What ingredients make up the perfect reading corner? Some amazing, inspirational wallpaper? Good light? Click through for how to style the perfect reading nook or cosy corner in your home... (teal and gold bug wallpaper by wilfulink)

The Perfect Reading Nook

Whilst searching on Pinterest for beautiful pictures of reading corners I unearthed a nugget of 80’s memorabilia…

the perfect reading corner or reading nook

We totally had one of these in our conservatory as kids and whenever mam went out, probably in her neon sweat-pants and leg warmers, we would remove the top dome shaped section, carry it through to the front room and spin each other till we were sick. Pure genius of a design and each time a bit more of the rattan would unravel and fall off and we’d have to piece it back together before she got back (with the pop-tarts and soda-stream gas).

Anyway, I digress : enough about my childhood antics, back to the perfect reading corner! So I may not be investing in this spherical beauty (although I do remember spending hours in ours with the latest Judy Blume) but it does lead me to my first requirement of a reading corner…

The Perfect Chair

The perfect chair by Made


I mean, if I’d had the room I would have loved this arm chair from Made.com – it looks like it’s trying to hug you, and some of the books I read make you feel like closing the curtains and hiding under the covers so an upholstered cuddle would be the perfect solution. Unfortunately for me, I’m a bit short on space in our little reading nook and our choice had to double as an office chair too. But ultimately your chair has to be comfy and a little footstool wouldn’t go amiss either.

A Perfectly Styled Corner

You know, realistically I don’t get that much time to read – I’m an illness or holiday bookworm really. So, that leaves more reason to make aesthetics a priority in my little book-nook. There’s more chance I’ll be sitting at my desk looking at the corner than there is being in the corner, so it really must look great!

  • I wanted some great wallpaper, something that would draw you in and make you feel inspired, and probably on the more sumptuous side too.
  • And, a little side table is essential too for my cup of Oolong and cake.
  • Obviously lighting is essential and there are some fabulous floor lamps out there, but we are lucky enough to have a perfectly placed little window which seems to flood the corner with light from lunch till dawn.
  • And last but not least, I wanted to try and keep alive a house plant, a big house plant. I love everything botanical but I just don’t seem to have much luck in the garden department – if Charlie Dimmock wrote crime novels, I’d be top of her suspect list. But, I am determined to nourish and nurture some leafy foliage in my new little garden room.

Take a look at some of my top choices on Pinterest for corners that are totally swoon worthy and have you wanting to download the latest Jeffrey Deaver to your tablet pronto…

My Perfect Little Reading Corner

So, the fabulous Emma at Wilfulink designs the most beautiful of wallpapers in her little studio down south and I had been drooling over some of her gold and silver bug wallpapers. I couldn’t resist the teal moth design and felt it was the perect choice for my cosy little corner. I’ve always loved moths and butterflies and it even has a gorgeous little beetle on there too. Check them out – she draws alsorts of different bugs and plants and all to beautiful rich colour choices.

Wilfulink design the most sumptuos of wallpapers, the perfect choice for a reading nook. They have insect wallpaper and bug wallpaper and gold wallpaper. Unusual wallaper and hand drawn wallpaper.

Then there was the small problem of the chair choice and in the end we went with a really light-weight velvet office chair in navy because it’s sumptuous enough to compliment the corner but practical enough to be moved to the desk in the room too. An ebay steal at £79.99.

What ingredients make up the perfect reading corner? Some amazing, inspirational wallpaper? Good light? Click through for how to style the perfect reading nook or cosy corner in your home...

What do you think? Do you fancy a cuppa and a Charles Dickens?

The Pramshed
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Sports day races can be stressful for children

Sports Day


Sports Day Sucks!

It occurred to me today how utterly despicable School Sports Days are nowadays. Nobody in their right mind enjoys sports days. Years ago it was a different story and sports day held notions of fun, mild peril and an opportunity to make fun of your mam and dad in the parents race. Nowadays, sports day holds none of the aforementioned resemblance and it’s enough to make you weep – in fact, if I’d remembered to fill my coffee-flask with Gin & Tonic today, you may well have found me under the bushes crying.

Several years ago, some bloke in a stuffy office, probably wearing brown socks and a tea stained shirt decided that children of today should not be exposed to a bit of competition and schools across the land threw away all their hessian sacks and plastic eggs and spent a portion of their school budget on plastic cones and foam rockets. Little did he know he would create the monster that is the present-day Sports Day.

School sports day sucks, can we bring back old style sports day please?

You spend an hour thinking it would be less painful to stick pencils in your eye than to watch the ‘wholesome activities’ that have been put on in the middle of the field. Throwing bean bags into hoops may seem like an innocuous event that could possibly illicit a bit of fun, especially if there’s an element of competition between you and your classmates but as if to pacify the bloke in the brown socks and tea stained shirt, they take all the fun out of it by turning a blind eye to who actually gets it into the hoops! Are you with me? So, effectively you have 200 kids throwing beanbags into hoops, rockets as far as they can, jumping as far as they can, and all for no reason – no one’s counting, no one’s measuring, no one’s interested and no one’s really watching, all because we may be putting too much pressure on the kids to compete against one another. It’s so boring. For everyone involved. *Makes mental note to take g&t and jar of pencils next year*

And then, once you’ve endured an hour of torturous boredom and your thumbs are aching from signalling praise to your child across a field(somebody’s got to!), the tables turn. The second part of sports day begins. Everyone’s directed to the running track and the fizz is palpable. You may be forgiven for thinking I would be pleased that the proper races were to begin and that I’m all for a bit of healthy competition but you’d be wrong. This part of the event is as bad as the first half, if not worse – especially if you measure it on how many kids end up crying their eyes out! You see, there can only be one winner. How many times have you heard an adult say ‘I remember my sports day – I always came second to Julie Jenkins’ ?? Sports day running races leave scars and even second place isn’t good enough! Kids put pressure on themselves and this is then compounded by the fact their mam and dad are watching – it’s just too much! I’m sure I saw some parents sneaking a red-bull into their kids water bottles yesterday pre-race, and I would not have been surprised at all if 50% of the kids had been fed a Berocca with their morning porridge (porridge is a slow release energy breakfast don’t you know!). I definitely heard conversations about buying proper running shoes and getting them to train beforehand!! And come on, fist punching the air when your kid comes first!?

Sports day races can be stressful for children

My eldest has never been particularly sporty and for us sports days were utterly pointless, she’s not bothered and neither were we, but that didn’t stop me wanting to shout ‘ah yes, but at least she’s not as thick as your kid in maths’ at the parents ‘aww-ing’ her when she came last! Is that wrong? See, all the parents know who the athletic kids are – it’s laid out for all to see once a year on the school field. So why don’t they give awards ceremony’s for the brightest kids who get the best grades – it’s the same thing! But then there’s my youngest, who actually quite enjoys sport and wants to do well but will never out-perforn the kids who are running triathlons each weekend, and rightly so, but wouldn’t it be great if average kids could just enjoy sports day? So here’s my proposition…

Bring Back Old Style Sports Day

An old fashioned sports day. Some good ideas for a sports day that a bit more traditional

The three-legged race promotes teamwork, the wheelbarrow race promotes teamwork, passing the football with your knees promotes teamwork and all with the added advantage of hilarity, and the occasional accident from over enthusiastic wheelbarrow pushers – but hey, what’s a broken arm if in the name of fun!? And don’t forget the sack race and the egg and spoon race – both skills you will never need for the rest of your life and therefore no one places you on a pedestal if you do win or not. (Or maybe I’m wrong, perhaps there is a career out there for excellent sack-jumpers?) You get my point though – there’s competition at the right level, we all want to see our kids beaming from winning a race but everyone goes home feeling neighbourly and there are no signs of arrogance because we all know : this years three-legged winners are just as likely to be next years spoon-losers!

What do you think? Are you a red-bull wielding parent or are you in my camp? I would love to know!

The Pramshed
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