free book giveaway: handcrafted modern

Handcrafted Modern cover

Announcing our latest book giveaway: Leslie Williamson’ Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-century Designers, published by Rizzoli. Photographing with only natural light, Williamson documented details of the homes of fourteen mid-century designers, artists and craftspeople, including Jens Risom, Eva Zeisel, Harry Bertoia and Walter Gropius.

We love that the photos show the homes exactly as they were when the designers lived there, as with the image of Walter Gropius’ desk. You get to experience the personal touches that actually make a home feel like a home. Williamson set out to shoot the homes not only as examples of modernist design, but also to capture how these designers crafted homes that were meant to be lived in. Her exploration into the nexus of art and function, and forgoing design perfection in the name of a livable space is one that is close to our hearts.

Leslie Williamson

Leslie Williamson

To enter to win Handcrafted Modern, simply go to ‘the improvised life’s’ facebook page  and “Like” us to become a facebook fan. Just type cut and paste  into your browser’s address bar, and you’ll get there. Once you’re a fan, find any of the posts on our wall related to Handcrafted Modern (we’ll make sure to put one up each day!) and leave a comment or just write “I want Handcrafted Modern”. If you’re already a fan on facebook, just leave a comment on a Handcrafted Modern post and you’re all set. We’ll randomly select a winner from all of the commenters at the end of next week.


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9 Responses to free book giveaway: handcrafted modern

  1. c. 09.09.2011 at 10:40pm #

    As far as I can tell your facebook page link is not working properly. I’m having trouble linking through to it.


  2. Sally 09.10.2011 at 12:05pm #

    Thanks for alerting us. We fixed it twice today and are wondering if there might be some sort of wire-crossing that occurs after-the-fact. It’s working now, but just in case problems recur, we’ve given the address as well.

  3. c. 09.10.2011 at 1:37pm #

    Thank you!

  4. Susan Feller 09.13.2011 at 7:57am #

    I would like to be entered for the Handcraft Modern book….when I clicked on the area in red….I got an error reading.

  5. Mary-Michael 09.13.2011 at 8:23pm #

    I would love to be entered to win this book…however I can’t see how to do it? Can I just leave a comment? If that’s all, then here’s my comment! Thanks, M2

  6. Sally 09.13.2011 at 8:44pm #

    Hi, you need to leave a comment on our Facebook page. Just go here, If you haven’t been to the page before, you might need to click “Like” first. Then just leave a comment or write “I want handcrafted modern” in the “Write Something” box or as a comment.

  7. Michele 09.15.2011 at 5:13pm #

    Your daily emails inspire me every day. I would love a copy of the book to be inspired in my decorating, too.

  8. Katy 09.20.2011 at 3:07pm #

    Well, hopefully this a where I chime in..”I’d love to win this book!” Thank you!

  9. Sally 09.20.2011 at 3:39pm #

    Sorry, the giveaway ended last week. Stay tuned for another one in the next few weeks.

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