Embassy Shares 6 Things Every Reading Nook Needs

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6 Things Every Reading Nook Needs

THE COZIEST SPOT IN YOUR HOME ISN'T COMPLETE WITHOUT THESE.

 

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1. Some privacy

A curtained reading nook
REED DAVIS
 
 
 

How can you squirrel away with your favorite page-turner if the kids won't stop bothering you? Keep your reading nook separate from the rest of the house by installing a curtain — like in this relaxing red Houston space — or using bookshelves or large plants to create a clear division.

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2. A small table for your coffee

DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
 
 
 

Curling up with a book and a hot drink is one of life's finest pleasures. A reading area without space for a mug of tea (or — let's be real — a glass of wine) can hardly be called cozy. You don't need to go big here: A small table will suffice, like in this cozy rustic space.

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3. Plenty of light

flax curtains
JONNY VALIANT
 
 
 

Whether your chair is nestled against a large window or you're cozied up next to a lamp, light is an essential element for a comfy reading nook. In this Washington, D.C. space designed by Barry Dixon, curtains flank floor-to-ceiling windows, letting soft light into the room.

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4. Room to stretch out

window seat with green linens
VICTORIA PEARSON
 
 
 

Maybe you don't have space for a full daybed, like in this cozy country-style nook, but make sure there's somewhere to rest your feet. For smaller spaces, try adding an ottoman or a sturdy side table.

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5. A cozy pile of blankets

VICTORIA PEARSON
 
 
 

Unless it's the middle of the summer, a comfy throw draped over your legs is key. No one likes cold feet (and let's be real, you can't wear shoes in a reading nook). Keep a blanket nearby, like in this tiny, Los Angeles bungalow.

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6. Something interesting to look at

THOMAS LOOF