Inglenooks: The Beautiful Unicorn House Feature of My Dreams

Inglenooks: The Beautiful Unicorn House Feature of My Dreams

Nancy Mitchell
Nov 19, 2016
(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

This morning, I woke up to the charming banging and burbling of my radiator coming back to life. Cold weather is here! Or, as I like to think about it, inglenook season.

A classic inglenook from Michael Graydon.
(Image credit: Michael Graydon)

This is not because anyone I know actually has an inglenook, or I have ever experienced one in real life. Inglenooks, like unicorns, are a beautiful thing that I have only ever seen in pictures and in my dreams. But that's no reason to limit myself from sharing these photos with you. Come, feast your eyes and warm your heart. And if you have an inglenook (like Michael Graydon's classic version above), tell us all about it so we can live vicariously through you.

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What, you may ask, is an inglenook? It's a little recess surrounding a fireplace, often provided with benches, where you can sit and warm yourself right next to the fire. It is a very, very good idea. This bright but cozy inglenook is from AnOther Mag.

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A cozy fireside nook in a Appalachian home, from House Beautiful.

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A vintage inglenook slash conversation pit—what could be better? Spotted on YelPar.

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An inglenook stove in an Irish cottage, from The Times.

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A modern inglenook, spotted on Nordic New.

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A cozy little spot in an Australian home from Desire to Inspire. I didn't realize they had cold weather in Australia, but, upon further reflection, it has occurred to me that if I had the opportunity to build an inglenook, I would probably not let climate stop me.

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