To Each His Home

Inspired Interiors as Unique as their Owners

Bilyana Dimitrova

     9 × 9.25 in (22.9 × 23.5 cm)
Hardcover
176 pages
112 color illustrations
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568987965


Most of us would agree that, for better or worse, our houses speak for us. They are like a second face we present to the world. But when does a house become your home? It is the moment your house begins speaking to you--in an ongoing conversation propelled by the acquiring, arranging, and rearranging objects to express your personality in the spaces you inhabit. In To Each His Home: Inspired Interiors as Unique as Their Owners, photographer Bilyana Dimitrova takes readers on a tour of eight extraordinary homes that unabashedly express the personalities of their free-spirited owners. Dimitrova's carefully crafted color photographs, accompanied by brief interviews with each homeowner, create vivid portraits of these one-of-a-kind American spaces.

Highly varied in nature, the distinctive and captivating homes featured in this book have one remarkable thing in common: none are the product of a professional interior designer. The homeowners in To Each His Home do not rely on professional training or draw inspiration from shelter magazines. Instead they allow their own likes and dislikes to guide their choices of furniture and fabrics, colors and configurations. They put the "I" back in interior design.

The homes included in this book are created by visual artists, a musician and a marionette maker, a painter, an inventor, a retired union steamfitter and former Golden Gloves welterweight champion, a visual merchandiser, and a retired stay-at-home mother of seven. Most evolved over long periods of time and continue to change as their owners add to and rearrange their spaces. Dimitrova captures these unconventional interiors in lavish large-format photographs accompanied by the homeowners surprising insights about their individualistic design processes. To Each His Home is an unusually personal collection of interior designs from a diverse range of locales--New York City, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, Maine--each demonstrating the magic within our reach when we surround ourselves only with the things that we love.


Bilyana Dimitrova is an accomplished architectural photographer and the photo editor of Metropolis magazine. After studying at Bard College with critically acclaimed photographers Stephen Shore and Larry Fink, she received on-the-job training in the studio and archive of top architectural photographer Paul Warchol. In 2000 she began shooting regularly for the "shelter" column in The Village Voice, and in 2001 she opened her own studio. The project from which this book emerges melds Dimitrova's academic training and professional interests, and represents more than eight years of work.


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