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House Proud: Unique Home Design, Louisiana Hardcover – September 16, 2013
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House Proud is much more than a design book. It’s a story about family and friends, culture and heritage... It’s a real delight and a wonderful addition for any collection.
(Bright Bold & Beautiful blog, September 18, 2013)
Valorie Hart is one of the most passionate women we’ve ever encountered. It’s clear that everything she does is done with love- and this book is no exception. In House Proud, Valorie takes readers through the most fashionable doorways in Louisiana. We’re swooning over the rustic elements and still obsessing over the amount of colors and patterns. Each home is full of personality, clearly created with love, and photographed beautifully by Sara Essex Bradley. This is one book that we’ll be referencing anytime we need a creative boost. (Rue Magazine Online, September 2013)
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Valorie's writing is informed, but friendly and real. I gladly read every word. Part of the satisfaction in viewing these delicious interiors is learning about the home owners, their histories and motivations, and of course their connections to the State of Louisiana. The sense of place is so strong, and understanding how and why people express that in their homes is always interesting.
Also, don't miss Valorie's Introduction! It stands on its own as an honest, absorbing and even entertaining essay. I've never met her in person but have followed her blog for four years, and on that authority have an opinion. My favorite college art professor said that art is about solving problems. And as I developed my own creativity, I began to understand what he meant by that. Valorie is a problem solver. She's a keen observer, a tireless worker, a fount of creative resourcefulness, a multi-faceted woman of many layers and experiences. Watch this one, she could become a legend in her own time. I hope more books are in her future and that one of them will be an autobiography.
Sadly, yet another book that I wouldn't have bought had I actually seen it in a store. There are a lot of close-cropped photos that give very little sense of how the entire room is decorated, and although the author has given us an admirable cross-section of upscale and just like us houses, there are so many houses included that each one gets only cursory attention. The one exception is the several pages devoted to Belle Alliance, a large renovated house with stories about the ballroom and Tiffany transom. This seems to be the only house [including her own house and those that she decorated] that really inspired her prose descriptions.
The best part is the take away notes. As a person who is always looking to "steal" other people's ideas I just loved this.
My pages are tagged with notes to revisit. This is a great book for anyone looking for real and practical ideas for their home- or just be nosey like me.