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Overview

For some, home is simply a place to eat, sleep, and store possessions. For others, home offers intimate and rewarding opportunities for self-expression, becoming a reflection of taste, values, and even identity. The activities of constructing and maintaining a home can provide a sense of existential purpose, of belonging to a particular place along with others who have cared for that place before.

Illustrated with more than 100 color photographs, A Home of Her Own showcases a wide variety of homes and tells the stories of their making.

Editorial Reviews

www.johnnygrey.com

Nancy's delightful, brave and original book . . . shows what comes about when women build their own homes. It breaks from the classic interior design format, so it has the missing bits included—mini-biographies of the individuals who have built against the odds, as well as indoor and outside photos. You get the whole picture, not just smart, primed-up, perfectly decorated interiors.

Old House Journal

Hiller charts the stories of 18 women for whom a house is more than just a roof over their heads. The tales of how these women managed to create distinctive spaces in the face of (and often spurred by) life's challenges are as relatable as they are inspiring. Although the accompanying photos exude an almost effortless grace, Hiller's text drives home an important restoration lesson: It won't be quick or easy, but it will be worth it.

alandesignstudioblog.blogspot.com

A Home of Her Own is a collection of stories of women and their homes, the connections and relationships they have with their spaces and the work they put in to making it happen. The stories of these remarkable women are chronicled not only through their words but also the beautiful photographs of Kendall Reeves.

her magazine for women

The book is more than a brick-and-mortar description of these unique, comfortable and comforting homes or of decorating advice or ideas on paint color. It is an emotional journey, delving into women's unique relationship with the places they call home.

The Ryder

Hiller writes with lyric grace about a subject with [which] she is well acquainted.

WFIU Artworks

A wolf in sheep's clothing—Betty Friedan disguised as Martha Stewart—A Home of Her Own is a set of radical tales in female empowerment posing as a diversion for ladies who lunch.

From the Publisher

"Hiller charts the stories of 18 women for whom a house is more than just a roof over their heads. The tales of how these women managed to create distinctive spaces in the face of (and often spurred by) life's challenges are as relatable as they are inspiring. Although the accompanying photos exude an almost effortless grace, Hiller's text drives home an important restoration lesson: It won't be quick or easy, but it will be worth it." —Old House Journal

Scott Russell Sanders

"Nancy Hiller is a premier cabinetmaker with a fondness for wood and old houses, and with a storyteller’s feel for character. Here she offers us a gallery of women who have created distinctive homes, often in buildings that others had abandoned, sometimes after having been abandoned themselves, always with resourcefulness and imagination. As these women restore the outward fabric of houses and gardens and furnishings, they also restore the fabric of their lives. Hiller honors their skill and pluck, and Kendall Reeves, through his photographs, enables us to glimpse the beauty of their creations. After reading this book, you will see your own home place with fresh eyes." —Scott Russell Sanders, author of A Conservationist Manifesto

Johnny Grey

"A lovely, brave and original book. Nancy's writing is compelling and her narrative makes one want to read the words as much as see the pictures." —Johnny Grey, creator of the "unfitted kitchen" and author of The Art of Kitchen Design: Planning for Comfort and Style and Kitchen Culture: Reinventing Kitchen Design.

Kathryn Lofton

"I found this book enchanting from the beginning." —Kathryn Lofton, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, Yale University

oldhouseonline.com

"Hiller charts the stories of 18 women for whom a house is more than just a roof over their heads. The tales of how these women managed to create distinctive spaces in the face of (and often spurred by) life's challenges are as relatable as they are inspiring. Although the accompanying photos exude an almost effortless grace, Hiller's text drives home an important restoration lesson: It won't be quick or easy, but it will be worth it." —oldhouseonline.com

www.oldhouseonline.com

"Hiller charts the stories of 18 women for whom a house is more than just a roof over their heads. The tales of how these women managed to create distinctive spaces in the face of (and often spurred by) life's challenges are as relatable as they are inspiring. Although the accompanying photos exude an almost effortless grace, Hiller's text drives home an important restoration lesson: It won't be quick or easy, but it will be worth it." —oldhouseonline.com

Johnnygrey.com

"Nancy's delightful, brave and original book... shows what comes about when women build their own homes. It breaks from the classic interior design format, so it has the missing bits included—mini-biographies of the individuals who have built against the odds, as well as indoor and outside photos. You get the whole picture, not just smart, primed-up, perfectly decorated interiors." —johnnygrey.com

www.alandesignstudioblog.blogspot.com

"A Home of Her Own is a collection of stories of women and their homes, the connections and relationships they have with their spaces and the work they put in to making it happen. The stories of these remarkable women are chronicled not only through their words but also the beautiful photographs of Kendall Reeves." —alandesignstudioblog.blogspot.com

Her Magazine For Women

The book is more than a brick-and-mortar description of these unique, comfortable and comforting homes or of decorating advice or ideas on paint color. It is an emotional journey, delving into women's unique relationship with the places they call home.—her magazine for women

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253223531
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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