Let's Redecorate and Read!

December 10, 2020 | Jen McB

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Change can be healthy, even necessary at times. A change of pace; a change in scenery; the change you want to see in the world! You can change a
tune; you can change a whole room. Let's celebrate the change of seasons this year by taking the opportunity to use some of our new crafting skills to live in a cozier space. As the coldest days approach it is the perfect weather for creating the reading nook of your dreams and escape the home office or online class for a thematic break. Let's also keep the tree, it's cheerful.

Stepping away from a busy work environment is a good resolution to set for the new year. Not only will you feel more energetic after you do, reading breaks are essential to renewed creativity. Reading in a library is a joy, so what do you need to decorate a space to emulate that library vibe? A source of light, a good chair, perhaps a table (preferably solid wood), and a bookcase to oversee the cozy mysteries.  Libraries have wonderful do-it-yourself resources too. 

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For reading, you will want to invest in a sturdy lamp that does not cast any shadows. In summertime it is fine practice to read by an open window but as the days grow shorter the light weakens early. Making your own lamp is also a fun way to spend an afternoon and lampshades can be painted to suit your style.

If you're changing up your chairs, there are several options. The antique wooden chairs with the solid rail-backs are excellent for posture. Then there is the very cozy barrel chair with cushy arms. Finally, there is the ergonomic, height adjustable, computer chair. You can even spot one of the Lillian H. Smith Branch chairs in the first season of Umbrella Academy, surviving against all odds. 

For a homier feel, and a change from the work routine, select a chair dissimilar to your work chair. Perhaps create a slip cover rather than get a new chair if space is limited or you just want a small update. 

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Whether you are at work or studies, a reading nook table is less grand. It can be a side table. It may hold a stack of books or it may hold your tea as you read.

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It would not technically be a reading nook without a bookcase. There is so much you can do with a bookcase. They not only hold your personal library but photographs and collectibles. Display your favourites, do not forget to face the covers out. Do make use of your bookends. Paint the corner with two tones, one warm and one neutral. Join an online book club and maybe discuss the finer points of antique book shelf L-brackets. 

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So you have crafted yourself the perfect cranny for creativity but need a few book suggestions?

Here are some thought-provoking books on sitting to get you started.

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Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch 


What does your reading nook look like? Tell us in the comments below!