A #slow read for the summer
THIS IS HOME, THE ART OF SIMPLE LIVING
Recently, I bought the magnificent book: This is home, the art of simple living by Natalie Walton. I've seen like many, I'm sure, these beautiful images of interiors reflecting values that I cherish and that affect several aspects of slow living. Values such as family, community, sustainability, beauty, authenticity, nature, etc. and I believe that like me you might like to leaf through it this summer, to take a break and let yourself be inspired.
It's no coincidence that I have a background in interior design; houses have always fascinated me. I believe that they are the reflection of our soul, of our values and above all that they can, if they are arranged with care, enrich our lives.
This is precisely what this book is about. Because well beyond these sublime images of interiors captured on 4 continents and in 7 countries, there is a much deeper reflection, which the author tries to give us of what is the very essence of this what the English call "home".
Natalie Walton says: "In its setting, we create lasting memories and manage our lives. It's where we wake up and set the tone for the rest of our lives. At the end of the day, we decompress , let's cast off the layers of social complexities and maybe even lick some of the wounds there. In our rooms, on the sofa, in the bath, in the bed, we give back our bodies. Our home is much more than a shelter against the elements of nature, it's a space to feel safe, protected, nurtured and loved. It's a place where we can be ourselves."
In This is home , we are also entitled to several testimonials from owners revealing their way of life and their little secrets to living in a simple way. The book is presented as being filled with clever ideas and creative spaces. It shows that you don't need a huge budget to create a beautiful home.
In addition, this book, comprising nearly 200 photos, is referred to as a back-to-basics guide on how to create authentic interiors. According to the author, it's about living simply, finding the essence of what makes you happy at home and creating spaces that reflect your needs and your style.
In short, it was all these ideas that touched me and led me to believe that the house is more than 4 walls and a roof, that it deserves to be recognized for its value and the effect it has on our lives. It is therefore a suggested reading for all those who want to make their home a unique place that lives up to their values.
Photo credit: from the book: this is home the art of simple living