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I need help with upstairs hall

amnorthrupDecember 9, 2012
I would like to make a cozy reading area out of this upstairs hall space. Our style is traditional. Any suggestions?
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here is a photo of the chair facing the window
    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 5:00PM
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Try an area rug to ground the space. Add an ottoman or footstool, a small table to set down a drink and a good reading lamp
3 Likes    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 5:10PM
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Try the chair against the wall with an ottoman and hang a small chandy

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    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 5:31PM
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I think your nook would be better if you reduced the size of the cabinetry to install a seat as in this picture. You can still angle the chair toward the window/bench and you'll have room for a small bookcase too.You have an outlet for a nice lamp on top of the bookcase as well.
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3 Likes    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 8:00PM
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I agree with amafixer - a round area rug will warm up the little nook and the ottoman says "relax" - a good reading light is also a must and a very small round table. I would try angling the chair on the other wall as it seems like you might have more room to stretch out your feet and not impede the hallway traffic. Add a colourful cushion to the chair to make it more interesting. I would paint the cabinetry the same colour as the countertop - and then remove the doors on the cabinet and fill it with books. Then it would look like a built in book case. And then art on the wall - a nice relaxing scene- and voila! Happy reading!
    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 8:30PM
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Yes a rug, and consider a chaise with a rounded front, or an ottoman to match the chair with a rounded front. Possibly a beautiful hanging pendant if you can get electrical into the ceiling that would hang to the left of the chair, or wall sconces. You could use a very narrow table to the left of the chair, or a glass or mirror wall shelf to put a cup of tea on. Wall mounted shelf could fit a bit better than a table.

Pretty space.
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 4:54AM
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Sunshine Menefee
A rug, maybe a small table and some artwork.
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 7:06AM
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Add a plain or patterned slip cover to the chair. Paint the legs your favourite colour in the pattern. Add an area rug and a cozy solid coloured pillow. On the shelf area include a pair of unique bookends with some beautiful vintage books, a tray for a teapot loaded with flowers in it and other trinkets like a small clock. A small side table with a reading lamp and artwork. Enjoy.
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 7:54PM
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slip covered chair
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 9:37PM
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Agree...slipcover the chair and put a small table and lamp for reading. A small piece of art and stacked books on the built-ins will tell the story.
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    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 10:29PM
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A scaled down version of this might work: [houzz=
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    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 4:27AM
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Amy O. Woodbury
i am a painter and i do have a houzz page as well as a website: www.amyowoodbury.com
good luck w/ your project!
    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 6:00PM
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