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.
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 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?