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House Thinking A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live

ISBN-10: 0060538694

ISBN-13: 9780060538699

Edition: 2006

Authors: Winifred Gallagher

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IKEA, Ethan Allen, and HGTV may have plenty to say about making a home look right, but what makes a home feel right? Is it the objects you've collected from your travels, or that armchair by the window that reminds you of your grandmother? Is it the "friendly" feeling of a classic American farmhouse, or the "prestige" of a formal Tudor mansion? These kinds of questions, which have more to do with environmental psychology than mere decorating, can give us a new way to think about the diverse spaces Americans call home. In House Thinking, noted journalist and cultural critic Winifred Gallagher takes the reader on a psychological tour of the American home. In each room, Gallagher explores many of our deep but often unarticulated intuitions about the power of place. Drawing on the latest research in behavioral science, an overview of cultural history, and interviews with leading architects and designers, she shows us how our homes not only reflect who we are, but also influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Using a variety of examples -- from famous historical homes to experimental rustic pods -- Gallagher examines why traditional dining rooms and living rooms have given way to "great rooms," how the oversize suburban garage threatens civility, how kids' rooms can affect their development, and why Americans increasingly think of their homes as "sanctuaries" and "refuges." House Thinking's unique perspective raises provocative questions: How does your entryway prime you for experiencing your home? Do you really need a mega-kitchen, or just a microwave? What makes a bedroom a sensual oasis? How can your bathroom exacerbate your worst fears? It's simply not enough to think of our domestic spaces as design statements or as dumping grounds for our stuff. We need to approach our homes in a new way: as environments that actively affect us and our quality of life. Stressing the home's substance over its style, House Thinking is a surprising look at how we live -- and how we could.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/7/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction: Why There's No Place Like Home
Home: When We See It, We Know What We Like
The Entry and Plan: Who You Are Is Where You're At
The Living Room: Decoro Ergo Sum
The Kitchen: Woman's Work Is Never Done?
The Dining Room: Status and Stuff
The Great Room: Same Time, Same Place
The Bedroom: Behind Closed Doors
The Bathroom: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
The Child's Room: A Place to Call One's Own
The Basement: Doing It Yourself
The Office: Home Work
The Garden: Outside or In
The Second Home: Domesticity to Go
The Neighborhood: No Home Is an Island
References and Suggested Reading
Web Resources
Acknowledgments
Index

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