Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A little Nook for Reading

We placed the chair and ottoman facing the window in our bedroom and with a little ‘tweaking’ we managed to get a small bookcase close enough to hold some of my old Poetry books and Bibles.

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We turned the ottoman the other way and it makes it look a little more like a chaise now.

I am constantly moving things around on the shelves.

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I liked this container I found at the thrift store but not it’s big golden handle so I used ivy to cover it.

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And last week I bought this beautiful old Bible, published in the 1890s! What a treasure.

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Look at the gold on the edges!

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(I didn’t pay much for it…I’m embarrassed to even say!)

I have several old books of poetry that I got at annual library book sales years ago before they started marking them up closer to their value. I think at the first few sales all of the books were the same price and no one cared about poetry. I could stand in that section all day and very few people stopped to browse.

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I’m so glad I got them way back then!

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I love old books best!

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I’m joining Brenda at the Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday.

And Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

Won’t you join us?

46 comments:

Shelia said...

Oh, I love this sweet spot! Your chair and ottoman look so comfortable. Love your little book shelf and that container is gorgeous! Have a beautiful day.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

cucki said...

Aww I love old books best too..they are my treasure..
Very sweet spot to relax..hugs x

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Looks like a cozy place to snuggle up and read. I love your Lady of Shallot picture. I have that one on my pinterest board.

Vee said...

What a cozy spot you've created for reading. How simple to turn the hassock for an entirely different look and the bookcase looks so elegant. Great job!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

The ivy is perfect!! I love old poetry books also how lucky to have got them at such a great deal!!

Kat Griffin said...

I see how this cozy reading spot could be so comforting - you have special touches and item you love close by - this gives you a relaxed and inspired atmosphere -I would think it would be a great place to meditate too -and come up with great inspirations. Everyone need a place to do that and have peace of mind. We all should be trying to make time for that recharging and healing time in our too-busy lives. -KAT-

Susie said...

I just love your little reading place. Putting that ottoman that way is so clever. Looks like that bible was well loved. xoxo,Susie

Elizabeth said...

I love it, I have my chair and ottoman the same way in my bedroom.

Trace4J said...

How cozy.
Love your beautiful old bible.
Woolie Hugs

Stacey said...

I love your little nook. You have the things you look right there. How about a cup of coffee?

Carola Bartz said...

Beautiful! I love the way your ottoman is sitting, it invites to snuggle down with a good book. Or an old book, which can be the same thing. I love poetry as well, but I have difficulties reading it in English, so I stay with my German poets.

Christine said...

What a terrific reading nook! And the books are fantastic! But the old Bible has to be the best!
You are blessed!
Christine

Elaine said...

That looks the perfect spot to enjoy a good book. I love old books, especially those which have an inscription.

Susan said...

Nooks & Niches are my favorite little hide-aways and this does look perfect to enjoy a book, knit, or just have a quiet moment to yourself, XOXO

Simply Shelley said...

I love your little reading nook,and all those wonderful old books :) Blessings friend

Olive said...

I love the Bible.

craftyles said...

The reading nook is wonderful and cozy. The old Bible is a wonderful find!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a perfect spot for reading. I would love a chaise lounge but your chair and ottoman work perfectly!
hugs, Linda

Noelle the dreamer said...

Love books of course and particularly, the old ones with 2 columns! Lovely find, the Bible!
Your reading nook is perfect for quiet times! Thanks for sharing,

Kim K. said...

What a cozy little spot. How fun. My daughter has a window seat in her bedroom that she loves to read in. I sometimes find the cats with her too.

Ellie VanCaster said...

What a cozy little corner-I love those. My motto is you can never have too many books.
Have a good week.

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

I love this reading area. Your books are all lovely. Don't you try to imagine who owned the bible before you and what they might have been prayer about or for? I love the history of old books.
Karen

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This looks like a terrific place to settle down with a good book! I love reading when I have time.

Tina said...

What a great spot to curl up with a good book.
Have a great week.

cynthia lee designs said...

I have a few books that are really old and I love them. Some friends of ours purchased a really old home and found tons of old books up in the attic. I was so thrill when she ask if I would like to have some.
hugs,
Cindy

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh, I love old books too! What fun finds! :-)

It's me said...

Love that old bible.....love from me...xxx...

Laurie Ritchey said...

Diane, your reading spot is perfect. That old Bible is such a treasure. I also love old books. The drawing in the open book is so wonderful. laurie

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

What fun to see the Sweetwater pillow on the chair. Glad you wrote to let me know to come look. Wishing I was sitting in a reading nook right now! Beautiful!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

It sure does look like a cozy place to read. I love old books too :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your reading nook is so cozy. I'm inspecting all your little treasures in the book case and they're all fabulous. Love the antique Bible, what a treasure!

Kelley Dibble said...

I love your old Bible! On my 33rd birthday Grandma gave me her father's Bible which was also from the 1890s. It is one of my most precious treasures!

Love your "chaise!"

Kelley~

Robyn said...

Absolutely love your reading nook!.. When my husband is able to move furniture again I plan on doing the same thing in my bedroom.. Just a little space for me to get away near my window to escape into a good book or my knitting.. I love love love that old Bible!
Robyn

Mevely317 said...

, too, love finding older, well-loved books. Your nook looks wonderfully cozy and inviting!

Mevely317 said...

, too, love finding older, well-loved books. Your nook looks wonderfully cozy and inviting!

Mevely317 said...

Whoooooops! 'Hope you know I meant to preface this with "I"! :)

Hugs back at-cha!

Melanie said...

I love old books too, and it looks like you have the perfect, cozy reading spot!

The French Hutch said...

I love the space, the chair and bookcase are a cozy combination. The perfect place for you to sit with a cup of tea and those lovely books. The old Bible is a treasure, priceless. What a wonderful find.
Thanks for sharing.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Linda R said...

I just love the way you fixed up that wonderful little corner. It looks so cozy. Enjoy those old books what a great find.

Hugs~

Cheryl Kraynak said...

Wish I could be sitting in that chair right about now. I love old books, too. I found a small diary from 1861, a woman from New Hampshire owned it. I spent hours and hours transcribing it (deciphering the script and faded lettering then typing it into a bound manuscript). It was so interesting to read about her daily life!

Cheryl Kraynak said...

Oops...I meant to say that I found that diary at a used book shop. We have a great one up here in southeastern CT that you would love if you ever saw it!

Leave It To Davis said...

I haven't had a new Bible in maybe 30 years...don't they still put the gold on the edges of pages? All Bibles used to have that.

About 20 years ago, before we moved to this house, we threw out a couple of boxes of my husband's grandmother's old books. We both regret that. They just smelled so musty then and we were coming to a new house and they had been in storage....regrets, regrets. We just didn't realize they were probably worth something. Now, they would be worth a lot to us, just for sentimental value.

Danielle said...

The book section is always the first section I seek out at any thrift store/flea market/yard sale...my favorite find was decades ago..my beloved set of Edgar A. Guest poems...so my favorite poet!!! Love your little reading corner!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

How cute! I love the chair, ottoman, and pillow...so cozy! I tend to get most of my reading done while parked in carpool....not as comfortable ;P

sandy said...

What a cozy little spot to read in! it looks so inviting! Love your old books and that Bible looks like my Grandma's that was handed down to me. I like that she wrote notes in it and underlined a lot of verses.
I also love old books!
sandy :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful and oh my goodness, when I saw your first image, I had t smile, for we have that same painting above our master king bed;')~