Run Away to a Cozy Reading Nook

Stress. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t have stress on some level at some point. To find a stolen, quiet moment here and there seems like such a faraway dream. While most of us can’t just drop out of life and run away to a relaxing vacation, we actually can do a few things in our homes to plan an escape of our own.

Reading is highly recommended for your mental health. According to a 2009 study at the University of Sussex, it can reduce your stress by 68%! Fascinating, isn’t it? Consider it brain cardio and brain strengthening. It’s important. So, if we create a cozy little place in the corner of a relaxing room, we can escape there with a good book…completely guilt free. After all, we have to take care of ourselves first and that’s an excellent way to start.

Reading nooks can be elaborate or simple, depending upon your space and your vision. Any office or living room immediately comes to mind as generally those are areas with chairs and lighting present. There are many options, though. If you have a porch or 4 seasons room, perhaps it’s there. Perhaps you have other family members who might crowd your space, a nice corner in the bedroom might be the ticket. And, yes, a rock outdoors can totally work, too.

For the most comfortable space, you’ll need to start with good seating such as a chaise, chair or even a good spot on the floor. A nice large basket nearby is an excellent decorating choice. It can hold a blanket for keeping a chill off, a couple of pillows for comfort, some reading glasses if needed and, of course, books. It will keep everything inviting, as well as organized and stylish.

Recently, I set up an escape in my living room that consists of a chair and a large basket holding a fluffy throw and fuzzy pillow. I can tuck the books and my reading glasses down into the basket or I can leave them on top of the chair – either way is a beautiful display and also a conversation piece when guests are visiting.

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Tufted back chair
Large black round basket 
Fluffy throw
Fuzzy white pillow (only 5 left currently)

Of course, it’s enjoyable to read in different places and even to read outside our homes in coffee shops, libraries, even in our cars. There’s nothing like being comfy cozy in our own homes…in a place created just for us.

xoxo
Rhonda

Country Farmhouse Decor

How much are you loving the Farmhouse Decor style that’s so popular right now? Everywhere I turn, I am inspired by this decorating trend. It’s clean, yet stylish and personable. There’s no doubt that we owe this to Chip & Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper/Magnolia Market. The design style is perfection…at least to many of us.

Being inspired by something – I mean genuinely inspired by something – is such a blessing! I’m talking about the truly inspired, down deep in your soul, moving kind of thing. Recently, a friend suggested I join a DIY farmhouse inspired group and since then, all sorts of new ideas and plans have filled my head and my notebooks!

If asked, I would sum up the idea of the Farmhouse Style with the warmth of wooden signs that speak of family, practical pieces that have function and a cozy aspect that makes a house into a home. Did I miss something?

Here’s a brand new item coming from The Cozy Loft I’ll have available very soon:

This is a standard size mason jar with a silver lid and I’ve hand painted a goat on there along with some black dots for contrast around the piece. This would be beautiful for kitchen storage and decor or would also be perfect on a desk, vanity or really anywhere your imagination can place it.

I love that I can offer so many things to make others happy. It’s what drives me and what pushes my creativity. Just wait til you see the other new goods I’m working on.

xoxo,
Rhonda

 

Resolutions – New Year 2018

Hello Lovelies! Happy New Year! I hope this year is off to a wonderful beginning for you and that you are doing well on your resolutions if you decided to make any.

As for me, I made several and I’ll share a few with you.  My main one is to get closer to God. I plan to study my Bible more and listen to more sermons as I’m going about my daily work. This past year, I continued writing daily in a prayer journal and added a short daily devotional to that. So, this year, I’m adding in listening to a sermon per day of some sort. If you have recommendations for any audio books that would be a blessing, please feel free to share. I would love that!

Another resolution I made is to try new things. This one can mean anything so it can’t be planned as the other one can. I don’t want there to be structure because I want it to be spontaneous and exciting. Just like writing this post…I just suddenly decided to do it. No structure, no plan, no real topic in mind. Then, I decided since I’m still within the first week of the year, perhaps I can add a goal of at least one post per week. That should be fun, too!

I’m still in the planning stages and in prayer for exactly what this website will become. Other than knowing I needed to grab it when it finally came available (I’ve waited patiently for it for years!) and other than getting the graphics design for it, I’m waiting for direction.

In the meantime, just know that I wish you all my best for this year. I’m excited to be on this journey with you.

Lots of love!
Rhonda