I am sure I am not the only one who loves to get a peek into how others live. Not so much in the voyeristic manner no, no, but more so in witnessing the variety of ways people make their homes their own. A good way to do this without being labeled as a full on voyeur…check out the recently published “America at Home.” The book captures all the ways that we work, play, learn, live, interact and transform our dwellings into our homes. From McMansions, to mobile homes, to tree houses, to tenement slums, to ranches, to retirement homes…the amazing images document the harmonies and paradoxes of home life in the United States.
A few of my favorite images and their stories…
© 2008 Jennifer Zdon / AMERICA AT HOME
New Orleans, Louisiana. Albert and Judy Ledner, 83 and 82, enjoy a night in their unique home, designed in 1957 by Albert himself and located in the heavily damaged Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans, near the 17th Street Canal. The Ledners moved back to the house in December 2006 after spending a year repairing damage to the structure from five-foot Hurricane Katrina floodwaters. The restoration of this home, a local landmark, is still not complete.
© 2008 Kim Komenich / AMERICA AT HOME
Timber Cove, California. Architect and designer Olle Lundberg relaxes at the mountain home he and his wife Mary Breuer constructed from reclaimed materials salvaged from the shiny office buildings he designs for clients. The couple also live on a converted Icelandic car ferry berthed in San Francisco. Both homes are designed to have a low environmental impact. There are currently only about 8,000 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified homes in the United States.
© 2008 Richard A. Cooke III / AMERICA AT HOME
Kualapuu, Hawaii. When deer began to invade their vegetable garden, Rick and Bronwyn Cooke rigged up a bed in the tomato house and took turns sleeping there to keep the trespassers out. It’s also proven popular with Bronwyn and the family dog, Tigerlilly, for after-gardening naps.
Kind of like reality T.V. but in a much more true-to-life fashion. And, if you feel a little left out and want to be part of the book you can create a custom cover. Love it!
All of the information on the book including “a look inside the book,” pricing, and the custom cover experience can be found at www.myamericaathome.com.