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.  

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! 🙂

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Meet Megan

Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. 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. 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 🙂


  3. 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!


  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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?

  12. 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!!!!!

  13. 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!

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

  15. 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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