Sooooo I finally built a reading nook. All by myself.
No, of course it’s not as fancy as all the beautiful nooks you see on Pinterest, though I did borrow some ideas from there for the design and decoration. (For the inspiration, I actually even searched through tips to make reading nooks for CHILDREN :P)
I forgot to take the “before and after” pics, but my balcony originally looked like the one in this picture below, only a little more narrow.
It was not as hard as I thought it would be. I actually spent only half a day on setting everything up, except the lighting.
I built it in a very small balcony in my apartment, half of which is occupied by an army of basils, cactuses, orchids, and Bougainvillea.
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First, it’s the rearrangement of the plants for more space. Next, I hang on 2 small bamboo curtains for in case I might be home some hot afternoon and want to read when the sun is shining right on my balcony.
Then, I threw there an armchair with a blanket and some cushion on it, and behind it, a narrow but tall bookshelf. I filled it with as many books as I could, admittedly even with the ones I’ve already finished reading, just so it looks cool. Only one of the cells is left free of the books - it’s where I was going to leave my coffee mug.
Perfetto. Perfetto! - I thought.
Then went the sun and came the night and I realized I had no light to read at the time I read most often.