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Posted June 24, 2010
Making A Family Home is a guidebook to creating an inspirational home, one that brings warmth and comfort to its inhabitants and guests. The book focuses on each specific area of a home, such as the kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, bedroom, etc., and the characteristics of that place. These characteristics define how the room should be decorated in order to maximize its effectiveness. Honeybloom places special emphasis on children and the kind of environment they need to foster healthy development. She not only considers sight, but texture, smell, and harmony when advising her readers.
Although I was not expecting this book to be particularly riveting, I was pleasantly surprised. As a high schooler, I do not have a family, so I didn't think this book was going to be important to me. I was proved wrong as soon as I started reading. Honeybloom doesn't just talk about the elements of a house, but the effect of these elements on her family, something that I had never really considered before. The best way to describe this book would be a parenting book for the homemaker. I also loved the photographs, and my compliments to Skip Hunt, the photographer. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who has kids, or wants to learn about the way our environment affects our well-being.
"Creating a home is a process of imbuing our space with soul and spirit, surrounding our family with love, care, comfort." - Shannon Honeybloom, Making A Family Home
Note: This book was sent to me by the author for review through the third party Bostick Communications.
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Posted June 4, 2010
Many authors who create books on the 'how to' approach of altering a living space into a thematic vision of either fantasy, a greening raw earth statement, a revision or recreation of a period in history, or a showcase for enjoying an art collection seem to be salespeople who want to influence the new home owner into creating a mood piece. Along comes Shannon Honeybloom whose message is grounded in the meaning of family and the nourishing of the family experience as envisioned in the home - and voila! - we have a book that is not only immensely readable in its focus on finding a sanctuary for the preservation of mankind, but one that is also joyously colorful, the photography of Skip Hunt gracing every page with not mere snapshots illustrating Honeybloom's points, but serving as a fine art book in color photography. This book is as rewarding a philosophical viewpoint about family as any available today.
Obviously part of the pleasure of reading Honeybloom's prose is that it is informed by years of careful schooling (she holds degrees in the Classics, in Literary Cultures, and in Early Childhood Education and taught highschool English), but also by the fact that she has traveled extensively in such venues as the Peace Corps in West Africa, the Rainforest Alliance, and has lived in France, Germany, many spots in the United States including tiny apartment dwelling in New York City where she started her family and now in Austin, Texas. From these experiences (and from her childhood fascination and continued obsession with her grandmother's house/home) Sharon Honeybloom has discovered the importance of creating a HOME that nurtures children in a way that they are able to gradually and surely understand the core meaning of 'home', finding the family house necessary as a baseline instead choosing of the escapes in the current chaotic dissemination into the etherworld of video games, chatrooms etc. This journey of her own she shares: 'I found that paying attention to my home was (and is) a way to ground myself in the center of information and noise of my life. Home is the place that forms the basis for a child's future. Home is the place where children are introduced to the world. Home can help children thrive and unfold and gather courage to meet their futures.'
And with this background foundation Honeybloom, with great assistance from photographer Hunt, goes from the front porch, through the entry, through the living room, the bedroom, the bathroom the kitchen, the dining room, the yard - each chapter is devoted to the particular importance of the family aspect that each space provides. And because the main driver for this book is a return to fine parenting, providing children with the best of all possible atmospheres an tools to grow into happy adults, she incorporates some philosophy as the book closes. She discusses meditations that are related to elements of home life: Right commitment, Right self-image, Right communication, Right relationship, Right process, Right initiative, Right learning and Right review. 'Parenting and homemaking can be a path of spiritual development, and we can consider these eight themes with an eye to the home and parenting.'
This is a beautifully designed, richly colorful, sensitive sharing by an author who understands her message and communicates it well - a book to digest and focus on correcting some of the ingredients too often painfully lacking in many of the homes in this country.
Posted March 13, 2010
I have enjoyed reading this book. Everything in it focuses on family and being together. The photographs are beautiful and inspiring. Definitely a book worth reading. I refer to it often whenever I am having a rough day and need a little inspiration to get me through.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.