Can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this corner of my bedroom has turned out, please? There are some parts of my apartment that I style and think, humph, that’s not exactly how I’d envisioned it. And then there’s this reading nook.
I’ve recently moved my whole room around, and with that left a redundant corner by my balcony. As an interior stylist, I shouldn’t admit this but I sometimes struggle with knowing what to add to empty corners if I’m honest. I added some drawers, but they looked like they’d been plonked there – mainly because they had.
This Julian Joseph chair from Wayfair, however, was the perfect starting point for my new nook, designed for the chillier months when all I want to do is wrap up warm and read a book with a hot chocolate. Genuinely, being inside with the TV off and just enjoying a good book is one of my favourite things to do in the colder season – especially if I can hear the wind and rain outside.
So today I wanted to share the three elements I’ve used to create this autumnal reading nook, starting with comfort.
The Perfect Reading Nook Armchair
As I mentioned above, at the heart of every reading nook is an armchair where comfort comes first. The Davenport from Julian Joseph (currently on sale for £292.99) is that and more. Designed by Luke Julian Silver and Michael Joseph Cronin, the creative duo met in Shanghai back in 2012 and shared a mutual passion, alongside their respective partners, for crafting furniture and creating a business. Moving to the southern area of China – known for its manufacturing – the brand Julian Joseph was established and is now available globally, including here in the UK, and in the US where Silver and his partner now live.
From the individual brass studs surrounding the seams to the added cushion and solid birch wooden legs, this chair is quality personified. It’s one of those pieces of furniture you want to introduce to people when they come to visit. Or is that just me? Made from a blend of cotton and linen, I went for a natural oatmeal shade, which matches both my monochrome decor at the moment, and the blush pink and gold palette I intend to have in my new house next year.
From the black and white artwork on the wall to the faux botanicals, I wanted this spot to not only feel cosy but look at equally as stylish. I went with a more wintery choice of faux flower, contrasting the mottled silver against the gold decorative stalk figure.
Throughout the home in the colder season, meanwhile, texture is key, which is why I added a velvet cushion behind the linen cotton blend style the chair came with. Nothing says winter more than crushed velvet right?
The Reading Nook Must-Haves
What is a reading nook without a lamp and books hey? My favourite books are either business, girl boss inspiring reads (The Secret and She Means Business are amazing), as well as more stylish coffee table books like Cupcakes & Cashmere, Capture Your Style and Dream Decor – all light reading but beautiful to look at.
And speaking of light, if you can invest in an overhead reading lamp then it will be a great addition to your cosy corner. I have one, but it doesn’t really fit into this space so I went with my smaller Ikea chrome adjustable lamp instead.
The final addition to my reading nook was a lambswool chunky knitted throw, my Moroccan-inspired pouffe and of course, my favourite Willow & Honey candle burning away.
What do you think to this glamorous monochrome reading nook? I have to say, if you’re in the market for a new armchair then I’d highly recommend taking a look at Julian Joseph at Wayfair – they have some beautiful styles including this amazing green velvet armchair.
Are you updating your home this autumn?