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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Lifestyle Design (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984228209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984228201
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comfort Living is one of 13 finalists for BOOK OF THE YEAR '10 in the Body/Mind/Spirit Category.... --ForeWord Reviews

Our lives are moving at full tilt speed these days, and it is easy to forget our priorities and what really makes us tick. Christine Eisner, through her book Comfort Living, helps bring us back to center by offering simple clues to making our homes a haven. Part decorating book, part journal, Comfort Living leads you on an exploration of pleasures, treasures and obstacles in your home to move you forward to creating a living space that focuses on your priorities and heightens your quality of life. She does this with simple exercises like identifying what adjectives describe home to you, to hone in on creating balance, comfort and practicality in your home life. Simple, thought-provoking and requiring very little from your wallet, Comfort Living shows one the path to balance and inspiration. --San Francisco Book Review

Finally, a style guru who doesn't want you to buy more stuff! In fact Christine Eisner wants you to get ride of stuff. Formerly with Polo/Ralph Lauren Corporation and Sotheby's International Realty, Eisner now owns her own lifestyle consulting firm and has written a book on how to simplify furnishings and make home more meaningful. It's not necessarily about things, she says. It's about the meaing you assign to them. Her book, Comfort Living: A Back-to-Basics Guide to a More Balanced Lifestyle, outlines an eight-week program for identifying your treasures and enriching your environment. Conversely, Eisner urges readers to edit out clutter and inefficient routines that disrupt a peaceful lifestyle. Her step-by-step plan provides toolboxes and checklists to guide the process. My parents are Swiss, she says. I'm hard-wired for practical! Eisner has gleaned her philosophy from traveling extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. She often quotes Winston Churchill: We shape our dwellings, and afterwards, our dwellings shape us. --Atlanta Magazine

Our lives are moving at full tilt speed these days, and it is easy to forget our priorities and what really makes us tick. Christine Eisner, through her book Comfort Living, helps bring us back to center by offering simple clues to making our homes a haven. Part decorating book, part journal, Comfort Living leads you on an exploration of pleasures, treasures and obstacles in your home to move you forward to creating a living space that focuses on your priorities and heightens your quality of life. She does this with simple exercises like identifying what adjectives describe home to you, to hone in on creating balance, comfort and practicality in your home life. Simple, thought-provoking and requiring very little from your wallet, Comfort Living shows one the path to balance and inspiration. --San Francisco Book Review

Finally, a style guru who doesn't want you to buy more stuff! In fact Christine Eisner wants you to get ride of stuff. Formerly with Polo/Ralph Lauren Corporation and Sotheby's International Realty, Eisner now owns her own lifestyle consulting firm and has written a book on how to simplify furnishings and make home more meaningful. It's not necessarily about things, she says. It's about the meaing you assign to them. Her book, Comfort Living: A Back-to-Basics Guide to a More Balanced Lifestyle, outlines an eight-week program for identifying your treasures and enriching your environment. Conversely, Eisner urges readers to edit out clutter and inefficient routines that disrupt a peaceful lifestyle. Her step-by-step plan provides toolboxes and checklists to guide the process. My parents are Swiss, she says. I'm hard-wired for practical! Eisner has gleaned her philosophy from traveling extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. She often quotes Winston Churchill: We shape our dwellings, and afterwards, our dwellings shape us. --Atlanta Magazine

About the Author

Christine Eisner, a designer, consultant and writer has shared her creative vision with thousands of people at all ages and stages of life, including corporate professionals, interior designers, real estate agents, design students and teens. Eisner's expertise grows out of three decades in New York, London and Atlanta in lifestyle marketing, communications and design as PR Director for Polo/Ralph Lauren Corporation and at Sotheby's International Realty, and in private consultation through her firm, Lifestyle Design. For more, visit ComfortLivingbyChristine.com.

More About the Author

Christine Eisner is a designer and consultant. She is an advocate for balanced living through her writing, workshops, and presentations, private and corporate consultation, and commentary on her lifestyledesign.org website and blog. Her expertise grows out of 3 decades of work in Atlanta, New York, Shanghai and London in lifestyle marketing, communications, and design for Polo/Ralph Lauren and Sotheby's International Realty, as well as in private practice.
Eisner is a member of IIDA and on the Savannah College of Art and Design's Advisory Council and has been featured in publications including Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, PINK magazine, FirstHome, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Atlanta INtown.

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Not only are the photographs crisp and nice, but the text of font is simple and easy to read.
Beth DeRoos
The book, for me, was somewhere between a reminder to balance my life for comfort and how to add comfort to my home for balance!
Chandler
If you are looking for a way to make your home a pleasant, comfortable place to be, this is one book you need to read.
Penny Watkins

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Have you ever noticed how your eye will immediately light on a particular picture in a magazine or a catalog? I had always wondered why some pictures seemed to interest me more than others. After reading this charming little book I know the answer to that question. I was supposed to take the advice in this book slowly, one chapter at a time, one week at a time. The problem was, I simply fell in love with this entire concept.

This 80 page back-to-basics lifestyle book had an immediate affect on me. Perhaps it was the soft blue color of the cover or the photographs inside which resonated with me so quickly. I don't know. All I know is that I sat down and read the book from cover to cover. Now that I've done that, I am going back and utilizing the suggestions presented by author Christine Eisner for making my home a place of comfort. The book is divided into four sections with two chapters making up each section. It is suggested that you read each chapter and then take a week to work those thoughts, ideas and actions into your daily routine. There are spaces provided within the book for note taking and to record your own personal findings. I appreciate that but I don't believe I could ever bring myself to mar this pristine book by writing in it. Instead I have decided to record my thoughts on sheets of paper which I will place within the book at the appropriate location. The author advises readers to periodically re-evaluate the changes they have made and to record whether the changes have made an impact on your life or if they didn't quite work out as you thought they would. The book comes with a small spiral bound notebook which is divided into two portions, one for Treasures and the flip side is for recording Obstacles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penny Watkins on December 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
We live today at breakneck speed, and that leaves us disorganized, disgruntled and stressed out. Our homes become places to arrive at and depart from, rather than places to be. We like the idea of "comfort living" but it seems unattainable. We do not have the time or energy to actually live comfortably. In Comfort Living, Christine Eisner shows us how to do it.
This is a small book that helps us take small, doable steps to transform our lives and homes. It is part instruction and part work book, with sections at the end of each chapter for reflecting and collecting ideas for implementing what we are learning. It is a guide to making home in a way that is meaningful for you and your family.
Home makers create home environments. This means attending to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the home. As Eisner points out, home environments shape us, so creating the right home environment is important. Comfort Living shows you how to use emotional, spiritual and physical elements intentionally to create the home environment you desire.
I especially appreciated the metaphors Eisner uses to demonstrate home making. She shows us how to create the emotional equivalent of a campfire. To build bridges from place to place, and person to person. To utilize our treasures and overcome our obstacles.
This is a book about home design, but not the way we usually think of it. Yes, we want to create a beautiful space, but Comfort Living goes beyond that. It shows how to create a safe and nurturing space, a place where we and our families can simply be, a sanctuary in the midst of very busy lives.
It takes about 15 minutes per day to go through the activities in Comfort Living. Fifteen minutes is doable.
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More and more people these days are trying to escape their former obsession with "keeping up with the Joneses" and are trying to simplify their lifestyles and bring comfort into their homes. This book in part, brings to mind Feng Shui, yet is different in that the reader is the one who sets the parameters of comfort means to them and is much less restrictive. Each person has a vision of what they would like their homes to look like. The author states that "our surroundings have the power to shape and reflect what matters to us." Some of the dwellings pictured in this book may not in any way shape or form reflect your own, but will assist you in creating a vision of what comfort you would like your home to reflect.

This book reflects an aura of peace and I totally agreed with the premise that you can "make your house more of a home." Although this is essentially an eight-week personal journey, I decided that I would experiment and act like a princess for a few weeks to achieve a balance in a couple critical areas in my home, especially the dining room. I took a close look at which things were becoming obstacles and "tuned in" on those I considered treasures. Exercises helped me to determine the "look" I wanted to have to make rooms comfortable and pleasant to be in. I made time on a daily basis to spend getting rid of obstacles, and started to "streamline." For example, if I messed it up it was cleaned up . . . by ME. I also focused on packing up clothing and treasures I no longer needed and carted them off to Goodwill (I really did!). I sold one item. Get the picture?

Not to say this book will be the cure for clutter, but through its simplicity and gentle push I got the message.
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