Thursday, February 17, 2011

Favorite Nook: Aubrey & Lindsay's Little House

The final Favorite Nook (for now) is from the lovely Aubrey & Lindsay of Little House Blog. Their blog is full of bright home projects just about any home owner can use in one way or another. Their monopoly artwork is one of my favorite blog projects ever.


I was so excited to be asked by Stefanie where my favourite nook is in our house was. I knew right away what I wanted to share. One of my favourite nooks is our daybed/couch in my son, Oscar's room. The nursery is long and narrow, and on one side is an area that is flanked by a wall, and a built in bookcase. Here is what the room looked like when we bought it...
And here is what I turned it into....

Oscar's daybed/couch in his nursery

This little nook is where we have a daybed that acts as a couch. A single bed fit perfectly when we turned it sideways. And, by adding huge pillows, it now acts as a couch. It is where Oscar (8 months old) and I curl up and sink in for some comfy reading time. I have fallen asleep amongst those huge pillows, and I've also tossed all the pillows to the floor, and curled up under the white quilt. This little bed, tucked in between a wall and a bookshelf, is cozy because you are surrounded by walls. You feel like you're being hugged.

Mr. Bun Bun from my Mom is always with us

Seeing it all done, it seems obvious that a bed would go here. But coming to the final look wasn't so easy and actually was a little stressful. For the longest time we had a bed pushed up against the wall and it looked sad and cold. I couldn't figure out how to fill the white wall of nothing behind it.

The bed sat empty for the longest time as I debated what to do.

It dawned on me that what we should really do is a upholstered headboard. It added colour, a great design element, and best of all --- it made the bed extra cozy! So, I did a simple DIY headboard. I picked a gorgeous stripe fabric that I loved for its preppiness. Not too cutesy, so it would also grow with Oscar as he became a toddler.

I had a seamstress sew the pillow covers for the 24" pillows.

The headboard fabric was the starting off point but the pillows are what make it cozy and comfy. I put a number of 24" pillows on either side, to fill up the bed and make it more seating like. The throw pillows are integral to the nook - you need the right amount. Too many, and you have no where left to sit. Too little and you can't lean back and get comfy. Three on each side is the perfect number for us. My favourite ones are the light blue velvet with the piping...I had to pay extra for the detail of the piping, but the seamstress highly recommended with velvet to have I agree.

The bookshelf on one side of the bed

On one side of the nook is a wall of bookshelves that were already there but we fixed up. They are filled with books, and the Ikea baskets are filled with clothes he's outgrown, or little trinkets to save. One thing I would love to add is a skirt to hide the Ikea bed that the mattress is on, but other things have become more of a priority. Maybe one day! :)

Oscar and I playing on the daybed

I hope you enjoyed our little nook and perhaps feel inspired for your own ! ;)
xo Lindsay

For more information, visit these links: DIY Headboard Project, Before & After Nursery, Our Bunting Flag project