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The House that Pinterest Built Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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"In “The House That Pinterest Built” (Rizzoli, $65, 272 pp.) Diane Keaton provides a privileged peek into her 8,000-square-foot industrial-chic dream home. It’s a sprawling brick structure in west Los Angeles’s Sullivan Canyon boasting the kind of rough-hewed, reclaimed features that proliferate on Pinterest, and Ms. Keaton’s book takes cues from her preferred inspiration engine. Photos of pools, staircases, ladders and chairs that the actress and author pulled from the site and from her own archives ultimately provided blueprints for her home, offering a unique, crowdsourced twist to the closed-door world of celebrity living. 'Once upon a time, scrap bookers, collage artists, image-driven addicts and appropriators like me were lonely hunters,' Ms. Keaton wrote in the book’s introduction. 'Now dare I say billions of people discover, seize and enlarge their reference pool with the variety of beauty allocated from others.' "
—The New York Times
"In the book — a part historical photographic essay/style compass/how-to/inspirational coffee table book — the reader gets a peek into the star’s design process from her Pinterest pins to the final product. "
"California-based author, director, and Academy Award winner Diane Keaton has a true passion and keen eye for home design. She decorates and flips homes in her spare time—and her book, The House That Pinterest Built (Rizzoli, out October 10) is her ode to that. Using Pinterest, the actress designed her new, 8,000-square-foot brick home from “the gifts of other people’s addictive yearnings for the perfect home, with the perfect landscape and the perfect interior.” With this homage to other people’s favorite design elements and personal creations, she’s eager to see how people respond to how she repurposed these ideas."
"The style-guide offers glimpses of the new California house’s sprawling rooms, complete with magic touches — glimmering light fixtures, vintage clocks, rustic wood panels, and more — pulled from or inspired by Keaton’s boards such as “Breakfast of Champions.” As Keaton says, 'Who knows, you might find one of your pins here.' "
—New York Magazine / The Cut
About the Author
Diane Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress, director, and author. Her design aesthetic has been celebrated in several successful books that she produced, including California Romantica and House. Lisa Romerein is a Los Angeles–based photographer.
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Last evening my girlfriend and I attended a live talk featuring Diane Keaton discussing her 'architectural masterpiece' and we bought a signed copy of this book. Sadly, fine an actress as Ms. Keaton is, in her remarks and the subsequent discussion she came off as a very wealthy self-indulgent person with too much time on her hands, someone able to toy endlessly with her idiosyncratic aesthetic tastes. In my wildest nightmares I would not want to live in her house. Some of her decisions and remarks just struck me as nothing short of dreadful or absurd.
By way of examples: The house lacks standard eye level windows, instead primarily relying for natural illumination on skylights. As a result it looks more like a prison or a factory than a home. Ms. Keaton's monochromatic color scheme seems to be intended for the color blind. Clearly her decision to incorporate a silo (undoubtedly just what every house needs!) into her design is completely eccentric. The multiple level house relies on stairways for access. While Ms. Keaton is currently an apparently healthy 71 year old, some years hence she may not be so physically able. Why not now develop a design comprehending such potential future diminished mobility?
Finally, several times last evening Ms. Keaton justified her architectural decisions by asking the audience: "Who spends time in a living room?" IMHO this rhetorical query well illustrates her wide divergence from ordinary people's lives. Maybe Ms. Keaton's estate sized 8000+ square foot house has so much additional living space that its occupants spend little time in a living room. However I suspect that for most people the living room is the center of their home. It would have been for Annie Hall.
Documenting this unfortunate house in a book simply seems to extend Ms. Keaton's self-indulgence. So again, this is a well made beautiful book about an architectural mess. Hence, with a large amount of charity, the three stars.