A Perfectly Kept House Is the Sign of A Misspent Life

A Perfectly Kept House Is the Sign of A Misspent Life

How to Live Creatively With Collections, Clutter, Work, Kids, Pets, Art, Etc. and Stop Worrying About Everything Being Perfectly in Its Place

Book - 2010
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For all those who choose to live with the messy things they love, this book shows how to do so creatively, happily, and with considerable style ideas. If you have been influenced by the art- and book-filled house of Vanessa Bell, this unique style book will stimulate you with its creative ideas. This volume explores how real-life tastemakers (photographers, textile designers, fashion designers, writers, artists) integrate their life and interiors to live well with their passions, histories, conveniences, and inconveniences. Combining practical tips with liberating philosophy: "Don't scrub the soul out of your home"; "Make room for what you love" this volume celebrates living beautifully and happily, not messily. Lavishly illustrated with intimate photographs.
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli International Publications, 2010.
ISBN: 9780847833658
0847833658
Branch Call Number: 640 CAR
Characteristics: 272 p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm.

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ksoles Oct 01, 2011

I read about this book on my favourite decorating blog (www.remodelista.com) and heard the title quote speaking to me loud and clear! "A perfectly kept house..." confirms that decorating "rules" no longer exist; a clean home that tastefully displays clutter can have just as much charm as one with a minimalist look. Using thoughtful, gentle prose and photos that come alive on the page, the author bares the soul of nine homes that inspire comfort through imperfection.

Although the book embraces messiness and the "lived in" look, the profiled houses do belong to famous chefs, artists and designers. Refreshingly quirky, they certainly differ from those in House and Home magazine but are still too "picture perfect" for most homeowners to replicate.

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redwallflower
Jul 04, 2011

An interesting read, but overall I feel a little disappointed by it.

Scooteriffic Apr 29, 2011

The antithesis of most decorating magazines and books. Not only do the people in this book have stuff, they have masses of books, art, collections, kids, pets etc. In fact I would call these houses extremely cluttered!
However - I did find inspiration to allow myself a few more piles of stuff sitting out and some ideas about displaying art pieces.

debwalker Jan 20, 2011

From the longtime creative director for Ralph Lauren - a beautiful book about the stuff that truly makes a house a home, and the realities of living with children, dogs and memories.

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