Perfectly Kept House Is the Sign of a Misspent Life

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

By Mary Randolph Carter; Mary Randolph Carter; Mary Randolph Carter (Photographer)

Rizzoli International Publications, Hardcover, 9780847833658, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 19, 2010

Description
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 ofA 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?


About the Author
Mary Randolph Carter is an author, photographer, and avid collector of junk. She is the author of the "Junk books," a series of books on discovering, adapting and using junk to bring something new to interior design, and "American Family Style," She grew up in old houses and continues to be inspired by them. She lives in New York City and in her old country house in upstate New York.



Mary Randolph Carter is an author, photographer, and avid collector of junk. She is the author of the "Junk books," a series of books on discovering, adapting and using junk to bring something new to interior design, and "American Family Style," She grew up in old houses and continues to be inspired by them. She lives in New York City and in her old country house in upstate New York.