A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life

book coverWhat a great title for a book about keeping house!  I laugh each time I read it, and I’m in complete agreement with the sentiment (sorry Mom!).

Author Mary Randolph Carter will be at Carter & Cavero on Palmer Square on November 14 to sign copies Noon-3:00pm.  The book, published by art house Rizzoli, is lavishly illustrated with Carter’s photographs.  A wonderful holiday gift, of course.

The bestselling lifestyle author (the longtime creative director at Ralph Lauren) puts a new twist on living life creatively.  The subtitle (a novel in itself) states: How to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc… and stop worrying about everything being perfectly in its place.

Contrast this with a more serious-minded book I wrote about for the Packet years ago, when the housekeeping craze hit big time.  We’ve backed off a little since then, but Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson is still in print.  But I love Carter’s philosophy of letting life’s mess have its (artful) place in the home too.

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