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

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

by Mary Randolph Carter

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847833658
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,197,944
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mary Randolph Carter is an author, photographer, designer, and longtime creative director for Ralph Lauren. She is the author of For the Love of Old and the Junk series of books.

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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 Worryi 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Fliss88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book with all it's wonderful eclectic collections and people.
Selena82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first got this book I thought that it was a book about how to be able to keep your home clean but not as if no one lived there. Instead I found a book that was more inspirational and beautiful than a normal "how to book". As I flipped through it I was able to see how the stuff and clutter that I have in my home may be able to turn my "apartment" into a real "home". I love the pictures, they were truly breathtaking and able to make me think about the way I would want my place to look.
GirlMisanthrope on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In my early twenties, I visited a friend in Eastern Washington who was renting a two story farmhouse. There was no TV. There were sleeping cubbies. The walls were bright white, but there were bright pillows and a closet full of costumes to play in. Books were stacked on the floor, on the stairs, and in the bathroom. One wall was reserved for all visitors to write a note of greeting. Years later I visited a friend's vacation home in the mountains. She was a tile artist and her husband a metal smith. Every handle and knob was custom made. Tattered persian rugs were scattered. There were feeding troughs attached to the outside of each window and they were filled with birdseed. They were visited by fat chipmunks and lots of birds. It was dog-friendly and mud-friendly. The guest cottage nearby was lined with books and had a sleeping nook.Neither of these homes would be featured in Vogue Living or Elle Decor or House Beautiful or Architectural Digest for those magazines are for homes that are sparkly and sleek and without any SOUL.Once I saw photographs of the London home frequented by Virginia Woolf which is eclectic,bohemian, and decorated by her friend/artists, I knew this Bohemian (I will not say 'boho') style was me. It was lived-in and soulful and had a patina.This book is filled with muzzy photographs of delightfully cluttered (I say 'personalized') homes. Creams, pastels, sepias. Nothing sleek or modern or untouchable. Dog hair is welcome here. It took me hours to get through the book because, for once in a home style book, there was prose I found interesting and relevant. The pages are thick and smooth. I so appreciated that there was no book cover; the book itself is unfettered and user-friendly. Worth every penny.
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