Favorite Nook: Aubrey & Lindsay's Little House

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The final Favorite Nook (for now) is from the lovely Aubrey & Lindsay of Little House Blog. Their blog is full of bright home projects just about any home owner can use in one way or another. Their monopoly artwork is one of my favorite blog projects ever.

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I was so excited to be asked by Stefanie where my favourite nook is in our house was. I knew right away what I wanted to share. One of my favourite nooks is our daybed/couch in my son, Oscar's room. The nursery is long and narrow, and on one side is an area that is flanked by a wall, and a built in bookcase. Here is what the room looked like when we bought it...
And here is what I turned it into....

Oscar's daybed/couch in his nursery

This little nook is where we have a daybed that acts as a couch. A single bed fit perfectly when we turned it sideways. And, by adding huge pillows, it now acts as a couch. It is where Oscar (8 months old) and I curl up and sink in for some comfy reading time. I have fallen asleep amongst those huge pillows, and I've also tossed all the pillows to the floor, and curled up under the white quilt. This little bed, tucked in between a wall and a bookshelf, is cozy because you are surrounded by walls. You feel like you're being hugged.

Mr. Bun Bun from my Mom is always with us

Seeing it all done, it seems obvious that a bed would go here. But coming to the final look wasn't so easy and actually was a little stressful. For the longest time we had a bed pushed up against the wall and it looked sad and cold. I couldn't figure out how to fill the white wall of nothing behind it.

The bed sat empty for the longest time as I debated what to do.

It dawned on me that what we should really do is a upholstered headboard. It added colour, a great design element, and best of all --- it made the bed extra cozy! So, I did a simple DIY headboard. I picked a gorgeous stripe fabric that I loved for its preppiness. Not too cutesy, so it would also grow with Oscar as he became a toddler.


I had a seamstress sew the pillow covers for the 24" pillows.

The headboard fabric was the starting off point but the pillows are what make it cozy and comfy. I put a number of 24" pillows on either side, to fill up the bed and make it more seating like. The throw pillows are integral to the nook - you need the right amount. Too many, and you have no where left to sit. Too little and you can't lean back and get comfy. Three on each side is the perfect number for us. My favourite ones are the light blue velvet with the piping...I had to pay extra for the detail of the piping, but the seamstress highly recommended with velvet to have piping...ad I agree.


The bookshelf on one side of the bed

On one side of the nook is a wall of bookshelves that were already there but we fixed up. They are filled with books, and the Ikea baskets are filled with clothes he's outgrown, or little trinkets to save. One thing I would love to add is a skirt to hide the Ikea bed that the mattress is on, but other things have become more of a priority. Maybe one day! :)


Oscar and I playing on the daybed

I hope you enjoyed our little nook and perhaps feel inspired for your own ! ;)
xo Lindsay

For more information, visit these links: DIY Headboard Project, Before & After Nursery, Our Bunting Flag project

23 comments:

  1. I love this nook too! Their kitchen nook is great as well!

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  2. I love every single thing in this room. That never happens to me. Beautiful!

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  3. This looks cozy. The colors are so crisp & soothing. Great job!

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  4. Oh my goodness. This just stopped me in my tracks. What a beautiful corner and room. And it sounds like it's used, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Is the day bed's frame DIY? I love it!

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  6. A bed is always much more comfortable than any couch! Wonderful way to incorporate it with the custom headboard and pillows. Really great space!

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  7. Oh, your nook is so pretty and fresh. I've seen it on your blog and I just love it! Well done.

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  8. Thank you so much for including me in your awesome series and thank you for all your kind comments.
    xoxoxox Linds

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  9. The kitchen was tied with this nook. ;) I absolutely love our kitchen nook as well! xo

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  10. Hi Anna, the bed frame is from Ikea. The headboard is the DIY project. I'm not THAT good! ;)

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  11. Cassie {hi sugarplum!}11:41 AM

    I loved following along with their project...it turned out just perfect!

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  12. I love this little nook.... very cozy and cute! I have a question though... where did you get your light hanging from the ceiling? I think it's perfect for my office.....

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  13. Hi Holli, It is from a company called Remington Lamp. E-mail me at AubreyandLindsay@hotmail.com if you'd like more details.

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  14. Adorable! Wish I had a space for a daybed in my son's nursery.

    I'm sort of doing the same soft greens, whites, and creams in my nursery, too. Cute.

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  15. Nita@ModVintageLife.com10:34 PM

    I love a bed nook like that. When I was a kid...I would move my twin bed around my room and my favorite spot was when it was tucked into the corner and became kind of a bed/sofa. I love this in your home. I have a spot in my house that I need to do something like this in. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. So pretty! I agree about the piping ... I think it adds an extra level of quality and uniqueness. Such a beautiful little nook! I could see myself reading here all day. Wonderful job : )

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  17. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely beautiful! Looks so cosy!

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  18. SO CUTE!
    I'm going to be re-designing our little "reading room" soon, and your post has definitely got me feeling extra-inspired today!

    :-)

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  19. wow...such a great combo—preppy stripes, whimsical animals, clean white! gorgeous!

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  20. Love this Nook series!! They are all such creative spaces. Just found your blog and love it - new follower :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Dana
    http://southerninspired.blogspot.com/

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  21. Abigail11:53 AM

    What is this IKEA frame called? I've been looking for something just like it.

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  22. Oscar's day bed looks so bright and cute! The room's very child-friendly as well. This can be one of my inspirations in making a day bed for myself. I'm thinking of the stuff that I'm going to buy to make my room more ornamental. Maybe I should replace the wooden doors with iron ones, right? And adding classy carpets might also help me achieve the look that I want.

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  23. I am so in love with this space--totally serene and comfortable. They did an amazing job.

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