Friday, November 02, 2007

Setting the Scene

I've been thoroughly inundated with books! The Fall releases have been arriving daily at my house (what? me wait until Christmas for these goodies?), and as I write this I'm looking at a pile of about 25 books that are beckoning me to read them. When will I find the time? That I don't know, but when I can find an hour here and there to read, I try to make the most of it. So with that in mind, here are few things that to me make reading time enjoyable.

One must be comfortable while reading, and I can't think of a better chair than this one by Hollyhock. The Spencer chair is upholstered in a Velvet Strie in Slate, part of Suzanne Rheinstein's new fabric line for Lee Jofa.

Don't forget the throw! I love to read with my ivory Yves Delorme mohair throw on my lap (available at Linen Closet Online)

Of course the right light is crucial, and this floor lamp is a classic. (Le Tent adjustable floor lamp from Circa Lighting.)

I like to keep a journal and pen handy to make notes while reading, and I think this embossed journal from Charlotte Moss is particularly handsome.

Sometimes I like to drink these while reading, depending of course on the amount of concentration needed to read said book:

Vodka Gimlet
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Rose's Lime Juice

Pour the vodka and lime juice into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lime.

(Recipe and image courtesy of Southern Accents. Photographer Rex Perry)

And what would be my ultimate reading accessory? Why having one of these curled up next to me:


  1. Total perfection. Can't wait to see your take on the books!

  2. Can I come to your house!

  3. Anonymous12:20 PM

    This is what puts POC first among all the design blogs: You always see the bigger picture.


  4. count me in for the vodka gimlet...its friday after all! love your blog!

  5. So inviting Jennifer :)

  6. Great post Jennifer! Sometimes you have to drink to make a book more interesting :) Well, I have to say for myself these are all top on my list to insure a good reading session.


  7. now that's the perfect day!

  8. Ahhh. Now I can relax! I have been receiving quite a few books lately too! I am anxious to hear your views. Some I have gotten: Vogue Home, French Home, Kelly Hoppen Home, and Elle Decor's So Chic. It's going to take awhile!

  9. Anonymous10:47 AM

    I love your selections! Especially the chair and the dog. Oh, and the lamp.

    Can't drink while reading, though, or I find myself drooling and the book on the floor when I wake up.

  10. Great post! I have a few books on the way and as the weather is finally cooling down in this part of the world I can think of nothing better than curling up somewhere comfortable with a stack of books!

  11. Great selections - I love the Charlotte Moss notebook and that gorgeous bamboo pen and who could resist that cute dog!!

  12. You have the right idea! It is going to be a nice winter with so many great books.