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Kids' Sacred Places: Rooms for Believing and Belonging Hardcover – November 1, 2005

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" exceptional book which tells how to incorporate one's personality and beliefs in a home decoration style." -- Midwest Book Review

"House of Belief inspires at every turn." -- Claire Whitcomb, Chicago Tribune/Universal Press

"Kelee Katillac helps clients shape their beliefs as she transforms their houses." -- Rocky Mountain News

"This...remarkable story...says home is more than a place that stores your things..Katillac...House of's beautiful." -- Oprah Winfrey from the Oprah Winfrey Show

"Unlike the 'seamless' designers, Katillac likes the notion of the bedroom as a sacred domain for kids." -- Shawn Sell, USA Today

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All kids need a space of their own, a sacred place, where everyday realities like peer pressure, family issues, bullies at school, or low self-esteem cannot penetrate: a place of comfort and creativity that reflects and encourages their own positive intentions and beliefs, values, goals, and dreams for life.

Within the vibrant pages of Kids’ Sacred Places, Kelee Katillac shares her "House of Belief"™ philosophy of decorating for kids and adults. Her landmark case studies and colorful photographs inspire all who enter to create rooms for believing and belonging. Heart and Hands Projects throughout the book will allow you to take a positive idea--from your heart--and make something from it with your hands. This affirmative decorating process allows kids and adults to literally "see evidence" of their potential in life. These projects also offer healing for all who encounter bullies, negativity, and other life challenges. .

The "House of Belief™" philosophy is one of interior transformation for the home and the soul. It enables kids to create personal sanctuaries where the spirit of the young can joyfully grow, believe, and thrive. And, as they paint, craft, and create into being their intentions about life within their homes, we come to realize that the real sanctuary they are making is within themselves.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: I.C.E. Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977039005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977039005
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,798,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sami Kathari on December 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Since my divorce, I don't have much time with my four boys. It is especially hard to talk with them when I have a week between visits. A friend's wife recommended this book. At first, I thought creativity and decorating wasn't for guys. Then, I started reading the inspiring stories of other families with heartache and issues like mine. They used creativity to communicate and get through it. The dads were involved with the heart and hands projects--that are like active therapy. I am not so good at talking but doing creative stuff helps us to break through the silence.

This has helped us a lot. Thank-you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Single parent on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a single parent, I found Henry's chapter hit close to our home and close to my heart. Boys need their fathers. If they are lucky to spend every other weekend with them - it is still not enough. After reading Kids'Sacred Places, my son and I have decorated his bedroom with items that make my son feel proud of his relationship with his Dad - like the lasso he practices with right inside his room, since his Dad and him like to rope. Camo material pillows remind him of the hunting they do together around the farm, and the bulletin board with pictures of the rodeo they attended in Montana keeps my son's dream of being a bull rider/cowboy first hand. This book has lots of ideas to help parents find creative solutions to real life issues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah G. on November 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have been waiting for this book for nearly a year: I received an early review copy at a book expo. I heard the author Kelee Katillac speak there about these case studies that are in the book--she was motivated to help parents and kids create therapeutic rooms after her last appearance on Oprah. She calls this revolutionary decorating approach"heart and hand therapy". This book, with its glorious photos and inspiring stories, proves her method works. We see case after case in which families restore self-esteem and help kids through hard experiences through her heart and hand projects: these decoraring solutions act like home remedy medicine for bruised spirits . Also, they simply empower their creativity and make them self-sufficient in a "pride of accomplishment" way. For example , one bullying victim--a 12 year-old named Alex, made a lamp with other men's photos(Ghandi, Einstein, Dr, King, Satchel Paige, etc.) applied to remind him that he too can overcome adversity and become great. Katillac reminds us that we need visual reminders to help us think more positively about ourselves.This old-fashioned yet new fangled approach to helping ourselves and our kids is practical, fun, and simply stunning from a decorating point of view. In a time of feeling hooked on consumer stuff or helpless to effect change in the world, it is amazing to see what ordinary kids and working parents can do together to communicate, heal and survive in these complicated times. A multi-faceted book that is sure to become a best seller. It is easy to use , heart-touching to read, and stunningly beautiful.

Thank-you Kelee Katillac.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The children profiled in Kelee's book - Kids'Sacred Places are taking true ownership of their bedrooms, incorporating their favorite colors and ideas. I'm so glad to see the vibrant colors being used through out the rooms. Coming from a hispanic culture, I have suppressed my love for the bold color of yellow. Now, I've ridden my kitchen of the green ivy wallpaper and faux painted it YELLOW! I don't care what the neighbors's my home! Thanks to Kelee, I've had a break through!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K Rogers on December 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I totally enjoyed the book - beautiful pictures, clear descriptions of projects and quality throughout. It provided inspiring ideas for quilting projects for my grandchildren and a wonderful use of bright colors.

The description of the children's social issues made an interesting tie with a unique decorating style. Creating projects which instilled the feelings of self worth and pride is great.

We have "loaned" our copy to our daughter. . . knowing the thoughts and ideas will be welcomed and utilized.
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