Friday, November 10, 2017

Book Review: Love the House You're In

I have recently read a handful of books that I really enjoyed, so I'm briefly back to blogging. I want to get the word out about them and have a handy place to look them up when it's been a couple years and I'm thinking, "What was the title of that one again?"

Love the House You're In: 40 Ways to Improve Your Home and Change Your Life

Love the House You're In is a home improvement book like no other I've seen. It is not full of fancy pictures and "one afternoon" projects. Rather, it's all about you. Paige Rien, the author, has crafted a book about learning your own story so you can write it using your home. The first section of the book invites you to think about what is important in your life, where you've come from, and what you want from your house. The next two sections walk you through getting that off the page and onto your walls, so to speak.

I enjoyed this book not just for the content, but also the author's voice. She worked for HGTV for years, but was discouraged that people saw those houses as impossible to achieve. She understands that homes are sacred spaces. She has young children, so she speaks from experience on the balance of kid- and adult-friendly. She quotes Fr. (now Bishop) Barron! :-) It is very readable.

By choosing to read the book, I reveal my own interest in interior design, so I'm a bit biased. However, Jeremy has also been reading and enjoying it, coming up with projects of his own! It's an excellent book. If you're local, you can get it from the Monroe County library system. Or splurge and buy a copy!

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