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Tips for Creating a Home Library

In the spirit of Target’s School Library Makeover program, I thought I would makeover our own family ‘library’ corner and give you some tips on how you can successfully makeover yours as well! Click through the slideshow to see the before and after pictures and details on the tips to create your own.

This post is in collaboration with Target’s School Library Makeover Project. Launched in 2007 in partnership with The Heart of America Foundation, the Target School Library Makeover program breathes new life into elementary school libraries across the country.

  • Before Makeover 1 of 8
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    An embarrassing before picture! As you can see, books have been scattered around with very little thought or organization. The decor was mostly dead plants and there wasn't much for Henry's interest here. Aye, this family library corner was definitely in need of a makeover!

  • Mix of Pretty and Meaningful Decor 2 of 8
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    The first thing I tried to do was add a little bit of pretty decor to the space, mixing it with our own meaningful items like the collection of vintage books on the left from my husband's deceased grandmother's collection, and the watercolor picture of our family.

    Nate Berkus vase, Hourglass paperweight (in stores), Threshold Decorative Wall Mirror

  • A Separate Space for Children’s Books 3 of 8
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    I wanted to create an attractive and appealing area for Henry's books. We picked up a few new books  to add to his collection and some more decorative items as well. Family photos were arranged in the photo albums to make the space more personal. Pencils, paper and other coloring supplies in the document holder since reading often spurs other creative ideas to flow.

    Nate Berkus Frame, Home Essential Photo Albums (these colors in store), Brochure Holder, Globe

     

  • Classic Children’s Books 4 of 8
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    If you let your child loose in a public library they would come back with a pretty random assortment of books, and not all books are created equal! I'm pretty picky about the books we read and that we have in our home. I like to have a mixture of classic books and new, fun books for Henry to enjoy.

    Here are a few favorites: Harold and the Purple Crayon, Leonardo the Terrible Monster, The Lorax, The House on East 88th Street, A Light in the Attic, What Was I Scared Of?, The Giving Tree

  • A Spot for Creativity 5 of 8
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    Reading often spurs creativity and story ideas so I like to have a spot for Henry to pull out a pencil and paper and start something of his own.

    Room Essential Document Holder (in stores), Stool Accent Table

  • Accessibilty 6 of 8
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    Having a stool around to grab a high book and a soft place to sit (see final image coming up of the ottoman), is crucial in creating a comfortable place for reading and relaxing.

    Stool Accent Table

  • Pretty Book Organization 7 of 8
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    It seems like a simple thing, but organizing your books by color group makes it so much more attractive to browse.

    Home essentials document holder, Swan Brass Bookends, Hourglass Paperweight (in stores)

  • A Pretty and Accessible Space 8 of 8
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    Here's our final 'after' image for a pretty and accessible library the whole family can enjoy. There are separate areas for children's books, meaningful and pretty decor, and comfy places to work and read. How would you makeover your family library?

    Stool Accent Table, Faux Leather Top Ottoman

    Home essentials document holder, Swan Brass Bookends, Hourglass Paperweight (in stores)

    Nate Berkus Frame, Home Essential Photo Albums (these colors in store), Brochure Holder, Globe

    Nate Berkus vase, Hourglass paperweight (in stores), Threshold Decorative Wall Mirror

    This post is in collaboration with Target's School Library Makeover Project. Launched in 2007 in partnership with The Heart of America Foundation, the Target School Library Makeover program breathes new life into elementary school libraries across the country. Each remodeled library features 2,000 new books and a complete technology upgrade including iPads, interactive white boards and more. Each student also receives seven new books to take home.

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