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Feature Home: A Wall Bookcase

before and after -- lounge room make over

It’s one of those places where you walk in the door and feel instantly relaxed. The house radiates such warmth and grace!

Josh and Bonnie have been renovating their riverfront 1930 Queensland workers cottage — slowly — during the last 10 years.  A few years ago, I featured their completed country-retro kitchen, and now I want to share with you a new space in this wonderful home: the lounge room complete with a floor-to-ceiling wall bookcase (which I am gleefully hanging off here).

How long have you planned this space?

Bonnie: I’ve wanted a floor to ceiling bookcase for a decade!

Josh: We had the colours pretty much picked out, and the vision, when we first bought the house 10 years ago.

amazing lounge room / family room

How does that feel: to see it finished?

Josh: Relieved! I finally did it!

Bonnie: I love my lounge room. I love my lounge room. I just keep saying it because I love my lounge room.

amazing library

amazing wall bookcase -- with ladder

How has this room added value to family life?

Josh: It’s a place to retreat as a family. To relax and read without the television.

Bonnie: We have designated family time here now.

lounge room

lounge room -- bookcase

Have you put things in place to retain that sense of value for the room?

Josh: We made it a rule that this is a quiet room.  We call it the adult room so it’s special for the kids to be here.  We made a space for the kids where they can romp and play; this room is not for that. And the room isn’t a walk through area so it keeps this space for its purpose.

How did you work out the design?

Josh: I trawled through Google images and started to draw out what I liked. Then I just started.

lounge room design

Are you happy with the way it came out?

Josh: Very. It’s come out perfectly.

Bonnie, Why do you love books?

Bonnie: I’ve loved books since I can remember; probably from my own mother as she used to read to us [my sister’s and I] as children.  I developed my own love for books at the age of eight after I read The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton.

Since then, I’ve read a wide variety of genres; I belong to a book club which helps me read books that I would not usually pick.  I am particularly fond of old English literature from authors such as the BrontĂ« sisters, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Jeffrey Farnol

The enchanted wood by enid blyton

How do you foster a love for book in your children?

reading with kids -- library

When my children were small, I had a lot of books in different areas around the house.  Now they are older, in some instances I ask my kids to read a book before I will allow them to watch the respective movie.  So for example, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Lightning Thief, Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice.

My eldest daughter (14) loves reading.

My son (13) only really likes non-fiction, especially if it’s about reptiles; I can’t get him interested in novels at the moment.

My youngest child — she’s 10 — she loves non-fiction too, but together we are reading more fiction, a chapter at a time. Right now we are reading Mr Galliano’s Circus by Enid Blyton.

mr galliano's circus enid blyton

reading chair - library

Do you have a system to keep track your books?

I use the My Library iPhone app to catalog and keep track of the books I have.  EVERY library should have a copy of War and Peace by Leo Tolstory!

War and Peace by Leo Tolstory

home library

What sort of style were you going for in this room?

Bonnie: Eclectic.

Josh: But we are not quite finished yet. There is still a little more to do in here.

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lounge room -- eclectic style

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Where did you get that amazing chair from?!

Bonnie: From Far Pavilions.

Josh: I made the foot stool to go with it.  We decided a dark wall with white trimmings would make the accessories like the chair stand out.

patchwork chair

amazing floor to ceiling library -- library ladder

What did you want to achieve with this room?

Josh: We wanted a cozy room to be quiet in, and for chatting with friends. So often the television is the center of a family room and furniture is placed facing the tv. We didn’t want that for this space; we wanted the chairs facing together.

amazing home lounge room design

amazing home lounge room design

amazing lounge room / family room

And has that been achieved?

Josh: Yes.

Bonnie: Yes. It’s: exactly.

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“It’s: exactly.” Bonnie said it just like that. It wasn’t “It’s exactly…” or even “It is exactly.”  But, “It’s: exactly.”  As I sat in this splendid room the answer to my last question made perfect, perfect sense.

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29 Comments

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    Bonnie
    October 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I loved my lounge before. I didn’t think I could love it more until I read this post! <3

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    Melissa
    October 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    So gorgeous!!! (I want it, all of it…)

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    Kristie
    October 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Love that chair!!!!

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    Tammie
    October 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

    So beautiful. Something to enjoy, thank you for sharing 🙂

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    Rebecca Rodgers
    October 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Any chance Josh feels like building another one in our old queenslander? 🙂

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    Sarah
    October 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I want one!!

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    katepickle
    October 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Oh wow that is a gorgeous room!!!!

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    Kate - An Everyday Story
    October 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I have always always wanted a floor to ceiling bookcase too. It’s so very gorgeous. And that Queenslander is just heavenly. I love it all!!

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    Christie
    October 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Love it!!

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    Nae peters
    October 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    That’s so cool- I’m seriously considering building onto our built in book shelf to make it go to the ceiling now & that chair is the cutest

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    Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy
    October 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I am so inspired! I to live in a Queensland Workers Cottage built around 1919, 40 mins from Brisbane City too and we have heaps of plans for it..the kitchen being the first to renovate. I love the decor they have used, it’s similar to the look I like but will take time as we still have a lot of furniture from our old ‘very modern’ home, it’ll just be about getting individual pieces over time. I adore that chair!

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    alana
    October 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love books! that is the best lounge room!

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    info@mylittlebookcase.com.au
    October 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I love everything about this room. It is simply stunning. So are the photos especially of the family sitting together with a book. Thank you so much for sharing.

    You forgot to ask the big question though. My hubby has the skill to build this, but I want to know where to get the library ladder- or did Josh make that himself too?

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    Julie - Ladybug's Spots
    October 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Oh man, this is like some kind of dream of mine!! I would love to do something like this oneday

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    Mel
    October 6, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Josh and Bonnie’s adult room is a dream! I just love the chair and especially the book shelf. They have done a fantastic job.

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    Debs
    October 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

    What a dream room and gorgeous pictures. I must have read Mr Galliano’s Circus a million times as a child. A special favourite of mine 🙂

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    Elise @ Creative Play Central
    October 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Wow, what a truly amazing space. I love floor to ceiling bookcases and this one is so inviting. Such a special space for family and friends to enjoy and make many cherished memories.

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    Laughing Kids Learn
    October 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I saw this bookcase on IG and thought it was amazing. What an incredible transformation and now such a beautiful and cozy space. Love it.

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    Emma @ My Book Corner
    October 7, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Every house simply NEEDS one of these!

    It looks so cosy and inviting *sigh*, what a fabulous project guys!

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    Penny
    October 7, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I love before and after shots. I LOVE them!

    Every time I see a different picture I spot something new that’s so cool. I want the mossy-looking foot stool. I adore the Enid Blyton books. I love the chair that almost says ‘come sit in me and open a book’.

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    Jode
    October 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Oh, I just love everything about this…we live in a federation house and one day hope to do this sort of thing. That chair is fantastic!

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    Rachel
    October 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Oh wow! I’m so envious!! What a gorgeous space!!

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    Helen
    October 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Love that shabby chic look. It’s so enchanting. Everything looks absolutely beautiful.

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    Bek {Just For Daisy}
    October 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Oh my! I have dreamed of such a wall!! 🙂 Love love love!

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    Chelsea
    October 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    What an awesome project – and lovely pictures to tell the story. Inspirational! I would love this in my house.

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