Get your home ready for Autumn and create a cosy reading corner just for yourself (no kids allowed!)
The summer is nearly over! The kids have gone back to school, sunbathing on the beach of a tropical island is a distant memory and it feels like Autumn is just around the corner. The evenings have changed too. Now the new fresh autumnal breeze is a constant reminder that we’re heading towards the cooler time of the year… Drinking coffee in your favourite spot in the garden soon will not be possible (unless your name is Robert!) We’ll all be moving indoors, leaving our gardens with all the “wear and tear” signs from the summer that had just passed. So to make the transition that little bit easier, it is important to make our homes ready for Autumn. Ready for the longer nights and days that are drawing in. And what’s a better way than by creating the perfect autumnal reading corner? A very grown up cosy reading corner!
So, it’s official! The flip-flops are out and the socks are in!
Let’s welcome Autumn – my favourite time of the year for styling my home! With my first styling challenge – the perfect reading corner just for myself! Well, at least in theory it’s all mine… That’s close enough.
I’ve created my cosy reading corner by rejiggling few pieces of furnitures around in our living room. It should always be your starting point! It’s free and you can be surprised with the results. It might be that you don’t even need to spend any money at all! But if you don’t have a chair or if you want to treat yourself with a new one, try one of Soho Home’s vintage chairs.
My absolute favourite is the Vintage Rattan Peacock Chair, which I’ve been dreaming about for some time now. I mean, isn’t she a beauty?
Apart from a collection of good books and magazines that you didn’t have time to read during the summer?
As it is a reading corner, you’ll most definitely need a good lighting. You don’t want to be seating there in the darkness! And, besides, table lamps, floor lamps and even the wall lights are perfect for creating the atmosphere in the room. We rarely use the main lighting in our house… actually… NEVER! (maybe except from the kitchen and the bathroom)
But the best thing about Autumn season for me is to be able to snuggle up under a thick woolly blanket… So I make sure that I have them scattered around the house, not just in my new reading corner. Although this place deserves the best blanket in the house, my vintage Abbey Woollen Mill Blanket which I have found in a charity shop last year. Try your local charity shops for vintage pieces or Ebay if you don’t have the time to look around.
The grown ups zone…
Another thing to make you feel like your new reading corner is just for grown ups (even if it is in theory only) is candles. I mean, who doesn’t like candles? The smell, the flickering light and the ever so romantic atmosphere they create. And suddenly you feel like your home is the best place in the world… And Autumn is your favourite season.
Also as I wrote in my post last year, Autumn is all about pretty mugs filled with your favourite tea… (you can read all about it here) So treat yourself with a mug of your dreams and let yourself dive into a good book in your new favourite reading corner…because you deserve it!
This post has been written in collaboration with Soho Home. As always, all opinions are my own and I only work with brands that I like and I would normally buy from myself. All photos are my own.