He­len opted for a mix of stor­age to gain the or­ga­ni­za­tional ben­e­fits (see it, reach it, put it away) and sur­rounded-by-books feel of a li­brary.

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Take a page from this DIYer and or­ga­nize a read­ing nook with li­brary style.


In­spired by ideas on Pin­ter­est, He­len de­signed and built a book bin with three sec­tions. Ready-made ta­ble legs at­tach to mount­ing plates. Paint­ing the bin was the hard­est part be­cause He­len didn’t want the knots in the pine to show through. “I thought a cou­ple of coats of semigloss would do it, but I should have used a primer,” she says. An al­ter­na­tive to pine: medium-den­sity fiber­board, which takes paint well.


He­len cre­ated more space for books by mount­ing ledges— the kind used to dis­play art and framed pho­tos—on one wall. The shelves (Moss­landa; ikea.com) nearly fill the space be­tween the wall cor­ner and the win­dow frame for a built-in ap­pear­ance. To make a sim­i­lar set, see BHG.com/ Pho­toLedges.



He­len kept the wall dis­play kid-fo­cused by show­cas­ing the boys’ mas­ter­pieces in a ca­sual ar­range­ment of frames, also painted by the young artists. For ease, the boys painted the frames us­ing sponges in­stead of brushes.



For fun, He­len fin­ished the book bin by lin­ing the in­side with re­mov­able wall­pa­per (Dal­ma­tian Spot; livetteswall­pa­per.com).

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