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The first one taught me sooo much ...

The first one taught me sooo much ...

You know the movie There something about Mary … Well – there is something about this book I’m gonna write about, that makes me keep moving every time I just get the glimpse of it. It is just funny – last time I checked Kim Parkers book Home in Amazon it was offered  together with also one of my inspirational book picks:  Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts. But this is another book and another story.

And you also know the saying never judge the book by its cover, but when I first saw Home I did exactly that. I was atracted by the cover – woman sitting very contentedly on the sofa, souranded with beautiful pillows and paitings. I didn’t think – just ordered it.

... great inspirations ...

... great inspirations ...

It’s funny that last time one of my FB friends asked me if I know Kim Parkers designs. I can just answered – yes I know her designs and they have been a great inspirations of mine since the day the mailman delivered the book.  With her calmly voice she taught me that it is o.k. if you don’t have formal art education. That it is o.k. if designs are hand painted. That it is o.k. if everything is not perfect, that it’s o.k. to make mistakes and that sometimes mistakes are also cute and so, so human. That it is o.k. to be colorful, bright and spontaneous. That it is o.k. to follow your inner voice …

Her story  how she struggled as a designer in New York, how she finally  worked with the names such as Diane Furstenberg, Jill Stuart, Anna Sui and many, many others, shows me that with a hard work and confidence you can reach aything. And btw – her work »appeared« on films and TV shows such as Sex and the City, Desperate Houswives and Days of Our Lives … How cool is that?!?

I also dream how my work will appear on dishes ... For now they are just blank canvas :)

I also dream how my work will appear on dishes ... For now they are just blank canvases 🙂

I could write about this for hours, but then I would probably bore you too tears … The bottom line is: this book is my loyal companion and teacher. What is it that makes it so special? Nothing really, just a true life story, accompanied with great photos and great designs of course?

I’m sure you have such a »bible« on your book shelve as well. Mind sharing yours?

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  1. janis - pinecone camp September 23, 2010 at 17:07 #

    Great post! I just came over to your blog via BYW.
    I might have to pick up this book – haven’t seen it before, so thanks for sharing. One of my fave books is called “Flea Market Style” by Emily Chalmers. She’s from the U.K. and is a fabulous prop stylist as well as owner of the shop, Caravan.
    Bye for now! Your blog is lovely, and you and your husband obviously make a good team. 😉

  2. sarah s. September 23, 2010 at 22:42 #

    this was a great post. I too just pooed in from BYW. I will have to check out the book. One of my favorites is: “Etcetera, Etc.” by Sibella Court. It has great styling and photography. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Stephanie Ryan September 24, 2010 at 06:00 #

    I am a huge fan of Kim Parker. Very nice.

  4. petra September 24, 2010 at 09:30 #

    Thanks ladies for sharing. I’ll check your favorite ones.
    Do you realize that we are school mates 🙂 ?

  5. Cindy Ann September 25, 2010 at 18:10 #

    great post!! We have similar taste, I have a few of these book already in my library 🙂

    • petra September 27, 2010 at 09:41 #

      Hi Cindy! That’s cool. It’s funny – I checked your blog and your face looked so familiar to me. Now I know from where. I saw you about a month ago on Tara Reeds blog :). Good job!!!

  6. Libby September 27, 2010 at 09:26 #

    Wow – this is lovely. I really love your work and I think it would be sublime on dishes. Stopping by from BYW.

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