This summer vacation was my favorite to date. We didn’t even take any big trips…just lots of swimming, lots of cousins, and lots of time spent with friends. It’s the kind of nostalgic summer vacation I always dreamed of for my kids: art projects, parades, water balloons; evening bike rides, popsicles. I spent most of my summer prepping for my first big craft show (which was so much fun!) Then shortly after, I designed and set up a booth for my husband at the community health fair…so I’ve neglected both the housework and myself amid all the fun and the chaos. Even though I’ll miss my little buddies next week, I’m craving some organization and quiet.
I’ve partnered with my pals at Wayfair* to help get Back to ME when the kids go back to school. I know as parents we rarely (if ever) put ourselves first; and the beginning of a new school year is a great time to treat ourselves to something we want or need. What I need is a little quiet. As much as I love reading Harry Potter with my 4th grader; occasionally I need some quiet time to myself. This little reading nook I designed for my bedroom should fit the bill perfectly: I usually gravitate toward lots of color and pattern in my interior spaces; but after the chaos of summer, I need something more muted. I stuck with white, grays and black with just a bit of metallic to create my “ME” space. I imagine curling up here with a cozy blanket and a good book as the weather turns cooler. Maybe I won’t cry so hard at kindergarten drop-off next week knowing I can read a good book, and eat a treat all by myself.
There were so many other things I wanted to include in my reading nook, so take a look at my Idea Board to see some of my other favorites. And here’s a source list if you need any of these pieces in your life as badly as I do:
- Union End Table, by Sunpan Modern
- Hathaway Armchair, by VOLO
- Alvira Table Lamp, by Three Posts
- Worn Stripe Pillow, by ferm LIVING
- Superheroes Print, by Kal Barteski
- Geometric Pillow, by e by design
- Sarjaton Metsa Mug, by iittala
- Iron Wire Basket, by ferm LIVING
- Menagerie Elephant Figurine by Jonathan Adler
So how are you going to treat yourself once the kiddos go back to school?
*This post is sponsored by Wayfair. I chose all the products; and all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands who support my work.