Whilst searching on Pinterest for beautiful pictures of reading corners I unearthed a nugget of 80’s memorabilia…
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
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.
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.
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 do you think? Do you fancy a cuppa and a Charles Dickens?