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As a Baby Boomer with a child finally moving out I was looking for ideas to set up my own pleasant space in her room- a den/sewing-needle work/art space- things I haven't really had space for- and chanced on this book. Unfortunately I only focused on the beginning of the title "My Creative Space: How to design..." which is not about setting up a little 'me space'. When I started reading it got a little too in depth- just not what I was looking for- which made me start flipping pages to find the pictures. The funny thing was I kept getting drawn in to the different ideas, beliefs, examples of great people, and statistics, on how to create an entire home and lifestyle conducive to the innovated, creative, young entrepreneur, that he was really writing about. I basically did this right up until I got to the end, highlighting passages over and over again, much to my surprise. Too funny. A lot can be applied to what I'd like to do with the room, but also in changing my own living habits. Donald Rattner goes into sleeping better hours, ambient lighting, taking showers and baths, keeping a journal or notebook close by for your ideas and thoughts, brainwaves, sharing ideas with others, taking some 'away time', getting out, communing with nature so to speak, and meditating and/or making quiet time for yourself, all to enhance the creative juices. Like I said, more in depth than I was looking for, but truly very interesting. Some things I had heard before but I've never had it all put in one place and explained so succinctly.
What I did find interesting was that although, Donald talked about using the color blue (and later greens) in your rooms for a calming contemplative effect- in most of the pictures the rooms were all white with a little blues and greens as accents. I loved the light and openness of the look in these pictures, and will definitely be convincing my husband to paint the room white. The room is very small so I need it to look larger than it is so I won't feel cooped up and want to spend time in it. But overall, despite it not being what I was looking for, it is truly an interesting and informative book. I do recommend this book to the young, creative, innovative, person with the money to implement most of these ideas, and who wants to better their lifestyle in your creative pursuit. Me and my little 'me space'- I'll keep looking. ^~^
This book is a nice addition to my collection of books on creativity. Rather than style, this book looks at how to adapt your space so that it makes you more creative. It does this by explaining why and how the tips work based on scientific research in the field of creativity. While a lot of the individual tips are fairly common, there's probably some new ideas in there for everyone. Mine was about the color blue and research showing it helps induce divergent thinking.
Unfortunately, the author doesn't actually give references for the research it cites, so it's impossible to look up the research and decide for yourself if you like the author's interpretation. The whole book seems focused on wealthy readers who have the time and inclination to put all their lights on timers to match the light changes through out the day. All of the pictures show very streamlined spaces. Lot's of Swedish design and austerity. I didn't want to work in any of them. I like more color and softness in my creative space.
There also weren't a lot of specific ideas on how to implement the tips. The author seemed in general to be more interested in the big picture than the details. But once I understood how and why the tip worked, I felt able to make changes to my existing space, and the changes do seem to work.
This is a book about what sparks creativity and how you can spark your own. It’s fascinating and I highly recommend it. If you’re looking for ideas and floor plans on how to set up a studio or office at your current residence to work on creative pursuits like I was, it’s not a good choice. If you are planning to build, you might find the suggestions regarding ceiling height and windows helpful. This would have five stars if it was titled correctly. It’s well-researched, well-written and even humorous.