Female Times: Creating Spirit and Style in Your Home; Is Your Home a Soul-Less Masterpiece of Modern Decor or a Place of Spirituality and Individuality? SANDRA CHAPMAN Reviews a New Book Which Every Home Owner Should Read
Chapman, Sandra, The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Are you fed up looking at dado rails, co-ordinated wallpapers and severely draped curtains?
If not you should be. Every house has it, but the look is dated; it's time to move on to a more individualistic approach. In fact it's time to stop being a slave to trends and put the spirit back into the home.
That's the theme of a new book Heart & Home by Beverly Pagram* who is currently restoring her Georgian home in the Cotswolds. Her's is an almost holistic approach to creating spirit and style in the home. Ah, but you say, what can you do with a brand new semi except follow the current trends?
We all have a well of creativity in us and it's worthwhile dropping a bucket into it now and then to see what ideas turn up.
She believes that even the supposedly 'characterless, new dwelling has something positive to be developed and enhanced, be it wonderful natural light or a tiny slice of a kitchen evoking a ship's narrow galley'.
Beverly insists our home is not just a physical shelter but should be a place that renews and fulfils us.
It should be a place where the spirit of everyone who lives in it, should be reflected.
She says: "As we hover around the cusp of the millennium, many of us feel a sense of alienation from the polluting, throwaway society which is devouring the planet. We feel the pace of life is too fast.''
She believes we suffer from technology overload and fears that in the public eye we are defined only by our purchases. …