In an effort to stop hoarding magazines I try to rip out the pages of things I like, and then recycle the rest. Mike absolutely hates this and it’s particularly embarrassing for him when we’re flying.
Naturally, I now exclusively read magazines on airplanes.
One guaranteed page ripper is a twin bed that has been transformed into a tiny nook. It delights me in a way that a king bed never could. In truth, I’ve had these images teed up for a post for a while, but I wasn’t sure how to adequately capture my obsession with nooks. I wrote and erased. Wrote and erased. Wrote and erased. Probably all for naught since nobody reads anymore. However, I was chatting with my friend Meg this week about the brilliance that is John Derian and she referenced this quote of his:
On cozy retreats: What is it about nooks? Once, when I was too old — maybe 26 — I was getting something from my closet, and it felt so inviting that I lay down, curled up and slept for an hour. I still remember that nap.
Well said John. I’m sure it’s related to my obsession with forts as child, but there is something so comforting and cozy about a tiny space.
The first bedroom nook that really sparked my obsession was one below by Steven Gambrel. It’s reminiscent of a ship in efficiency. The bed, sconce, bookshelves and even the lamp are all right there. Even the window is practical with a sliding shutter to save space.
Every time I look at this it makes me want to move into a tiny studio and build my bed into the wall. Which I’m sure will be a possibility if I continue to dismember magazines on airplanes.
An alternate title for this post could be, the beds that Veere Grenney built. He has several in his portfolio, but rather than building them out with millwork he tends to use fabric to envelop the space and curtains that provide additional privacy.
I particularly love the patterns and color combination of the room on the lower left by Sarah Vanrenen with the navy, ochre and pop of fuchsia.
What I love about these spaces is that they don’t have to be relinquished to bedrooms. The room on the left is a from Rita Konig and Gil Schafer’s collaboration on a Mill Valley house and it’s situated off one side of the living room. I love the idea of curling up there on a rainy day with a book. It would also be the perfect place for a quick nap when your fomo prevents you from retreating to the bedroom.
The bottom right isn’t technically a nook, but sometimes I think clients are afraid to wedge a twin bed into the end of a room and this proves that you can….and should.
Last but not least, a room at the West Hollywood Hotel 850 which Rita Konig recently designed and I have been campaigning to visit ever since. More proof that you don’t need much square footage to have a cozy and comfortable space. I’m dying to see it in person and would even consider reading magazines on my iPad on the flight there. Although I’m sure I can find a loud way to take screenshots.