Just because you're not about to embark on an adventure with a wizard and a gaggle of dwarves doesn't mean you don't appreciate a good meal and warm fire. Peter Jackson's The Hobbit takes detail to the next level. He did turn 300 pages and some articles into nearly 9 hours of movie, after all. So if you've been wishing you were a Baggins of Bag End, this may be your chance. What do we know about Bilbo Baggins and the other friendly hobbits of The Shire? They love a stocked pantry and warm writing corner, and appreciate the occasional doily. Yes, doilies. Those lovely little lacy things that decorate arm chairs and tables from time to time. I too love a quiet afternoon in front of the fire, so I've had my mind on creating a cozy corner that a hobbit could love.
Bilbo's homestead features a lot of intricate woodwork. If you can't afford to hire a carpenter for floor to ceiling pine, go for the faux bois look in the form of wallpaper or accents. Remember, hobbits love small details too, so don't be afraid of soft, colorful pieces in your study space.
Even though The Shire is full of underground houses, there is still lots of opportunity for warm and colorful pieces that add light and softness. That's why Bilbo's home features so many throws and pillows. I think Bilbo would approve of the affordable Mayan inspired pillow pictured above.
Every great reading corner should feature a small piece of storage for your newest magazines and books. A vintage milk crate is the kind of thing I could imagine a hobbit re-purposing. Add a sturdy chair with a cool textured pattern and you'll be set up in front of the fire for hours.
Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.
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