Guest Picks: Strategic Buys for a Sophisticated Reading Nook
Give a nook for books smart style with the right chair, shelving, lighting and accessories
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I'm a bit jealous of the big houses that have a separate study room with large floor-to-ceiling bookcases and the distinctive smell of aged paper. They somehow feel warm and serene, like places I'd love to hide away in and let my mind wander with my favorite novel characters. Alas, my apartment is too small for that extra room, but I can still bring the same feeling to my living room with a few strategic buys. Follow along this decorating session, my fellow bookworms. — Eleni from My Paradissi
Suffolk Swivel Glider Chair
A cushy armchair is the fundamental piece of furniture for a reading nook. All of the reading action will take place around it. This swivel chair looks perfect for the job.
Vintage Style Box Files - GBP 18.95
Pretend to be a classic literature bookworm with a stack of these concealed book files on your bookcase.
Retro Shelves - GBP 649
A bookcase is self explanatory. It's where you store your books and how you create an intellectual atmosphere. I can't resist this industrial piece with two storage crates at the bottom.
Book Frame - $20
Have you ever read a book and felt a sad emptiness in your stomach while flipping through its last pages? Well, these book frames let you turn your favorite novel into wall art that you can always keep on display.
Porter Bar Cart - $399
Think outside of the box and use this bar cart as a mobile library assistant. Store your current books, notebooks, the teapot and box of cookies on it for your hours of reading.
Felt Magazine Storage Bag - GBP 30
Take a break from reading books to flip through the occasional magazine. Keep your favorite ones parked right next to you in this practical felt basket.
Letter Pillow Cases by Dirtsa Studio - $55
You'll probably need a pillow or two to get even more comfortable while reading. Why not get some of these Scrabble-inspired ones?
Reflection Jute Rug - GBP 159.99
A rug is the easiest way to define a space in an open room. Gather all of your reading nook furnishings (like your armchair and bookcase) around this great neutral piece.
Brompton Floor Lamp - GBP 150
Never let your lamp leave your reading chair's side. This one is simple and comes in two shades, both of which I love.
White Ladder/Shelf, Newport - GBP 59
In case you're short on space, a ladder shelf for books is more practical than a bookcase. I love this simple white one.
Visby Brown and Cream 100 Percent Virgin Wool Blanket - GBP 55
A soft blanket is the ultimate way to get cozy. Obviously a must-have in your reading nook, especially when the weather gets chilly.
1940s Gymnasium Clock - $229
Never lose track of time while reading with this impressive industrial vintage 1940s clock.
Ivory Library Wallpaper - GBP 60
This wallpaper is sure to add a library feeling to your reading nook. I love that it is neutral and not too over the top.
Off-white Pouf - $165
You'll also need an ottoman to prop up your feet. I love this cylindrical white one with subtle rustic charm.
Wood Ampersand Letter Wall Hanging by Hindsvik - $145
A wooden ampersand will add a bit more sophistication and texture to your reading nook. Try this handmade one by Hindsvik.
Reese Left-arm Chaise - $1,299
If you have a larger space to fill, consider getting a chaise. It is a great alternative to the classic armchair and usually a bit more comfortable.
LED Booklight - $20
Fear not the moody ambience lighting in your living room! This delicate book light is here to light up your reading path, even in the darkest of hours.
Educational Greek Alphabet Mug - GBP 10.95
It's all about education, and this mug is a fun way to catch up with some Greek literature — starting with the alphabet, of course!
'Read' Text Metal Art Bookends by Knob Creek Metal Arts - $62.99
Sort your books with these clever black metal bookends.