Focusing on creating a relaxing, rejuvenating and reenergizing atmosphere at home, HGTV host Vern Yip’s latest book emphasizes that feeling overwhelmed when walking in the door at home is avoidable.
Using his years of experience, Yip provides 18 clear, concise methods that allow readers to incorporate his tranquil tips into their own lives. Filled with photographs and step-by-step directions, “Vacation at Home” is both visually pleasing and clear-cut.
Emphasizing that clutter is a common enemy, Yip instructs readers to be honest about their possessions — many of which are likely extraneous. “We tend to be magnets for too much stuff. Assess your stuff and keep only two things: that which you need and things that you love. Release things, donate them and only keep what matters.”
At the core of the message, unsurprisingly given the title, is that home should feel like a vacation. It should be the “happiest place on earth,” rather than a constant chore, and the tips in Yip’s book provide the first steps for making a house feel like home away from home.
Summarized from the AJT’s Sept. 4, “’Trading Spaces’ Host Vern Yip at Book Festival” by Robin Spizman Gerson.