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"Nancy's delightful, brave and original book... shows what comes about when women build their own homes. It breaks from the classic interior design format, so it has the missing bits included―mini-biographies of the individuals who have built against the odds, as well as indoor and outside photos. You get the whole picture, not just smart, primed-up, perfectly decorated interiors." ―www.johnnygrey.com

"A lovely, brave and original book. Nancy's writing is compelling and her narrative makes one want to read the words as much as see the pictures." ―Johnny Grey, creator of the "unfitted kitchen" and author of The Art of Kitchen Design: Planning for Comfort and Style and Kitchen Culture: Reinventing Kitchen Design.

"Nancy Hiller is a premier cabinetmaker with a fondness for wood and old houses, and with a storyteller’s feel for character. Here she offers us a gallery of women who have created distinctive homes, often in buildings that others had abandoned, sometimes after having been abandoned themselves, always with resourcefulness and imagination. As these women restore the outward fabric of houses and gardens and furnishings, they also restore the fabric of their lives. Hiller honors their skill and pluck, and Kendall Reeves, through his photographs, enables us to glimpse the beauty of their creations. After reading this book, you will see your own home place with fresh eyes." ―Scott Russell Sanders, author of A Conservationist Manifesto

"Hiller writes with lyric grace about a subject with [which] she is well acquainted." ―The Ryder

"The book is more than a brick-and-mortar description of these unique, comfortable and comforting homes or of decorating advice or ideas on paint color. It is an emotional journey, delving into women's unique relationship with the places they call home." ―her magazine for women

"A Home of Her Own is a collection of stories of women and their homes, the connections and relationships they have with their spaces and the work they put in to making it happen. The stories of these remarkable women are chronicled not only through their words but also the beautiful photographs of Kendall Reeves." ―alandesignstudioblog.blogspot.com

"I found this book enchanting from the beginning." ―Kathryn Lofton, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, Yale University

"A wolf in sheep’s clothing―Betty Friedan disguised as Martha Stewart―A Home of Her Own is a set of radical tales in female empowerment posing as a diversion for ladies who lunch." ―WFIU Artworks

"Hiller charts the stories of 18 women for whom a house is more than just a roof over their heads. The tales of how these women managed to create distinctive spaces in the face of (and often spurred by) life's challenges are as relatable as they are inspiring. Although the accompanying photos exude an almost effortless grace, Hiller's text drives home an important restoration lesson: It won't be quick or easy, but it will be worth it." ―Old House Journal

About the Author

Nancy R. Hiller is a cabinetmaker and owner and principal designer at NR Hiller Design, Inc. She is author of The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History (IUP, 2009) and has published in numerous period design and woodworking magazines, including American Bungalow, Old House Interiors, and Fine Woodworking.

Kendall Reeves is a professional photographer and owner of Spectrum Studio, Inc., in Bloomington, Indiana. His previous books include Bloomington: A Contemporary Portrait and Terre Haute: Crossroads of America.

Patricia Poore is a magazine editor and former publisher. She was owner and editor of Old-House Journal for twenty years and also founded GARBAGE, Old-House Interiors, Arts & Crafts Homes, and Early Homes magazines.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253223539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253223531
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paula Carr on March 21, 2016
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I really enjoyed this book. My only quibble is that I'd have preferred more pictures. A pet peeve of mine is reading a description of a room or a detail in a room and there's no picture of what's being described. If it's interesting/significant enough to cover in the text why no picture? But other than that, I loved the homes included in this book. The women were fascinating people.
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Ms. Hiller is a superlative writer and this book is a wonderful gem. It transcends genres and portrays the transformative powers of 18 women in creating unique personal spaces to grow and share their creative lives. It explores the unique relationship that women have with their homes as symbolic, metaphorical and literal centers of their livelihood. The images by Kendall Reeves are beautiful. The centerpiece of this work is a guide to how the inspired become designers of their lives and how each and every aspect of that creation becomes a work of heart. It acknowledges that life can beset by incredible challenges, but renovation and healing are an intricate and connected spiritual means as well as a goal. Beyond these personal tales is a first class guide to design with insight on how to create efficient, innovative, and expressive spaces to soothe the soul. A+
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