I’ve Been Thinking About Dream Reading Nooks…

Dream Reading Nook

As you may have gathered from all my recent talk about built-in bookshelves and building a library, we’re in the process of furnishing our new house. In addition to the bookshelves, dream reading nooks have been swirling around my brain.

I don’t have the ability to design my dream reading nook from scratch, but that didn’t stop me from going down the Internet rabbit hole of dream reading nooks (even if some won’t exactly work in my house).

My Dream Indoor Reading Nooks

Mountain Lodge
by Michael Rex Architects

Mountain Lodge Reading Nook

I mean…THIS. I love the calm colors, comfy looking pillows, and obviously that view. Now if I could just transplant a gorgeous mountain range outside of my window!

Gray Window Seat
by Alyssa Kapito Interiors

Easy like Sunday morning ☀️

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Again…light, calm colors. And, that window. I sense some running themes here.

Baby Nursery with Furry Rug
by The Havenly

Yes, I realize this is a baby nursery and a crying baby in that crib probably isn’t conducive to great reading. But, imagine that room without the crib and you’ve got a fantastic reading nook! I’ll take a furry, white rug any day!

Another Gray Window Seat
by Rehkamp Larson Architects

Adding a white, furry blanket or rug to the running themes…

And we can’t forget the outdoor options…

Hanging Basket Chair
by The Havenly

PS – The Havenly is a cool service that helps you design your home using a virtual stylist…and is a great option for people that don’t want to shell out for an expensive, full service interior designer! Plus, they’re a great follow on Instagram.

Wood Porch Swing
by Swatchpop

Happy Saturday! Hope your day is as relaxing as this #swatchpopdesign front porch!👌

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Love this massive porch swing that can fit a gazillion pillows!

Wood Hammock Over Lily Pad Pond
by Jamie Durie

Reading Nooks - Lily Pad Hammock


Add hammocks/swings to the running themes list…

Outdoor Glass House
from Better Homes and Gardens

Reading Nooks - Glass House


My version of the man-cave…

So, what will I do in my house?

My house doesn’t really have a space for a dedicated reading nook, but there is a sectional with a chaise lounge going right in front of the fireplace in my living room that’s going to double as my reading nook! The calm colors are already a go and you can bet I’m going to throw a furry, white blanket on the end of that chaise!

As for outdoors…we’re still deciding what to do with our patio, so that’s up in the air! I’m thinking a chaise with lots of pillows, though!

What would your dream reading nook look like?

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  1. Angela wrote:

    The view in that first picture is AMAZING. My dream reading nook would definitely have a comfy chair and a cozy blanket!

    Posted 8.29.17 Reply
  2. My dream reading nook is a place that is super comfy, but not quite a bed. I love to read outside on my front porch and have a couple of pretty comfy spots to read there. It needs just a few improvements. 1- I wish it were a little large and I could add some sort of chaise. 2-Magically enclose and heat it during bad weather. 3-Find a way to banish annoying crows and barking dogs from anywhere near my vicinity. 4-Add a “porch boy” to keep me hydrated and see to the mundane things I should be doing inside the house! (It’s a dream space, right?)

    Posted 8.29.17 Reply
  3. Andi wrote:

    Yes, yes, YES! To all of these! So bright, airy, and beautiful!

    Posted 8.29.17 Reply
  4. I laughed out loud when I saw the hammock near the lily pond! If that were at my house, either me or the book I was reading (or both) would end up in the water!

    Posted 8.29.17 Reply
  5. Le sigh. My favorite is the last one…I would love a reading nook in the middle of a beautiful garden like that!

    Posted 8.30.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      You and me both…as long as that glass is one way. I can see out, but no one else (i.e. people who would be interesting in finding me in my hideaway) can see in!

      Posted 9.2.17 Reply
  6. These are amazing! Having a reading nook someday is on my bucket list 🙂

    Posted 8.31.17 Reply
  7. Those are so beautiful! The fireplace chaise lounge sounds equally as wonderful, I can’t wait to see photos!

    Posted 8.31.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Hopefully it’ll pan out like I see it in my head!

      Posted 9.2.17 Reply
  8. Catherine wrote:

    I would do almost any one of these! In a dream world, you need an indoor space AND an outdoor one. I love the wooden swing and the hammock.

    All of your photos are very neutral, soothing colors- is that a new thing or have you always liked soft colors?

    Posted 9.1.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      That is ideal plan! We’ll see how things pan out. We might make some changes to the patio, so I still have some room to play with the outdoor one…and it will come later.

      Yes- I’m all about the neutrals and clean lines! I’ll probably add a bit more color with accessories, but in small doses. Too much going on hurts my eyes!

      Posted 9.2.17 Reply
  9. Melinda wrote:

    Oh! beautiful. Now I want a reading nook too!

    Posted 9.7.17 Reply

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