Photo: David Tsay

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The Result
With the bookcase stocked, Walsh adds finishing touches like a folding foam floor mat covered with a soft linen fabric and a few pillows from Ikea. This will make the space more inviting and encourage the boys' nightly reading routine. Walsh observes that with a few more supportive cushions or even a chair, this type of quiet space could be re-created in an adult's bedroom or a den. Sohal, for her part, is delighted. "Everything in my house feels like it's always in progress," she says. "It's nice to have a finished space that we all know exactly how to use."

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