Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Perfectly Imperfect Home ~ a book review

Jenny and I were having a lovely browse at Barnes and Noble,when I came across a new book. It was truly love at first sight. The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate & Live Well (by Deborah Needleman), had my name written all over it.


A few of my favorite words:

     * jollifiers - sentimental things that spread a little joy everytime you cast your eye upon them.

     *mollifiers - stuff that you allow into your home because as awful as it may be, it makes someone else happy.


     *cozification - those things that add dimension to our space, like rugs, textiles, throws and patterns. In fact, without decorating cozification, a hot drink or blazing fire would not feel quite as welcoming.


     *glamification - things that add surprising boldness, sparkle, shine, color and pattern to our home. (Remember, simplicity and glamor go hand in hand.)





A few favorite ideas:

     * place a lamp on your kitchen counter

     * frame the art of children, including their words and doodles

     *put a few things "where they aren't supposed to be." These small whimsical touches show that you do not take your home too seriously. (Stick a snapshot into the edge of an antique mirror.)

     *add an out of scale piece to a room (a giant palm tree)

     *use flexible furniture, like an ottoman (coffee table, foot stool, or seating)


Some favorite advice:

     *drag your whole lamp into the shade store and try on shades like outfits, to see which looks best.

      *the implicit promise of upholstered furniture is pleasure and comfort, and every home needs a few chairs that just beg to be sat in.


     *it is wise to start with a furniture plan before you shop, but don't be afraid to rearrange, and then rearrange again and again.


     *throws look best neatly folded, hanging over the arm or back of an armchair. Use them, though: they are corny when just for show; stuck like a Band-Aid to the arm of a chair.


OK, I love this book. It is full of practical, homey and cozy advice. Yesterday, I spent about an hour sprucing up my home ... using a few ideas I had learned from this amazing book.


The beautiful illustrations are by Virginia Johnson and many of them are from real homes, like Kate Spade's home and Rita Konig's home. 


Here is my advice ... go and buy this book TODAY.

image credit: 1, 2, 3, 4           


 

32 comments:

  1. Glenda it looks enchanting and I love the illustrations! The words she has coined are wonderful! Cozification!

    PS you will have to take an image of the Jala plates in your home!


    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. The picture frames are so lovely. I will put some pictures on my blog.

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  2. The title alone caught my attention! I love being in someone's home that is, obviously, their own rather than a decorator's idea. I'm thinking this might be a perfect little housewarming gift for my son and DIL who have just purchased their first home. I'll even include a snapshot of myself for them to stick in the corner of a mirror. = )

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. What a great idea, Bonnie ... and I love the idea of including your picture. Your are fun.

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  3. That sounds great...I think I will check into it right now..I do have a whimsical lamp on my kitchen counter and I love it

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    1. I loved the idea of a lamp on the kitchen counter and a whimsical one ... even better. How fun, Janette.

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  4. This book is so fun! I like the ideas you picked out...and I like the things you changed in your house! :)

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    1. I love hanging out at bookshops with you.

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  5. I will have to check this book out. It must be pretty interesting with that title!

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  6. You have given such a fun and fulsome review. Your skill for zooming in on the center of things is once again evident.

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  7. These are awesome! Thanks for the great advice, Glenda.

    P.S. Could you come help me with my bookshelves? :)

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  8. This sounds wonderful. It is going on my summer reading list.
    I can't wait to see Rita Konig's house.

    As a side note: wandering around Barnes and Noble with Jenny is one of my all time favorite things to do. She introduced me to Lauren Winner that way, (but that was at our old Border's). Anyway, sounds like a great time.

    Stay Warm!

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    1. Yes, bookshops with the girls ... so fun.

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  9. What a fun book! We have throws, I place them on the arm of chairs, a sofa....and we use them too! Taking the lamp with me to the store....not sure about that but kinda sounds like fun =)

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  10. Whoo-Hoo the comment went through! I was one who couldn't comment for a while.

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    1. Yeah ... thanks for trying again, Doris.

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  11. Thanks for the review- it sounds like a fun book!

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  12. The book sounds like such fun. I've put in my request from the library. Hopefully I won't have wait too long, I'm #95 on the waitlist for 14 copies of the book.
    I love, love, love your blog, my friend!

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    1. That is not too bad with 14 copies. And it is rather a quick read (lots of cool pictures.)

      Thanks for you kind words, Sue.

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  13. That is SUCH a great review - giving a full feel of the pages without giving it all away. I really like the sound of this.

    And I am SO looking forward to meeting your daughter! Isn't that cool that I get to meet her?!!

    Sarahx

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  14. Yea sounds so good!! Thanks Glenda! Your home is so cozy- I love it there. :)

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  15. Oh Miss Glenda, your love of this book shines through loud and clear. I actually do many of the things mentioned here but I'd love to read this book.

    God bless ya and have yourself a magnificent day sweetie!!! :o)

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  16. Thanks, Nezzy. I do a lot of these things too ... maybe you and I should have written the book. :-)

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  17. I need more cozification in our home...bit by bit it will happen!

    Sounds like a great book. I may add it to my list of things to purchase next time we are in the states.

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