I have a very clear memory of waking up most Sunday mornings, heading downstairs for breakfast and seeing my mom sitting in our green velvet chair at the living room window reading. It’s one I’ll always remember. And now that I get to help others create these perfect reading nooks for themselves I often think back to that Sunday mornings scene as my guide.
There are a couple of key ingredients to creating a perfect nook to relax in and get your read on!
COMFORT This is a must have if you plan to sit and delve into your favorite book. Select a chair, settee, or daybed that you can pull your feet up in and really settle into. Pillows and a blanket will keep you comfy and warm. Keep it small and personal, 2 person capacity max. This is your retreat!
LIGHT How will you read on those rainy days or late in the winter without a lamp? Find a lamp that you can reach from your perch and adjust to where you’re sitting. You can use a floor lamp or wall sconce that has an adjustable swing arm for the most flexibility.
CONVENIENCE Where will you put down that cup of tea, reading glasses or bookmark? Every successful nook needs a small table or shelf close by to hold your things as you’re enjoying your little slice of paradise. You could use a ceramic garden stool, a small pull up table or shelf so long as it’s within arm’s reach.