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Do our surroundings really make a difference in how we feel? In the harmony
with which we conduct our daily lives? In our exploration of our personal,
professional and spiritual paths? The answer, as shown in The Art of Dramatic
Living: Personalizing the Home through Good Design , is a resounding "Yes!"
Form, color, texture, light, proportion and material -- as well as cleanliness
and order -- are powerful tools for expressing who we really are.
In these pages, Dr. Carol Soucek King visits more than thirty residences
around the world in which good design echoes the identity of those who live
there. A house in Israel connects an active family with their cherished land
and the sea beyond. A rustic lodge/camp dwelling in Texas celebrates its
owners' retreat from urban life to a setting amid oak trees, creeks and hills.
In Italy, a bachelor pares down the size of his living space and number of
possessions but not his full expression of his devotion to music, lyrical
spaces and elegant entertaining. In Tokyo, a Japanese entrepreneur creates a
background to share his interests in global business and fine art with visiting
business leaders and diplomats as well as his family. A couple in Sydney,
Australia, uses every aspect of their home's historic site and style as
background for their thoroughly up-to-the-minute interests and worldwide
Today's homeowners want to shape their house to their lifestyle, not adapt
their lifestyle to the home. An individual's home is a mirror of their inner
self and a person's environment affects their mind, body and spirit. This book
goes beyond design to health and well-being. In these and an array of other
homes, Dr. King shows how a variety of people in vastly different circumstances
have realized that, in creating a home, one is creating one's own universe, and
that in order to live life to its fullest, one should make the most of all the
tools of good design.