When asked, could you describe your dream reading space, or even library?
I was recently asked to do just that, and even though I had an idea, I was still caught off-guard and left speechless. So, after I had a few days to think about it, I think I finally have an answer.
I'm a visual person. I know what my idea/ vision looks like in my mind, but I'm not always good at explaining myself. Ironic for a writer, yeah? So, I'll be using images from Arhaus.com to bring my vision to life.
I personally hate rooms that are too posh to enjoy, as you're afraid you might spill something or even cause a crease in the seating fabric. I know this because my mom has only one such room remaining in our house and that's the formal living room. I spend no time in there at all. My own style is more relaxed and rustic with a modern edge.
Comfort is important first of all. I imagine a large comfortable chair or chaise on which to lie and spend most of my day. Also, lighting is important. I would prefer reading by lamplight, or even in front of a window. I hate those bright overhead room lights. They always seem to hurt my eyes. Importantly, I need a large side table on which to place my hot chai latte and cookies. Or any other snack that is needed. Sometimes after too much sweet things I might need something salty. So yes, a big side table. A woman has to keep her options open.
Of course a cool breeze coming in through a window in the summer days would just be idyllic. But, when winter comes and the fireplace is alight with the dance of flaming wood and glowing embers while rain beats down on the roof, now that would be my ultimate reading dream come true. I can imagine the peace and happiness right now. Also the mug of hot chai. My cellphone will be locked in a room far away, and when I'm done reading, I can write a bit too.
Naturally I would have a wall completely covered in floor to ceiling shelving, in or close to my reading space. I wasn't sure if that counts, but yes, each of my beautiful book babies would have a home on a shelf and not collecting dust on a desk or even worse, the floor (gasp).
Image from Arhaus.com
So to break things down. Comfy (dream worthy) seating, a nice ambiance and no disturbances from the outside world.
Image from Arhaus.com (Sectional sofas)
So dear reader, do you know what your ideal reading space, or library would look like?