Creating the Space You Deserve

Jill Butler

Creating the Space You Deserve: An Artistic Journey to Expressing Yourself Through Your Home
Skirt, Guilford, CT, 2008

Ready-made is not Jill Butler’s style. A talented self-taught artist, she relishes the process of creating. After sixteen years in France, a major life transition required her to create both a new life and a new home. Create the Space You Deserve is a colorful chronicle of Butler’s evolving imaginative life and living space. Designed as an artist’s journal, each page is illustrated with Butler’s notes and observations, her playful French influenced artwork and photographs of her less-than-perfect-turned-perfect cottage. Throughout, she mentors on creating a meaningful home. Starting with “Clearing the Crud,” Butler’s hassle-free No-Tag-Sale has friends simply make offers on no longer wanted items. In “Decorate or Entertain the Eye,” she encourages, “try making something.” The creative expression of reinventing something already owned is more enriching than filling an emotional hole with a purchased “got to have.” Create the Space You Deserve is about making (not acquiring) an expressive home.