Hi everyone! I’m so sorry that it’s taken me so long to get around to posting something for this month, it’s not even that I’ve been busy, I was just stuck for ideas! Luckily I was approached by Arhaus to help them out with a project that they’re doing about reading spaces, and I thought it sounded like a fun idea to share what my dream reading space would look like.
Obviously, first off, my dream reading space would actually have enough space for all of my books! I have four bookshelves at home, and it’s still not really enough for my massive collection of books, I’ve had to take to keeping some of my older books in my wardrobe because I really didn’t have enough space for all the books that I own on my bookshelves! I’ve always wanted a room something like the Beast’s Library in Beauty and The Beast, with floor to ceiling bookshelves. Something like this would be perfect for me:
See how the bookshelves are so tall that you need a ladder to get to the top ones? I want that! I also love the idea of having an entire room devoted simply to reading and writing, it’s basically a dream for me. I love how this room is filled with light as well, I think that’s perfect for a reading space.
I’ve also always wanted a window seat to sit on whilst I read, I remember reading the My Secret Unicorn books when I was a kid, and in them, Lauren had this great window seat that looked out over her back garden and I remember thinking that was so cool. I read in bed most of the time, but it’s really hard to find a comfortable position, so I think it would be perfect if I had a window seat.
I’d love something like this for my window seat, you could really stretch out whilst reading, plus I love the colours of the seat cushion. I might have a few more pillows, given my bad back, but other than that, this is pretty well perfect. I love the under seat storage as I could fit more books under there. I might want a slightly bigger window to let more light in though.
Every great reading space needs a desk I think, as a lot of us readers are also writers too and it would be great to have somewhere to write in my reading space. I found this desk on the Arhaus website, I love the curved shaped and I think it just looks interesting and a little different.
And with every desk, you of course need a comfortable chair. For me, with my back issues this is even more important, if I’m going to be sitting, reading or writing for hours, then I need somewhere comfy to sit. This beautiful Arhaus chair would be perfect for that:
I also think to make any reading space truly comfy, you need a great fluffy rug (okay this may be my addiction to fluffy stuff speaking, but it’s true!). I would want my reading space to have a wooden floor rather than a carpet I think, but I would definitely want one or more fluffy rugs in my reading room:
Obviously I would need a desk lamp in case I was in my reading space reading late, which of course would happen as I do most of my reading at night, and I think this one is perfect:
I’d obviously need a main light for the room as well, and I found this one on Pinterest that I think looks a little different and quirky and I kind of like that:
Like I said, I would definitely need more pillows for my window set and I found this adorable pillow on Pinterest that I think would look perfect:
I’d also love some of these fluffy Arhaus pillows, my sister used to have some fluffy pillows in her room at home and they were so comfy, so they’d definitely be perfect for my reading space:
I would also need a blanket/throw for my window seat, which I could sit on during the day and use to curl up with at night when it got cold. I think this one would be perfect as it looks warm and goes with the colours that I’ve chosen for my reading space:
I think I’d like the room to be painted in a blue, as it will be a contrast against all the pink, plus I really like the colour blue, but it would be a sky blue rather than a dark blue.
I love this gorgeous checked chair and think it would go perfectly in my reading space, for when I don’t want to use my window seat, or if I had a guest come to visit. Funnily enough, I actually have a dress in a very similar pattern!
This ottoman goes perfectly with the chair and would give me a chance to put my feet up!
This little end table would be perfect for putting food and drink on if I got hungry or thirsty whilst reading. I could also have another one by the chair for guests.
I’d also like to have bookish prints on the wall above my desk, there are many wonderful stores on Etsy where you can get them from, but this shop is my favourite:
I also think I’d have some bookish candles around the room, maybe on the bookshelves or on the desk. There are again, lots of great candle shops on Etsy, but this one is my favourite:
So what do you think? Would you like a space like mine for reading? What would you have in your dream reading space? Let me know in the comments!
If you like any of the pieces in this post, then check out the Arhaus website where a lot of these pieces came from:
I will have a new Jo Talks post up next week (hopefully anyway!) where I’m going to be talking about the lack of non romance focused New Adult books. In the meantime, I think I’m going to do another Thursday Quotables post tomorrow, I know, wonders never cease!