This season before spring is the least exciting in my book, but the cold, rainy days turn out to be a great chance to tackle indoor projects or spend time in a good book. As a kid, I could read anywhere — on the floor, in bed, or my favorite spot outside — but lately, I’ve found the need for just enough light, quiet and lots of pillows. Coziness is essential to block out distraction and let my mind settle into a story or study. Grey skies are a chance for imagination to come alive, and these
16 reading nooks from the archives seem like just the spaces to let that happen. — Bethany
This Baltimore home
is a reader’s haven with pillows and cushions lining the floors of the space and this bedroom with custom cedar bookcases stuffed with classics. Homeowner Susanna shares, “I’ve always dreamed of just putting up a cot in a bookstore and a library and sleeping amongst the stacks, and now I feel like I do.” It would be hard to get out of bed in this magical place.
Dubbed “The Crow’s Nest,” this quiet space is reserved for napping, reading and meditating and the very spot that sold homeowners Dawn and Ian on their
cabin in California
. The sunny, pillowed sanctuary hosts conversations, laughter and sleepovers and couldn’t be better suited for rediscovering a favorite book.
Celia Tejada’s San Francisco Victorian
is overflowing with cozy spots to curl up in a fluffy blanket. The far end of this loft space is set with a Moroccan rug and pillows for a cat nap. The closeness of the ceiling nestled overhead creates a comfortable refuge reminiscent of a kid in an attic hideout.
This reading nook was created after a driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the front hallway of
this Connecticut farmhouse
. Haldan and Gina repaired the damage, but the accident left lasting effects on the plaster walls which led the couple to add a serene, black paint and transform the space into a library. The walls are lined with custom shelves made from roofing boards and a steel ladder frame, and the books are wrapped in white paper with printed labels to create contrast against the dark wall.
The net lofted above the living room in
this San Francisco home
makes play an easy part of the family's daily life. The sunny spot is a favorite of Julia and Dennis’ kids and is visible from the kitchen and door to the backyard. Climbing into this oversized hammock for quality reading time every day would be something to look forward to.
This dark space on the edge of the living room in a
Gorgeous Georgian home in Bristol
provides just enough light and tranquility to bury your nose in a good mystery.
In a renovated
Upstate NY home
, this delightful dormer window niche is a well-loved spot by the whole family. The space holds built-in shelves on either side to store special books or toys and a solid stream of natural light fills every inch of the cranny.
This bright sunroom in a
Bohemian home in Florida
would be the perfect spot to curl up on a Saturday afternoon. Layers of pillows, textiles, patterns and an abundance of natural light make it Carley’s favorite spot to recollect her thoughts.
A peaceful green home in Ghent, NY
boasts this quiet alcove in the master bedroom. “There can never be too many spots to curl up and nap/read a book,” share homeowners, Ted Kennedy Watson and Ted Sive.
This small nook at the top of the stairs in a
Kingston, NY home
seems like stepping into a rural dream. The handmade rocking chair, mini eyelash windows and warmth from the wood plank ceiling create a quiet spot to read or reflect.
Kate and Ellen’s vintage airstream
provides just enough space for life on the road. They designed the interior to have activity zones with a lot of hidden storage. A brass sconce and travel mementos surround the bench in the living/dining space that doubles as their daughter’s bed at night and a comfortable spot to lounge and read during the day.
Sarai and Kenn’s cozy corner near a window in their
quiet home in Portland
seems like the perfect spot to grab a blanket and a book and relax. Sarai shares, “I remember reading Scott and Helen Nearing’s book 'The Good Life,' in which she says that a tapestry of books on the wall is the only decoration you really need. I have to agree that they add more joy to a room than almost anything else.”
This cozy room in
Ayumi and Chloe’s home in Maine
is tranquil and idyllic for quiet reading or conversation. The rocking chairs and a warm pellet stove, surrounded by books and hugged with natural light feels just right for a good book.
This light-filled house bus bedroom is lined with shelves for Julie and Andrew’s prized possessions. These avid readers confess that they couldn’t part with their beloved books after completing renovations and moving into their
250-square-foot home on the road
A quiet nook sits at the top of the stairs to the master bedroom in
this Washington, D.C. home.
The window seat provides storage for the family and a well-lit bench to snuggle up with loved ones.