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Revue de presse

“An engaging book…enlightening and helpful.” (Los Angeles Times)

Gallagher is...a cultural collector, serving up tasty morsels of research and history...about our homes. (New York Times)

Gallagher writes fresh and nuanced interpretations of the subtler aspects of life. (Book List, starred review)

[Gallagher] conducts a tour like no other of the American house, excavating its fascinating history and covert psychological influences. (Book List, starred review)

“An intriguing examination of an elusive topic, with a depth and range that go beyond predictable terrain.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This rich and intelligent book...leads us on an intimate and revealing pilgrimage into America’s restless soul.” (Boston Globe)

“The book’s strength lies in the author’s intuitions...a small book with many valuable insights.” (Architectural Record)

“Enlightening.” (New York Times)

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Ethan Allen and HGTV may have plenty to say about making a home look right, but what makes a home feel right? In House Thinking, journalist and cultural critic Winifred Gallagher takes the reader on a psychological tour of the American home. By drawing on the latest research in behavioral science, an overview of cultural history, and interviews with leading architects and designers, she shows us not only how our homes reflect who we are but also how they influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

How does your entryway prime you for experiencing your home? What makes a bedroom a sensual oasis? How can your bathroom exacerbate your worst fears? House Thinking addresses provocative questions like these, enabling us to understand the homes we've made for ourselves in a unique and powerful new way. It is an eye-opening look at how we live . . . and how we could live.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ffd1b58) étoiles sur 5 23 commentaires
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HASH(0x9b586894) étoiles sur 5 House Thinking by Winifred Gallagher 12 février 2006
Par Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book provides a good deal of practical wisdom on how
to decide upon your dream home. It covers environmental psychology
consisting of wall colors and lighting placement. It discusses
the wisdom of having a great room as a refuge. Some homes have
a cozy cavelike refuge to enhance privacy and intimacy.
The author asks that we balance privacy and sociability with the
design. After all, the house layout supports the way we live
far into the future. Optimum lighting contributes to an overall
feeling of well-being. Clutter management is important to enhance
orderliness and accessibility of items used on a daily basis.
As a rule of thumb, discard, sell or trade things not used
within the current year or so.

The book will assist you in organizing a model home for living
now and into the future. This is a valuable acquisition because
the author presents many aspects of the home which people
do not consider when making a purchase decision. A home can be
a place where you will spend much of your time. This book will
assist in ascertaining whether or not the site provides the
comfort and atmosphere most people require in a home setting.
28 internautes sur 29 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x9b586c9c) étoiles sur 5 A fascinating topic covered in a haphazard fashion 19 août 2007
Par Eric D. Austrew - Publié sur Amazon.com
I found the basic concept of this book to be fascinating. The author takes on the task of walking us through each room in the traditional American house and analyzing not the furniture and decor, but the life and psychology of each. The result should be a series of insights into how we can design our living spaces to support and even create behaviors that are beneficial to us. And in some cases, this is what we get. But all too often - indeed, for the majority of the book - Gallagher seems to veer off course and talk about the history and sociology associated with each room. While this is an interesting topic in and of itself, the lack of a consistent method from room to room can be both confusing and distracting. As an example, here are the approaches taken for two rooms: For the section on the living room, the author describes the psychology of refuge and prospect in a way that is potentially useful for anyone trying to figure out why their house does not seem to offer them the feeling of comfort and belonging they would like. For the section on the kitchen, we are treated to the historical background of women's literal place in the home, and the way the kitchen has evolved with and contributed to the feminist movement. Both sections are well written and interesting, but only the first supported my goal of learning how to create a comfortable home.

This lack of of focus cripples what could have been both a very readable and very useful book. As it is, while "House Thinking" is still well worth reading, it will not be a book that earns a place of honor in your library. Or your living room. Or bedroom.
47 internautes sur 53 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x9b586d14) étoiles sur 5 Understanding the Psychology of Spaces in Your Home 27 février 2006
Par Virginia Allain - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I was pleased to discover this book from a review in the Orlando Sentinel. It explains why certain spaces in a home may be beautifully decorated, yet not feel right. The author says, "feeling at home isn't about spending money." Our bedrooms should reflect our private self and the living room our best self.

This book makes you rethink the spaces in your home and tells you why some area work for you and others just don't have the feel you want.
22 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x9b4a60c0) étoiles sur 5 Great Concept - Not Well Executed 21 avril 2007
Par lxsinmarin - Publié sur Amazon.com
I work with architects & interior designers every day to design commerical space, so I'm familiar with the ideas the author was trying to communicate. The concept of how we live in our homes and how design has evolved in America and throughout the world is fascinating. The author has done a tremendous amount of research. At the end of the book I was left feeling like I'd read a draft of someone's doctoral dissertation, with a lot of editing still to be done. As others have mentioned, the lack of pictures and illustrations is a huge oversight. Even for those of us familiar with design concepts & nomenclature, it is nearly impossible to wade through the descriptions given--I felt like I was being tested to translate her observations into a vision that reconciled to her conclusions. Furthermore, I think the organization of the book, a room-by-room analysis of how design has evolved, although logical in approach--did not mesh well with what the author was trying to communicate. She would often go off on a tangent siting research, trends throughout history and psychological implications that may have applied to the "room" in question, but were often as relevant or irrelevant to any other room, yard or community she might have chosen to elaborate on.

This might be a good book to introduce the evolution of design to someone with little prior knowledge (which is why I'm generous in providing 2 stars); especially at the current bargain prices on Amazon. Otherwise, I'd recommend passing this one by.
39 internautes sur 44 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x9b4a61f8) étoiles sur 5 inspirational and moving 27 février 2006
Par Sloane Tanen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
House Thinking is a thoughtful, carefully argued book written with a lot of love and passion. Like Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space, Gallagher's book explores the fascinating relationship between domestic space and psychology. It's also a must read for ANYONE interested in the arts, architecture, interior design or renovation. Unlike so much of the garbage out there, this is a book that makes you really think about how the way we live shapes our lives. Highly recommended!
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