MAKE A SPACE YOUR OWN

Ways and means to mark your ter­ri­tory

The Simple Things - - NEST -

CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHT

Sit­ting in your own pool of light cre­ates a boundary. This, it says, is my area where I do my things. A floor lamp po­si­tioned di­rectly over a chair in a cor­ner of the room cre­ates a read­ing nook. An An­gle­poise di­rected at a desk sends a sub­lim­i­nal ‘I’m busy’ mes­sage.

SIT IN A COM­FORT­ABLE CHAIR

Es­sen­tial, whether an en­velop­ing arm­chair to curl up in with a book, or a proper of­fice chair. Make sure every­one knows it’s your chair and your chair alone, like Martin’s in Frasier.

HAVE A SIDE TA­BLE AT THE READY

A ta­ble be­side you is nec­es­sary to put your things on. These might in­clude a ra­dio, a vase filled with your favourite flow­ers and, ob­vi­ously, a mug of tea.

KEEP A BLAN­KET HANDY

Noth­ing says: ‘I’m en­joy­ing some down time’ like a throw tucked around your legs or across your shoul­ders.

WEL­COME PETS

You might not feel the need for hu­man com­pany, but a pet will al­ways be wel­come. A cat purring be­side a com­puter as you type, or a dog ly­ing across your feet as you lis­ten to the ra­dio, pro­vides ex­actly the amount of in­ter­ac­tion and af­fec­tion re­quired.

Hen­drik Arm­chair in Climb­ing Chevy by Tori Mur­phy, £1,200; Gran­ite scat­ter cush­ion, £45, sofa.com

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