A Home With Books

This is an old favourite in my files that I am revisiting for kitchen inspiration for a client.

I love the use of cabinetry, here in the kitchen, that gives the impression of a free standing armoire.

I love the low open shelves and the bank of windows letting all the beautiful light in.

And I LOVE the lights. Just perfect over the sink… with the glass catching the light.

I love the rest of the home too. They love their books.

This quote comes to mind when I see the books in this home. They’ve gotten it right.

Yep, they sure love their books! ….

… and their nooks! What a great use of ‘under the stairs’ space.

Love the little laundry, drying/washing nook too.

This beautiful home was renovated by Smith and Vansart Architects. You can see the full brief HERE.

I’m lolling in bed today. All day. Such a foreign concept, a day in bed. Hubby and the boys got out the door after much noise and chaos. I have a monster post anaesthetic headache so my blog post is later than anticipated.

Big son is off on camp at the Uni, to do some team building with his new school classmates of next year. Hope he has fun and makes some nice new friends. He reeked of aftershave as he walked out the door. His new school is co-ed … and not just girls, but smart girls! Warms a mother’s heart.

Little one got his report card from his new school yesterday. His report was outstanding, he got A for effort in every subject, with words like  ‘happy’ and ‘sociable’, ‘polite’, ‘encouraging’, ‘friendly’ and ‘integrated seamlessly into our school’ giving me permission to acknowledge that I did make the right decision moving him. We’ve got our boy back. He is positively joyous at school now. We are looking forward to his little school concert tonight.

Happy Thursday! Have a great day.

A-M xx


This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Fiona, Lilyfield Life
    December 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

    hi A-M – hope you are recovering ok. glad to hear you are taking it easy today. and I’m chuffed that your boy is settling so well into his new school!
    I am also a big fan of bookshelves stuffed full of books. did you know that the Number one indicator of kids growing up to be good readers is not if you read to them as children but that they have easy access to books at home. it astounds me but we have bookshelves of books in so many rooms of our house so the kids grow up surrounded by books.
    have a relaxing day

  • Faux Fuchsia
    December 6, 2012 at 9:45 am

    luff books 11/10! Get well soon and thanks for always mentioning the Blog on your blog- got tonnes of traffic that way! Cannot believe the blog is 3 and clocked up 1000 posts! love Me xxx

  • Andrea Lauder
    December 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

    When the planets align they really do amazing things in your life don’t they A-M. I’m glad to hear you have young one back and that eldest is off on his next adventure. You enjoy that day in bed, you’ve earned it I reckon.

    As for the books – well I have always said if I win the lotto I’m building a home that is half bookstore and half my favourite fashion store. That way I can roll out of bed, dress fabulously and read whatever my mind fancies that day. The life!


    • A-M
      December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Oh that’s brilliant. You will do that. I know it! xx

  • Miss Gingham
    December 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I love the lights over the sink too. Can’t wait to move, renovate and buy lights from you. I also like the bookshelf as a room divider…an oldie but a goodie.
    Sorry, you’re a bit under the weather. I had an op last week and also spent the next day in bed. There were complications, but it was the doctor being such a tosser (I was awake) that caused me stress. Some people sure are in the wrong jobs.
    Hope you feel better soon. xx

    • A-M
      December 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Oh that’s the last thing you need after all you have been through P.
      I’m so sorry. This is the first day I have had in bed for as long as I can remember. The day has dragged. I don’t know what to do with myself! Not a good patient. An impatient patient. xx PS got some pretties coming in next year wrt lights!

  • Pat Smith
    December 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Seems I posted first to Facebook…not my usual thing. Anyway to repeat: I love the books in the bathroom. The first comment was a suggestion for Paris. We were only ones in the museum…in August! A hidden treasure to be sure. The boys had to be dragged away. Good video of them setting up the electronics. http://www.pavillon-arsenal.com/home.php

    • A-M
      December 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Gotta love hidden treasures and no queues! We’re there! One of the reasons I also love travelling in the off peak/winter season. Thank you. xx

  • Priya
    December 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Hope you are feeling better soon .Love the nooks , specially the laundry one , it is so usable :) Books are the best friends and it is always great to be surrounded by them .Priya.xx

  • Jodie aka Mummaducka
    December 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Hhhmn I have mixed feelings on books- being a Librarian and all!! I like to see books in public places being used/read by lots of people. I am about to go over all my shelves and cull and donate heaps to my school library. They just don’t get touched here! -and are clutter for me. I can always bring them home, as I did for daughter with Jane Eyre the other day! There are some books though that I could NEVER part with.

  • Engineer Mum
    December 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The aftershave gave me a chuckle! I bet he slapped some on! So lovely to hear your little son has transitioned to his new school so well. Hopefully that will be my daughter and son next year! I don’t have a “grass moment” picked for the current school yet. I think I will just go quietly.


About ‘A-M’

This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. I have an unrivalled staging inventory which enables me to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. The complete Real Estate Package! I have an online store, 'Cape Cod Designs', that features some of my most favourite styling pieces ... AND I am currently scheming 'The Next House That A-M Built'.
Anne-Maree xx

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