Reading Corner Makeover – A Place to Relax

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My reading corner makeover gives me the perfect spot to have a cup of tea and relax with my favorite gardening magazine.This reading corner makeover transformed a dull and dreary area of my family room into a relaxing and earthy spot with so much character. And I did it on a real budget! #ICantEven #BigLots #ad


I have a corner of my family room that is a great place to sit and read, but it is sorely in need of a facelift. It has a really pretty chair but that’s about it. Not even the pillow matches it.  It was a prime candidate for a reading corner makeover.

The photo below is the way the corner looked before I started the makeover, pretty drab huh?  There was not a lot of character in the space for sure! The reading light is good and there is a place for my magazines on the nearby table, but it needed something special to give it some oomph.

reading corner before

I knew that I wanted to make this into a really inviting and cozy spot, but also knew that I didn’t have hundreds of dollars for the makeover. With that knowledge, I headed off to do some shopping at one of my go-to home decor stores, Big Lots.  If you have never shopped at Big Lots before, you don’t know what you are missing, it should be where you shop first for all of your home decor needs!

This store is an absolute haven of very reasonably priced home decor items.  When I got to the store, I headed right to the HOME department and dove straight in.

Home department at Big Lots

What I loved most about this shopping trip was how well the different areas of the home department coordinated the items on my shopping list.  I was looking for:

    •      Decorative Pillow
    •      Some Candles
    •      Wall Art √√
    •      Window Panels (and curtain rod) √√
    •      Picture Frame

Big Lots is a great place to shop for trendy home decor items

I could go on and on. Seriously, if you are looking for trendy decor, for way less than other Home Decor stores, be sure and give it a try. And if you are a member of Facebook, be sure to have a look at Big Lots there too.  You will find their deals announced on their Facebook page and also on Instagram.

My aim in shopping with Big Lots was to get enough items for my corner at a reasonable price that really appealed to my sense of style.  Luck was with me on my shopping day too.  I had a Big Lots coupon that expired the day after my shopping trip, so I got to throw in a few more items than I had planned.  So cool!

treasure trove of home decor items.

One thing that I haven’t told you is that I forgot to take a picture of my chair before I headed out to the store.  I was relying on my memory of the colors. Yikes!  I crossed my fingers and hoped that my memory would not fail me.

What I loved most about my shopping trip was that I started with a picture in my mind of my chair, a real blank slate. But that changed when I got to the store.  It amazed me how nicely the different areas of the home department of the store complimented one another.  Each item that went into my cart went well with the last, and the end result was a really nice collection of wood, metal and earthy colors that coordinated so well for my reading corner and my chair.

I started with a great looking piece of wooden wall art.  I’m not normally into rustic pieces but this one had that touch of blue green in it that I knew would go great with my chair and I loved the chevron shaped pattern on it.   My chair also has a blend of shades of brown, so this wall art was perfect for the spot.

Wooden wall art

I headed over to the pillow section next. What a selection!  I love the one I chose. It has a light suede finish and look how it matches the blue in the chair! (How’s that for a good memory?)

Chair and decorative pillow

There is a small table near my chair that holds my magazines, but the top of it was not decorated at all. My husband and I have been antique shopping a lot lately, and I have developed a love of metal decorative table pieces, so I headed to the candle section next, hoping to find a nice candle holder.  Luck was with me!  Not only did I find a great-looking candle holder and candles, I also found a matching cork holder, into the cart that baby went.  I’ve been saving corks for forever and any cork holder that I have found cost mega bucks and was bigger than I wanted and not my style.  I am in love with everything about this one from Big Lots…especially the grapes and grape leaves. Can we say wine???Cork holder and candle holder

Armed with my new decorative metal pieces, I went back to the wall art section.  The chair sits in a corner and I needed two items to decorate the walls above it.  I’m not sure what star I wished upon before I went shopping, but here was the perfect match…more leaves, same metal.  I’m in heaven right about now.Decorative metal wall art

By now, almost everything was checked off on my shopping list but I still had money to spare on my budget, so I headed to the drapery section.  Once again….more blue-greens and brown, and more metal.  How lucky can a girl get?  Did the buyers for Big Lots see my corner before they shopped for their products?  It sure seems like it at this point!

Drapes and metal rodjMy final stop was to get a wooden picture frame and another candle.  I’m very fond of mason jar items and right around the corner, I found this mason jar candle – just waiting for its new home.  And the candle matched too.   The picture frame is perfect. I can’t get over how the wood color matches the color of the highlights in my daughter’s hair.

Picture and mason jar candle

I was practically giddy by the time I got to the cash register.  I could hardly wait to get home, show off my finds to my husband and daughter, and start decorating. I just have to say, what helpful salespeople Big Lots had too!  They were just what I want when I am shopping – knowledgeable and friendly!

The table that was a blank slate is now a blend of wood, metal and earth tones.  I just love the way it looks.

Table decor

And the corner?  Well, judge for yourself.  I think I can safely say that it’s got character now.  I just love sitting here, reading my favorite gardening magazines and having my morning smoothie before I head off for my morning walk. What a way to start my day!reading corner makeover

I love the way the wood, metal and earthy colors coordinate so well with the drapes and chair.   Those two pieces of wall art finish off the scene in a country chic style.  You know what the best part is,  (other than the fact that my memory of the color of my chair was spot on)? That I got such a great look at such a reasonable price.  Thank you to Big Lots.  I’ll be shopping again with you very soon.

Overall, it took me a few hours to shop at Big Lots, and few more to make my corner go from drab to fab in just a day, just my kind of project!

The items that I have used in my post may not be available at all Big Lots stores because styles and assortment vary by store, but you can be assured of one thing: Great value and great style can be yours at Big Lots!

Do you have an area of your home that could do with a face lift?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

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  32 comments for “Reading Corner Makeover – A Place to Relax

  1. 10/08/2015 at 12:19 pm

    I love Big Lots, too! And your makeover looks fabulous. You picked up great items from the store!!

    • admin
      10/08/2015 at 12:39 pm

      I had so much fun doing this corner. I love the way it turned out in such a budget friendly way.

  2. 10/08/2015 at 1:14 pm

    What a beautiful transformation! You did a wonderful job, and I love the colours! I could totally see myself curled up on that chair with a magazine and a cup of tea too 🙂

    • admin
      10/08/2015 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks Megan. It’s one of my favorite places to sit now.

  3. 10/08/2015 at 1:35 pm

    I love your reading nook and I shop at Big Lots often. I have found the best deals and steals there. You’re right, it’s always my first go-to store when I’m decorating.

    • admin
      10/08/2015 at 4:30 pm

      I was amazed how well coordinated everything was. Made shopping really easy.

  4. Savannah Miller
    10/08/2015 at 2:44 pm

    I am so jealous of your reading corner!! I have a cute little area in my bedroom I may steal your idea and fix it up a bit to have my own little reading corner. I do have a wicker basket there, but I’m thinking that could double up as a foot rest and a place to store a few books 🙂

    • admin
      10/08/2015 at 4:31 pm

      The funny part is that I was okay with it before, until I saw the difference! Now I want to do all sorts of other projects!

  5. 10/08/2015 at 4:27 pm

    I love your reading nook. I would have to say I’d like to makeover my upstairs. It’s currently a kids hangout though so I guess I’ll wait til they move out. LOL

    • admin
      10/08/2015 at 4:31 pm

      We did a LOT of makeovers when my daughter moved out. Just a different style of living now, I guess.

  6. 10/08/2015 at 8:42 pm

    Now that looks like the perfect place to read a good book! You have excellent taste! Great job!

    • admin
      10/08/2015 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks Chantal. It was a lot of fun to put together.

  7. 10/08/2015 at 10:14 pm

    oh wow this is such a great idea! i’ve started to do a corner like this with a beautiful accent chair. i need to hit up big lots though!

    • Carol
      10/09/2015 at 5:08 pm

      They have some amazing things for sale at great prices.

  8. 10/08/2015 at 10:28 pm

    What a perfect sitting area. I think the only bad thing about it is I wouldn’t want to get up and do anything else.

    • Carol
      10/08/2015 at 11:09 pm

      LOL. I have that problem too!

  9. 10/09/2015 at 7:27 am

    I wish I had a reading corner like that! I love the color you chose. It adds more to the coziness of the space.

    • Carol
      10/09/2015 at 9:10 am

      This space is precious to me. My daughter sits here when she visits!

  10. nazma
    10/09/2015 at 11:00 am

    I love the way you makeover your reading corner..But the colours combination could be better I think..

  11. 10/09/2015 at 11:26 am

    I love Big Lots! They are my “go-to” store when it comes to decorating. I love your new reading spot it’s lovely.

  12. 10/09/2015 at 11:52 am

    Wow love this make over it looks comfy and cozy! Also, your daughter is gorgeous! Such a nice little reading corner!

    • Carol
      10/09/2015 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Jeanine. Wish she lived closer!

  13. 10/09/2015 at 5:03 pm

    It’s beautiful! I really love what you did with the space and now I want a reading corner! #client

    • Carol
      10/10/2015 at 9:04 am

      It’s such a cozy place to take a break from the day!

  14. 10/10/2015 at 8:32 am

    This looks so quaint and cozy…you did a great job! I love the chair!

    • Carol
      10/10/2015 at 9:04 am

      Thanks. I fell in love with that chair when I saw it in the store room.

  15. 10/10/2015 at 11:31 am

    Great idea but sadly I’m too much of a busy body to sit in one place that long, lol.

    • Carol
      10/10/2015 at 9:20 pm

      LOL. I’m a busy lady too. That’s WHY I need the reading corner!

  16. 10/10/2015 at 11:59 am

    I happen to love Big Lots but I always seem to forget about it when it comes to home decor. I absolutely love that wall art and I need to head to mine and see if they have it!!

    • Carol
      10/10/2015 at 9:20 pm

      They had a nice range of this sort of wall art in mine.

  17. Deshawn Keiner
    10/12/2015 at 11:06 am

    You did a wonderful job. I really need my own quiet reading corner. You have given me a great idea as well as some inspiration

    • Carol
      10/12/2015 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Deshawn. It’s one of my favorite places to sit now!

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