Sometimes in a home we come across an awkward little corner – it has shelves that face nowhere with windows that open on to those shelves, and on top of that they don’t even have enough room to fit in anything useful…or do they? Now that we all have computers in our hands 24/7, we rarely take the time to sit down in a sunny little corner, sip a cup of tea, and crack the spine on a good book. But isn’t it a nice thought? With just a few pieces of added furniture and some well placed accessories you can help your awkward corner reach its full potential as a sophisticated reading nook (which is every awkward corner’s dream).
1. Grab a smallish-reading lamp – Obviously a chair will be important, too, but placement of that lamp will provide the perfect light and should have first dibs on the shelf.
2. Sprinkle around your books & magazines – This is a reading corner and those shelves are just begging for your entire collection of Jane Austen novels. Stack your books both horizontally and vertically to create movement on the shelves.
3. Pop in your art – Now that you know where your bigger items are going, you can place in your artwork.
4. Fill in blank spaces with sculptural objects – Vases, plants, trinket dishes, decorative boxes, etc. Small collections of items (like your vintage collection of miniature brass shoes) are perfectly displayed on a reading nook shelf.
6. Make it cozy – Imagine a leisurely Sunday morning, rain gently pattering on your window, while you curl up in your reading nook. Would it be complete without your sheep skin or wool blanket? I don’t think so, oh…. and naps are highly encouraged.
So, with all the rules in place, let’s see how Ginny put together her little living room reading nook:
There you have it, folks! No more awkward corners, just cozy reading nooks that are pretty to look at. And here’s a secret books don’t want you to know – iPhones and Kindles still work when used cuddled up in reading nooks. Happy reading!
*Photography by Zeke Ruelas, Written by Sara and Me.