How to Create a Reading Nook

Fostering a love of reading in your child can open them up to new worlds right within the walls of their bedroom. From lessons in history to explorations in science, books educate, inspire and entertain. You can encourage your child to pick up the habit by designing a reading nook in his or her bedroom. Here’s what you need:

A Place to Sit

For your child, the bed makes a great place to unwind and read, but you can also add a chair, beanbag or floor pillow and rug. The idea is to make it inviting. It helps if the seating is scaled for your child, so they can be comfortable as they curl up with a book.

Good Lighting

Insufficient lighting leads to eyestrain and headaches, and that can discourage your child’s reading habit. Overhead lighting isn’t enough. Add illumination to your reading nook by using a table lamp on the nightstand or a floor lamp next to a chair or pillow. It helps to choose a fixture that allows your child to direct the light onto the book’s pages.

Book Storage

Make reading handy by using a basket or bin to hold a variety of books. This can be placed next to your child’s reading nook. You can also add a bookshelf to your child’s bedroom to hold and organize his or her library. The more chances they run across a book in their room, the more chances they’ll pick one up and start reading.

A Table Surface

Nothing goes with a good book quite as well as a nice beverage. Make sure you have a space for your child to set a drink or snack. This could be a nightstand, small end table or tray.

An Ottoman

Help your child settle into a good reading session by giving them a place to prop up their feet. If your child sits in a chair, add an ottoman. If they’re in bed, they’re all set. Or if you have space on the floor, make sure you’ve included enough pillows to provide support wherever they need it.

A cozy reading nook will provide your child with a special spot to indulge their imagination and know how. It just might become their favorite spot in the house.

 

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How to Organize Your Child’s Closet, Age By Age

Organizing your child’s closet is an investment of time that will pay dividends. Not only will you be able to find what you need; so will your child, and that can put an end to questions that start with, “Mom, where’s my … ?” They key is to use tools that are age-appropriate and properly scaled, so that your child can use them.

Babies and Toddlers

In the nursery, hanging organizers keep clothing and supplies handy. When there’s a place for everything, it’s easy to put everything in its place—and find it quickly. Baby clothes are small, so you don’t need a lot of room to keep things tidy. Utilize hanging organizers that allow you to neatly store clothing, diapers, shoes and supplies.

Preschool

Help kids develop good organizing habits by designing their closet with them in mind. This is the age when kids will want to practice independence. Set them up for success by making their closet kid-friendly. Put things at their eye level by using a hanging rod extension or a small set of drawers or bins on the closet floor. Make things easy by only storing clothing of the right size and season. Label drawers or bins with a picture of what’s inside, such as socks, shirts or hats. This helps your child locate what they want and then put things away.

 

Elementary School

Your child is old enough to get dressed and put away their laundry, so continue the good habits set when they were in preschool. It might be time to change out organizers for items that are more in scale. Adjust the hanging rod, and purchase larger bins that will hold their bigger clothes. You might add a small coat rack or ottoman to their room where they can lay out their outfit for the next day to help streamline mornings.

Teenagers

Teens need lots of storage, and when it comes to their closet they’ll likely have extra items to put away like sports gear, trophies, hats, accessories, and more. Closet organizers are key for making sense of it all, and it helps to get your child’s input. If they have a say in designing it, they’re more likely to use it. Built-in closet solutions can make space for clothes and shoes. You should also include a hamper so dirty clothing doesn’t wind up on the floor, and organize small items, such as jewelry, with bins or hangers.

By taking the time to create organizing systems that grow with your child, you help keep his or her room clean. And that’s something we can all enjoy!

We’ve Got the Look: Nate Berkus’s Nursery

Celebrity design couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent recently opened the doors of their Manhattan home to Architectural Digest, and it’s every bit as beautiful as you might imagine. One of the most enchanting rooms is the nursery of their daughter, Poppy. Done in soft grays and whites with metallic accents, the small space is chic and playful. If you like their style, we’ve got the look.

Start with a classic white crib. Nate and Jeremiah chose a Victorian-style spindle crib in timeless white, and our Linden Crib is a great match. Curved details give the bed some personality, but the simple style makes it a clean slate for choosing the rest of the room’s décor.

Adding texture as well as glamour is a white faux fur stool. In a small room, each piece stands out, and this soft furnishing provides a place for Poppy to sit or a place for the dads to put up their feet. For your room, our Dutchess White Faux Fur Stool would provide the same great benefits.

Tucked beneath a changing table is a mirrored storage piece. Not only does it provide space to organize Poppy’s clothing and gear; the mirrored sides make the room feel larger. Our Hudson Mirrored Chest would have the same result, and this glamorous piece will grow with your baby or blend into another room when no longer needed.

Finally, Nate and Jeremiah use a mixture of gold-leaf mirrors and framed artwork to dress up the nursery. Our Albany Gold Wall Mirror would be a good start. Then frame your favorite black and white prints, and create a gallery wall.

What do you think of Poppy’s room?

Six Nursery Trends for 2018

One of the most magical rooms in a home is a nursery. It’s where babies dream and grow, and imaginations are set free. Designing a nursery gives parents a chance to tap into their own dreams, too, and each year trends emerge to get you started. Project Nursery recently shared a list for 2018, and we’ve chosen some of our favorites.

The Color Purple.  Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year Ultra Violet has everyone reaching for purple, and lavender is its softer side. This royal color will make a statement. Use the color on walls, bedding or accents, like this mirror.

Spread Your Wings.Birds are a hot theme for nurseries, and the bigger the better. Look for flamingos, swans and peacocks, which bring color and whimsy.

Baby Boho.While Bohemian style has been a big trend in home design for a while, it’s going subtle in the nursery. Look for hanging plants and swings that add fun and texture to a space.

Pure and Simple.  Scandinavian-style furniture, like this crib, offers simple and sleek lines, which bring a sense of calm to a nursery—who doesn’t want that?

 

Just Keep Swimming.Feel like you’re in the tropics by inviting a school of fish into your nursery. Use them in wall décor, bedding and accents, like these wall decals.

Dot Your Eyes. Polka dots are always popular, but this year they’re popping up in every size. Look for dots that are hand drawn, watercolor and mini-sized, and use them on walls, bedding or rugs.

Organizing a Child’s Bedroom

“Clean up your room” is a phrase most parents are familiar with. Kids and clutter often go hand in hand. Instead of shutting the door (which isn’t a bad option), give your child the tools for tidying by creating an organized space. Here are five things to keep in mind:

 

1. Look at the room from your child’s point of view. Often closets and drawers are too tall to be manageable. Get down to your child’s eye level and then assess his or her space. The view may surprise you! Shorter furniture, like a dresser instead of a chest of drawers, is more ideal for little kids. And make sure the closet is set up with low rods and baskets or bins on the floor.

2. Simplify. A room or closet filled to the brim is going to be hard to maintain. Take everything out of your child’s room that doesn’t need to be there. Store out-of-season or outgrown clothing in the basement or another room. Create a “toy library” where kids check out a certain number of toys and return them before they’re allowed to check out more. And clean out your child’s desk at the end of each school season to make sure old papers and books aren’t causing clutter.

 

3. Make sure the room has adequate storage. Getting ready in the morning will be a breeze when clothing options are readily accessible. A dresser will provide ample drawer space for storing socks, shirts and everything else. Use bookcases, baskets and benches for storing additional items that are kept in your child’s room, such as art supplies and toys. An organized room is easier to keep clean because there’s a place for everything.

 

4. Give your child a homework area. Studying, homework and projects are best completed at a desk where books and supplies can be stored. What’s more, when you put a desk in your child’s bedroom, you provide a quiet work environment away from the hustle and bustle of the household in which your child can get things done.

5. Create a daily routine. Set up a ritual where you and your child put items away before bedtime. As your child gets older, he or she can do the routine alone. When kids get in the habit of putting things away, clutter stays at bay and a room never gets out of control.

An organized bedroom is a place where your child can do his or her best, and it’s a spot where childhood memories take root and grow.