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A Barefoot Home Makes Life a Breeze

A Barefoot Home Makes Life a Breeze

I don’t know about your lifestyle, but mine is pretty casual. From the clothes I wear to the informal home I live in, stuffiness is not an option. There’s no need to stand on ceremony when you enter my home. Just toss your shoes at the door, curl up your feet on the couch and relax. So, when Taunton Press sent me a book called, The Barefoot Home by Marc Vassallo, I was excited to find a book that shows us how to make barefoot living synonymous with a healthy home.

The Barefoot Home celebrates dressed-down informal living in its best form. The photographs present the reader with examples of how to bring nature into your nest with a casual and comfortable breeziness. It begins with this manifesto:

Kick off your shoes. Relax. Take it easy. But don’t wait until you go on vacation. Get comfortable in your everyday home.

Open up. Feel the breeze blowing through your house. Feel the warm sun on your toes, the cool tiled floor, the polished wood planks on the back deck. Pad around your uncluttered house, slipping easily from room to room. Cook and eat and live in one big space. Sleep peacefully with doors thrown open to the garden.

Embrace the sun. Make your windows and doors really big, with lots of glass. Let sunlight pour in through clerestories, skylights, and transom windows. Curl up in a window seat, tiptoe through an open colonnade, catch the view from a sun-drenched veranda. Stretch your arms—and your house—up into the light.

Live outside, as well as in. Open whole walls to the outdoors, extend the roof outward, let the floor slip seamlessly outside to become a deck. Cook and eat on the patio, build a fire in an outdoor fireplace, take a nap in a hanging bed on the porch. Plant a kitchen garden right beside your house. Run through the wet grass to get to your backyard studio.

Adopt a barefoot state of mind. Be glad you live in a warm climate, move to one, dream of moving to one, or act like you’re in one even if you’re not. Use every room in the house every day. Think informal thoughts. Simplify. Live outside when you can, bring the outside feeling inside when you can’t, never forget how good it feels to have sand between your toes.

Wow, after I read this, I closed my eyes and started to dream about how to incorporate even more of this philosophy into my econest. Want more? Check out the dreamy, Barefoot Home. It provides the perfect stylish eye-candy to accompany a pared down philosophy. Informality, openness, light, indoor/outdoor connections…Sounds like being on a vacation all the time. I don’t know about you, but I am kicking off my shoes right now!

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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6:08PM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

I love the word pictures that your article paints in my mind's eye. I'll try to adapt it to living with 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a few caged birds. The animals are already barefoot and unabashed nudists in their own skin.They have a head start on me....

12:47PM PDT on Sep 11, 2010


11:35PM PDT on Jul 19, 2010

lovely article, thanks

10:05AM PDT on Jul 17, 2010

This is good..i have worn barefeet 90% of my life..the thing MUST care for your feet..keep them well washed and cream on them or else over time they get cracks etc..
Tracking dirt from the street into homes culturally is unaccepteble to me/ everyone is expected to take their shoes off before entry.
These daze another issue is safety..when and how to leave homes open..however this is a good entry..

12:23PM PDT on Jul 13, 2010

Hey, this sounds like MY house! :) Nice article . . . hopefully my library has the book!

9:11AM PDT on Jul 12, 2010

Great article but I think many readers missed the point of the Book and Ronnie's blog review. It has a lot more to do with creating informal living spaces that integrate nature into them, than going barefoot indoors. I love bringing pieces of nature inside, whether it is air, sunlight, a simple stone, a piece of a tree, or a "live edge" (i.e. the bark left on wood) on a table or desk. Thanks for the article.

8:15AM PDT on Jul 12, 2010

Not With My Feet...Phew!!

7:16PM PDT on Jul 11, 2010

its a beautiful thing to be able to " live n relax " in your own home

2:34AM PDT on Jul 11, 2010

I don't like shoes. I like fresh air, walking in sand, etc. Thanks for a good article.

11:49PM PDT on Jul 10, 2010

Sounds like my kind of lifestyle...

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