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The Divine Home: Living with Spiritual Objects [Hardcover]

Peter Vitale

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Book Description

1 Mar 2009
For the millions of Americans combining the spiritual and the decorative in their homes—from dramatic crosses in a modern log cabin to handcrafted Native American spirit masks in a sprawling Southwestern ranch—this beautifully rendered book of interior design depicts how the serene touch of religious design elements can be effortlessly incorporated with a modern sensibility.

Whether as a reflection of fervent belief, a secular nod to nostalgia, or a purely aesthetic choice, devotional objects such as religious idols, crosses, and Buddha statues have a profound visual power. Within these pages are thirty homes in which works inspired by religious traditions form a vital and varied part of the sumptuous and serene design of these spaces.

Some of the people featured in this dramatic book collect with a geographic interest, some define their collections stylistically, and still others choose a historical framework. Yet all of the residences share a distinctly personal touch. Personality, in fact, runs rampant through these interiors that tell stories about the owners, the objects, and the houses themselves, such as CeCe Cord’s sunny Texas residence, John Saladino’s calm California villa, Kelly Klein’s soaring Manhattan loft, and Adrienne Vittadini’s richly textured Florida home.

While some of the residents have personal spiritual connections with their pieces—like a Santa Fe psychoanalyst and his varied collections of Outsider art, African works, and Judaica—others merely find in the antiquities a sense of beauty and comfort. An interior designer who updated a rustic Colorado cabin is drawn to decorating with crosses for their geometric appeal as opposed to their religious connotations. In New York and Los Angeles, two different homeowners escape their busy lives in peaceful, calming environments created with Asian art.

While the religious or spiritual elements are quite pronounced, they blend seamlessly into fascinating, eye-catching hybridized environments—from French Provençal to Spanish Colonial to light, airy patrician. Each residence—captured by one of the most sought-after interior photographers—will enchant you with its beauty and originality and perhaps inspire you to begin a spiritual collection of your own. A collection, as these homeowners explain, starts with one artwork, but it is one piece that can lead to a magnificent obsession.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, Division of Random House Inc (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307405214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307405210
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 25.6 x 29.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,802,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Coffee Table Book 29 Oct 2008
By Norma Lehmeierhartie - Published on Amazon.com
30 homes are featured in The Divine Home: Living with Spiritual Objects. The book is large and heavy and filled with Peter Vitale's luscious photography. While the photographs are breathtaking, the text tells the owner's stories and is quite interesting.

Most of the objects featured are of museum quality--but unlike a museum, the viewer gets to see the art within the context of a real home. As a designer, my favorite aspect of the book is seeing the way the art is displayed in the rooms. If you collect art, I would recommend this book for that feature alone.

Vitale features homes from super lavish in Texas to spare and contemporary in New York.

The Divine Home is a visual delight. Highly recommend.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for everyone. 31 Dec 2008
By DA - Published on Amazon.com
It is so nice a refreshing to see such a quality interiors book with such high quality photographs by one photographer with a clear vision. The book is so well designed and is a must for all libraries. In addition to being a monograph by a very talented photographer, who's work you see in all the best design magazines, it is a book about collectors with a passion for objects that are displyed in beautiful homes. Buy it!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and really divine 21 Dec 2008
By Laine M. Dougherty - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book, from cover to cover. I've been waiting for this kind of publication for some time because I also collect religious and spiritual artifacts. I was amazed by the quality and variety of the art showed. The homes were beautiful and text were great but what impressed the most was the the way they have been displayed. I was surprised though to learn that most of the owners are not religious at all. I own a very small collection compared with the ones showed but they have a meaning of past experiences. But they love and respect the objects they own and this is good enough for me. Congratulations to Vitale and publishers for a beautiful and honest book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the spiritual in your home 30 Oct 2009
By Mary C. Gately - Published on Amazon.com
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I always thought I was a little odd with my love of spiritual objects such as statues and crucifixes and wanting them in my home, thanks to this book, I am delighted to say I am not the only one with this artistic inclination! Peter Vitale's beautiful color photographs illustrate how stunningly beautiful these religious artifacts are, whether they be in a place of worship or a residence!! Looking at the photographs and reading about the lovely collections the owners have amassed over the years reaffirms that love of beauty is quite beyond religious denomination and that beauty illustrates a small quantity of "The Divine Spark". A divinely beautiful book that will not fail to inspire!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and guide to religious art as used in home decorating. 2 May 2011
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is beautifully done and shows art from Christianity and other religions used in home decorating. My specialty is in Christian Art and through this book I have learned more than from any other place or literature.
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