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Le Chic Cocoon: 7 Steps to Creating your Selfish Space Paperback – September 20, 2011

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Bush Street Press (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937445070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937445072
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,044,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With this book, author Jen Duchene has struck a chord that lies hidden away in the cobwebbed attic of so many women: less doing and more cocooning. She awakens the desire to weave and spin a space that not only reflects one's taste and style, but reflects one's very essence. Ms Duchene isn't telling us how to create a pretty room that is merely a showcase for the ego or one's friends. She is talking about creating a place to be spacious yourself...to open to the untended reservoirs within--whether of deep reflection, meditation, reckless pondering, the birthing of new dreams or the rebirthing of old ones. This delightful book ring true because it is clear that the author has been both deprived of this essential dimension of life, as well as nourished herself back to life within the walls of her own sacred space. Before you get too far into these pages, Le Chic Cocoon will have you seeking a corner, a nook or a whole room to make your own...and in which to own more of yourself. After all, we intuitively understand that out of true cocooning comes nothing less than metamorphosis.
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Many years ago, I attended a lecture by Dr. Freida Porat entitled "Positive Selfishness." I don't think I really grasped what she meant at the time; after all, we are taught from the cradle that to be selfish is a horrid, mean thing.

After reading Jen Duchene's "Le Chic Cocoon," I get what Dr. Porat meant. Duchene's premise is that we all need to carve out a little space and time for ourselves -- and that the space should be beautifully reflective of who we are.

Drawing on her experience as a designer as well as references from literature and science, Duchene shows her readers how to create both a mental and physical space that will improve their lives. The space can be as small as a corner with a chair or as large as a patio or room; she has information on how to do it from small through gigantic and any size in between. Interspersed with anecdotes, literature and resources, the design elements are made entertaining in a way that a more technical tome could not possibly hope to match.

Highly recommended.
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Le Chic Cocoon has served as a wake up call for me. We women walk a path of service to everyone and anything around us. We decorate the rooms "guests" will see first, we decorate our souls with others' reflection of ourselves. The time has come to truly be "selfish"--which is **caring for ourselves first**. We are useless to those we care for if we don't take care of ourselves first. (Ever notice the flight attendant tells you to put YOUR oxygen mask on first??)

Le Chic Cocoon exists literally and figuratively. Build a nest within yourself to connect, and one you can revel in literally. I have already begun both. I highly recommend this book to women who struggle with self care, the guilt of being "selfish" and who need to reconnect with themselves to truly be of service to those around them. If I could give it a ten, I would.
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The author does a fantastic job of convincing me that being selfish is a good thing! I never thought of it that way, but really, we do all need our sacred spaces to go and recharge, places that are just our own, without having to compromise on style and taste. Yes, I'm convinced, and I plan to declare my space and make it my own! Thank you for permission to be absolutely me! Just bought another copy for a gift! I can see this will be given out to many this Holiday!
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Le Chic Cocoon an insightful blend of personal storytelling and artful brilliance from a talented designer. Jen Duchene takes a creative and courageous stand while showing you how to translate the language of your soul into a nourishing environment that reflects the rich, unique, expressive woman you truly are. - Tambra Harck
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Women all know that their lives will be full of changing roles - from single chick to wife, mother to empty-nester, sexy siren to "exhausted old bat" - but what they don't know is how to adapt to those changes within a soft, safe place of comfort and peace. That's the magic of Jen's languid, beautifully crafted "how to" book, Le Chic Cocoon. She offers her reader both the rationale and the permission to take the time to create your own place, no matter how big or small, so that you too can evolve from caterpillar to butterfly with every new chapter that comes along.

With her book in hand, I reorganized my own space (actually my office) to put my most inspiring piece of art (a Rembrandt etching) right at eye level to remind myself that everything I create must be as close to Rembrandt quality as I, Juliet, can produce. And that everyone has an inner Rembrandt, a gift from God. It is up to each of us to step into our God-given talents and share them with humanity however possible. I had lovely candles (stuffed behind books), and photos (way too many) and glass art in the room. That glass was mostly standing in as paperweights that have to get moved all the time but it wasn't chic. Not at all organized. Certainly not peaceful... yet! But it will be. Now that I have a plan and now that I know the price of not doing this selfish pursuit of making a space work just for me.

"If each person in the world changes one person - themselves - for the better - wouldn't this planet be incredible?"

Yeah, Jen, it would. As you so poignantly put it, "when we touch the depth of who we are, we open our wings."

Thank you for this lovely book. It has opened my eyes, my heart and most importantly, reminded me to breathe OUT! Bless.
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