Cozy Up With A Good Book and Reading Nook

When the weather turns crisp in the fall, I can’t help but be drawn in by the magic of books. I love to get cozy beneath a blanket, a mug of something delicious by my side, and a new book in my lap. So today, let’s get inspired by super-cozy book nooks, plus I will share a few of my top picks for home and garden books to read this fall.


The first essential to a great book nook is a really comfortable chair. I love a classic wingback chair (like the one shown here) for its enveloping feel. Just add a thick, cozy blanket and a rustic stool to set your mug, and you’ll never want to leave!

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In the fall and winter months, being surrounded by rich, highly saturated colors feels just right. If you are lucky enough to have an entire room to devote to a home library or study, why not paint it a deep shade of blue? A leather armchair and live-edge wooden table add warmth to the serene deep-sea color of the walls, while a vintage portrait, nubby wool rug, and sconce lighting add character.

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And what to read while you are sitting in your cozy nook? If home design inspiration is what you are after, may I suggest textile designer Rebecca Atwood’s new book Living with Pattern? It is filled from cover to cover with visual inspiration and helpful tips for design lovers of all experience levels. For those who love to entertain friends at home, Holly Becker’s latest book, Decorate for a Party is packed with creative, heartfelt ideas for making any gathering feel special. And if the outdoors beckons? On my own wish list is Gardenista, the much-anticipated book by the editors at the sister-site of beloved design resource Remodelista.

Of course you can’t have a proper reading nook without a cozy rug underfoot! Try something in a warm, rich color palette like any of the picks shown above, and you really can’t go wrong. Happy reading, and happy fall!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Karastan Panal Kirman rug in red; Jaipur Rugs Bedouin Amman rug in red; Surya Alfresco rug in black and camel; Rugs Direct Gallery Istanbul Yama Kilim in brown.

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Breakfast Nooks for Happy Mornings

Having a good breakfast is such an important part of starting the day, and yet it’s so common to skip it altogether. Even if you simply sit down for a few moments to sip your coffee in peace and enjoy a quick bowl of oats or chia pudding, it can really set your day off on the right foot. Why not entice yourself to make the time with a welcoming breakfast nook?

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If you have the space in your kitchen, a round table is a good choice, since it’s easy to maneuver around. Comfy chairs are a must, so I recommend splurging on a set you love (I adore the wishbone chairs shown here) and save on the table (Ikea has great basics). Always seek out the light, and position your breakfast table near a window when possible. Getting some morning sun while sipping coffee is the best!

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Super tight on space? Seek out a drop-leaf table like the one shown above – it can be pulled out to seat more when friends drop by, and tucks neatly against the wall the rest of the time.

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If you have the room and budget set aside, my favorite breakfast nook solution is a custom banquette, like the swooping version shown here. A banquette is great because tons of people can slide in, and if you get it covered in a stain-resistant fabric, it’s kid-friendly as well.

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And of course, what good is a breakfast nook without a scrumptious breakfast? Even if you only have time for toast, you can make it extra-special by tracking down the best local bakery for bread or croissants, and treat yourself to a jar of seasonal jam.

For a quick breakfast nook refresh, get comfy with some new pillows. Here are my current favs:

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Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Surya Charming Key indoor-outdoor pillow in teal and ivory; Surya Arrow Southwest Pillow; Kate Spade New York Embroidered Dot pillow in navy and ivory; Surya Candice Olson Maze pillow in teal, taupe, and brown.

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Laundry Room Refresh

Piles of clothes on the floor, half-full bottles of detergent cluttering up the shelves, and bad lighting: sound familiar? The laundry room is one of the hardest working spaces in the home, but it’s also often one of the most neglected. Thankfully, with a few simple tweaks, you can refresh your laundry space, creating a corner of your home that actually makes you (sort of) look forward to chore time. Ready? Let’s get organized and make this hardworking space more beautiful!

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Begin your laundry room refresh by assessing your current space, and deciding on a budget for this project, remembering that you can always start small and add more features over time. Perhaps this month you can commit to picking up a pretty art print or a new rug; next month a fresh light fixture and some shelving. Then, even if new machines and gorgeous wall tile have to wait, you can fully enjoy your space in the meantime. In the space shown above, a framed swan print, potted succulent, and small jar of clothespins makes this feel much more like a real room than a utilitarian closet. Lovely, right?

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Creativity can go a long way when it comes to refreshing a small space, and the laundry room above, from Elsie of A Beautiful Mess, is a perfect example. Elsie used electrical tape to create fun patterns on the fronts of her washer and dryer, organized supplies in simple metal baskets, hung a typography print on the wall, and a pegboard for corralling tools on the wall. Organized, stylish, and on a budget? Yes, please.


If space is very tight, using the wall is a brilliant move, so don’t let any sliver of space go to waste! If there’s no room for a pegboard, consider other forms of wall-mounted storage, like the shelving and hooks shown above. Even so, there’s no need to forego style: a slim acrylic stool makes an elegant perch for towels fresh out of the dryer, and framed artwork on the wall sets the tone.

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Sometimes even one new element can make a big impact, like a chic laundry basket, or a pretty new rug on the floor, so don’t be afraid to start small. Stash your supplies out of sight in bins, put up a cork board for inspiration (and to hang that stain removal chart you always wish you had on hand), or place a tray for stacking towels atop your washer. And once your laundry room is clean and refreshed, you’ll be more motivated to keep the space looking beautiful … so it’s a win-win!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Origins Sheridan Tempest rug in silver gray; Loloi Rugs Isle rug in mist and aqua; Rugs America Asteria rug in lavender; Safavieh Courtyard rug in navy and beige.

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Secrets of Beach Cottage Style

Who doesn’t love escaping to the beach? If you live for summer, bring a little of the beach home with you by transforming your home (no matter how far from the coast you live) into a seaside-inspired, laid-back retreat that you can enjoy all year long. Read on for 3 secrets to beach cottage style.

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Secret #1: A beach-inspired color palette. Take a moment and picture your favorite beach. What colors do you see? No matter where your dream beach is located, it likely includes white or beige sand, and miles of blue sea and sky. If you stick with this blue, white, and natural/beige color palette, you are already well on your way to nailing beach cottage style. One trick to creating the kind of beachy mood you want is to pay close attention to the shade of blue you choose: if you want to create a nautical New England vibe, go with deeper navy and royal blues; if the Caribbean is more your cup of tea, aqua and turquoise should be your go-to blues.

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Secret No. 2: Casual materials. Beach cottages are casual, easygoing spaces meant for barefoot living…in other words, not the place for stiff or fussy materials. To perfect the beach cottage look, you have to think imperfect: worn wood, chippy painted pieces, crisp cotton and rumpled linen, matchstick blinds, and easy-care indoor-outdoor rugs are a beach cottage’s best friends.

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Secret No. 3: Reminders of the sea. Beach style decor sometimes gets a bad rap for being too overdone (think, nautical ropes and buoys everywhere) but it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of raiding the marine supply shop, fill your home gradually with meaningful pieces that speak to what you love about the beach. This could include shells and smooth stones picked up on beach walks, a photo from your last vacation in a simple white frame, or vintage art in shades of blue that you found while treasure-hunting at a local flea market.

I think what I love most about beach cottage style is the anything-goes attitude: want to hang a giant mermaid sign on the wall? Go for it! Feel like changing things up? Grab a bunch of photo postcards and tape them to the wall above your bed. As long as it makes you happy, you’re doing it right.

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Indoor-Outdoor Aquatics in nautical blue and green; Surya Lighthouse rug in teal and beige; Surya Escape rug in powder blue and white; Loloi Rugs Venice Beach in blue.

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