Before & After: My Dream Book Nook

The Dream:

Being an avid reader, I have always dreamed of an at-home library. Nothing grand like in Beauty in the Beast (I wish!), but a sunny reading area with built-in bookshelves.

When we moved into our Florida home I couldn't help but notice that our master bedroom had a random alcove and picture window that we didn't know quite what to do with. Well, that's not true. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! ;) So, I quickly provided a few carpenters with the following mock-up sketch, directions and inspirational images found on Pinterest and in magazines. See below for the result.

The Inspiration:


The Project:

Ideally, I wanted there to be shelving above the window too for mass paperback books and a bench built as well for sitting, plus additional cubbyholes below for more books to go underneath the window seat.

You wouldn't believe the expensive price quotes that I got, they were astronomical. I had to be a bit more flexible in terms of materials, etc. Even then, it was still an arm and a leg, but I was able to keep the main attributions that I wanted. I also picked up a outdoor lounge cushion from World Market that fit the bench. I need to add more padding underneath it though.
Almost done!

The Result: My Reading Nook

In the afternoon light 
At night

I think it really adds value and dimension to the room too. What do you think?

What's your must-have feature for your home or future home? 

Home Improvement & Interior Design: Book Nook Libraries with Window Seats