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Down the long driveway, you'll see it ...

It seems the holidays are over and it's time to get back to work. Nose to the grindstone, bum up. Excuse me while I escape the drudgery of the workaday on day one of my return by slipping between the pages of latest fab book to land on my coffee table. Down the long driveway, you'll see it.

" ... a book of pictures of modernist, mid-century New Zealand homes. The houses aren't new, they’re old and lived in. They can be a little dusty, slightly worn around the edges and all have what antique dealers like to call “patina”. But they’re perfect in the minds of the people who live in them because of what they represent, which when designed, was a better way of living."

Photographer Mary Gaudin, along with writer Matthew Arnold, hasn't so much documented the architectural details of the homes but explored their being through her evocative images. It's about house and site and home and life and aging and fulfilling promise. My copy is dog-eared already. So if you still have some of the money Santa gave you or even as a belated present to yourself then Down the long driveway, you'll see it is a must.

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Working on a Saturday

When student hijinx, a football and a fire sprinkler necessitated a refit of the Masters Office in the historic Ormond College at the University of Melbourne, Nest Architects designed a modern yet classic space. Timeless, practical, elegant. You know what I say. If you have to work on a Saturday then it should be somewhere that looks great.

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The library

The library, the spare bedroom, the stairs and the walk in wardrobe. Take your pick. This Barcelona apartment was pared back, painted white and reworked by architect Eva Coteman. With a small space clever use of space is paramount.

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You'll find me here, in my dreams, reading a book, a record on the turntable, drink close by. Ah yes. By Commune.


Food for thought

Somewhere to feed the soul. Somewhere to feed the body. And somewhere to do both. What? Don't you read books and munch on a snack in the bath? This somewhere by Laurent Bourgois.