(The Washington Post)

Decorator Suzanne Manlove adores the idea of a cozy corner where families can retreat with a book at the end of a hectic day. But comfort doesn’t have to mean an outdated, oversize recliner and a torch lamp that screams 1990s.

Manlove, owner of Arlington Home Interiors, specializes in helping busy families navigate the home design process. She set out to find comfortable and stylish items to transform the classic reading nook into a modern hangout space. Manlove lives in Arlington with her husband, their two children, a cat and a new rescue dog. Here are her picks for a fun but functional reading space.


(Room and Board; All Modern)

SPLURGE: Sanna chair in Tatum teal boucle and walnut ($949,  roomandboard.com ), left. SAVE: Rocket lounge chair ($300,  allmodern.com ).


(Anthropologie; World Market)

SPLURGE: Luxe fur stool in white ($348,  anthropologie.com ), left. SAVE: Ivory faux flokati stool ($80,  worldmarket.com ).


(Shop Candelabra; West Elm)

SPLURGE: Margo side table in antique brass ($1,350,  shopcandelabra.com ), left. SAVE: Martini side table in antique brass ($159,  westelm.com ).


(Lumens, Lamps Plus)

SPLURGE: Grasshopper floor lamp in jet black ($875,  lumens.com ), left. SAVE: Draper three-light mid-century modern floor lamp ($130,  lampsplus.com ).


(ABC Home, Loom Decor)

SPLURGE: Missoni Home Jacaranda pillow ($325,  abchome.com ), left. SAVE: Simple lumbar pillow in Azteca-Autumn with poly insert ($94,  loomdecor.com ).

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