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]

Carter, Mary Randolph

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
A Perfectly Kept House Is the Sign of A Misspent Life
"How to make your house a home filled with comfort, ambience, informality, personality, and a welcoming spirit-- while living beautifully with all the things you love"--P. [4] of cover.

Publisher: New York : Rizzoli International Publications : Distributed by Random House, 2010
ISBN: 9780847833658
Branch Call Number: 640 C3243p 2010
Characteristics: 272 p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm


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Oct 01, 2011
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 04, 2011
  • redwallflower rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Apr 29, 2011
  • Scooteriffic rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 20, 2011
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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