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By: Mary Levitski
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Cozy rustic reading nook. Author: Michael Nangreaves

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Dec 10, 2015

High/low: Cozy rustic reading nook

By: Mary Levitski

We designed a cozy reading nook, perfect for curling up with a good book, on both a paperback and a hardcover budget. Can you tell the difference?


The perfect space to escape on a snowy winter day, designed on a modest and upscale budget. Can you tell the difference?
 

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High/low: Cozy rustic reading nook

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By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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Low: $2,928

1 Brewster Home Fashions Heim Distressed Wood Panel wallpaper in Brown, Provincial Wallcoverings, $56 per single roll.   2 Wood-framed Logs print by David Aubrey, 32" x 40", The Picture Picture Co., $220.   3 Winter Forest Trees Covered in Falling Snow print by Nicholas Eveleigh, 8" x 10", Zazzle, $11; fibreboard Virserum frame in Gold-colour, IKEA, $13.   4 Tree Stump artwork, 11" x 14", Michael Arras, $25 US; fibreboard Gunnabo frame in Black, 13" x 17", IKEA, $10.   5 Canvas powder-coated steel Quinn floor lamp with glass shade, Canadian Tire, $120.   6 Cotton Berta Ruta Roman blind and bench cushion fabric in Black, IKEA, $10 per metre.   7 Polyester-blend Cozy Boucle toss cushion cover in Cayenne, West Elm, $49; feather insert, West Elm, $14.   8 Ramie Vigdis toss cushion cover in Black, IKEA, $10; polyester Inner insert, IKEA, $5.   9 Acrylic Megan toss cushion with polyester insert, Jysk, $20.   10 Olefin Ashton Neutro rug in Grey, 8' x 11', Tapis Rugs & Carpet, $1,700.   11 Canvas powder-coated steel side table with ash-veneered MDF shelves, Canadian Tire, $100.   12 Polo wingback chair with polyester fabric in Grey and ash legs, Structube, $499.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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High: $8,154

1 Piet Hein Eek Scrapwood PHE-10 wallpaper, NLXL, $299 US per single roll.   2 Celadon Studios wood-framed Birch Abstract lll print, 28" x 33", Hudson’s Bay, $299.   3 Where the Wild Things Are print, 8" x 10", Jennifer Squires Productions, $30; fibreboard Virserum frame in Gold-colour, IKEA, $13.   4 Limited edition Natura artwork by Taleen Bedikian on premium cotton paper with Natural Premium Wood frame, 11" x 11", Minted, $130 US.   5 Bronze-finished iron floor lamp with glass shade, Art Shoppe, $899.   6 Linen Grande Check Roman blind bench and cushion fabric in Tuxedo, through designers, Robert Allen, $78 per yard.   7 Jo Alcorn polyfilled cotton-blend red and beige Ian toss cushion, Shop.ca, $70.   8 Jo Alcorn polyfilled polyester black with grey pinstripe Armani toss cushion, Shop.ca, $70.   9 Acrylic C10326 toss cushion in White with polyester insert, Structube, $39.   10 Wool Patchwork Atmosfera rug in Silver, Grey & Steel, 8' x 10', Tapis Rugs & Carpet, $4,252.   11 Large powder-coated iron Knurl side table with aluminum top, Crate and Barrel, $299.   12 Suitor wingback chair with olefin Hanson fabric in Sapphire and maple legs, CB2, $1,299.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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Winging it

A reading nook would never be complete, or even started with the perfect chair. A wingback is perfect to snuggle up in and lose yourself in a great read.     Low (left): Polo wingback chair with polyester fabric in Grey and ash legs, Structube, $499.   High (right): Suitor wingback chair with olefin Hanson fabric in Sapphire and maple legs, CB2, $1,299.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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Toss and turn

Make yourself comfortable, grab a seat and enjoy the array of toss cushions to snuggle with, lay on and lean against. Just see if you don't lose track of time in the comfort.     Low (left): Polyester-blend Cozy Boucle toss cushion cover in Cayenne, West Elm, $49; feather insert, West Elm, $14.   High (right): Jo Alcorn polyfilled cotton-blend red and beige Ian toss cushion, Shop.ca, $70. Low (left): Ramie Vigdis toss cushion cover in Black, IKEA, $10; polyester Inner insert, IKEA, $5. High (right): Jo Alcorn polyfilled polyester black with grey pinstripe Armani toss cushion, Shop.ca, $70.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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Creating a gallery wall

When it comes to creating a gallery wall, there are no rules, so play with low-cost prints, original artwork and vintage pieces.     Low (left): Wood-framed Logs print by David Aubrey, 32" x 40", The Picture Picture Co., $220. High (right): Celadon Studios wood-framed Birch Abstract lll print, 28" x 33", Hudson’s Bay, $299.   Low (left): Winter Forest Trees Covered in Falling Snow print by Nicholas Eveleigh, 8" x 10", Zazzle, $11; fibreboard Virserum frame in Gold-colour, IKEA, $13. High (right): Where the Wild Things Are print, 8" x 10", Jennifer Squires Productions, $30; fibreboard Virserum frame in Gold-colour, IKEA, $13.   Low (left): Tree Stump artwork, 11" x 14", Michael Arras, $25 US; fibreboard Gunnabo frame in Black, 13" x 17", IKEA, $10. High (right): Limited edition Natura artwork by Taleen Bedikian on premium cotton paper with Natural Premium Wood frame, 11" x 11", Minted, $130 US.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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A side of tables

Side tables are essential for a cup of tea or plate of treats, and round ones just look so chic and modern in this space.     Low (left): Canvas powder-coated steel side table with ash-veneered MDF shelves, Canadian Tire, $100.   High (right): Large powder-coated iron Knurl side table with aluminum top, Crate and Barrel, $299.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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Divide the space with a carpet

Finish the look of the nook with a carpet to divide the space from any other areas in the room. It's a stylish way of telling people that it is your little space.     Low (left): Olefin Ashton Neutro rug in Grey, 8' x 11', Tapis Rugs & Carpet, $1,700.   High (right): Wool Patchwork Atmosfera rug in Silver, Grey & Steel, 8' x 10', Tapis Rugs & Carpet, $4,252.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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Knit accessories

Nothing makes a relaxing space better than pillows, so it's obvious a knit cushion is just what's needed to complete the look and your comfort.     Low (left): Acrylic Megan toss cushion with polyester insert, Jysk, $20.   High (right): Acrylic C10326 toss cushion in White with polyester insert, Structube, $39.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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Casual patterns

It's always a good idea to add some pattern into a space, but make sure it fits the atmosphere. Nothing too bold would go in such a relaxing space, so this simple black and white is exactly right.     Low (left): Cotton Berta Ruta Roman blind and bench cushion fabric in Black, IKEA, $10 per metre.   High (right): Linen Grande Check Roman blind bench and cushion fabric in Tuxedo, through designers, Robert Allen, $78 per yard.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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A helping lamp

There's no sense in putting together such a cozy space without a stunning lamp to light it up. Both are the perfect addition to the space so you can read well into the night.     Low (left): Canvas powder-coated steel Quinn floor lamp with glass shade, Canadian Tire, $120.   High (right): Bronze-finished iron floor lamp with glass shade, Art Shoppe, $899.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea Mccdrindle Credits: Style at Home

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Throw 'em around

You can’t go wrong with the decorative triple threat of our high and low window seat toss cushions: a textural knit, a cheery bright and a handsome dark. But any one of these options can be combined with two other cushions for a totally different look. Check out these three possible combos. Cozy (clockwise from top) Acrylic C10326 in White with polyester insert, Structube, $39. Polyester Snow Leopard with polyester insert, Jysk, $20. Acrylic-blend Ruched Faux Fur (cover only) in Ivory, Pottery Barn, $60. Woodsy (clockwise from top) Jo Alcorn polyfilled cotton red and beige Ian, Shop.ca, $70. Acrylic-blend Solrök (cover only), IKEA, $13. Polyester Jennings Deer with polyester insert, Urban Barn, $39. Refined (clockwise from top) Ramie Vigdis (cover only) in Black, IKEA, $10. Jo Alcorn polyfilled polyester grey Ernesto, Shop.ca, $70. Acrylic C10326 in Grey with polyester insert, Structube, $39.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea McCrindle Credits: Style at Home

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The right chair

A smart grey wingback chairis both accessible – prices vary – and versatile. The four below range in style from traditional to modern, transitional to country. 1 9th C. English with Belgian linen fabric in Fog and walnut legs in Antiqued Brown, Restoration Hardware, $2,595. 2 Danforth with polyester Urban Tweed fabric in Ink and stainless steel base, Gus Modern, $1,250. 3 Polyester Seaton with hardwood legs, Elte Market, $995. 4 Strandmon with polyester Nordvalla fabric in Dark Gray, IKEA, $399.

By: Mary Levitski Source: Michael Nangreaves; produced by Andrea McCrindle Credits: Style at Home
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