Most of you have heard about this book and have seen images on other blogs, but I wanted to share some of my favorite images and quotes. This book made me realize that sometimes having meaningful objects and pictures around the house is worth getting over my clutter phobia. The author gives plenty of examples of how you can display your collections, art, and family photos in an organized and artful way. Even as a designer I struggle with this in my own home because I love so many different styles and things.
It is easy to forget how important it is to surround yourself with all that you love for the sake of perfection. With that said, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I am against purchasing unoriginal artwork from stores like Hobby Lobby and Target. I am guilty of this in some form, but I avoid it when possible. I refer to this way of decorating as "furniture store decorating". The problem with this form of decorating is that once the particular "style" is out, so is your entire room and you have to start over from scratch. When you decorate based on what you love and fill your space with as much meaning as possible, it will never go out of style.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
"In Socrates' renowned allegory, the Greek philosopher describes a cave where captive viewers can see only shadows on a wall. Behind where the viewers are sitting, all sorts of real-life figures are passing back and forth, chatting, moving around, having celebrations and funerals, doing whatever people do in real life. But all the viewers can see are the shadows of the real figures projected on the far wall of the cave.
When I walk into a hallway filled with family photos, I sometimes feel like one of the viewers whom Socrates described, viewing shadows on a wall."
"Here is where people,
One frequently finds,
lower their voices
and raise their minds."
-Richard Armour, "Library"
""How do you know when you have a "devoted space" that is really your own? My answer is encapsulated in a quote from the great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. "Taking photos," he said, "is to put one's head, one's eye, and one's heart on the same axis." When you walk in, sit down, and spend time in your devoted space, I think that's the way you feel-that your head, eye, and heart are on the same axis.""
Now for some photos:
There is so much more that I love about this book and I will continue to share a piece each week until I am finished reading it. I hope you can pick up the book because it is the best down to earth decorating book that I have seen in a really long time.