quality of this furniture- it has a sold wood frame and was easily assembled in about 20 minutes.  I like to keep books as well as colorful decorative objects in the bookcase for added visual interest. 
On display is part of James’ favorite train set from his Great Grandma on top along with the Solid Task lamp in red.  

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The bookcase holds lots of books and I included a wire basket that can easily corral the smaller board books.  Making a label that James can “read” was easy with computer clip art and a laminating machine.  It also makes clean up easy since James knows exactly where the small books belong.
I adore this Dalmatian bookend.  It’s surprisingly solid and keeps the books upright. So cute!

The Galvanized Magnetic boards are perfect for showcasing James’ current art projects and I love how doubling them up increases the impact in the room.  The “GROW” sign is meant for a garden, but I thought it was completely cute and appropriate for a child’s room.  
As you can see, James loves his little nook and “reads” in it everyday.  He even watches his PBS Kids shows on the iPad in there. We especially love Super Why and I swear it has given him a head start on learning to read.  I hear the catchy ABC song in my head as I type . . . 

Now for the fun part, YOU get to vote on which blogger’s Book Nook you like best.  The winning blogger will be giving away a $500 Pottery Barn gift card to one of her readers! You can vote once a day until June 23, 2013.  Thanks! πŸ™‚


  1. June 17, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    It looks fantastic Megan! And so little boy!! Instilling the love of reading in a small child is the best thing you can give them. Good Luck with the contest.

  2. June 17, 2013 / 4:19 pm

    Well, yours is my favorite, of course! I was going to list everything I love but realized I love EVERYTHING! Amazing room! Lucky boy!

  3. June 17, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    It looks amazing. That canopy is so preppy and cute. And James looks so happy reading which must put a smile on your face. You have my vote! Very inspiring πŸ™‚


  4. June 17, 2013 / 5:18 pm

    What a fun space!

  5. June 17, 2013 / 5:20 pm

    Loving all of the colors! That ceiling is incredible! And the wagon is just so darling! Great product picks, you really put together a great little reading corner for James!


  6. June 17, 2013 / 5:30 pm

    The wagon is a wonderful idea!

  7. June 17, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Love it! I voted for ya! I have got to get that tent canopy for Dacen! I'll definitely be placing an order for one this week! Thanks for sharing!

  8. June 17, 2013 / 5:52 pm

    You're awesome at organizing shelves! Come help-I'm having a panic attack over mine!

  9. June 17, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    Megan this is absolutely adorable! You did an amazing job! I love the little details you added, and that wagon! What a treat that he has something that was once his dad's. Love it!

  10. June 17, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    Where did you get that awesome star bucket? I love the whole room especially the paint color!!!!

    • June 17, 2013 / 8:04 pm

      Danielle, that star bucket is from HomeGoods!

  11. June 17, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    James must be so thrilled with this. That canopy tent is the coolest thing, such a whimsical addition to a little kid's room!

  12. caycee
    June 17, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    What an awesome space you created!! Well done mama!

  13. June 17, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    The whole room is beautiful. Love it!

  14. Michaela
    June 17, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    It is SO darn cute!

  15. Colleen
    June 17, 2013 / 5:17 pm

    I love it! it came out so cute. The canopy is adorable as is the wall art and the bookcase. so very cute!

  16. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    June 17, 2013 / 5:18 pm

    That corner is the cutest thing!!! Love the mix of madras and stripes…and it looks amazing with the rest of the room!!! That will surely be his fave spot for years!! Great job, sweets!!

  17. June 17, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    I love the cute little nook you created! And now I am singing the ABC song from "Super Why" in my head as well….my son loves that show.

  18. RenΓ©
    June 17, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    Oh Megan, this is a perfect boy's room! I especially love those books in the wagon. Just darling!

  19. June 18, 2013 / 1:33 am

    It looks great!! I love all the details in the room!!

  20. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    June 18, 2013 / 12:36 am

    Oh, Megan. It's amazing. What a fun and cozy corner. I just love the "grow" sign and all of the details styled on the bookcase. He is so sweet. I think all kiddos should have a special spot to get lost in books.

  21. Stephanie
    June 18, 2013 / 3:06 am

    Oh that is just the cutest reading nook ever! I went over and voted, everybody came up with such great ideas. What a wonderful way to encourage reading.

  22. June 18, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    Such a perfect, cozy space for your sweet little one! Love the stripes and madras and adore the wagon.

  23. June 18, 2013 / 4:08 pm

    I love this! What is the paint color you used in his room? It is the perfect shade of blue!

  24. June 18, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    It looks AMAZING!!!!! Great job Megan.

  25. June 18, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    I voted for your room. It's stunning to say the least.

  26. June 18, 2013 / 6:06 pm

    Stunning is all I have to say. I voted for your room of course!

  27. June 18, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    I ADORE this room! It has all the colors I've been thinking of for my growing boy's new bunkbed room. I was just telling him about sticking some stars up on the bottom of the top bunk so he could see them at night, but I like the ceiling idea so much more:) Going off to vote!

  28. June 18, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    Just voted for you!!! You did an amazing job!! I love the colors and how everything is put together. Hope you win!!

  29. June 18, 2013 / 10:39 pm

    I love this reading corner! I may need to borrow some of these ideas when we re-do my son's room. Where did you get the wire basket that is on the bookshelf?

  30. June 19, 2013 / 1:32 am

    This space is awesome, you did a fabulous job! I am going to have to do this in my grandson's room. I keep him 4 days aweek and this would be perfect in his room, here at at his house! Love the wagon!!!!!

  31. Allison
    June 18, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    What a wonderful reading nook for James you have created Megan! It's such a fun boy spot! I love it! He is adorable sitting there reading. Love the books in the red wagon. That elephant is so cute!

  32. Carmel - Our Fifth House
    June 19, 2013 / 3:30 am

    This space turned out so great! Love the color combo and that wagon is too precious – how special.

  33. Jenny @ Simcoe Street
    June 19, 2013 / 8:45 am

    It looks awesome! The red wagon is my favourite part πŸ™‚

  34. June 20, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    Love that nook and love the idea of using the red wagon flyer for book storage!

  35. August 2, 2013 / 1:51 am

    I love this look, and I am getting the canopy. I was curious as to the paint color you used for the blue?… Thanks!

  36. August 13, 2013 / 12:29 am

    I'm obsessed with your blog


  37. November 26, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    The nook and the whole room are adorable! I love the stars on the ceiling, red wagon, book shelves and the stars bucket together with toy octopus! πŸ™‚ Lovely!

  38. April 21, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    Oh wow I just adore this room!! Creating my sons big boy room now and this is so inspiring – thank you! Can I ask what the blue paint color is on the walls? I've searched for so long and this blue is literally PERFECT! Thank you!

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