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From a house to a home : simple ideas and projects to enrich everyday family life
Mills, Jemima.
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Publication Information:
London : Collins & Brown ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Publishing Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
159 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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TX145 .M514 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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No matter how much life changes, one thing remains a comforting constant: the family. Strengthen the bond between generations and turn family time into quality time with these innovative ideas for group activities. Make meals the anchor of daily life...even if busy schedules won't allow everyone to come together every day. Recipes for quick, wholesome foods let you focus on each other, not cooking, while delicious-sounding snacks (like "the best apple pie ever!") and elaborate dinners for more leisurely moments will entice everyone to the table. Turn off that TV and have some family fun with creative playtime suggestions for all ages. Try out holiday beach and country pursuits (including ones for those rainy days), and see how to give everyone that quiet "time out" we all occasionally need. And, don't forget the toys, stories, and rituals that make bathtime and bedtime something special enough for children to remember always!

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Booklist Review

Consider this a cousin of The Joy of Cooking, a warm, somewhat scattered approach to the process of making a home more joyful, friendlier, and more humane. British fashion stylist and director Mills concentrates on the daily routines that make up family life, starting with specific rooms and then evolving into tips, activities, menus, and decorating ideas. The kitchen is, of course, first; there's an alert about safety, such as knives pointing down in the dishwasher, and drawers featuring safety stops. Various rooms and family routines follow, with plenty of color pictures, occasional recipes, and creative play ideas. She suggests, for example, that special blankets and special comfort food accompany a "poorly bed" set aside for the invalid child. And it's mind boggling to realize what "family playtime" encompasses, from painting T-shirts and building sand castles to enjoying peace and quiet. Bibliography appended. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Most design books only provide ideas for children's bedrooms. Here considerations are given on how to accommodate children in every room of the house, with safety concerns and storage needs incorporated into the design. The style shown is primarily casual country; although a minimal style is depicted, toy cars lined up under a sleek bench look like a witty designer touch rather than a storage place. There is a chapter on family food with a few recipes and one on family playtime, but the book's strength is in the kid-friendly decor. Highly recommended for any size public library. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.