Create Lovely Little Nooks for Reading & Sleeping

Right about now I'm seeking out the coziest spots in my house, perfect for holing up and reading some great books. I would kill for a built-in spot, dedicated and perfectly set up for quick escapes. This one (from Design*Sponge) has so many perfect elements, I could just move in. Here are some things that I might do to create one of my own (and you can do too!).

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1. Highlight it: Let's face it. "Reading" often means falling asleep, and drooling heavily, after the first five pages. A bright shade of paint can keep you awake for at least the first chapter.

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2. Black it out: Conversely, you can create your own personal cave by painting the inside black or an equally dark hue. Bearskin, campfire and primitive tools not necessary.

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3. Add Great Textiles: The more the better, in my opinion. The Princess and her measly pea should have nothing on you and your multiple layers.

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4. Decorate it: If this is a place you spend significant time, add flowers or art, just as you would for the rest of the house.

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5. Hang Curtains: The last piece of the puzzle, and the final way to shut out the world — for a few hours at least. You can go for gauzy and atmospheric, or truly opaque for full-on Howard Hughes recluse mode. I just don't want to hear any reports about crazy long fingernails, or glass jars you may or may not have in there with you.

Now get in there and start doing nothing — you've earned it.

(Images: 1. Design*Sponge; 2. 101 Woonideen; 3. Thomas Kroeger; 4. Adrienne Breaux; 5. Scandinavian Retreat; 6. Martha Stewart; 7. Justina Blakeney; and 8. Garden & Gun)

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When Dabney's not writing around here, she's digging through other people's attics for fun and interesting stuff, or running around with her bloodhound Friday. Originally from the East Coast, she's still shocked to find herself living in Missouri.