Bill and Beth's Cozy Reading Nooks

Bill and Beth's Cozy Reading Nooks

Leah Moss
Sep 24, 2010

Although you wouldn't know it from this 90 degree weather, fall is upon us. And in a few weeks, we'll be hounding the house for the softest blanket, the coziest spot, and a good read. For Bill and Beth, of House Tour fame, the epitome of fall coziness is all around. Their straw bale home exudes autumn comfort with built in reading nooks in nearly every room &mdash even the stairwell!

Bill, a green builder and architect, and Beth, a master gardener and green landscape designer, created their home with the help of other members of their collaborative company, Helicon Works. Although the original home dates to the 1920s, they integrated a straw bale addition a few years ago. The naturally thick walls of straw bale constructions made Beth and Bill's abode perfectly suited to deep, lounge-able window seats, which they've taken full advantage of by filling them with soft cushions in inviting hues.

1. The opening photo pictures the generous reading nook in their family room. When they were renovating the rest of the home, the spot doubled as their bed for months.

2. They constructed a cozy nook in Bill's daughter's room which has become a favorite spot. She colored the plaster herself using a lazure painting technique.

3. & 4. The deep sills of Beth & Bill's bedroom make for simple but idyllic spots to view their gardens below.

5. While all of the nooks get their fair share of use, Bill explained that the unique window seat situated in the stairwell is a favorite spot because of the incredible morning light it receives.

If you're looking for more cozy inspiration or happened to miss the full House Tour, be sure to check out the rest of Bill and Beth's soulful straw bale retreat.

Images: Leah Moss

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