There’s nothing more I love than curling up on the sofa with a cup of coffee, slice of cake (preferably carrot), and my Kindle. It’s one of my absolute favourite past times. Unfortunately, my hectic life doesn’t allow for it to happen all that often. These days, I usually find myself reading on the go or in bed after a long day at my laptop and playing referee to my two small children.
In an ideal world, I’d create the perfect reading space. That one special place where you leave reality at the door and escape between the pages of a good book.
A girl can dream, right?
When I imagine my dream reading space, the first thing that comes to mind is somewhere to stretch out and get comfortable. I’m imagining a sectional or corner sofa complete with huge throw pillows and soft blankets for those dreary winter days. Or maybe a luxurious recliner I can relax in. Either way, it’s all about the comfort.
Unlike the lofty airy spaces that tend to dominate dream reading spaces, I think I’d prefer somewhere intimate with plenty of mood lighting. I often find myself sitting in my living room, the only source of light coming from a floor lamp in the corner. There’s just something about finding peace and quiet in the dark that appeals to me.
There’s nothing more relaxing than reading on holiday – in the sun, on the beach, chilling next to the pool. But I don’t fair all that well in the heat, so my dream reading space would probably be somewhere you can bring the outdoors in. For example, I love the idea of a cosy window seat. Somewhere to watch the world go by. A place to listen to the rain as it bounces off the glass. Or maybe a summerhouse with doors opening out onto a quaint garden, or even the beach with the sound of the waves lapping at the shore.
In fact, I often find myself writing my characters in situations where they read or reflect in a window seat – maybe my subconscious is trying to tell me something.
THE FINER DETAILS…
If money was no object, I’d have a space in my house filled with floor to ceiling bookcases housing all of my favourite titles. My very own mini-library, if you will. I love book art too, so walls filled with artwork of my favourite book quotes would be a must. Plenty of inspirational and motivational posters too. Basically, a place to be immersed in words.
I’m also quite a big fan of scents … so some plug-in or reed diffusers with my favourite smells – I love anything vanilla based. And lots of neutral, earthy tones. Easy on the eyes and mind.
All in all, I think my dream space would be something intimate, comfy, and calming. What about yours?