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How To Create A Cozy Reading Nook

January 21, 2014

Yesterday I was watching a very nice movie called The Book Thief. I was really fascinated by the library which one of the characters had at her home. Since my childhood reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes (actually I was one of those whom people call “bookworms”) and I always dreamed to have a huge library at my home with shelves crammed with books from floor to ceiling and a special ladder to get those from the top. Though at the moment personal library room still remains a dream, everywhere I live I organize a small reading nook, where I like to seclude myself with my latest read, warm plaid and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

I believe a cozy and pretty reading nook is possible to arrange at any home and here are some simple tips on how to do that.

First of all you need to find a secluded and calm place in your house, where you will not be disturbed and distracted. It can be a loft, a terrace or a dedicated area in one of the rooms. What you should really pay attention to is that this place should ideally have lots of natural light, which is the best for reading.

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Going a bit more creative you can actually transform a “dead” corner into a very cozy and relaxing nook. For example this can be done in usually empty space below the staircase:

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If you want to organize your reading corner in one of the rooms, you can make it a bit more private by using curtains or space dividers:

Now when you finalised the location it is time to think about seating – key element of your retreat. Comfort is crucial here: absorbed by interesting book we can actually spend hours in the same posture and if the seating is not appropriate it may result in strong headaches and backaches. The most popular choices are small couch or sofa, armchair and soft bench.

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Reading cubbyhole on the sill always looks very charming and inviting. If it is wide enough you can place there mattress and a couple of cushions and your hideaway is ready: 

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You can make your nook look very original and luxurious by putting there extraordinary furniture, for example, this beautiful rattan swing:

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For many people the most relaxing posture is when they are able to stretch their legs. If you are one of them, consider placing a settee-bed, chaise-longue or a little pouf in front of the armchair for your feet. 

Fresh greenery in home decor has become a big trend right now. Their ability to bring a natural scent and make any space look fresh and restful make them especially appropriate for decorating nooks:

Now it is time to add a bit of coziness: throw some soft cushions, warm knitted plaid or fur and lay a fluffy comfy rug underneath your seat.

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Another thing to consider is a storage facility for books. There are plenty of alternatives depending on the available space and layout of the room. If you arranged the seating on the sill of large window one thing you can do is to increase the width of the walls and arrange built-in shelves for the books inside them:

reading nookYou can also make the storage inside the bench by putting there some extra shelves:

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Or make the alcove for seating inside the bookshelves:

How does the reading nook in your house look like? Or, if it is still in the project, what would you like to have there? Here are some of my product picks for decorating a reading corner in relaxing coastal style:

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1.Pharmacy Task Floor Lamp design by Robert Abbey2. Two’s Company Hanging Rattan Chair 3.Ikat Blue Pillow 4. Blue Decorative Pillow 5. Gothic Oval Side Table Set in Gold design by Aidan Gray 6.Solid Bamboo Throw in Cream 7. Beige Sissal Area Rug, 3-Feet by 5-Feet 8.Rattan Basket

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8 Comments
January 21, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Love the under stairs pictures!

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L'Essenziale
January 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

Indeed, it is a very smart design decision!

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January 22, 2014 at 5:00 am

Those Cushions that you have chosen are fantastic! I am in love with the blue and white combo at the moment!
Great post, always love reading your page 🙂

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L'Essenziale
January 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

Thank you, Heather – glad you love them (somehow I also have this weakness for blue and white – maybe missing the sea? 🙂

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January 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

You are a girl after my own heart Anna! It has always been my dream to have my own home library. I love the ideas here!

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L'Essenziale
January 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

Haha, Teresa – it is so nice to hear that: glad we have something in common 🙂

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January 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

One of the first things we changed in our new house was to add a reading nook in the living room. We took a corner by the large 4-door glass door and had a carpenter build floor to ceiling shelves on the two walls, meeting in the corner. I chose my late father-in-law’s chaise longue, one of my favorite pieces of furniture, and placed it with its back partly to the rest of the room, angled so the reader (usually me!) can look out the door to the view over our farm. And yes, there are pillows and a throw! We had an electrical outlet built into the one shelf down low so that we could plug in a floor lamp which has a three-way switch in the main bulb, plus three smaller bulbs–so there is lots of light on cloudy days. That bookcase holds my cookbooks (perfect place to plan meals), guide books for all the places we have traveled to, family history books, my favorite novels that I love to re-read, and children’s fairy tales and story books for reading out loud with a grandchild on our lap. This is my very favorite spot in the house!

This is a GREAT post! A reading nook is the second thing–after a kitchen–that makes a house a home. It’s way more important than a TV!

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January 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Susan, thank you so much for your always AMAZING and inspiring comments. I feel like I can see this reading nook in your house and it feels so relaxing and cozy! Completely agree that this is much more important than TV. Another thing I hate is electronic books – I love the feel and touch of the real book and hope it will never be replaced by its e-version.

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