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What Makes A House A Home?

The Zimmerman House in Manchester, NH, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950. Author Howard Mansfield writes that Wright's architecture liberated its owners, Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman, to live a rich life. (photo by mmwm/Flickr)

The Zimmerman House in Manchester, NH, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950. Author Howard Mansfield writes that Wright’s architecture liberated its owners, Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman, to live a rich life. (photo by mmwm/Flickr)

In modern day America, magazine shelves burst with glossy covers of dream kitchens, granite counters and sumptuous walk-in closets. Ikea, Home Depot and a slew of TV home improvement shows fuel the dream of better living through better homes — and in particular — more stuff.

But New Hampshire writer Howard Mansfield argues that we’ve lost the quality of simply ‘dwelling’ in our homes. He says all that “clutter, is the cholesterol of the home because it clogs the hearth.” His new book explores the mystery of why some houses have life and others don’t.

Guest

Howard Mansfield, author of “Dwelling In Possibility: Searching For the Soul Of Shelter.”

Click here¬†for a list of Howard Mansfield’s upcoming appearances.


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