Beautiful book week: Home

Published by Lori Pickert on October 23, 2007 at 10:25 PM

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I had to participate in Abby's Beautiful Book Week. I am an unrepentant bibliophile. My only problem was, which books to share?

I thought I'd start with a book that I think is much less known than other shelter/design works, Chris Madden's A Room of Her Own: Women's Personal Spaces. It shares the personal spaces of a number of very different women, from a nun (wonderful) to Oprah (only really wrong note in the book), including artists and writers.

I own a lot of design books, but this is one that I have gone back to several times and it always energizes me to work a little harder on my personal space, something that is very important to me. I truly do believe that what women want most is a room of their own, and a little time to work there.

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Some quotes:

"My private space is my home and my land. Here is where I hold the presence of the unknown — its light, its sweetness, its calm, its mystery, and its ability to nourish and free us." — Carol Anthony, artist

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"The older I get, the more I value my time alone — creativity is more cerebral than active." — Glenna Goodacre, sculptor

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"I have various personal spaces and each carries a different energy that I need for my head and my heart. I don't know how we would survive without personal sanctuaries. We have our souls to care for, after all!" — Elaine Anthony, artist

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I will share some different books each day this week. Thank you for the inspiration, Abby!

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2 comments

Comment by abby on October 24, 2007 at 02:04 AM

Wow!
How neat!
I've never seen this before. I love all of the photos you've posted and the quotes really ring true. I'm excited to see the nun's space :)
Thanks!

Comment by Lori Pickert on October 24, 2007 at 02:12 AM

thanks, abby! wow, this was a much bigger challenge than i'd thought it would be. i have a lot of books. lol

the photos don't really go with the quotes .. the second photo down is of the nun's desk. this book is actually more than a little strange -- there are some rich, pampered women mixed in with some genuine artists, with an absolutely bizarre bit on an almost impersonal room at oprah's studio. the stuff that's good is very good, though.

the book you discussed looks really good; i am wondering if i can get it at the library...

looking forward to the rest of this week -- what a great idea you had. and now i'll go say that on *your* site. :^)

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