In The BNOTP Library: Where Women Create

I noticed this evening as I was working on this book post, Amazon shows I purchased this book on January 20, 2011. That was almost 2 weeks exactly after I began the process of turning my son’s old bedroom into an office/craft/sewing room. I was definitely in the zone and looking for inspiration.

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In the BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women
Author: Jo Packham

Where Women Create by Jo Packham

3 Things I Like About This Book:

  • Though most of the creative work spaces featured in this book are not especially spaces I would feel comfortable working in on a daily basis, I found this book fascinating! It’s not often you get a peek into the studios and offices of some of the most creative designers and artists of our day.
  • The studios, workrooms and offices of 26 well-known designers and artisans are featured in this book. They are: Wendy Addison, Susan Alexander, Kitty Bartholomew, Anna Corba, April Cornell, Cheri Ellis, Cindy Ellis, Sandra Evertson, Dena Fishbein, Andrea Grossman, Dee Gruenig, Charlotte Lyons, Victoria MacKenzie-Childs, Freddie Moran, Jo Packham, Eileen Paulin, Susan Pickering Rothamel, Jill Schwartz, Debbee Thibault, Sara Toliver, Sabine Vollmer von Falken, Jessie Walker, Suze Weinberg, Carolyn Westbrook, Nancy Wiley and Martha Young. I bet you recognize just a few of those names!
  • This isn’t a “how-to” book in that it doesn’t really tell you how to create a home studio. Instead, there are tons of pictures showing how each woman featured in this book has set up her office, work room or studio. Each woman also shares her thoughts and feelings about her own work space and why she designed it that way. It really is fascinating and wonderful how different they all are.

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  1. I’ve never seen the book before, but have purchased several of the magazines, and they are a delight to read!! Love how each artist personalized their own space to suit their needs. And their stories are so interesting. I like how each one has included personal mementos to keep them grounded. One artist, and she is well known, still works in her kitchen!!! Thanks for this review…..

  2. I love this book! I bought it several years ago when I, too, was turning my son’s old room into my studio and was totally inspired by the walls in Susan Alexander’s work space. I painted the lower 3/5ths of my walls in a yellow color-wash look that ended in large scallops where the yellow met the antique white on the upper 2/5ths. Between the two colors I painted olive green swags and glued on to the peaks of the scallops some rose cutouts I copied from my curtain fabric on a printer. If you look on pages 16 and 19 you’ll get a better idea of what I am trying to describe. I am still very happy with it–it’s a sunny space even when the sun doesn’t shine. I enjoy going back through my copy of the book because there is always something I didn’t see before–it is so full of so many great ideas!

    • That sounds so pretty, Ruth Anne! I looked in the book and I see what you mean…it’s like a pretty rose garland running all along the wall. I think something like that is timeless. It’s not overwhelming like wallpaper can be sometimes. I love it!

  3. Oh I bought that book also when it came out, the pages are just so pretty
    I was rearranging my beautiful books just early this week.
    we have a lot of the same books
    I love to look in my books and think I could do that if only I still had my old grove LOL

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