Without doubt, the part of my future home that I’m most excited to furnish and decorate is a deliciously snuggly, Sundaze reading nook. A little cosy cove, tucked away in a corner of my (likely) tiny house, where I can hide away, read, create and drift away to faraway lands. Even though right now that is still not quite on the horizons, I’m somewhat of a master in creating little nooks to get comfy-cosy in. From a Monday evening sweet spot to unwind in after work to the ultimate Sunday afternoon den, there’s a few little go-to things I put in place when preparing to rack up reading miles and journey through literary worlds.
A snug little seat
First of all, you of course need a seat to perch on. If you’re lucky enough to have an armchair at your disposal… I’m jealous, okay? I often read on Granny’s armchair, which has just enough room for me to sit on normally and also to swing my legs over the side. For those short of space, floor cushions, old sleeping bags folded up – or even spare duvets – provide a snuggly little place to nestle and read. Plus, don’t forget the all-essential reading cardigan or blanket too!
Next up, a little side table or surface to rest your essentials on. I can’t function without having my favourite things around me, be that a great book, my newest plushie or trinket, or mug. Little side tables are easy to come by; you could use a wooden stool, or even upcycle an affordable IKEA one. Choose one that’s round or non-square to easily complement your seating of choice – it’s all about the angles and lines.
Spark the perfect ambience
For me, much of the magic of reading lies in the ambience. A cosy blanket, my favourite slippers to tuck cold feet into and, of course, a candle. From its ambient glow to diffusing a magical scent, lighting a great candle can truly bring a whole mood together, don’t you think? If you missed my announcement, I’m so excited and proud to share that my sister and I have launched our own handcrafted goods, lifestyle brand!! Our first collection includes six scented candles, hand-poured by us. You can shop it now, via Etsy.
The big event: a damn good book!
And last, but certainly not least, how could we forget the book?! Lately I’ve become more and more enamoured with non-fiction reads, as well as fantasy and magical realism books. Right now I’m re-reading Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch – which should be mandatory reading – and Explaining Humans by Camilla Pang, a wonderfully facts-driven dive into neurodiversity. I’m really looking forward to reading Half of a Yellow Sun by the incredible Chimamande Ngozi Adichie and, whilst we wait for the last instalment in Phillip Pullman’s The Book of Dust trilogy, Serpentine, another His Dark Materials novella.
Where do you love to read the most? And what are your essentials for a cosy reading session?