American Home

A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House By Gil Schafer III (Author) & Eric Piasecki (Photographer), Published By Rizzoli, 2017.

For award-winning New York-based architect Gil Schafer, the most successful houses are the ones that celebrate the small moments of life, houses with timeless charm that are imbued with memory and anchored in a distinct sense of place. Essentially, Schafer believes a house is truly successful when the people who live there consider it home. It’s this belief, and Schafer’s rare ability to translate his clients’ deeply personal visions of how they want to live into a physical home that reflects those dreams, that has established him as one of the most sought-after, highly-regarded architects of our time.

Detail Pages Of Interiors From A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House.

In this big, beautiful new book, A Place To Call Home Schafer follows up his bestselling The Great American House, by exploring the ways in which place is fundamental to the idea of home, sharing his process, taking readers on a detailed tour of seven beautifully realized houses in a range of styles located around the country. Each in a unique place, and each with a character all its own. 250 lush, full color photographs of these seven houses and other never-before-seen projects, including exterior, interior, and landscape details, invite readers into Schafer’s world of comfortable classicism.

Detail Pages Of Interiors/Exteriors From A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House.

A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House, Schafer shows how traditional and classical principles can blend with a sense of place to create homes in a range of styles, all with the satisfying tensions of fancy and simple, past and present. “I am, to be sure, a classical architect,” says Schafer. “As important as a commitment to classicism has been to me, no less meaningful is the desire to create architecture that is effectively responsive to a set of circumstances.” While Schafer is absolutely a classical architect, he is in fact a modern traditionalist, and A Place To Call Home showcases how he interprets traditional principles for a multiplicity of architectural styles within contemporary ways of living. Creating a cohesiveness that shortchanges neither history nor modernity.

About

In addition to his architectural practice, Schafer lectures around the country on the relevance and livability of traditional residential architecture today and is the author of two bestselling books, The Great American House and A Place To Call Home. He is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and winner of Veranda’s “Art of Design Award.” Schafer serves on several non-profit boards and advisory councils, including the Yale School of Architecture’s Dean’s Council and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. His projects have been widely published both here in the U. S. and abroad in: Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Veranda, Town & Country, Country Life, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among many others.

Mantra Magic

 Meaningful Mantra For A New Year

A mantra is a sound, syllable or group of words which, when recited, are regarded as capable of producing spiritual transformation. A word common in the eastern world made up of two words: man meaning “mind,” and tra meaning “instrument.” So, a mantra is an instrument of the mind. In eastern religions, and the mystical traditions of Christianity, mediators use mantras to center themselves and bring greater unity between the mind, body and spirit.

In many respects, a New Year’s Resolution is a kind of mantra. But, like mantras, resolutions must be practiced daily with intention and integrated into your way of being. A beneficial place to begin is with the mantra: Embrace All That Is You. Make this your new year mantra, or come up with your own. Think personalization and empowerment. Then, meditate. In fact, if you make only one resolution this New Year’s, choose to meditate every day. Align yourself for a stellar year ahead. Meaningful mantras will manifest. Blessed journey.

Season’s Song

Winter Worthy PlaylistWonder. Wisdom. Words. Now Carefully Curates Brilliant Books And Perfect Playlists To Browse And Enjoy Via Goodreads And The Music Player Each Season For Your Reading And Listening Pleasure.

K.D. Lang Performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” From The Winter Worthy Playlist, At The Vancouver 2010 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Pitch perfect performance magic. #goosebumps

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, By Mary Oliver,  480 pgs.

A Wonder. Wisdom. Words. pick from the Curated Winter Goodreads. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.

Just Breathe

Our Neck Of The Woods Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

Let the golden scent of Fall fill your senses and home with this warm, earthy and aromatic body mind spirit diffuser blend. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Autumn to your indoor living space, and create year-round seasonal spa-like magic with essential oils. Best in therapeutic-grade essential oil brands -also offering a nice selection of high-quality diffusers specifically engineered to maintain the therapeutic properties of the oils, recommended by Wonder. Wisdom. Words. when creating your blends and diffusing:  dōTERRAEdens Garden, Floracopeia, Living Libations & Rocky Mountain Oils. Just Breathe!

Music Medicine

DEVA: The New Album From Deva Premal. A Transcendent Collection Of Signature Mantras That Are Medicine For The Soul. Album Cover Photo By Francesco Mastalia, Photographer & Author Of The New Book Yoga: The Secret of Life.

Deva Premal’s composition, the Seven Chakra Gayatri Mantra, debuts on DEVA, nearly 20 years since her original, ground-breaking version of the ancient Gayatri Mantra began topping alternative music charts world-wide. With a rich mix of soothing, uplifting, and inviting chants, Deva’s voice ushers us into deeper states of meditation, serving as a portal to inner-peace, and takes us on a well-travelled mystical journey that comes full circle. Deva means “divine” in Sanskrit, and this beautiful collection reflects the many dimensions of Deva Premal’s soul and musical expression, from the beginning of her spiritual journey through today. Available from White Swan Records.

Autumn Time

Keep Calm And Carry On. Autumn Has Arrived In New England. 

  • Harvest ( har*vist ) 1. the time at which ripened crops are fathered & collected 2. the fruits of one’s labor
  • Autumn ( ot-em )1. the season also known as Fall; coming between Summer & Winter 2. including the months of September, October, and November -characterized by the changing leaves, the return of school & a time of gratitude 3. coinciding with the dropping of leaves from the trees as they go into a Winter rest, which is why it’s also called Fall
  • Harvest Moon ( har*vist*mo͞on) 1. the full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the Autumnal Equinox
  • Pumpkin Spice (pump*kin*spīs) 1. an Epicurean recipe that includes cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg & cloves 2. goes with everything nice
  • Foliage (fo*le*ij) 1. leaves on a plant or tree 2. brilliant in
    color during the Fall months

Yankee Magazine September 2018 Issue. Features include: Peak Perfection | How to Find Peak Foliage Color in New England. As the Fall foliage display makes its spectacular journey from northern elevations to valleys and shorelines, these seven hot spots along the way will keep you in the thick of color. There’s plenty of prime color to be found in surprisingly little-known spots, too. Plus The Best 5 Drive-to Foliage Views and What Autumn Teaches.