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Friday, September 26, 2014

Old Books and Reading Nooks

Are you like Beth and I? We are crazy about fall! The sweaters, the leaves, the root vegetables, the corn stalks, the bonfires, and curling up in your favorite spot with a hot cup of tea and a favorite book or magazine.

 Emily Bronte

As I've confessed in the past, I'm not as much of a reader as I'd like to be. Looking ahead, I believe that is going to be my 2015 New Year's resolution.....if I may, to read more.  Beth, on the other hand, is an avid reader and she taught her children to love reading as well. She recently gave me a couple of great book suggestions, and I can't wait to get to them.

With fall in the air (even here in HOT Arizona), my attention has been drawn to creating a quiet, peaceful space, an "eremos topos"... a place to be quiet, to refresh, to pray, and to be thankful. I've often wondered if it was easier for someone like Emily Bronte, who lived in England in the early 1800's and best known for her authorship of Wuthering Heights, to find a peaceful place to think, and in her case, to write her novels and poetry.

The concept of creating this space is so inspiring to me. I've been saving ideas of things I'd love to include.

I love old books like we have in our FMF Compagnie inventory.

 Old Leather Books, Cathedrals and Churches from England

These large old leather books were found in the Cotswolds and have beautiful displays of English Churches and Cathedrals. How glorious to page through and dream of seeing firsthand the statuesque old buildings against the English countryside.

I love displays of library shelves filled to the brim with old books. I wonder where this traveler was heading? Maybe his adventures took him across the globe, carrying his leather suitcase with old book maps in tow.

And the secret door......maybe that's the key to the peaceful, quiet spot, keeping it a secret?

I just can't imagine my reading nook without a pair of old funky glasses. Truthfully, I want a pair like these!! It will be a renewed fashion revolution and I love them!!

Perhaps I will need a desk with a quirky yellow chair also?

Or a private collection of files holding hand-written transcripts of secret journals and writings?

Couldn't you just see our Old Leather Book Lamp here in this space?!

Antique Leather Book Lamp, FMF Compagnie
Our French Leather Daybed would be a great lounging spot, too.

 French Leather Daybed
Antique French Leather Daybed, FMF Compagnie
Maybe the space should be light and bright, fresh and refreshing?

Is there anything more comforting and comfortable than down pillows, beautiful old linens, and cotton? Somehow that old science chart reminds me of our vintage school map scrolls.

Vintage School Map, FMF Compagnie

This space provides an outdoor view with plenty of rays of sunshine. I can imagine it at night with the fireplace roaring and crackling.  How cozy!

Or should it be rustic.....

I love the wood panel doors that surround the space, the unique pendant lighting, and the leather cushion / industrial pallet that offers a one-of-a-kind resting place.

But really, I don't think anything would speak to me more than a cozy spot on the porch during a fall afternoon.

We've just released several sets of old leather books into our inventory at FMF Compagnie. We also have a gorgeous leather-topped antique Partner's Desk, and a fabulous, large mahogany filing cabinet that are available at our shop inside of Scottsdale Marketplace. They would all be terrific additions to your formal reading space or office.

Before I go, here is my autumn reading suggestion for you. Bountiful is a beautiful recipe book, featured in the LA Times Home & Garden section.

 Bountiful, recipes inspired by our garden

It is filled with wonderful fall entertaining and recipe ideas.  I know you will enjoy it as you rest in your own reading nook!

Until next time.

Jackie Funkhouser

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