The nights are drawing in, even though I’m still in denial. So it’s time to start thinking of creating cosy spaces around the house where you can read, gather all your books and forget about the rest of the world.
You might be tempted to read outdoors in this weather, but whether you are afraid of overheating, or don’t want to be come a target for insects, here are some alternatives to reading in the garden.
There are reading nooks for all seasons. Maybe you can fit four into your house… or here are some simple ways to tweak them to fit each time of the year.
Last week, the window seat emerged as the clear winner of our ‘chairs for reading books’ competition. So here are a few to whet your appetite. And so that we don’t have to fight over just one! In my cold, draughty English house, the temptation of putting one right next to the radiator instead of next to a cold window is HUGE.
All of us readers are on the look-out for that perfect comfy chair where you can have plenty of books within easy reach, and perhaps a place to put a snack, a coffee, a glass of wine, a bookmark or notebook. None of the ones I’ve found so far quite answer all of my needs.
So, in the end, the best solution is clearly a window seat which combines comfort with storage and pretty views.
I may be ordering an orange and lemon tree for the conservatory, but for the time being, this is what my little reading oasis looks like (before it gets too cold to sit in there). Although there hasn’t been that much time for reading lately…
Here are some more ambitious reading corners to which one might aspire…
And, for the ultimate dream… with a view…
It’s been a week of intensive writing and reading, so here are some inspirational places to engage in such activities.
As usual, when I have so much work to do and business trips coming up, I dream of a secluded spot where I could do some reading, thinking and writing. Here are a few of my favourites. Could they become yours too?
I got too wrapped up in long overdue book reviews to have time for a Friday Fun post, so here is something for the weekend instead! Some places to curl up in with a good book, but with nature surrounding us, so we can make the most of the spring weather (when it does arrive).
Mind you, that last one might get a little hot in summer…
… keeps the winter gloom and the doctor away!
Something for all tastes, from this rather grand office in Rome…
… to the smallest room of the house.
And everything in between.
The room above looks only slightly wider than my study, so this gives me ideas…
Where can I get the views to go with this reading nook?
Better still, let’s just convert the whole house into one big reading nook-area.