Reviews


”I enjoyed this peek into several people’s home lives, from Africa to South America. While each home had many unique and creative aspects, I found it interesting to focus on what they all had in common: access to greenery or plants, lots of light, effective use of space, and display of a few treasured items instead of holding a lot of stuff. A very soothing read.” San Fransisco Book Review


”The Home & Gardens section of Publishers Weekly, the February 12th issue, sees a shift of emphasis in this genre from aspirational eye candy to authenticity. Books giving people the confidence to create homes that tell their stories. A healthy trend to my way of thinking, and ‘Home Life Around the World’ is definitely a part of it. Not a how-to book, but one that entertains and inspires in its own way. The author has travelled the world to find the homes she presents. The result pulls you in. The homes described in eye-catching photos and perceptive texts belong to creative people based in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Their homes mirror who and what they are, rather than who or what they would rather be. Those of us who never aspired to showcase homes but let our living space take shape gradually and not necessarily as a coherent whole, will probably feel better about the result after reading this author’s foray into home life around the world.” Paul B


”‘Home Life Around the World’is a beautiful book focused on gorgeous photographs of personal homes of a variety of different professional creatives. I had assumed this would be a coffee table-type book with large photographic spreads and minimal actual written content, but I was completely wrong. Each of the creatives is given several pages to share their story, thoughts, and reflections about their homes and what they hold. This makes for really fascinating reading. The photographs are beautiful, and really do the gorgeous homes justice. I found myself full of envy for a couple of these homes and the owners’ creative genius. I’d highly recommend this book if, like me, you love to have a nosey into the lives of others!” Laura H


”I was delighted with this book. Not only are the photos of each home beautiful and inspiring, but the insight from the home owners adds so much more to the ‘tour.’ I loved reading the answers to what inspired each person’s interior design, what their dream home would be like, and what home means to them. These were well thought out questions that allow you to get into the minds of these inspired homeowners and often amateur interior designers. It’s in-depth and personal, yet beautiful.” Yvonne Glasgow 


”This book is simply gorgeous. The author lets us into the intimate spaces and minds of various creative people around the world. And as we get to know their homes, we get to know them.  Each photo essay is inspirational, giving the reader ideas about their own spaces and their own lives. The book takes you on a design journey and leaves you excited to craft your own design story.” OutlawPoet


”What a beautiful book! I really enjoyed not only the vibrant photography, but also the intimate and thoughtful interviews with each subject. As an aesthetics enthusiast, I greatly enjoyed flipping through the pages. I was able to really get a feel for each location, taking me on a virtual adventure around the world. It was great to get a sense of the design sensibilities of others. It was a fascinating view into how other people like to live and decorate and provided plenty of inspiration for both home decor and travel ideas!” Caitlin


”A beautifully photographed trip around the world, looking at different approaches and tastes in designing our homes. Not a look into the houses of the extremely privileged, but a mix of many types of creative people who have focused on making their homes special and personal. Lots of interesting viewpoints on creating individual spaces to nurture and shelter us. Definitely a book I will keep coming back to.” Brummygirl


”I adored this book. Beijer spends time with people in their homes talking with them about their homes. She asks the same questions of each person and every interview is so different. This book inspired me in so many ways. I am now inspired to do more myself in our own home. So well done – please read this book.” Jeanine 


”The book is filled with beautiful photographs to accompany the text. Beijer is skilled at capturing the feel of each home in photos. From brilliant colors to the heights of urban apartment living on the 31st floor of a Hong Kong high-rise, the photos put you in the home, painting the atmosphere and enhancing the text. You can tell that the author put much love and care into creating this book. It is a lovely creation, and one I’m sure to come to again and again. I’m looking forward to Beijer’s next offering.” Kat Kennedy 


Home Life Around the World
is a gorgeous collection of photographs featuring houses and the stories of the people who live inside. The features that make this book stand out from other home photography collections are the personal stories within. This is filled with fascinating tidbits that turn the photos into a part memoir part history lesson. I read this book on my Kindle and was surprised to discover it is perfectly adapted for that format. While I’m sure the hardcover version is even better for viewing the bold, bright photographs, this is still quite enjoyable as an eBook. This is unique addition to any book collection and the photos are full of inspiration you can return to time and again. Rachel Kamery


”A beautifully photographed trip around the world, looking at different approaches and tastes in designing our homes. Not a look into the houses of the extremely privileged, but a mix of many types of creative people who have focused on making their homes special and personal. Lots of interesting viewpoints on creating individual spaces to nurture and shelter us. Definitely a book I will keep coming back to.” Shirley U


”What a glorious book, not because the homes are perfect, but because they reflect the personality of the owners, they are lived in homes, homes that are comfortable and have their own quirky style. They don’t follow trends but are homes that are designed by and for the people living in them. 
I really like the ease, personality and comfort shown in the living of these homes.” Leyla Johnson


”It is a book that reinforces the value of life and how important it is to create a space that you can be completely you in.” Ann T


”What I particularly liked was the stories of the homeowners themselves; how their homes have become their havens and often an escape from the busy stressful lives that we tend to lead nowadays. (An international version of the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ which has become so popular now). Beautiful photographs illustrate this book – which bring to life the features of the homes that their owners have created. An inspiring and satisfying read!” Zina


”I would recommend Home Life Around the World to anyone who likes interior decor, and who also likes hearing stories behind those beautiful photos. I see this book as a great coffee table book or a thoughtful gift to someone who is into decorating.” Vera Cady 


”This is a book that you won’t finish. It lingers with you and whenever you revisit its pages, it feels like meeting old friends again – and getting new inspiration from them each time.” Stefan


”Two thumbs up for both subtlety of work and human focused storytelling.” Mandy Nachampassack


”A truly lovely book with inviting text and beautiful photos. Highly recommended!” Literary Soirée