To Each His Home

Princeton Architectural Press has been known for their innovative, risk-taking, independent publishing efforts. They are behind some of the most influential indie books of late, including Handmade Nation, Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns, Hand Job: A Catalog of Type, and the forthcoming A Year of Mornings (based on the popular blog). I got a new book from PA Press called To Each His Home: Inspired Interiors as Unique as Their Owners by Bilyana Dimitrova:

In the book, Bilyana speaks with homeowners who not only have a unique sense of style, but live unique lifestyles altogether. They let their houses speak for their lives, their personalities, blending the lines between them and their environment. To these free spirits, their homes are part of themselves, an extension of their personalities.

I enjoyed paging through the book’s colorful photos. At first, they seemed cluttered, but as I looked more closely at each photo I began to get a sense of the occupant without even reading the words on the opposite page. It is obvious that each homeowner in the book is a visual artist: musician, marionette maker, painter, inventor, among others.

My favorite home in the book was the Fink Farm, with its rustic touches and the lawn littered with roosters and turkeys (photo directly above). My favorite room, or photo, was this serene bedroom shot from the home of Erik Sanko, a musician and marionette maker:

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Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.