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create a cozy reading nook for your kiddo

August 26, 2014
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If your little ones have not already returned to the classroom–they will be soon! Now is the right time to create a space that is all their own….one that encourages them to relax and read (and *fingers crossed*, it just may become a habit).

diy reading nooks

A corner of a room that’s stacked with some comfy pillows and maybe a few shelves is all it really takes, but for anyone ready to go a step further–we found a few projects that might inspire you….

I love the addition of the lights above this Whimsy Reading Nook that we found on Mommy Mentionables. This reading space is truly fit for a princess :)

If you’ve got an unused fireplace or recessed area in your home–Emily from Life, Unstyled shows you how simple it is to turn it into a Cozy Reading Retreat.

Can you guess what this used to be? Randi from Dukes and Duchesses turned an old dresser into an inviting, Colorful Reading Bench for her son.

The Reading Chair that Kirstin from Kojodesigns created from two wooden palettes looks sooooo comfy. This project comes in way under budget when you consider the fact that they used discarded palettes from a big box store (just make sure you ask first).

Boys and girls alike will fall in love with this No-Sew Teepee. Ashley from the Handmade Home saw one of these in a mall and came up with her own version–and it has now become the official reading teepee at her house.

A really great way to organize any reading space is with these Rain Gutter Bookshelves. Again, very simple and very budget-friendly–this project comes in at under $20. Lily from Restoration Beauty also points out kids tend to read more when they can see the fronts of the their books as opposed to the spine.

This empty closet was transformed into a Big Girl Reading Nook. You can read all about the step by step process by checking out Megan’s post on her blog, Balancing Home.

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magical night and day giveaway

August 21, 2014
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magical night and day giveaway Even though summer is winding down, you can still keep a little of the season’s magic alive in your home year round with these solar powered delights.  The rainbow maker crystal rotates creating a disco ball of color dancing around your room and these sweet fireflies dim and brighten like real fireflies caught in a jar.

These whimsical goodies could be yours if you just enter below. ($45.90 value)

We will draw a winner and announce it on our blog Tuesday, August 26.

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Have fun, good luck and thanks for playing!  

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2014 REA Award Winner!

August 20, 2014
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Our Cupid Call campaign we launched last January started out as a little idea, but turned into a BIG blessing for all parties involved.  Word spread about it like wildfire so we thought it was a perfect marketing acheivemnet project to enter for the Gifts and Dec annual Retail Excellence Awards.  We were thrilled to be selected as a finalist which means we get a lovely write up in their magazine.

rea marketing award In addition to the write up, we also get invited to a 4 star dinner and awards ceremony in New York City at the Chelsea Piers!

rea award I brought my lovely date Danielle, our Berkley manager and we basked in the sun reflecting off the Hudson River during cocktail hour.

rea award There are a variety of different categories stores are selected for including… visual merchandising, store events and store design/redesign.  Each category had 3 finalists that were featured.

rea awards

Cupid must have shot his arrow into the heart of the judges because they selected catching fireflies as the winner!  Ahhhh… my mini oscar moment.  I shared a short little speech and received this lovely Waterford vase recognizing my achievement.

rea award Our mitten state was very well represented that night because Mary Liz from Leon and Lulu also won for visual merchandising!

What a wonderful night we had.  We’re so lucky to be in the business of making days brighter and this evening really shined!  A BIG THANKS to all who helped make our Cupid Call campaign one to remember.

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April McCrumb

I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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