My Reading & Meditation Nook


beforeandafterA couple of months ago, I decided to convert a little step-up in my dining room into a reading/meditation nook.  The space wasn’t being utilized previously – we had a couple of plants sitting by the window.  I realized that it was a neat space to take advantage of and convert into a cozy spot for myself.  The floor space measures approximately 8x4ft – too small in some cases, but plenty large enough for books, a chair, small table and floor cushions.


I love my chair and chrome end table that set in front of the opened bookcase.  I also added a fabric curtain that you can see to the left of the chair – it is on a curtain rod, so if I want more privacy while I’m reading or meditating, I can just pull the curtain over.


It was a deliberate action of mine to keep the color scheme of the space as neutral as possible.  The color palette I primarily stuck to was shades of gray and white with a few accents of blue and green.  This also insured that the room would blend well into the dining room, which it is technically a part of as you can see in the before and after photos below:


Items I purchased specifically for my reading/meditation nook:

  • Plant $14 (Lowe’s)
  • Small decorative planter with faux roses $8 (At Home)
  • Small faux succulent $8 (Home Goods)
  • White metal tray $5 (on clearance at Meijer)
  • White lamp base $6 (on clearance at Lowe’s)
  • Sheer white curtain panels $10 (on clearance at Gordman’s)
  • White privacy curtain (actually a fabric shower curtain) $12 (clearance at Home Goods)
  • Curtain rods $6 (Meijer)
  • Throw pillows $24 (on sale at Big Lots)
  • Plaid throw for chair $8 (on clearance at Kmart)
  • Gray accent chair $114 (on sale on
  • Chrome & glass side table $33 (
  • Meditation floor cushion (actually a deluxe dog bed!) $30 (Home Goods)
  • “Follow Your Heart” accent pillow $17 (Home Goods)
  • Agate (dyed) bookends $20 (
  • Faux crystal decorative box $6 (Hobby Lobby)
  • Miscellaneous décor items $21 (Hobby Lobby)
  • “Funny Face” canvas photo (one of my favorite movies of all time) $5 (clearance at Icing)
  • Solar-powered hanging “candle” lantern $10 (Family Dollar)

Grand total, approximately $357.00

Let me first say that this amount of money is NOT a drop in the bucket to me.  Far from it – seeing that total actually makes me wince a little.  We have a very comfortable life, but we are not financially wealthy.  Also, I am a pretty frugal person and don’t enjoy spending a lot of money.  HOWEVER….                                                                                                                                    Once I made up my mind to convert this space into my own,  I knew I would have to spend money to turn it into the space I envisioned.  In a perfect world, I would have purchased most of my items from artisans on Etsy or other small websites, however, budget-wise, that was not practical for me at all.  Thus, I found most of my items at national retailers whose prices were more affordable.

I’m very happy with how my project turned out.  I think it will provide a lot of enjoyment for me as a place I can go and sit by myself and read or meditate.  I also enjoy sitting with a cup of tea and watching YouTube, I have to admit!  It’s also lovely to sit very early in the morning when everyone else is asleep and just enjoy the sunrise.


Do you have a special area or spot in your home where you go to have peace and quiet?  Do you have plans to turn a small space in your house into a meditation spot or reading area?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

2 thoughts on “My Reading & Meditation Nook

  1. Tiffany says:

    It sure looks cozy! As a bookworm myself, I’d love to have a reading place like this. Unfortunately for me, I live in a tiny apartment so space is a luxury.

    • Brianna says:

      I totally understand about space – we lived in a small apartment before we bought our house so it really makes me grateful for the space I have now. I’m a big fan of standing room dividers for sectioning off small private spaces. Thanks for reading!

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