Tuesday, December 28, 2010

just what i needed

i just came across this book title as i discovered the book store on 57th street, rizzoli, mentioned on habitually chic today. it is just what i need to get me through the disaster i am currently sitting in. reentry is never easy. with a mix of half unpacked suitcases overflowing with summer and winter clothes, a dried out christmas tree with ornaments that look like they have been eaten by the tree, and a fish that didn't survive the trip, things are a bit out of order at our place...not to mention the half completed apartment projects, and the inspirational magazines that are stacked in the corner. i have to remind myself to take things one step at a time...

check out the book here and let me know what you think.

a bit more about it:

For all those who choose to live "imperfectly" with the messy things they love, this book shows how to do so creatively, happily, and with considerable style ideas from leading designers. A beautiful and inspiring volume, A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life focuses on living well with everything that makes a house a home. If you have been influenced by the picturesquely cluttered studios of Pablo Picasso or Alexander Calder, or 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. In inspiring essays, Mary Randolph Carter muses on such key housekeeping concerns as clutter versus mess; open windows; and unmade beds. 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 of different living spaces, Carter exalts in the beauty of imperfection and in living perfectly in our "imperfect" homes. Life isn’t perfect—why should your house be?


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