The Reading Nook


I have a confession…

Remember those cane chairs I bought not so long ago? After staring at them and holding up paint chips and fabric swatches the past few months, I realized I hadn’t once sat in them, nor had anyone else in the house. So I sold them on Craigslist.

I decided what I really wanted was something, not just pretty to look at, but functional. I really wanted a place where I could, on rare occasion, curl up with a good book or a cup of coffee and relax. I wanted something soft and cushy. I wanted a reading nook similar to the ones below.

chaise reading corner

Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 (Pinterest, otherwise unknown)

It didn’t take long for me to stumble upon this image on Craigslist:


Image source

Not your typical Craiglist image, as most look more like this:


I’m typically skeptical of buying used upholstered furniture (unless I plan to have it recovered) but because this piece was slipcovered and the owner was an interior designer, I jumped on it. The best part is it cost the same as the cane chairs I sold (for the same price I purchased them – so no money lost).

I still need to style the corner but so far I’m loving drinking my morning coffee here.

ikea chaise 2

ikea chaise 3

Just a few little accessories and this little corner will be just right.

ikea chaise reading nook

Have you ever purchased something only to turn around a few months later and exchange it for something else?

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5 Responses to The Reading Nook
  1. Love it! And very jealous. The accessories are going to look great too!

    I bought a chair at Goodwill that I was going to recover. It sat in the garage for 6 months, then the living room for a year. Then I found a gorgeous chair at a garage sale that I liked better than the Goodwill chair. The old chair is now on it’s way back to Goodwill.

  2. Jessica@HomewithBaxter
    July 26, 2012 |

    Haha I know which designer you got that from! I read her blog as well as yours!

  3. Cute! I’ve always wondered, though, are armless chairs really comfy?

  4. celia
    August 6, 2012 |

    Love the chair and especially the flowery pillow…I have one made out of that fabric too! :-)

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