the makings of a library


image: book cupboard

I really wish that I’d thought to take a ‘before’ shot so that you could see the above cupboards transformation. I purchased it from our local reclamation yard (my new favourite place to shop). The glass was smashed, it didn’t have sides…or a top come to think of it. When I described it on the phone to Mr Tread Softly he was certain that I’d spent good money on fresh air! I knew, however, that it had potential.

image: old french photos pegged onto hemp string

For those of you who have been readers for a while now, you will know that my studio used to be in the house and that once I moved into the new work space and shop,  we had an empty room to fill. Before the move to New Zealand we wrote a wish list and under ‘little wooden cottage’ we’d written ‘library’. Both being avid readers, a little library, for us, seemed like complete decadence. Well, it was a wish list afterall. Let’s cross that off the list shall we? We now have one – well, the makings of one anyway. It’s a little sparse right now but it’ll get there.


image: the library cupboard

So after a lick of paint, a bit of Mr TS’s carpentry skills and some new glass, I have to say that I’m thrilled with the results. I lined the doors with a gorgeous piece of french antique cloth and it’s just perfect for a selection of our favourite books to live in.

If you’d like to see more of our home and workspace it will be featured in January’s edition of ‘New Zealand House and Garden’ – in the shops from 21st December.

Until next time…

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  1. That is EXACTLY what I have been looking for here. Thank goodness you were able to see the potential, that looks so good with its new lease on life. (If you see another one….)

  2. This is so lovely! I love the little string with images hanging above your cupboard too. And serious congrats on being in NZ house and garden! Well done!

  3. Can you tell me where the reclamation yard is? Sounds great! Fantastic makeover too.

  4. Steph – am keeping a look out for one for you!! Very excited to hear the news that you’ll be buying a home in the near furture. Now you know that I’m biased about Wairarapa but you get sooo much more for your money!

    Kerri – thank you for your lovely comment and congratulations. It seems an age since the photo shoot took place here so it will be great to see it in print at along last.

    Hi Emma! I’m wearing the rose brooch I brought from you at Craft 2.0 almost everyday. I love it! The reclamation yard is run by a chap called Jimmy. Head to Masterton, go over the bridge and take the first driveway (leads to a small industrial site) on your left just before the Ngaumatara Road turning. He mainly stocks windows, wood and doors but every now and again he’ll have something special like the cupboard.

  5. the cupboard is simply perfect!!

  6. I just found your blog and love it already. This post and this cupboard are beautiful! thanks for posting

    Lilian (mamaayanna)

  7. Another lovely and inspiring post. Gorgeous French fabric and a shelf to display your finds while books (so difficult to keep neat) are easily accessible but hidden.

    Thank you for inspiring me to start my own blog earlier this year.

  8. Thank you all for your lovely comments.
    Kat: I know!!!
    Lilian: so glad you stumbled upon the blog.
    Barbara: Happy blogging! So pleased that you have your own blog.

  9. Looks fantastic! I know Jim…..great guy. xx

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