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Create a Cozy Reading Nook

16 Dec

Make space for down time

Many of us get so caught up in our busy everyday lives that we forget to recharge ourselves with a little down time. But by creating a special space for quiet activities like reading, knitting or meditating, we can make it easier to relax and focus on our personal well-being. 

Reading nooks don’t have to take up a lot of room — you can transform any private, unused corner or area of the house into your own personal happy place. Some spaces could include:

  • A window seat
  • A built-in nook in your wall
  • The corner of your bedroom
  • A porch or deck

What to add to your reading nook

Once you choose your location, it’s time to cozy it up:

  • Ensure you have ample light.
    Use a reading lamp or floor lamp to ensure there’s plenty of light for your activity. If you can, make the most of natural light — a natural mood booster.

  • Choose a comfy place to sit.
    Whether it’s a plush chair or an oversized floor cushion, find your favorite spot. Then soften up your seating area with fluffy throw blankets or pillows.

  • Add a side table.
    If there are no flat surfaces near you, invest in a small side table where you can set down your coffee, glasses or other essentials.

Display your favorite items and books

More ideas for your reading nook:

  • Incorporate your favorite accessories. 
    What makes you happy? Surround yourself with plants, flowers, candles, decorative objects, inspirational quotes or whatever else you love.

  • Display your books.
    Organize your reading materials on a shelf, window ledge or stylish magazine rack, or simply stack them creatively on the floor.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make sure to set aside a block of time each day to curl up in your reading nook and revel in your newfound alone time.

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Decorating with Bookshelves

30 Apr

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Exhibit your treasures and reduce clutter

                                                                                                                                                                  A beautiful set of bookshelves is about so much more than just books! Bookshelves are a

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Bookshelves add beauty and function.

design element that is both functional and decorative. They solve some of your storage issues and, at the same time, help you display decorative items, such as statuary, vases, flower arrangements, clocks, plants, photos and yes, even books!

Bookshelves are not just for a home office or library; they can be functional and add interest to almost any room of the house, from foyer to kitchen to bedroom and more.

 

How to Find the perfect bookshelves


Shelves come in almost any style, material, shape and color; some are closed in and others are open style. Bookshelves can be built in, customized to your space, or

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Industrial bookshelves add a bit of grit to your room.

purchased as-is and set in place.

– A vintage bookshelf can add history to your décor.
– Industrial bookshelves add grit and an avant-garde feel.
– A French boulangerie creates a European feel.
– Totally modern neutral bookshelves blend into the background of your decorating style.

Tips for arranging your shelves


Consider these ideas to optimize the impact of your bookshelves:
– For a new take on arranging books, lay books horizontally or organize your books by

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Arrange your books by color for added interest.

color.
– Install bookshelves along a stairway or around windows or a door.
– If your bookshelves have a closed back, paint the back a contrasting color.
– Don’t pack your shelves too tightly; leaving empty space creates a cleaner look.
– Use a bookshelf as a room divider, either at waist height or full height.
– Don’t forget about bookends; some are interesting and fun.

Add appeal to the display of your prized possessions and clear up the clutter with a beautiful set of bookshelves.

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