When I was a little girl I was a voracious reader. I read every book that I could get my hands on, staying up late into the night curled up under the covers with a flashlight shining between the pages. These days I still curl up under the covers with a book, but the light shines out from the Kindle app on my iPhone screen, much to my husband’s dismay.
I’m happy to say that my love of books has been handed down to the next generation. My 9 year old, Garrett, devours books as much as I ever did, and I hope that Caroline will love them too. Time will tell, because right now she mainly just wants to chew on them.
When we were finishing out the attic and installing a new laundry chute, I looked at this little nook and debated about how to best use the space. At first I considered a secret door to Garrett’s bedroom, which is right on the other side. But then I came to my senses and decided that a secret door would not be too cool for a tweenage boy, so we would not get much use out of it for much longer.
Finally, I decided on a cozy and comfortable book nook.
Here is the space before we started the attic renovation and during construction of the laundry chute…
And here it is now!
I do believe I have created the most perfect little hidey-hole in the history of all hidey-holes. This space makes me SO happy.
Here is the greatest part that you cannot really see- when it rains, the sound of the rain hitting the roof right on the other side of that shiplap wall is AH-MAZING. I have already caught Garrett up here fast asleep way past his bed time on more than one occasion.
My builder created the seat and shelves of this book nook using Purebond Plywood from Home Depot. We chose Purebond because it is formaldehyde-free and super sturdy, so it is not only safe for the kids to sit on all day but also will hold up for many years to come. It’s painted using Sherwin Williams Emerald paint+primer so the finish will also hold up to the kids wallering all over it.
I made sure we had tons of shelves to hold plenty of books (and this is not nearly all of the ones in our house- both kids have entire bookshelves full of books in their rooms.) I’ve got a big ol’ collection of Usborne books so they got a special place on the top shelf.
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I found these clear plastic string lights at Kirlands. I love them because they are not breakable and they are made from those copper string lights so they don’t get hot at all. Plus they are battery powered so no plug is required.
Have you guys seen all the bohemian decor at places like Pottery Barn teen lately? I’m digging it, but I feel like a weirdo for being a 40 year old woman shopping at PB teen. So, I use spaces like this in my house that are “for the kids” to get away with it. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.
I already had most of this stuff from my old office but I got a few new pieces at Hobby Lobby and a few other stores.
Love this quote from Harper Lee by Swan Lindsey Lettering…
“Everybody’s gotta learn. Nobody’s born knowing.”
And, since I’m going all Bohemian Rhapsody up in here I might as well have a quote from Galileo…
“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” by Katie Daisy on etsy.
The stack of pillows came from a few different stores. The bottom one is actually a big round plush dog bed from Costco!
The others came from TJMaxx, Anthropologie and HomeGoods.
Who wants to come over and snuggle up with me? Y’all are welcome to come hang out in the hidey-hole any time. 🙂
This attic just keeps getting better-n-better. I love this room so much! Stay tuned for more of the attic renovations once we get the cabinet doors put on! In the mean time…
This post features some of the building products that went into making the attic-turned-office amazing. I was given free product from Purebond Plywood, D.L. Lawless Hardware and Sherwin Williams, but I wasn’t compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
Design Chic says
It looks amazing, Beth! I would never want to leave the window seat and I had an attic office in my prior house and it was my favorite spot. You must be thrilled! Happy Saturday!
Jessica Bruno says
This looks amazing Beth!!! Perfect!
Beth I could sit there all day and enjoy the view. It came out beautifully.
This looks great! What an awsome idea. We have a VERY large finished attic, but there tons of weird corners and spaces like this. We might have to follow suit and turn one into a book nook!
Charlotte Lindsay says
Great Job! That space is definitely the perfect hidey-hole. I never thought of using a plush dog bed for the base of a space like this. I have a similar reading corner and can never find a base pillow that doesn’t slide around too much. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to seeing the rest of the progress.
Ronald Walker says
What an amazing conversion, that is like the paradise of offices. To be able to hear that rain while working or reading would be awesome.
Nicole @ Wallsauce says
We can’t remember the last time we had so much room envy! It looks amazing 🙂
Beth at Unskinny Boppy says
Happy room says
This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing this with us! Hope to see you next week!
Do you have costs for the project, not decor? This looks just like my attic space I want to convert into a bedroom. Did you insulate and add heat/air? Thank you!
What a fantastic use of the space. I could sit here for hours with the kids and while away the time. Great inspiration and thanks for sharing!
how much did this cost? and how long did it take? did you have to move the heat/air and/or electricity over?
Oh, I love PB teen so it’s not just you. And as gorgeous as that chandelier is up there over your desk, I can totally see a macrame chandelier hanging there…from (you guessed it) PB teen! It is to die for!
Vivek Kumar says
Nice to share this posting.
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This is so amazing! The difference is so crazy! I would never leave that nook!