Sleep doctors say that it’s important to wind down before going to sleep: no TV or computer that activates the brain, no magazines full of dire ‘reality’. Read fiction to get your mind in a quieter zone…
My solution is, often, to look at picture books of interiors, houses, furniture design: an adult version of a bedtime story. I’ve gathered a pile of favorites over the years that, like a kid, I never seem to tire of. They relax my mind, and seem to activate some dreamy center.
One of my favorites is Calder at Home: The Joyous Environment of Alexander Calder by Pedro Guerrero.
It is full of images of Calder’s dynamic interiors: completely lived-in, alive, visually stunning, at once messy and ordered…REAL.
Calder at home is sadly/stupidly/inexplicably out-of-print. You can find it through Amazon’s second-hand booksellers, and sometimes, at a better price, through Abe Books or Bookfinder.com (we got ours for $39).
But if you can’t find it, here’s a midnight snack:
Photos via OEN
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