Child’s Reading + Art Nook: Hometalk Halloween Hunt
I was recently invited to take part in the Hometalk Halloween Hunt, an event for local bloggers + interior designers thrown by four great local home design businesses: Sweet Clover, The Old Lucketts Store, Chartreuse and Co, and On a Whim. We met at Sweet Clover on Saturday, October 5th and were provided with delicious sustenance and a map to all of our destinations. They asked us to purchase one item from the four participating shops, then take them all home + put them to creative use.
Here are the items I went home with + where I purchased each piece:
I decided to create a reading + art nook for my daughter, Maeve. She is turning 3 tomorrow and is fascinated with books and art. I knew the perfect spot for the nook this would be in our sunroom:
After a bit of elbow grease, plus a screwdriver, drill, glue, tape, hammer + a lot of spray paint, here is what I created:
Here is a little more detail on each element:
I wanted to personalize the rocking chair I found at Sweet Clover for my daughter, so I used two layers of vinyl spray paint. First I sprayed the rocker white, and after that dried, I applied letter + circle stickers to the chairs. Then I sprayed the entire chair hot pink and removed all the stickers, revealing her name and the polka dots! The result is a darling rocking chair, perfect for a spunky three year old girl!
Next, I took the vintage Disney Bambi wall art from Sweet Clover + sprayed it with an acrylic clear coat that added some shine + added a protective seal to the artwork. After they dried, I hung them on the wall with removable Command hooks.
The table and chairs from On a Whim were adorable + at first I had planned to use them as they were, but the paint on the table top was a little too chippy, so I painted the table in pale pink with coordinating hot pink + orange stripes. It is such a sturdy + practical little set! I accessorized the table with the vintage books I purchased at Old Lucketts Store, as well as the pair of carved letter “M” books (for her initials) that I bought at Chartreuse and Co, which I put to use as bookends for the other books.
Lastly, I took the vintage magazine rack I bought at Old Lucketts Store, and re-purposed it as a coloring station for my daughters coloring books and crayons. First I re-glued the loose joints + tightened up the screws, then I spray painted it orange and replaced the drawer handle with a pretty glass knob. I am so happy with how it turned out!
I had such a great time creating this space for my daughter. I had an even better time meeting all the talented people that made this Hometalk Halloween Hunt possible–thank you so much for letting me be a part of the fun!
All the best-