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Making a Family Home Paperback – January, 2010
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About the Author
Skip Hunt, born on the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma, is a professional photographer in Austin, Texas. He picked up a 35mm camera in the mid-1970s and has never stopped sharing his unique vision via photographic images. Many moons ago, he was bitten hard by the wanderlust beast and has been canvassing the globe ever since. Visionary artists such as Pete Turner, David Lynch, Cindy Sherman, and André Kertész set Skip's sight on a fine-art horizon early on. His insatiable thirst for rich color and even richer cultural exploration keeps him on the road most of the time. When he's recharging his batteries, he calls Austin, Texas home. See his unique and colorful photography at www.skiphuntphotography.com
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Top Customer Reviews
This oversized and dazzling book looks deceptively like a home décor magazine, but it's much deeper than that. Even if, like me, you don't have kids, this book has enough detail to turn your house, even an apartment or a ready-built, into a nurturing home. How to invite people in, like the house to the community, and make the home one in which you and others want to take care of themselves and grow. Though slim and lavishly illustrated, this is not a book to skim casually; take time to sit and read this book in-depth, and you can make your home nourishing and wholesome for yourself and your family.
All of the pictures in this book, while beautiful, appear to come from the same home (perhaps the author's?). If you have a Colonial style home, perhaps this will be inspirational to you. Having a variety of styles of homes would have made it more universal. But again, this was obviously not the author's goal. The author's goal was to impart her philosophy. As long as you buy the book expecting that, you will not be disappointed.
Ms. Honeybloom also advocates the use of all things natural - from food to cleaners. She offers tips on using essential oils, as well as natural cleaners such as baking soda and vinegar. When discussing toys, she advises using toys that encourage imagination, rather than the noisy electronic toys that kids so often receive. At the end of the book , there is a resource guide which offers websites for finding some of the natural products that are suggested.
Making a Family Home is beautifully done, and its message is much needed. I highly recommend this book.
Obviously part of the pleasure of reading Honeybloom's prose is that it is informed by years of careful schooling (she holds degrees in the Classics, in Literary Cultures, and in Early Childhood Education and taught highschool English), but also by the fact that she has traveled extensively in such venues as the Peace Corps in West Africa, the Rainforest Alliance, and has lived in France, Germany, many spots in the United States including tiny apartment dwelling in New York City where she started her family and now in Austin, Texas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed as the house is more of a textbook for newlyweds to help them in setting up housekeeping and raising a family. Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by Ken Petrich
While nice to look at and enjoyable to read, this book does not offer any concrete ideas on actually making a home. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Michelle
I did the photography in this book, so I'm biased ;-) but the message of this book is brilliant! It has to do with getting creative with your home environment for your children and... Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Skip Hunt
I was disappointed in this book. I expected it to have many more photos than it did, and the photos were all from one house, I assume the authors. Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by S
I would consider this book to be a good introduction to bringing Waldorf into the home. Many of the Waldorf materials I have seen are either educational or artistic overall. Read morePublished on July 31, 2010 by Kyra_Athena