Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hand Made Home By Mark & Sally Bailey Book Review Holiday Gift Guide

Hand Made Home by Mark and Sally Bailey is a lovely book for many reasons. If you are an artist or craft person then living with art, your own or what you have collected, is an absolute fact of life. Hand Made Home means exactly that. A home that includes objects made by human hands brings beauty, originality, and warmth to it, regardless of the living space's size or value. A unique or original look can be difficult to find when in today's world it is so easy to buy things that are mass produced or come from a catalog. Page after page of beautiful photographs show us the sometimes earthy and Bohemian simplicity of living with the handmade pieces we love.

Mark and Sally Bailey show us the beauty and soul of twelve different homes that are decorated using art and handcrafted pieces. Not everything collected in these homes are of great value. From simple plates to baskets to ceramic birds, the value isn't so much on the monetary, but the beauty. The houses featured in the book are of very different styles. There is a Dutch farmhouse, a Victorian terraced home in London, and a Japanese Modern house. These homes are truly unique and we sense that their owners must be as well. The authors ask them questions about their homes and the answers give us a peek into the minds of the people who have created these interesting places to live. I liked this concept very much. The author's own home is featured here as well. They live in an 18th century farmhouse in the English countryside. It is very easy to see their own fascination with the handmade.

There is also a chapter on collecting and displaying your hand made treasures. From the simplest of objects to items of great value, living with art and craft that you have chosen brings your own style of beauty to light. Hand Made Home celebrates this with a quiet warmth and loveliness all it's own.

You can purchase Hand Made Home by Mark and Sally Bailey from the publisher's website Ryland Peters & Small and other book stores. You can connect with the publisher to learn more about Hand Made Home and find other great books published by them online at facebook and twitter.

* I was not paid or compensated for this post. I was sent a free copy of this book for my review by the publisher/PR company. The opinions are 100% mine and may vary from others.

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