Create a Cozy Reading Nook.
A quiet retreat will encourage you to take time for yourself.
Many of us get so caught up in our busy everyday lives that we forget to recharge ourselves with a little down time. But by creating a special space for quiet activities like reading, knitting or meditating, we can make it easier to relax and focus on our personal well-being. Reading nooks don’t have to take up a lot of room — you can transform any private, unused corner or area of the house into your own personal happy place. Some spaces could include:
A window seat
A built-in nook in your wall
The corner of your bedroom
A porch or deck
Once you choose your location, it’s time to cozy it up:
Ensure you have ample light. Use a reading lamp or floor lamp to ensure there’s plenty of light for your activity. If you can, make the most of natural light — a natural mood booster.
Choose a comfy place to sit. Whether it’s a plush chair or an oversized floor cushion, find your favorite spot. Then soften up your seating area with fluffy throw blankets or pillows.
Add a side table. If there are no flat surfaces near you, invest in a small side table where you can set down your coffee, glasses or other essentials.
Display your books. Organize your reading materials on a shelf, window ledge or stylish magazine rack, or simply stack them creatively on the floor.
Incorporate your favorite accessories. What makes you happy? Surround yourself with flowers, candles, inspirational quotes or whatever else you love.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make sure to set aside a block of time each day to curl up in your reading nook and revel in your newfound alone time.
© 2020 Hunter Douglas