Zen Room Book-Nook Reveal!


I’ll skip the “It’s been a while” confab. I’m here, you’re here (if you are reading this, I can only assume, and I am so ever-grateful).


And onto the lovely transformation of an empty room into a Zen Room (with a reading nook, to boot). Now doesn’t that sound fun?



It began something like this.



My client had a room that was not doing much of anything except for functioning as a sort of dumping grounds for this and that. So after a good ol’ decluttering, we gave the room a refresh by replacing the carpet with dark hardwood floors, adding Craftsman style trim to the windows, tall baseboard to the walls, lightening the paint color, and installing new closet doors and hardware.


And that is how the room sat. For months, or longer. Because it was a room that just didn’t know what it wanted to be, until one day its owner had a brainstorm: we could create a room with a zen-like feel and a cozy spot to read books.


She handed me a few images of various book-nooks she had pulled from newspapers and magazines. We discussed the essence of what she wanted and I distilled that essence into this drawing. (To my artist mom: please avert your eyes from the perspective-gone-awry at the top of the bookshelves. I am cringing with you.)






At our next meeting, I came armed with a roll of painter’s tape and together we followed the dimensions I had plotted until we had “drawn” the nook with blue tape.







Now I know it looks really rough as in, “That is….what?” But I happen to know a great craftsman who can make magic happen out of blue tape and a few dimensions and he transformed our wall “sketch” into this reality…














And here is the finished product. A Zen Room book-nook in all her cozy glory.







Up close so you can see the grasscloth detail–not to be outdone by the pillow selection! 🙂







They even had their own closeup moment on Instagram.







Other side…







Casual corner–with a bit of beaded-pillow-bling.








And just to make sure we got the coziness quotient right, Kai gave the Moroccan rug a trial run {rest}.







He approved.



Happy decorating! 🙂





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6 Comments on Zen Room Book-Nook Reveal!

  1. picky B
    June 16, 2017 at 7:34 AM (4 years ago)

    Very nice! Lots of excellent interaction of textures.

  2. Dirk
    June 16, 2017 at 9:09 AM (4 years ago)

    Looks great and comfy.

    • Kisha Gianni
      June 16, 2017 at 2:08 PM (4 years ago)

      Thank you! Now I wish I had a book-nook, as well! 🙂

  3. Jill Hall
    June 29, 2017 at 11:45 PM (4 years ago)

    Love your stuff!!


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