Saturday, January 11, 2020

Planning Nook

When I first spied this nook-like room in our new house I thought, oh, perfect reading nook!
The previous owners used this room as a little home office, with a desk in front of the window, some filing cabinets and an office chair.
While a desk in front of a window is a lovely idea, the windows here are such a size that the desk obscured part of the window, which goes against one of my personal rules of decorating: not allowed obscuring windows.
So we repaired the walls, removed the computer cables and painted this nook-like hallway Farrow & Ball's Green-Blue.
The ottoman and antique sofa were items we've had for years, shoved along a wall in Old Rascal's bedroom in our last house.
The chair is one of a set of antique French oak chairs inherited from my in-law's, I made the cover for the seat and found the Schumacher "Pearl River" linen pillow on Etsy.
 I really like the trick of pairing an old pine window frame, filled with mirrors, opposite the actual window.  It echoes the shape and reflects the outdoors.
 You can see that this nook, which is at the top of the stairs coming up from the kitchen, leads into the main second-floor hallway of the house.
This hallway is painted in a very warm neutral, Farrow & Ball's Dimity, but you can see there is a hallway beyond (you can catch a sliver of it, above) which has also been painted in Farrow & Ball's Green-Blue.  This was MrBP's idea, and a brilliant one I think.

This nook has ended up being a planning nook rather than a reading nook.  This is where I sit and read the news in the morning, do some simple household accounts (that don't require my actual office files) and generally plan my day, my week and even bigger household projects like organizing wardrobes and cupboards.
Pine cupboard.
Great for storing handbags and scarves.
 Organizing my own wardrobe, and MrBP's, is on my agenda for January.  In moving to this house our closet situations are quite different, and I'm getting an idea of what I can store and what I cannot.

I have really needed to do a wardrobe edit for at least a year, but I kept procrastinating this enjoyable task for some reason.  Then, in packing up for the move I decided I was not in the mental space to actually edit out any items... I just had a feeling I would make rash decisions which I could regret.

My storage situation is a bit tricky.  I have an old pine cupboard with shelves that can be used for accessories, and a closet with rods for hanging.  I don't have a dresser of any kind, and no drawers to store things means some creative use of shelves and baskets.
Bit of my closet.
The wallpaper is Anna French for Thibaut.
It is still quite a bit of space, and it suits me as I do like to be able to see everything available when I'm planning outfits (out of sight means out of mind for me).
MrBP's dressing area is a bit more traditional in organization, he has less hanging space but he does have a dresser and a pine chest for storing out-of-season clothes.
I'm really looking forward to this project this next week, stay tuned for before and after closet photos...

Thank you for your kind comments on my last post.  While our Poppa is still in hospital he is slowly making some progress, and today I'm finally well enough to go and visit him.
To be honest I'm not quite 100% yet but I'm getting there.  I'm grateful I've been able to rest quite a bit, getting lots of fruit and vegetables and generally just taking it easy.

I hope you are well and enjoying a happy and healthy start to this New Year.  Nothing seems quite right in the world just now and it does seem a rocky beginning to this new decade.

One thing I am looking forward to this year is writing here on the blog from my little planning nook!


  1. I am so enjoying this glimpse into your lovely new home. We have a similar decorating style and I am so inspired with how you are putting everything together. Absolutely love the wall colors and how you have used so many sentimental pieces. By the way, I have a very similar old window frame turned into a mirror- and it has always been a favorite to reflect light in a room. I am so eagerly looking forward to seeing so much more of your gorgeous house.

    1. Dana thank you so much! I'm with you old window frames converted to mirrors are so charming. We have a bigger one in our great room as well. I have so many posts up my sleeve re the house, I do wish I could get better photos but my iPhone will have to do. The colours have worked out beautifully which goes to show- go with instinct and what you love! Thank you Dana xxx

  2. Happy to hear that Poppa is improving. It's such a worry, and must have been hard to stay away when you were ill yourself.

    The nook is lovely! The view of the outdoors makes it so pleasant. I agree, no obscuring windows!!

    I am stupidly excited about the posts that will surely come from your wardrobe organization. So looking forward to those.

    1. SD thank you for the encouragement re my organizing I have my work cut out for me! Yes I was ill with that virus for nearly three weeks my gosh it took it out of me. MrBP kept visiting the hospital but after the 24th I stayed away, Poppa has been slowly improving thank goodness. Thank you SD xxx

  3. What a lovely nook. I'm so looking forward to having a home again with charming nooks and crannies. You must love planning in that space. I'm glad that you are starting to feel better and that your FIL is making progress. I'm looking forward to seeing your wardrobe edit and I'm glad you are starting to have the chance to relax in and enjoy your new home. Xx

    1. Hi Jen, yes it's much calmer here now and one thing about being ill for so long, well at least we were comfortable and settled here in our new house, partly due to the fact that I was a maniac about getting it all done before Christmas... it definitely ran me down physically. So relieved Poppa is doing better, he was great when we visited him yesterday. Thank you Jen xxx

  4. Your wee nook is so cozy looking! I would use it as a book nook too! Ah and to have the space to sit and plan or to read on the computer....I use our tiny kitchen table and pop my laptop on it when I do. Editing your lovely wardrobe may prove a challenge as I know from past posts what lovely pieces you have..,you could store them in a line or cedar chest if you need the space?
    Good to hear that you are on the mend and so is your father in law.
    Take care

    1. Hi Leslie yes I'm loathe to get rid of things, I was at one time much more ruthless about edits. I do have a cedar chest in our storage room so that is a good idea. Thank you so much xxx

  5. Dani, Love your little nook and I love the colors you have chosen, very soothing! I am excited to see more of your home and of course your wardrobe edit!! Glad to hear you are feeling a little better and I am keeping your poppa in my prayers. xox

  6. glad to hear you are feeling better and I hope your FIL is as well. I love this nook in your house and what a great idea to have that mirror there, too. Really great!!!

    I really edited my wardrobe when we moved back into our house after the fire. I hope I don't regret it!! But some things I just didn't wear and now that I'm retired I don't dress up as much - so the local Goodwill got some great shoes and garments that hopefully some folks can wear to their jobs and feel great. I removed some J Crew court shoes that are really cute but I just didn't wear much so they were in near perfect condition. Also took note of the number of shorts I had (J.Crew of course) and decided to pair that down to a reasonable number. Also these days I guess I'm gravitating away from form-fitting clothing, I like looser fits. I did keep a good many old J. Crew items though, the quality of those is superior to some of the recent things I see there. Anyway, good luck with organizing! Sounds fun!