Nailing The Book Nook

It may be the frequent witnessing of public urination from all walks of life, the sweat that clings and does not even belong to you in the crammed subway car, or maybe you have stepped in uncleaned dog poo just one too many times, either way, every New Yorker needs a retreat. Unfortunately, in this city, every retreat is also packed with the world you are trying to escape.

Nothing would be more welcome than a space in your own abode to retreat, oh but wait, you only live in a couple hundred square feet. Fear not! Today, we must master the nook: that cozy, cuddly place that you can curl up and escape the cold, cruel world with a glass of wine and a good book. Here are tips to nailing the nook(ie) #seewhatIdidthere these tips serve a dual purpose:

1. Find a hidden spot: To achieve maximum relaxation, it is important to add some separation. Create a spot or find a nook where you cannot be disturbed. Even a corner in your apartment works as long as you make it feel reclusive. Built-in nooks and spaces under the stairs can also be cozied up. 

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Victorian Living Room by Boston Architects & Building Designers Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc.

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Contemporary Staircase by Boston Architects & Building Designers Siemasko + Verbridge

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2. Ambiance: Establish your style and surround your space with touches that make you feel at ease. Perhaps you like a chic look and should use hanging lights to glitter off metallic pieces that shine or you like a more rustic feel opting for distressed wood floating bookshelves and potted plants or maybe you like a traditional flavor and should line your bookshelves with antiques and ceramics. All of these flairs can be accessorized with a faux sheepskin or shag rug to cozy up your space.  

Rustic Family Room by Calgary Interior Designers & Decorators elena del bucchia DESIGN

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Eclectic Bedroom by New York Interior Designers & Decorators TILTON FENWICK

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Rustic Family Room by Bozeman Architects & Building Designers Miller Architects LTD

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Traditional Hall by Washington Architects & Building Designers Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc

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3. Mood lighting: From flickering fireplaces to hanging lights, a winning retreat needs the right illumination. A roaring fire means a warm relaxing aura, a string of lights feels imaginative and playful while flowing natural light permits words to jump off a page. Use feature lighting in bookcases or along bookshelves to emphasize those beautiful books of yours. 

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Stay saucy you cheeky ones.

Jenn

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