On My Wish List: The Imperfectly Perfect Home
There was one article in the latest Martha Stewart Living that really stood out to me. I actually held off on reading it until I knew I’d be able to really soak in the words and images. The article is called Home School and it isthe home of Deborah Needleman who was the editor of Domino magazine and has written a book called The Imperfectly Perfect Home.
I so love the title and the book looks beautiful. The water color illustrations are done by artist Virginia Johnson and they are luscious. Love.
I just wanted to share this small excerpt from the book that was shared in the article, I was nodding my head all the way through reading it:
“Decorating. On the one hand, it’s decorating! We shouldn’t take it too seriously. Lighten up. Have fun. On the other hand, it’s decorating. A setting that reassures you, inspires you, and serves you—one that makes your family comfortable and puts your guests at ease. That is rather serious business. The sweet spot lies, as it often does, in the middle. We have to consider our needs and how to make our house hew to them, and then we should get out of the way and get on with living and having fun. Without a bit of imperfection, you won’t have a house that breathes life and energy—something I’ve realized more as my family has settled into our home in New York’s Hudson Valley. If you’re skillful enough, you may be able to achieve a pitch-perfect decorator style that can impress your visitors, but it likely won’t put a smile on anyone’s face or, I think, make you happy. Quite simply, the signs of a life being lived are what makes a house come alive. So go ahead and invite in a bit of the chaos, quirk and patina that real life brings with it.” — Deborah Needleman, “The Perfectly Imperfect Home”
I came across this quote of hers too on The Bloomsbury Life:
“The point of decorating, as far as I can tell, is to create the background for the best life you can have.”— Deborah Needleman, “The Imperfectly Perfect Home”