Who doesn’t love to cuddle up with a favorite novel in a comfy place and read on a dark and stormy night? Whether you’re actually turning paper pages, reading on an eReader, or listening to an audio book, nothing beats hunkering down with a good story.
Many people have been turning back to tried and true favorites over the past several months as a way to get lost in another world or another time. Comfort food for the mind.
The clever folks at design website Modsy have come up with some ideal ways to make the novel experience even more enjoyable, by pairing book nook design ideas with some of your favorite classics. To get an idea of how you can try this at home, take a look at:
5 Book Nooks That Match Your Favorite Books
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
If ever there were a literary home we’d want to move into, it might just be Orchard House, the home of the March sisters in Little Women. Taking place in the Victorian era, during the Civil War, their New England home was cozy and comfortable. Dark, heavy upholstery and the sisters’ personal objects (and personalities) gave their home an intimate and welcoming ambiance. A novel that explores and fights against gender stereotypes, this space is neither overly feminine nor masculine, but instead creates a space that is welcoming for all—much like the March home!
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
A book filled with magical realism, 100 Years of Solitude, while at times grim, is a story filled with life and color. Based in the fictitious Columbian town of Macondo, the story follows several generations of the Buendía family as they establish and fight for their utopian existence. Playing with themes of alchemy and the circular nature of time, this otherworldly story uses colors and objects to convey deep symbolism.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby, the main character in The Great Gatsby, is known across Long Island and Manhattan for his opulent parties and extravagant wealth. Taking place in the Roaring 20s, this story highlights the reckless jubilance of this era, alongside the story of a man trying desperately to recapture the lost love of his youth.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The first of many Middle Earth epics, The Hobbit is a fantasy full of peril, bravery, and adventure. But, like both this story and The Fellowship of the Ring, it begins in The Shire, which is inhabited by peace-loving Hobbits. This space is reflective of Bilbo Baggins’ eclectic home that’s inspired by his travels throughout Middle Earth.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Holly Golightly, the heroine of Truman Capote’s novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, has become something of a cultural icon thanks to Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of her in the film version of this story. Taking place in a brownstone apartment in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Holly has transformed herself from a country bumpkin to a New York socialite. (Or at least someone who rubs shoulders with socialites.) She’s dreadfully chic—so we made this reading nook a reflection of that glamorous idealized version of herself. But we took a minimalist touch to the space—giving it an almost unfinished vibe that’s reflective of Holly’s inability to truly put down roots and settle down in a place.