Nod Real Family – Under the Stairs Book Nook

Post by Morgan Georgie of Ampersand Design Studio

Hi guys – It’s Morgan from Ampersand Design Studio and I’m back to share part two of our Nod Real Family makeover. Check out part 1 here.

Now, let me take you downstairs. We live in a one-story ranch and have a finished basement that is sort of half playroom/half tv room. When we refinished it, I begged my husband to open up the area underneath the stairs thinking it was the perfect little hideout for kids! I had a vision, but I threw in a couple floor cushions and the decorating stopped there. I’m cringing just looking at the “BEFORE” photo. Under the Stairs Book Nook - BEFOREDanielle at The Land of Nod and I brainstormed together and I filled her in on how much Shaw loves books. He also loves forts and hiding places. So this dreamy, comfy book nook is his new favorite spot in the house. He feels like it’s all his own, although I do hope he’ll invite his brother in once he gets a bit older. How could he not? Lennon already has his “L” pillow in there to match Shaw’s! I could never have dreamed up this perfect little reading nook that Danielle so brilliantly put together! Check it out!!

Under the Stairs Book Nook - AFTER Under the Stairs Book Nook - AFTERShe truly though of everything! Literally the second it was complete, Shaw jumped in there,  grabbed a book and started “reading”. The photography team started shooting right away! When they had all the photos they needed, Shaw didn’t want to leave his nook. I’d say that’s the truest test of a well-designed space! We love the color bar ledge wall shelf that keeps his favorite books within an arm’s reach and these super modern felt storage bins can hold all the rest! The cushions and fur blanket keep the space super comfy! I have to talk to you guys about this amazing patina rug, though! It’s the most luxurious feeling rug in our house! And, it’s such a rich blue that reflects the light in different ways throughout the day. It’s so soft, we catch ourselves actually taking our shoes off so we can walk on it with bare feet! And, do you see the cool gold stripes on the wall? Danielle came up with the idea to use gold dot wall decals to make those, pretty much proving the ideas for dot wall decals are endless! Check out the little style board below for more sources!

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Isn’t this space every kids dream!?!?!  Let’s be honest, it’s even a dream for me!

What I must let you all know is that every single person that had a part of this Real Family feature, from a project manager, to the photographer and stylists, was just as cool and brilliant as you would imagine they are! Everyone worked so hard for the three days that they were here in Kansas City, but on their “breaks”, they were still finding time to play with Shaw while I was also taking care of our new baby. Talk about a company that just “gets it”. You might imagine that hosting that many people in your home for three days would be overwhelming, but it was nothing but fun!

So, I want to say one last HUGE thank you to Nod for this incredible experience!! I’m so grateful for the perfect spaces that were created for our family. It was truly a once a in a lifetime experience that we will never forget! Cheers to Nod!

Ampersand Design Studio specializes in surface pattern design, identity design and stationery products, with clients in the home décor, fashion and baby and kids industries. Their clients include respected big names like Land of Nod, Tiny Prints, Papyrus, Minted and Giggle,  as well as great small, local businesses around the country, including cafés, bakeries, wineries, photo studios and fashion boutiques.

Book Nook Inspiration – Part 4

Post by The Land of Nod and Brightly

Welcome to our final installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. If you missed them, check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 for more tips. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a cozy lounge for your tween. We kept a focus on the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

Tween Book Nook InspirationGrey Knit Blanket / Black Sequin Heart Throw Pillow / Typeset Throw Pillow / Seeing Stars Rug / Acrylic Book Cart / Open Arms Swivel Lounge Chair / Forest Poster Decal / Green Wiry Pendant / Black Spot Garland

Here’s how we put it all together:

  • Our Open Arms swivel is an ideal seat for a tween reading nook. It’s oversized and comfy, a great hang out spot.
  • We added a chunky throw blanket and sequin pillow to make it extra cozy.
  • The black accent in the throw pillow and garland make sure the space is not too sweet and contrast nicely with the soft pink and mint accent colors found in the rug and décor.
  • The acrylic book caddy brings in style and function.
  • Hang the wiry pendant above the chair for soft lighting.

 

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

The tween years are a great time to introduce a bit more complexity into a child’s reading life. At this age, kids will enjoy books with more of an emotional journey, as well as books with more sophisticated language and plot points. It’s also worth encouraging children this age to explore a wide range of books — from realistic fiction, to poetry, to fantasy.

Book Suggestions for TweensOur picks:

  • Smile – Raina Telgemeier’s real-life experiences make for a humorous coming-of-age novel filled with great artwork and plenty of dental drama. Kids will identify with Raina’s struggles to forge her own identity and find real friends.
  • The One and Only Ivan – You’ll never think about caged animals the same way again. The One and Only Ivan is a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting read about a gorilla and baby elephant who live in a circus-themed mall.
  • Wonder – Some books change the world. Some books change us. The best books do both. Wonder pushes young readers toward greater compassion, empathy, and acceptance of differences.
  • A Snicker of Magic – This much-lauded debut novel about the magical power of words will delight middle grade and tween readers.
  • Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson’s highly acclaimed poetic memoir about growing up as an African American in South Carolina and New York in the ‘60s and 70s took home the National Book Award.
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Packed with summertime adventures and big-time family fun, this is a perfect read-aloud book for the whole family.

Curious what books tweens are recommending to each other? Check out Books Tweens Can’t Stop Talking About on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

Book Nook Inspiration – Part 3

Post by The Land of Nod and Brightly

Welcome to our third installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. If you missed them, check out Parts 1 and 2 for more tips. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a modern design that can easily grow with your young reader. Still paying attention to the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

Boy's Book Nook Inspiration I Heart Space Banner / Floating Wall Shelf / Blue Rad Rug / Grey Bean Bag Chair / Grey Next Chapter Bookcase / Star Pop Icon Nightlight / Circle Corkboard

For this space, here are some of the key design elements:

  • The Rad Rug is the perfect foundation for the space; it’s plush, graphic and will define the book nook.
  • We always recommend layering in soft seating for a comfy spot to lounge, our Cool Beans! Bean Bag Chair is the perfect option for a growing child, as it’s plenty roomy.
  • The pop icon nightlight is not only a playful décor piece, but can be mounted to the wall above the bean bag chair for additional lighting.
  • A mix of cork boards and wall art can add interest in the space, and gives a place for kids to hang their latest treasures and mementos.
  • A small wall mounted shelf or ledge is ideal for keeping favorite books close at hand. We love the simple design of this book ledge, as it really turns a stack of books into a piece of art.
  • Of course, if this is a book nook, you’ll need plenty of room for books, and even a few toys. The Next Chapter bookcase is good choice because it’s low to the ground, which means your little one will have ready access to their books and toys.

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

As kids hit kindergarten and beyond, it’s a great time to explore different types of books. Finding books that relate to your young reader’s interests, pique their curiosity, or make them laugh will help keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

Boys Library Inspiration - Age 6-8Our picks:

  • George’s Marvelous Medicine – Wacky predicaments and laugh-out-loud moments take center stage in this short chapter book from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
  • I am Jackie Robinson – This is the fourth title in New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Change the World series. I am Jackie Robinson will entertain, inform, and inspire sports-loving kids.
  • Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! – Who knew being flat could be so fun? Packed with plenty of pictures and goofy situations, Flat Stanley is a delightful story that young readers have loved for generations.
  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – Short, snappy text and great illustrations make this the funniest installment in Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty series.
  • Amazing Pop-up Space AtlasThis interactive book introduces young readers to the wonders of outer space, complete with planet profiles, sky charts, and a 3-D pop-up Solar System.
  • Fortunately, the Milk – From Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of Coraline, comes a fantastical tale of a dad who runs out for a carton of milk and encounters aliens, pirates, and ponies on his way.

Looking for more great reads for growing readers? Check out 10 Early Chapter Books for Boys on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

Book Nook Inspiration, Part 2

Post by The Land of Nod and Brightly

Welcome to our second installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. Check out Part 1 here. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a feminine design for a growing reader. Still paying attention to the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

 Book Nook Inspiration: Growing GirlHalf Dot Rainbow Garland / Horrible Adorables Faux Taxidermy / Best and the Mostest Wall Art / Bonjour Throw Pillow / Pink Play Cushion / Pink Graduated Bookcase / Aqua Ombre Cube Basket / White Hemisphere Floor Lamp / Candy Dot Rug / Cloud Throw Pillow / Triangle Throw Pillow

For this book nook, here are some of the key design elements:

  • The overall color palette was inspired by shades of pink.
  • We added a play home floor cushion. It’s perfect for comfy floor seating. And can be outfitted with a collection of throw pillows for added comfort and interest.
  • The Graduated Bookcase offers ample storage for books and special items. This piece is the perfect height to pair with floor cushions.
  • Adding a floor lamp brings in extra light.
  • Next, add a collection of wall art that adds color or a sentiment.
  • To finish the space, hang garland above the reading nook to help define the area and bring in dimension and color.

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

As young readers make the move from picture books to chapter books, it’s great time to infuse a little girl power into their reading selections. There are plenty of wonderful books filled with engaging stories, fantastic artwork, and strong leading ladies that are perfect for girls ages 6 – 8.

Library Inspiration: Growing Girl Age 6-8Our picks:

  • Rosie Revere, Engineer – A wonderful story about a little girl who loves to build things, but grows discouraged when people laugh at her inventions. Accompanied by detailed illustrations, the book reminds young readers that failure is just the first step toward success.
  • Zita the Spacegirl – At the center of this graphic novel is Zita, a fearless girl on a journey through another world to rescue a kidnapped friend. Girls will identify with Zita’s brave, adventurous, and loyal character.
  • Flora & Ulysses – A charming story about a squirrel who gets sucked into a vacuum cleaner and emerges with superpowers. The award-winning book features full-page illustrations and comic-book style sequences.
  • Ivy and Bean – This great early chapter book explores the relationship between two friends who make more mischief than either of them can handle.
  • Beezus and Ramona – No list of books for growing readers would be complete without this Beverly Cleary classic. Kids will relate to these timeless truths about siblings and the love they share, even at the trickiest of times.
  • Pippi Longstocking – A madcap adventurer with pluck, Pippi is a perennial favorite of young readers around the world. Charming illustrations by Lauren Child make this edition one to treasure.

Looking for more empowering books for girls? Check out Early Chapter Books with Fierce Female Characters on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.