Reading Corner Reveal: NEXT Easter DIY Challenge

Happy Easter!

This weekend is the busiest for DIY, doing up our homes and general decorating. So in just that spirit I’ve been creating a new reading corner in our bay window in the living with this gorgeous chair from NEXT.

I wanted to create a space that was inviting, comfortable and pleasing to the eye, whilst keeping in theme with the room and the rest of our home. After posting a few teaser images on social media earlier in the week, here is the completed corner.

Easter DIY reading cornerThe chair is excellent and I’m really impressed at the style and quality all for just under £200. It’s the perfect retro design and suits my taste, and the rest of my decor perfectly. I wanted this little space to be a place where either me or the children could come and relax, read a book or magazine and unwind with a cuppa and energy boosting snack.

Reading corner side table sneak peakFaux flowers are very big news in interiors now and aren’t the cheesy, old-fashioned accessory of old. Now they’re well-made, on trend and a great way to inject a little colour into your home. I love this little jar of sweet peas that would look equally as good on a kitchen windowsill.

Reading corner sneak peakI’ve been on the lookout for a side-table now for a little while. This matte black frame and mirrored tops is just the right size for a lamp, a few accessories and space for your wine glass. I love the mirrors bounce the light around once the lamp is on in the evenings.

Concrete lampI have this thing with concrete. So when I spotted this good-sized table lamp with a concrete base and grey shade I knew it was exactly what I wanted. It’s incredibly heavy and very cool, yet has a timeless more classic shaping that I like in a lamp.

Reading chairThe cushion has the ideal retro vibe for this chair and is very plump and comfortable. If you want a change, whip it over and it’s just plain blue on the other side.

What do you think to my new reading corner? I think we’re going to enjoy this little space for some time to come.

reading corner

All main products are from NEXT, click on the links below to find out  more.

Carter Chair £199 || Concrete Table Lamp £45 || Black Side Table £60 || Retro Cushion £12 || Faux Flowers £8

Magazines, Books and Welsh cakes, all my own.

Have you done any DIY this Easter weekend, in between eating chocolate? If so, do share them with me on the #EasterDIYChallenge hashtag.

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

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  1. Amanda
    March 27, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I really love it, it looks so elegant. I really must buy some faux flowers, that’s the next thing on my list!

  2. Jill
    March 27, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Love the look. Hoping for time to read this weekend! I’ve ordered the cushion from Next – you make shopping too easy.

  3. Gemma
    March 28, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    This looks fantastic! What a wonderful little reading area 🙂 And thank you thank you thank you, I’ve been searching for a rather compact but lovely looking chair for our bay window area in the living room for a while and haven’t had much look until I’ve just read this. This chair is perfect and I’ve just seen they do it in a beige shade too!

    Gemma x
    The British Feather – Interiors, Travel & Lifestyle

  4. Antonia Ludden
    March 29, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Lovely chair, side table and lamp, Jen. I could definitely relax and unwind there, without a doubt! x

  5. becky
    March 29, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Looks lovely jen very stylish and love the cushion

  6. Kendall
    March 29, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I simply adore grey furnishings! <3


  7. Stacey Sheppard
    March 29, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Got to love a reading corner. I have one planned in my bedroom once it’s not full of baby cot. This corner looks really cosy though and I am sure you will have many relaxing hours here. I’m really impressed by the new range from next too.

  8. Geraldine
    March 29, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Gorgeous products and beautifully styled. x

  9. Rachel
    March 29, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Oh Jen, it looks amazing. I’m seriously coveting the chair and side table. I love how versatile they are … you could put them in any room in the house if you wanted to move them round. Just lovely x

  10. cate
    March 29, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    I love a bit of DIY, I’m definitely the DIYer in the house, my boyfriend can’t even change a lightbulb! Beautiful styling and love that glass table, very stylish x

  11. Kimberly Duran
    March 31, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    I much prefer this kind of DIY than the kind we’ve been doing! A nice little relaxing spot is just perfect in that bay window – what a lovely little spot you’ve created! xxx

  12. Miya T
    April 21, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Oh, it’s the perfect reading corner… I could spend hours there reading a nice book!

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