Nooks n’ Cubbies for Sleeping

There’s already been plenty of blogging about sleeping nooks. Words that people use again and again to describe them: cozy, snuggle, escape, dream, safe, curl up, charming … and … “I want one!”

Why not make one? Essential ingredients to a cozy, dreamy, safe escape where you can snuggle and curl up and read and sleep:

  • Encircled on three sides by walls, built-in cabinets, curtains, etc.
  • A bonus: capability to close off the fourth side and truly hide out
  • Lots and lots of pillows
  • Blankets, of course
  • Thick plush surface to lounge or lay on
  • A light within arm’s reach
  • A solid flat surface nearby to set essentials on, such as a drink

Here’s some examples. Found on Brittany Havican blog and pinterest:

Found at Country Home:

Found on tumblr, original source unknown:

From Cote de Texas:

As you can see already, nooks can be created in wildly varying styles and have the ability to enwrap you in a hidden little world. Here’s another from Houzz:

From Design Sponge back in 2008:

Coastal Living Idea Cottage, shown in Structure Building Company blog:

From Magnolia Pearl and seen on pinterest too:

And from skona hem:

What fantasy nooks, huh? But here’s the thing — they’re real, they exist for somebody who created them. Want one? You can make one too.

Here is my favorite, which I blogged about previously:

Follow my Pinterest Nooks n’ Cubbies Board and my Houzz Nooks n’ Cubbies Ideabook for occasional new images in the future.

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Nooks n’ Cubbies

Many people believe that bigger is better, leading to homes with living spaces the size of office atriums. But even in big spaces, people seem to seek cozy areas. Why is that? Must be something biological.

Below are nooks that people have created, and then other people have photographed, and more people have pinned and blogged and discussed, and here I am carrying it forward. Because I am thinking of ways to build little nooks into my home.

From Houzz:

From BHG Kitchen Bath Ideas:

There are nooks for hanging out with friends and family. This is in a restaurant in Bangkok, from Dwell:

Or this, a very different nook style from the image above, from Houzz:

Or this from Decoratrix (notice how these are all by big windows):

A nook for sharing stories of travel and intrique, from Houzz:

There are nooks for solitude. Such as this from Houzz:

And this from Katrin Arens:

If you don’t have a nook area that’s physically separate from larger rooms,  you can use a tall screen to carve a private cubby space, like this shown at Houzz:

You can’t find me? Here’s why, I’m hiding out in a cubby like this from The Lettered Cottage:

A nook for reading and solitude found at Niki Jones:

If you don’t have window seats or bay windows in your home, you can create some with built-in cabinets that frame a window, leaving a generously-deep seat to cuddle in. Such as this one shown at DigsDigs:

I am thinking of building the wardrobes in one of our India apartment bedrooms to allow a window seat, perhaps in the guest room where early morning risers can enjoy a view. House of Turquoise featured this one:

Here’s another window seat found at Purple Area:

And a miniature nook shown at Rusted Wood and possibly the New York Times which featured this home:

A small upstairs nook space found at The Decorologist:

And of course, sleeping nooks! It seems natural that humans want a safe, protected place to sleep when we’re at our most vulnerable. There are so many wonderful sleeping nooks shared online, I’ll put another post together of those. Until then, nighty night, sleep tight …

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A Space

No, not “a space.”

“A” space. A space shaped like an A. Like A for Attic. Or A for A-frame.

A-shaped areas can feel cute, cozy or even like a childhood wonderment, depending on how they’re decorated. Any way they are, I like ’em. So go ahead, venture in, see how these rooms make you feel. Be careful, don’t bump your head …

Found at Design Labyrinth:

Really, an A! Found at Lambert le Blog:

From weheartit:

Found at Amy Bird Tweets:


From Apartment Therapy:

Anyone know the source of this image? Found on pinterest from a tumblr site with a name I’m just not going to write on my blog (if I bumped my head hard on one of these sloped walls, I might yell it!). So consider this from pinterest for now:

Found at Desire to Inspire:

Found at My Shabby Streamside Studio:

From the New York Times (without the fairy lights):

This is where this space is:

This is in the same cottage:

Found at Desire to Inspire:

A bigger space, from Apartment Therapy:

Found at ReadyMade:

From Houzz:

Do you have an A-shaped space in your home? Do you have somewhere you could make one, perhaps by raising or removing a ceiling? This seems to be one of those nooks n’ cubbies in homes that draws in people, like there’s some human need here.

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Chennai Cucina II

Bear with me a bit longer if Tuscan kitchen isn’t your style. One purpose of this blog is to seek inspiration and decide the details of our Chennai, India apartment, and a kitchen with Tuscan style will figure prominently. Right now I am looking at kitchen inspiration for decisions. I’ll soon move on to other design topics, as (believe or not) I don’t intend to rename this blog the “India Tuscan Kitchen Blog!”

After reviewing the Veneta Cucine modular kitchen option in a previous post, today I’ll share images from another maker of Tuscan style kitchens — Magi Cucine. I don’t know if they will provide kitchens in India. I just like the warm details in these photos:

A few details inspiring me: 

  • wood lattice
  • vintage style oven
  • copper
  • yellow ceramics
  • rustic tile
  • pebbled glass

And of course, warm light.

Do any of these photos show garlic? There was a lot of garlic in photos I pinned. I am greatly inspired by garlic at home (scoop shredded garlic and strong green olive oil with torn ciabatta bread, yum!) but will be respectful and not cook it in the Chennai kitchen!

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