I’m Jasmine Roth, founder of Built Custom Homes, curator of my online retail store The Shop by Jasmine Roth, and host of HGTV’s hit shows Hidden Potential and HELP! I Wrecked My House. I was also on HGTV’s Season 1 of Rock the Block, but I won’t spoil the winner for you 😉 Building custom homes is my bread and butter and I love finding ways to make homes as personal, functional and beautiful as possible. Whether I’m exploring my TV projects, or sharing secret pro tips for everything from design to entertaining and cooking, I’m here to help you build Your Happy Home. Let’s build something together!



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How to Create the Perfect Reading Nook


HGTV Jasmine Roth reading nook

I don’t want to brag, but I’ve seen a reading nook or two in my day. And there are a few essential items that all reading nooks require to feel cozy, inviting, and nook-y enough to lure you away from your iphone and to-do list. Here goes:

HGTV Jasmine Roth reading nook how to

What do you need for the perfect reading nook?

1. Lots and lots of pillows: Maximum comfort is the name of the game. So the more pillows, the better!

2. Soft throw blanket: Because there’s nothing like curling up under a blanket with a good book. This one is truly one of my favorites. So soft!

3. Good lighting: It’s important to have a lamp or some other form of task lighting within arm’s reach, so that the reading session doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down.

4. Books, of course!: Any self-respecting reading nook should have a place to display a few favorite reads. A shelf or side table are more traditional options, although a vintage bar cart or antique shoe rack could also work just fine.

After taking to Twitter, you all have inspired me to stock up on the following highly recommended reads:

5.) Comfy seating: In this particular reading nook, we built it out to accommodate a daybed mattress, but any cozy chair, sofa, loveseat, or bean bag will do. The trick is to really define the purpose of the cozy seat by surrounding it with pieces tell a story and create optimal reading functionality. Then top it off with this beautiful mattress cover? You’ll never leave!

BONUS ITEM: Soothing plants: No calming space is complete without the presence of healing, healthy plant life. Green plants help purify the air, providing your brain with cleaner oxygen, and making sure you are reading to the your best of your ability. As you may have noticed, there is not a plant shown in the above photo, but there are lots of plants just around the corner, as you’ll see in the additional photos posted below.


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Just like the perfect fireplace I love, you can totally DIY yourself into an amazing book nook! Do you have any great reading nooks you’ve created in your home? Tell me about it!



  1. Kat

    I am currently obsessed with reading nooks, and was super excited when I saw this post! Where did you get that center pillow? It’s super cute! And congratulations on your baby!!!!! I know she’ll be beautiful, just like you!

    • Jasmine

      I believe it was either Target or World Market!!

  2. Maggie

    What color is this nook painted? I love the green! Also do you have a tutorial on how you built this nook? It’s so good! Thanks in advance!


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