My dream reading space

So most people cannot deny one of the most relaxing things to do is find a quiet corner and read a real page turner of a book. Whatever the time of year reading is just the perfect past-time, whether it is in the winter and you want to curl up under a blanket feeling cosy or in the summer sat in the garden or by the pool. But what helps to make that reading experience even more enjoyable?

Well surrounding yourself with the right ‘tools for the job’. First up, and most importantly, a comfy chair, personally I prefer mine to be as soft as possible and with a cushion or two. How about this gorgeous sectional sofa from arhaus.com.

Arhaus have an extensive range of sectional sofas, these types of sofas are fantastic as they can be flexible and adapt to most room shapes and sizes. More and more people are now looking for more choice when it comes to the types of sofa they want for their room. Sectional sofas have become so popular now and most stores now stock a good range of choices, go check out the full range at Arhaus here.

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Sectional sofa

Next up, setting the scene. Now I am going to enter my perfect world now. I’m a bit of a Disney and Harry Potter fan so to have your very own library would be out of this world right? How about these for some inspiration…………

harry potter

 

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Cosy reading nook

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Blue velvet scheme

Now the finishing touches for your library/reading corner. Lighting is key in a room like this so here are some of my favourite choices.

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Brushed brass tiered pendant

This beautiful tiered pendant lamp has the perfect look for any reading space or library, Arhaus currently have a fabulous range of pendant lighting to choose from, check them out here.

You would also need some table lamps to give you that extra light you need as well as helping to create the right atmosphere and look to the room.

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Table lamp

And of course you would need somewhere to store all your books. Shelving can really transform a room and if you are limited on space shelving can really maximize the area you have to work with. How about the ultimate in library style shelving, this fabulous modular bookcase with its very own ladder!

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Modular bookcase

So whatever your size and shape of room, if you are lucky enough to devote a part of your home to just reading and storing your books then some of these pieces will hopefully inspire you to create your dream reading area/library.

And because I have a slight obsession with libraries here is a link to my Pinterest board devoted entirely to them Lovely Libraries

I hope this post has inspired you, what kind of items would you use in your ultimate library?

Mint and Molly xx

 

 

 

5 simple ways to add value to your home

There is no denying it, ‘an Englishman’s house is his castle’. Most of us take a lot of care in our pride and joy, our sanctuaries, our homes. Whether its a large detached house or a lovely cosy flat, making our own space feel homely and welcoming is so important to people these days. And something that is also important to us is making sure our house’s value is as high as it can be if we were to ever sell it on.

There are many ways to add value to your home and they don’t all need to cost a small mortgage to do them. Here are my top 5 ways to add value to your home.

Loft conversion – if you live in a house then you will definitely have a loft. Most of us use them to store our suitcases and belongings we can’t bear to part with (but probably should). Why not make more use of this often forgotten about space and convert it. You can often gain 1 large room or maybe 2 smaller rooms from a conversion. And the numbers can also add up too, spend £20,000 on a conversion and expect to add around £40,000 to the value of your house. Loft conversions are also not too disruptive as you can still live quite happily in the rest of the house whilst it is being done.

loft

Get rid of the garage – again a space that is often used to store junk, we certainly don’t keep our cars in them anymore! The average cost of a conversion is around £10,000. You can easily gain 1-2 rooms from this project. Gaining an extra reception room will always add a good amount of value to your property.

Refurbish the front door – one of the first things anyone will notice or look at on a property is the front door. If its looking a little shabby it will really let the rest of the look of the house down. If your budget allows it then you can get a composite door and they come in almost any colour, or if your budget is a little smaller then refurbish your current door/purchase a wooden door. Prep it well and give it a lick of paint, some new door furniture and its as good as new.

front door

Spruce up the kitchen – replacing a kitchen can be very expensive, not to mention all the hassle that comes with it. No working appliances and having to live on takeaways. However, you can easily revamp or update a kitchen without having to completely replace the entire thing. If you are happy with the layout as it is then you can repaint the door fronts and replace the handles, change the tiles or for a relatively low cost replace the worktops. Updating the lighting can also make a huge difference to the look and feel of a room. Doing any of these things can really transform a kitchen.

kitchen

Bring the outside in – if you are lucky enough to have a garden why not make sure that you can enjoy it all year round. In the winter we may not go out in our gardens as much but we can still enjoy being able to see them from inside. Installing patio or bi-fold doors is a great way to bring the outside in and isn’t as expensive as you think if you shop around.

bifold doors

I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration on ways to improve your home, maybe you have implemented some of these yourself or have some others ideas, I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Mint and Molly xx