An inglenook is something a bit lost in more modern home design (especially here in the US), and yet, I find it to be such a charming addition. To be certain, an inglenook was a much needed and desired space when heating was done only by fireplace and later, when artificial heating was inadequate at best (which, it could be argued in many cases, it still is!). Now it’s more of a cozy space design.
I know I’d love to curl up and have a comfortable coze with a good book or a dear friend in an inglenook – wouldn’t you? The idea of a small space, just perfect for tucking one’s self into, with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate or tea is delightful. I’ve always adored tiny, quiet spaces and that’s an inglenook described to perfection!
I think it’s also worth noting that Cinderella received her name from her habit of sitting in the inglenook of the kitchen (a much dirtier and utilitarian inglenook, to be sure), thus getting herself a bit sooty from the flying cinders.
Does your home have an inglenook or would you enjoy having one?
Namaste ~ Ella
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