When I moved in with my family temporarily back in April I unpacked relatively quickly and mostly had what I wanted where I wanted it within 24 hours, but there was a little corner that remained sparse and slightly unloved. The sloping ceiling creates a cosy nook that was just waiting for the right little bookcase to turn it into a reading corner.
An email about this challenge hit my inbox and away I went putting together a very simple, happy-making space. Tester pots are your friends, they are super cheap and perfect for painting small things in need of a mini makeover, it only took a few moments to get my green on with the blackboard I found at a car boot sale and the little oval frame from a charity shop. It was slightly more difficult to find a chalk marker that worked so I could write a little message on said blackboard . . . but good things came to she who waited and I was third time lucky. On with the green theme and next came the very battered old tea plate in such a minty shade I couldn't leave it behind, the pattern in the middle had been worn away by years of use so I opted to turn it into a mirror with the aid of superglue and a little round mirror tile I found in a junk shop. A trip to a vintage fair turned up a 1950s pastel green teacup that put the biggest smile on my face and a slight dent in my purse. Some cat patterned green fabric made a sweet cover for an old cushion kicking around the house, a clutch of postcards from the antique shop in town wedged themselves prettily behind the doorframe and suddenly all that was missing was a shelf. Age UK saved the day with a window display (I went there with the rhyming) and luckily the bookcase was lighter to lug across town than I thought she would be. The hatbox underneath the white wicker chair was one I already owned and it found a new home hanging out in the reading corner. Done and dusted!
Ted the Border terrier just stopped in to say hello and ask for a bit of a fuss, but I think he likes the bookcase too.