Friday Fun: Armchairs where I could read in peace forevermore

Well, that was enough of venturing outside into the sunshine. Now for a holiday, where all I have to do is sit in a super-comfortable armchair and read! These are the types of armchairs I have in mind.

My favourite colour, plus a good reading lamp and plenty of room on the shelves, from archzine.fr
A nice footstool is always useful – especially if your seat is taken… From Abeautifulmess.com
This looks more like an Instagram opportunity rather than a comfortable reading chair, from delightfull.eu
More realistic setting, an armchair reminiscent of Ikea’s iconic one. From inspirationsfabrik.blogspot.com
Some day, when I win the lottery, I will be able to afford to buy and ship this beauty, the Brasilia chaise by Modernica.

Friday Fun: Cosiness for Reading

One day I will have a corner that is dedicated solely to reading – or even better, a whole room dedicated to my favourite hobby. Best, of course, when paired with a fireplace and a bit of view…

These stoves are great for warming up a room, from elcune.com
If you don’t have a whole room to dedicate to this, you can of course use your grand staircase to carve out a reading corner, can’t you? From decoratorist.com
If you have a room for a sofa with a warm throw over it, all the better. From Elle Decor.
Somehow, it’s even cosier if you can hide somewhere rather than a wide-open space – so people cannot interrupt you when reading. From housely.com
Quite a maritime feel to this one, and lots of books hidden in every corner, if it were mine. From onekindesign.com
Something to aspire to: an entire reading room, with window-seat, fireplace, comfortable armchairs and lots of bookshelves. Fromhousetohome.com

Friday Fun: Fireplaces and Christmas

There is something a bit samey about Christmas decorations especially in the English-speaking world in the northern hemisphere. But I might allow myself to be converted if there is a fireplace. I can imagine myself sitting in front of it and reading all the lovely new books I have bought for myself for Christmas (and the rest of the year).

Plenty of warmth and reading by candlelight in this Ideal Home picture.
American Christmas ideas, from Good Housekeeping.
That bench in front of the fire would be ideal for dividing up the books into piles, don’t you think? From Grandin Road.
A move away from the traditional colour scheme, the wood panelling adds some cosiness despite the lack of a rug. From Veranda.
Finally a household that understands a good reading chair is a must in front of a roaring fire. From Christmas.365greetings.com

Friday Fun: Book Corner Ideas

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.

Fairytale light from these gorgeous windows, from stevelarese.com

Room for books and a beautiful green screen outside, from sortra.com

Of course you’d need some bookshelves nearby, but this looks cosy. from rover.ebay.com

I realise these are all some form of window seats, but that gives you the perfect combination of light, view and reading. From Pinterest.

Winter is not quite here yet, but being near the fireplace will be appealing soon, from LaVictorienne.co

An enchanting combination of reading outside while staying warm, which will work for the next month or so. From Instagram.

Friday Fun: Places for Reading and Relaxing

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.

Everything close to hand with super-comfortable seating. From Decoist.

 

 

For the more dreamy amongst you, an indoor hammock is a solution. From Remodelista.

Window seats are always popular, especially with such generous windows. From My Domaine.

The reading nook in the well-stocked library is always a refuge. From Tumblr.

Another home library with comfortable seating, from Pinterest.

Messy but atmospheric, this chateau library from Pinterest.

And if you really can’t stay away from the beautiful outdoors, here is a veranda reading nook, from housely.com

Friday Fun: Reading Nooks in All Seasons

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.

The delicate shoots of spring can be admired from this bed, when you still feel lethargic after a long winter. From Bored Panda.

Watching the mountains turn green from your reading nook is lovely in Spring. From Michael Rex Architects.

Greek island views are much more suited to summer, from Bored Panda.

Of course, you could move outside into the garden. From Pinterest.

But the balcony offers a shadier alternative, especially for e-books. From Hunter Design.

As the nights turn cooler in autumn, it makes sense to move indoors. From She Knows.

Somewhere far away from prying eyes is perfect when school starts again in autumn, from Pinterest.

While in winter we have a hankering for wooden chalets, curtains, plaid and cosy lights. From BeDe Design.

From this viewpoint we will certainly not miss Santa when he brings us some new books. From Woo Home.

Friday Fun: Window Seats

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.

Plenty of cushions to lounge on, from Decorpad.com
Plenty of cushions to lounge on, from Decorpad.com

Now that's what I call storage space! And a view, too! From shelterness.com
Now that’s what I call storage space! And a view, too! From shelterness.com

The classical style, from Impressive Interior Design website.
The classical style, from Impressive Interior Design website.

The informal seaside look, from freshome.com
The informal seaside look, from freshome.com

For those who prefer a streamlined, contemporary style. From Pinterest.
For those who prefer a streamlined, contemporary style. Well, with that view, reading might be difficult… From Pinterest.

Contemporary needn't always mean minimalist. Add a bit more cushioning and this window seat featured on houzz.com has real potential...
Contemporary needn’t always mean minimalist. Add a bit more cushioning and this window seat featured on houzz.com has real potential…

Finally, for some very, very lucky kids, the Window Bed! From House Logic.
Finally, for some very, very lucky kids, the Window Bed! From House Logic.

 

Friday Fun: Bookchairs

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.

Ergonomic but slightly unstable looking. From Architecture and Home Design.
Ergonomic but slightly unstable looking. From Architecture and Home Design.

More book capacity here, but the wood looks a bit too hard for my old bones. From Jongform.
More book capacity here, but the wood looks a bit too hard for my old bones. From Jongform.

This looks more comfortable, but it's more suitable for storing magazines. From Furniture Fashion.
This looks more comfortable, but it’s more suitable for storing magazines or folders. From Furniture Fashion.

A rocking chair is an interesting idea - but again, why no cushioning? Don't they know I can read for hours? From homedit.com
A rocking chair is an interesting idea – but again, why no cushioning? Don’t they know I can read for hours? From homedit.com

Promising cushioning, plenty of storage space, but it could do with a footrest. From toxel.com
Promising cushioning, plenty of storage space, but it could do with a footrest. From toxel.com

This one has higher back support, meets my coffee and snacking reads... but why is she working on a laptop instead of reading? That's just wrong! From Trendhunter.com
This one has higher back support, meets my coffee and snacking reads… reminds me a little of a seat on an airline’s business class. But why is she working on a laptop instead of reading? That’s just wrong! From Trendhunter.com

So, in the end, the best solution is clearly a window seat which combines comfort with storage and pretty views.

You could lose me here for days... From freshome.com
You could lose me here for days… From freshome.com

 

Friday Fun: Reading Oasis

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…

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Here are some more ambitious reading corners to which one might aspire…

The library is nothing else but a huge reading corner, from homedit.com
The library is nothing else but a huge reading corner, from homedit.com

 

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Reading in a window seat is always fun, and there’s so much storage for books and magazines in there. From Familysponge.com

From Pinterest, the rustic and romantic version of the window seat.
From Pinterest, the rustic and romantic version of the window seat.

A modest corner of the living room dedicated to reading, from minimalisti.com
A modest corner of the living room dedicated to reading, from minimalisti.com

And a slightly less modest corner of the living room, from resenhasalacarte.com.br
And a slightly less modest corner of the living room, from resenhasalacarte.com.br

And, for the ultimate dream… with a view…

From Homebunch.com
From Homebunch.com

 

 

 

Friday Fun: Desks and Reading Nooks

It’s been a week of intensive writing and reading, so here are some inspirational places to engage in such activities.

Simple but efficient. Perhaps with a slightly more comfortable chair. From Pinterest.
Simple but efficient. Perhaps with a slightly more comfortable chair. From Pinterest.

Hidey hole for when parents want to interrupt your reading for irrelevant things such as dinner or homework. From karinweiborg.com
Hidey hole for when parents want to interrupt your reading for irrelevant things such as dinner or homework. From karinweiborg.com

For those who can't leave their CEO persona at work. From Architectural Digest.
For those who can’t leave their CEO persona at work. From Architectural Digest.

For those who come in pairs or need two of everything. From houzz.com
For those who come in pairs or need two of everything. From houzz.com

Even the smallest room in the house deserves a bookshelf. from Domaine.com
Even the smallest room in the house deserves a bookshelf. from Domaine.com

For nostalgia fans or heavy smokers, this gentlemen's club look from anthropologieathome.com
For nostalgia fans or heavy smokers, this gentlemen’s club look from anthropologieathome.com