Create a Comfy Reading Nook for Your Teen


Teens love having a space to call their own. My busy-minded and very sociable daughter is already bouncing off the walls with our self-imposed quarantine. I anticipated her spring break boredom a few weeks ago, luckily her bedroom remodel was well underway. So I created this cute, thrifted reading nook in “boho vintage” style.

She’s my mini-me who loves to thrift. She talked me into buying this vintage green velvet chair – a deep cleaning by Stanley Steemer brought it back to life. She loves old records, color and surrounding herself with her favorite things!

Custom Maps by

Thrifting in Soho and Chelsea was a big part of our recent New York City trip over Christmas, and she wanted to commemorate it with some pretty map art.

I learned about this nifty little website called — you can create your own map art of any location in the world. Enter an address, zoom in and out. Choose your own color scheme. You simply visit the website and make it your own!

Custom Map Art by Mapiful Choose Your Own Color Scheme

Within a week I had our pretty new map art delivered and ready to frame. offers free delivery, too!

She loves rose gold and lots of color — I painted this black frame and removed the plexiglass to make this pretty and glare-free.

Teen Bedroom with Mapiful Custom Maps
A perfect homework station, too. We are on the lookout for a portable desk. More on that soon,

All of the room sources are listed below, but if you’re really looking to create a space for your kids, my suggestion is to start with Facebook Marketplace (see my tips for selling on Marketplace if you’re looking to make some quick cash). Kids’ styles change so quickly, and a quick coat of spray paint will make any piece look new!

More coming soon on her room remodel. We updated her flooring with this pretty vinyl plank. We still need to paint the walls among a few other things. More on that soon with a full room tour.

How is everyone holding up? Are you finding ways to enjoy being at home? We live in Ohio so we are gearing up for 3 weeks off from school, possibly 8 weeks which could mean homeschooling for the remainder of the year. Restaurants, gyms, shops are closed and local events are all cancelled. It’s certainly a different way of life – and I hope you’re all coping well!

Stay healthy everyone, that’s the most important thing!

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  1. What a special teen spot. I would love a comfy corner like this to call my own.

    We live in southern Ohio so facing all the craziness as well. This morning I pulled out all of my greenery and spring
    decorations to bring some Spring cheer inside.. All the gray rainy days are depressing.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jeanette, DIY Blog says:

      Hello neighbor! (Air hugs). The rain has been extensive this year — you’re right. We are doing what we can here to give each of us our own pretty space. I’m thankful for the layout of this house — it makes it much easier to do that. Hang in there!

  2. Loraine Kilpatrick says:

    Thrifting with your daughter, brought us back to the time my son was a young lad to teenager. mid to late eighties 90,s. We were neighbors, We lived in Connecticut relocated in 2006 to paradise , Florid’s nature coast. I abosulty love the reading nook. I’m going to DYI the bookcase.
    Family time recharge, create and enjoy.

    1. Jeanette, DIY Blog says:

      Thank you it was all her style. She loves to go thrifting several times per week. I see so many bookcases on Facebook Marketplace so I’m sure you’ll be able to find a nice one to refinish. Keep us posted!