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Nearly half way through and really enjoying this book. Due to buy my first house and wanted to know more about design and how best to put my interiors together. Yes, a lot is simply common sense but the author has written the book in an insightful and fascinating way that makes you think and pay attention even more. Thank you
I can’t recommend this book enough. Well written and so readable. I planned to thumb through the book to locate the chapter on the area of my home I believed needed inspiration. Something I do with most decorating books. Instead I followed the author’s recommendation in the forward to start at the beginning of the book. I was delighted I did. Each chapter builds on the one before. The creative space is not just meant for creative types, it is to create a comfortable environment for everyone. The author delves deep into how space or the allusion of space is so necessary. Sighting several psychological studies, theories, and historical people’s stories it lays the foundation for what works and doesn’t work in creating our living and working spaces. That said, you won’t find this a book on Voodoo decorating. Originally I had purchased the book to help me with my home studio space. Reading this has led to my creating a home gym space and a comfortable “living room”. Comfortable in furnishings as well as for the mind.
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. ^~^
As a creativity professional with a masters degree in creativity and change leadership, I have read hundreds of books on the topic. My Creative Space has now become one of my all-time favorites. It's hard to believe that a book on home design could achieve this coveted spot; that's because this book is so much more than a book on space design. Donald Rattner has successfully build this book on a foundation of insights from top thinkers and academic studies in the science of creativity. There are three specific elements of this book that stood out to me.
First, Rattner's writing is exquisite. His prose, subtle humor, and the depth of writing all weave together to create a truly riveting book for a creativity nerd and the general public alike, not to mention his inclusion of ideas from top creativity experts and vignettes from famous creators. The book is filled with substance.
Second, the very design of the book (including its size) serves as a creative environment in and of itself. The author's choice of photography is exquisite and almost transports the reader into the spaces of which he writes.
Finally, the content of the book builds upon the scientific foundation of evidence into easy tips that people can incorporate into their homes. Rattner does a great job analyzing the evidence, sometimes drawing his own conclusions, sometimes presenting conflicting viewpoints, and always allowing the reader space to customize the use of the ideas.
Really, this book is a masterpiece and it is incredibly practical. I've collected many ideas and tweaks that I can immediately implement in my home to enhance creativity room by room.
A great read regardless of any immediate intention to change your space. An even better reference to keep making good decisions for life, life style, and life space. More than another design guide, a way to shape your life and style it as well!
This is a wonderful, very detailed book, full of great ideas. It has many good photographs, offering examples of creative spaces. I am in the middle of planning a new studio and am finding this book invaluable for that, as well as at home.
Love Donald Rattner's writing style and sense of humor, and how beautifully illustrated the book is. Needless to say, it also delivers incredibly actionable (and science-based) advice, which I have started to test out in my office and creative space. Thank you.