Beautiful Nooks & Books for Cozying on Down This Winter!

There’s nothing like a sweet little nook for dining, dreaming, or reading whether it’s a window seat in a kitchen like mine or just a cozy corner with a comfy chair. Sleeping nooks may be less common but they’re no less charming. Beautiful Nooks & Books for Cozying on Down This Winter shares interiors to inspire unplugged relaxation as well as books I am enjoying.

White and neutral decor on a window seat bench in a cozy kitchen with candlelight. Hello Lovely Studio.
A window seat in my kitchen.

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Beautiful Nooks & Books for Cozying on Down This Winter

Here’s a new to me term that captures the spaces we’re crushing on today:

Hyggekrok definition on Hello Lovely Studio. #hyggekrok #hyggeliving #cozynook
Peek at a few inspiring nooks as well as new books from Rizzoli.

Classic Sunny Breakfast Nook

I love how the scale of things is small here. You get a sense of closeness and intimacy.

Cozy breakfast nook with banquette seating - @jmy_watts. #cozynook #breakfastnooks #interiordesign
Design: @jmy_watts; photo: @marniehawson; styling: @olgalewisstyling

Bedroom Sleeping Nook With Lilac

Would you, could you, clad walls and ceiings with shiplap or wood planks and then paint it all with lavender glory? (I know some of you are calling this mauve or something else, but this is my party.)

And isn’t it amazing how brass/gold tones complement the light purple?

Illumined Library Nook Vibes

Not sure if this is a cozy coffee house or residence, but I find the massive light strings to be intriguing, yes? Why aren’t we doing this inside?

Cozy library nook with light strings at ceiling, swings with sheepskin, and leather club chairs - @behlerhomes. #cozynook #library #interiordesign #hyggeliving
@behlerhomes…hello cozy indeed.

Minimal Modern Yet Cozy

Oh, plaster, I love you. Isn’t it amazing how a serene space is quieting?

Beautiful serene bedroom with arched nook and creamy plaster - @oursroux.
@oursroux…in case you love a minimal serene cozy moment.

Sofa in the Breakfast Room

I’m a fan of an upholstered piece like this in the kitchen, and I know naysayers will be rolling their eyes about chocolate-coated little fingers and spaghetti dinner night terrors. But I mean. If you don’t live with toddlers and are willing to throw a cover over when marinara is on your plate…

Come explore California Modern Farmhouse Style Interior Design Inspiration like this charming kitchen (Erin Fetherston) with midcentury and white elements! #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #breakfastnook #kitchens #erinfetherston #midcenturymodern #californiastyle
OKL…in case you also have a crush on this Erin Fetherston nook.

Also those Breuer chairs. I have such a strong attachment to them and wish I still owned the set I bought for my first apartment at age 18!

Sophisticated & Serene

My heart always skips a beat at the sight of a Jeffrey Dungan interior. Oh my. I just want to curl up inside this image and experience the level of timeless beauty and thoughtfulness it affords.

Cozy Pastels Plus Pretty Tranquility

I’m an admirer of designs that whisper and practice restraint so I love Finding Lovely’s kitchen. Hushed tones, natural woven texture, and this nook moment all feel so welcoming.

Grey and white serene kitchen with breakfast nook and window seat - Finding Lovely. #greykitchen #modernfarmhouse #kitchendesign
Finding Lovely

If you are experiencing less hygge moments these days as the holidaze enfold, here’s a peaceful assemblage of gift ideas to consider. (The gloves and seed pot thing in the lower right corner are meant to encourage cozy moments in winter dreaming of springtime gardening!)

The BillionDollar ArtGallery is such a cool gift for art enthusiasts, and PACIFIC NATURAL AT HOME is going to blow yer mind…I am enjoying cozying down with it so much!

Design Books to Get Cozy With

Finding Home: The Houses of Pursley Dixon

Oh, this is glorious, and if you’re not familiar with the work of Pursley Dixon

Finding Home: The Houses of Pursley Dixon - book cover
Finding Home: The Houses of Pursley Dixon (Rizzoli, 2021) by Ken Pursley

you’ll soon be swooning:

Breathtaking home exterior from Pursley Dixon Architecture. #timelessdesign exteriorarchitecture
PURSLEY DIXON; Design: Bronwyn Ford; Builder: Stanwick Dunham; Photography: Chris Edwards
Breathtaking interior from Pursley Dixon Architecture. #timelessdesign #interiorarchitecture
Design: Bronwyn Ford; Builder: Stanwick Dunham; Photography: Chris Edwards
Breathtaking interior from Pursley Dixon Architecture. #timelessdesign #interiorarchitecture
PURSLEY DIXON – Design: Bronwyn Ford; Builder: Stanwick Dunham; Photography: Chris Edwards
Breathtaking home exterior from Pursley Dixon Architecture. #timelessdesign exteriorarchitecture
Design: Bronwyn Ford; Builder: Stanwick Dunham; Photography: Chris Edwards
Breathtaking interior from Pursley Dixon Architecture. #timelessdesign #interiorarchitecture
PURSLEY DIXON – Design: Bronwyn Ford; Builder: Stanwick Dunham; Photography: Chris Edwards

Psst. Do Certain Scents/Flavors Heighten the Cozy

In fall and winter, there is something so cozy about the aroma of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven. I find I have less time for baking these days so I must satisfy those cravings in new ways.

If you have yet to try these, oh goodness, give ’em a taste. This new variety may become your go-to hyggey-happy-flavor!

The Well-Loved House

If you are a fan of classicism and color, oh boy, you’ll find a treasure trove of it in THE WELL-LOVED HOUSE.

The Well Loved House by Ashley Whittaker - book cover
The Well Loved House (Rizzoli, 2021) by Ashley Whittaker

Thomas Proctor Classic Houses

If you are an admirer of classical architecture, you’ll love stepping inside these Los Angeles homes designed by architect Thomas Proctor. Admired for an “artful and poetic” devotion to his work, these timeless designs are clearly built for several lifetimes.

You’ll note how each home draws from the past and classical traditions while also honoring California architectural elements.

Since green is having a serious moment, here’s a peek inside a Thomas Proctor home spotted in AD:

Green deGournay wallpaper in a Thomas Proctor Hollywood home with checkered floor in the entry -  interior design by Elizabeth Dinkel. #greeninterior #degournaywallpaper #entry
AD – Architecture: Thomas Proctor; Interior Design: Elizabeth Dinkel

Seeing Silence: The Beauty of the World’s Most Quiet Spaces

If cozying on down reading for you involves nature and beautiful photography, you’ll love this:

Seeing Silence (Rizzoli, 2021) by Pete McBride
Silence quote from SEEING SILENCE by Pete McBride - Hello Lovely Studio. #naturequotes

From the publisher:

“We tend to think of silence as the absence of sound, but it is actually the void where we can hear the sublime notes of nature. Here, photographer Pete McBride reveals the wonders of these hushed places in spectacular imagery—from the thin-air flanks of Mount Everest to the depths of the Grand Canyon, from the high-altitude vistas of the Atacama to the African savannah, and from the Antarctic Peninsula to the flowing waters of the Ganges and Nile.”

Time-lapse photo of peaks at Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains, outside Aspen. The photo, It captures a buzz of air traffic in the night sky, From Pete McBride's book SEEING SILENCE. #naturephotography
Photography: Pete McBride from his book, SEEING SILENCE. This time-lapse photo features the peaks at Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains (Aspen). The photographer captured a buzz of air traffic in the night sky,

Liguria The Cookbook

This new book wants to get cozy in your kitchen, and its author is after my own heart:

“I eat passionately, I cook compulsively, I travel deeply, and I write about all of the above.”

-Laurel Evans

Liguria The Cookbook (Rizzoli, 2021) by Laurel Evans

From Rizzoli:

“From the ultimate pesto, to the definitive focaccia recipe coaxed out of local bakers, to recipes for lesser-known Ligurian specialties like Cappon Magro, Liguria: The Cookbook offers readers a personal journey into the heart of the cuisine of this timeless yet ever-evolving region.”

Laurel Evans in Liguria The Cookbook (Rizzoli, 2021) - photo by @emilioscoti. #homemadepasta #chefphoto
Photography: @emilioscoti for LIGURIA THE COOKBOOK (Rizzoli, 2021)

Hear Laurel Evans dish about this delicious book in a discussion here:

The Art of the Wedding

Here’s the wildcard in the bunch. Since 2022 is expected to be the year of the wedding, maybe weddings are on your own radar.

(In my own family, weddings are evolving to be more destination elopement-like, with livestreamed nuptials and just a few souls invited to tag along.)

The Art of the Wedding by Relais & Chateaux North America - book cover
The Art of the Wedding (Rizzoli, 2021) by Relais & Châteaux North America (Author), Daniel Hostettler (Introduction), Jill Simpson (Contributor)

Pages of lovely ideas from the experts of Relais & Châteaux will inspire weddings like this one in Quebec at Auberge Saint-Antoine, where intimate celebrations may occur in a rustic warehouse from 1822.

Private rustic wedding table for bridge and groom - from THE ART OF THE WEDDING - Relais & Chateaux. #weddingdesign #frenchcountryweddings
Private table for bridge and groom at this Canadian wedding has layered linen tablecloths. Rough-hewn plaster walls, and wooden candlesticks with centuries-old, wide-plank hardwood floors. Photographer: © Cagdas Yoldas; Design: Foudamour Mélanie Aubin

Can you imagine the fantasy of a wedding reception on the ocean in Watch Hill, Rhode Island?

Ocean House in Rhode Island - Dave Robbins Photography for The Art of the Wedding by Relais & Châteaux. #weddingtents
In Rhode Island, a wedding celebration at Ocean House is romantic at sunset © Dave Robbins Photography
Mister Rogers quote Fred Rogers quotes to inspire on Hello Lovely Studio. #misterrogers #fredrogersquotes

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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2 Comments

  1. Cindy Fuller
    November 25, 2021 / 6:34 am

    Michele, I am melting…
    I “need” to know the colors used in this home by:
    PURSLEY DIXON – Design: Bronwyn Ford; Builder: Stanwick Dunham; Photography: Chris Edwards

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post.-Cindy

    • Michele
      Author
      November 25, 2021 / 10:52 pm

      I hear you – so beautiful. But I have no idea and think your best best is contacting Bronwyn Ford through the Pursley Dixon website with your questions. Not sure the designer will reveal. Another idea is to type in keywords on my blog for paint color ideas for white paint colors or warm white paint colors.

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