Thursday, January 28, 2010

Making A Family Home

 Information taken from the website:

“More than merely a dwelling, the definition of home extends beyond the meaning of a house and contains an additional poetic meaning. There’s the saying, ‘Home is where the heart is.’ Creating a home for our families can be both a challenge and a pleasure. Creating a home is a process of imbuing our space with soul and spirit, surrounding our family with love, care, comfort.” —Shannon Honeybloom

 Making a Family Home is a book of real beauty, one both personal and universal. In describing her home and family life, Shannon Honeybloom shows how she made—and how we can make—a house into a real home as she shares her own efforts, hopes, and lessons in making a safe and healthy home that provides warmth and intimacy for the whole family.

Illustrated in color with lively, evocative photographs, Shannon invites the reader into her home and offers warm encouragement and practical suggestions for virtually every aspect of bringing love, comfort, and beauty to a family home. The chapters in Making a Family Home range from “At Home with Children” to “The Front Porch” and “The Playroom” to “The Backyard and the Garden.”

Shannon Honeybloom is a friend and confidant who offers gentle suggestions and wise insights for parents who wish to surround their family with the best possible home environment. 


  • Introduction
  • At Home with Children
  • The Senses and Other Considerations
  • The Front Porch
  • The Front Door, the Entryway
  • The Living Room
  • The Fireplace
  • The Playroom
  • The Kitchen
  • The Dining Room
  • The Bedroom
  • The Bathroom
  • The Attic
  • The Basement
  • The Backyard and the Garden
  • Outside the Home
  • Parenting at Home and Beyond
  • Resources
  • Bibliography

Shannon Honeybloom was born in Florida, growing up there and in Colorado, Michigan, and New York. She has lived in France, Germany, and South Africa. After receiving a B.A. in Classics from the University of Florida, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. She has an M.A. in Literary Cultures from New York University and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College. After working for the Rainforest Alliance, she taught High School English in Brooklyn and Garden City, New York. She has three children and lives with her family in Austin, Texas. Shannon's website is at

Skip Hunt, born on the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma, is a professional photographer in Austin, Texas. He picked up a 35mm camera in the mid-1970s and has never stopped sharing his unique vision via photographic images. Many moons ago, he was bitten hard by the wanderlust beast and has been canvassing the globe ever since. Visionary artists such as Pete Turner, David Lynch, Cindy Sherman, and André Kertész set Skip's sight on a fine-art horizon early on. His insatiable thirst for rich color and even richer cultural exploration keeps him on the road most of the time. When he's recharging his batteries, he calls Austin, Texas home. See his unique and colorful photography at


Making a Family Home is a very well done book. The photographs are beautiful and were probably my favourite part of the book! The ideas presented are practical and valuable and would certainly help create a warm and inviting home. Personally I did not like every idea the author presented...some were a little too traditional for my liking, others just felt a bit off to me... but the general ideas were good. I loved the author's focus on children and making home a wonderful place for them.  I think many women would love this book.

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