By Tara C.
Our bedroom has an alcove that I initially considered pretty useless. If I had been involved in designing our home, I would have tried to figure out a way to redistribute that space to another part of the house. For the first several years after we moved in the space was completely empty.
When we were expecting our third child and had to turn our office into a nursery, we moved a large Ikea Expedit bookcase into the alcove. At this point, I started to dream of a corner dedicated entirely to reading. It took a couple more years to pull it together, but today I love my little reading nook.
I love books. I love they way they look and I love the way they make me feel. I have a Kindle and I like it, especially for travel, but there's something about a real, physical book with turnable pages that I prefer.
This little space is designed for maximum reading comfort and coziness. The chair is wide in case you want to curl up. There's a squishy pillow and soft blanket. There's an adjustable lamp, a side table for a drink, and an ottoman for putting up your feet.
Recently, a friend was visiting and asked if I actually read in my reading nook. I blinked a few times and realized, that, no, I rarely do. My life right now doesn't allow a lot of time for lazy afternoons spent reading. Most of my pleasure reading is done in bed for about 15 minutes before I conk out. Somehow may little reading nook seems like a promise of quieter, more restful days. This weekend I made a point of scooping up my two-year-old and reading to him in my reading corner. And it was just as cozy and perfect as I wanted it to be.
What spaces in your home make you happy?