Mommo Design has a bunch of inspiration for girly reading nooks. These quiet corners contain fluffy pillows, rugs, cushions, usually a canopy, and of course lots of books. I think the idea is very cute and I'd love to do this for my daughter's room.
A Beaux-arts period living room is made younger and much cooler with the monochromatic interiors of pure white and pale gray. The natural wooden floors add warmth and maintain the old-world feeling of the space.