Create the Space You Deserve: An Artistic Journey to Expressing Yourself Through Your Home

Published By: Skirt!

Book Category: Non-Fiction, House & Home

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Reviewed by Diane Snyder

Create the Space You Deserve is not a how-to book on putting up wallpaper or tiling your bathroom. Instead this book gives inspiring words, peptalks and guidance to get you through the process of making your environment the place you want it to be. Author Jill Butler stresses that our space, our home in whatever form it may be, should be what we want and not what others want for us. Recognizing our wants and needs is part of the process and she gives fun tasks and exercises throughout her book that help identify what most represents you and who you are. The bright pages filled with delightful artwork will keep you enchanted while you begin to find your vision and imagine the possibilities for your dream home.

Featuring her own cottage throughout the book, the author uses her experience to guide you on your journey in creating your own unique space. From the beginning, in asking the questions and learning from the answers, taking each room at a time and seeing it in a different perspective to the garden that offers a welcome or a view, Butler inspires and leads you to think and see in refreshing ways. It’s all about “daring to be different” and “thinking outside the box” because this is about you and the place that will become your haven.

This colorful and uplifting little book is for those women who have experienced a change–good, bad, expected or unexpected–and are now faced with decisions about their living environment. All the pages are filled with photographs, drawings and letters from women of all ages who have made the journey. A resource section is in the back to assist in finding featured paints, textiles, accessories, books and services. The book is spiral bound so it will lay flat while you enjoy the illustrations and ponder the information.

As a holiday gift, this book would be greatly appreciated–and would also be a thoughtful gift to the woman who needs cheering up or encouragement as she begins her journey toward change in her life.

Armchair Interviews says: Very nice concept of creating a special space for yourself.

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