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About the Author

KATHLEEN COX is the foremost proponent of vastu in the United States. She is the author of two previous non-illustrated books on the subject: The Power of Vastu Living and Vastu Living. She consults for both commercial and private clients (such as Christy Turlington), and has a burgeoning lecture circuit program. She lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her website is www.vastuliving.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584796391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584796398
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lori on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book based on the reviews, as I was looking for a book that incorporated the theory of vastu. While it does have beautiful photography, I was very disappointed, as this is a book mostly about interior design, with very, very little discussion of vastu principles and theory. It is quite conclusive; for example, the author will point out that a room that is pictured in the book is vastu compliant, but she fails to discuss why. Also, many of the photos are of rooms that are rather austere and depressing. Earthy, yes, but living around so much gray and brown is not very uplifting to my spirit. I read this book from cover to cover and found it very superficial. For vastu theory and beautiful photos, check out Sherry Silverman's excellent book: Vastu: Transcendental Design in Harmony With Nature, which I have also read cover-to-cover, and from which I learned much more than I did in Cox's book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By June M. Scharf on October 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Space Matters...and so does time. This is a deeply personal exploration of living space and it requires you to slow down and pay attention. If you can't do that in general and with this book in particular, then you'll never succeed in reshaping "your place," the euphemism Cox says people employ when they don't feel too affectionate toward their domicile, in whatever form it takes. She demonstrates how to reduce the clutter and not just simplify but balance, according to vastu principles which she thoroughly understands and you will grasp, too, by the end.

The beautiful photography well represents the points made, particularly with respect to the play of light, the use of scale and the importance of arrangement. She visits each room in the house and stresses their typical pitfalls and how to enhance their function and purpose. For example, all the extraneous things so often found in the kitchen may explain why so many of us eat standing up these days. Hmmmm.....so that's it. I'm guilty as charged.

What moved me in many places was the understated but powerful use of color as a background. I'm sure I'll always have trouble picking paint, but at least I can better appreciate how a soft pumpkin color can pull many elements together.

I highly recommend this book for those who need a soft hand to guide them (and who doesn't??). It's instructive, but it's also contemplative. All budgets could accommodate the design principles laid forth, too, because it's not about grand stuff, but carefully and sparingly chosen accents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda G. on October 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a photographer, I found Kathleen Cox's advice right on the mark. She fully understands lighting, space, form, and above all color. Her suggestions would work for any type of home/space (from a MacMansion in the suburbs to a New York City 400 sq. ft. apartment). And guess which one I live in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Raine on April 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book. The writing is as gorgeous as the photography and the interiors. And the content is a fascinating introduction to Vastu. I love this holistic approach to interior design, focussing not only on how your home looks, but also how it feels. If you value good design, well-being and your home, you'll love this book.

I was inspired and motivated by this thoroughly enjoyable read.
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