A new season is upon us, one that often draws us closer to home, evenings in front of the fireplace with a good glass of wine or lazy mornings with a good book.

Whether you like turning real pages, as I do, or have become a proficient Kindle screen scanner, you know the power of visualization. Books have the ability to unleash in the mind myriad images of environments, real and imagined circumstances.

The dictionary defines “visualization” in these words: To make visible; envisage. The word “envisage” finds its origins in archaic French and means “to look in the face of”. When we begin to visualize a new dwelling, or when we savor a moment in a favorite corner of our current home, we are indeed “seeing” the face, persona or spirit of our environment. We personify it. We respond to it as we would to the familiar and reassuring face of a friend or loved one. It encloses and embraces us all at once.

Home renovations and house hunting have this in common; they bring our imagination to the mesmerizing realm of visualization, where each color, each cozy corner and each ray of sunshine entering at just the right angle bring us a sense of belonging and joy. We virtually revisit the space, over and over, until we have dressed it up to perfection and until we recognize it, because it resembles us. We turn our homes into our own masterpieces. This, in fact, is what makes a house a home. And when we dream of a new home, we dream of the ultimate masterpiece; the one that best captures our spirit, mood, values and lifestyle.

This brings me back to the subject of books. I have recently come across one that surely feels like it could be a fantastic addition to day dreams of renovations or new surroundings. The title caught my eye: “The House That Faux Built”, by Adrienne van Dooren. This, I thought, is clearly about transformation and about seeing grand accomplishments in spite of current evidence. Somewhat like the sculptor who sees the revealed Demeter in what may otherwise appear to be a shapeless slab of marble.

Amazon.com describes “The House That Faux Built” as follows:

“The House that Faux Built is a unique project-turned-book with a dual purpose: To raise money for the New Orleans Habitat House that Faux built in support of Katrina Victims and to showcase the very latest in… home makeover techniques…. More than 100 top artists from across the U.S. and Europe volunteered to help. Together they transformed… rooms… into unique works of art. This new book captures the project in over 500 full color photos and is being snapped up by homeowners, DIY’ers, Realtors and designers eager to see the latest in… home transformations. Readers will learn home makeover solutions including: 15 tricks to make a small room look larger, 5 secrets to make ceilings appear higher, 5 ways to transform cement floors & new techniques for wood floors, 3 Inexpensive methods to customize existing cabinets and appliances, 3 ways to make old brick, tile, and counter tops look like stone. Dozens of ideas and products that did not exist even a year ago.”

What a fantastic virtual world might we discover if we had the ability to transfer to viewing screen the incessant flow of images from our minds?

Click HERE to find this book on Amazon

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