For a writer, returning to Canada after a successful career in the United States, the De Vries House is the dream home. Not only is the Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects-designed property nestled on a small cliffside in Nova Scotia, the perfect location for writing more, but it creates an overall experience of living among the novelist’s vast book collection.

The minimalist interiors are primarily white, which spreads the huge amount of natural light all around the space. Wooden floors give the house a more homely atmosphere, as well as the many books that line the interior walls.

Our favourite room of the house has to be the library which separates the master bedroom from the main living area. The room features floor-to-ceiling shelves and a window that affords a snapshot of the ocean.

This property is the perfect writing refuge, living among books and natural beauty – it doesn’t get better for a writer.

Photography by William Green.

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