This is a perfect combo of my two favorite ideas for that space under the stairs leading to the basement. A reading nook AND book storage and shelves . assuming that there is enough space for this there.
We love everything about this window-filled corner, not to mention the view. The picture window maximizes the view, while the double-hungs give ventilation. We also love the low built-in book cases that have function as window seats.
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I'm thinking the Sinclair Sisters and their families might have come caroling to Patsy Michaels door in THE FAMILY QUILT. Charlotte Joan Sternberg, American painter, illustration - "Carolers at the Door"