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Good morning sunshine and happppppy Wednesday!! So you wanna hear something crazy? It snowed at my house yesterday. Yep, true story. It wasn’t much, but enough to officially count as our first snow of the season. Now I know you’re probably expecting me to start complaining, but I’m trying to change my attitude so I’m not going to do that. Instead I’m trying to see the positive side of the colder months and appreciate the good parts about this time of year, like how warm and cozy the house feels when a cold breeze is blowing outside, or how nice it feels to curl up with a soft blanket and a good book. And that’s actually what inspired today’s post, which is all about how I’ve made our reading nook extra cozy for the cold months ahead. I made a trip to Marshalls a few weeks ago and I found several surprises that helped me create the coziest little reading area in our living room, so I’m excited to share it all with you today!
Every good reading corner needs a little tray to hold books and other fun things like snacks and drinks! I picked up this vintage-y looking tray at Marshalls and it works really well to hold all of my reading nook necessities–it’s just the perfect size for this spot. I filled it up with a few other goodies I found at Marshalls too, like that yummy pumpkin spice candle (which smells amazing!), that large white coffee mug, and the notebook tucked under those old books. Basically everything I need while I’m reading can be put in this tray. Best part? I got it all for under $30, including the tray! BOOM.
One of my favorite things to buy at Marshalls is throw pillows. They usually have an entire aisle (and sometimes even two aisles!) dedicated to pillows in all shapes, sizes, fabrics and colors. And of course that wide variety makes my pillow-loving heart very, very happy. Each time I visit Marshalls there’s a fresh mix of pillows, and this time around I found a gorgeous brand-name oversized white pillow with lace trim for only $24.99. Seriously you guys, how beautiful is that?! I definitely couldn’t pass it by. Then I also found that light brown ticking stripe pillow, which I thought would be perfect for this spot because it’s down-filled and super comfy.
Another one of my Marshalls finds was this gorgeous quilted throw blanket. I love the frilly, lace-y trim detail and I thought it matched that big white pillow perfectly. I absolutely love this blanket and I was excited to find something that looked so hand-made for only $19.99 at Marshalls. It’s quilted, so it’s warmer than a regular throw and perfect for the cold months ahead. It also reminds me of something my mom would have quilted when I was a little girl. So darn PRETTY.
Lastly I have to tell you guys about that pair of little mini wreaths hanging on the wall. Of course I found those at Marshalls too (that’s honestly where I find all of the faux greenery you see throughout our home, including the boxwoods!) and I’m kinda loving them in this spot. Greenery like that really has a magical way of instantly adding texture and warmth to any space, so they definitely do a great job of cozying up this reading nook and also adding a pop of color to that shiplap.
This cozy reading nook has become my favorite place to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Especially now that we are in full blown winter mode over here. Plus my kids love it, too. In fact, they are usually fighting over who gets to sit in the “lookout spot”, as they like to call it. With the cozy pillows and that gorgeous quilted throw blanket it just feels like the perfect place to hunker down on a cold night. And like I mentioned earlier, I’m trying to focus on those happy little things to help me appreciate the cold months ahead.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! And big high five to Marshalls for having everything I needed to create this space. I honestly love everything I found and I had so much fun putting this cozy spot together!