My Heart Wanders by Pia Jane Bijkerk

Thursday, June 23, 2011

my heart wanders by pia jane bijkerk

Yesterday I received a copy of Pia's beautiful book, My Heart Wanders, and I devoured it in one evening. I was expecting the book to be visually striking, and it is. I was expecting it to be luxurious and unique, and it is. But I was not expecting to be moved so much by its written content.

Pia creates beautiful images and seems to have magic in her fingers when it comes to style, photography and interior decoration. But that's not the primary reason why I loved My Heart Wanders so much. What struck me most about the book was Pia's thoughts and life experiences. I actually cried in some moments when she expressed doubts, anxieties and expectations. The life decisions she's made, and her ability to follow her heart, quite literally, is what I admire most about the book. I suppose it's because I'm in a similar point in my life, encountering all these doubts, questions and expectations, that the book has moved me so. You get a real sense of depth emanating from the pages of this book, which is rare these days.

What also occurred to me reading it is that My Heart Wanders is tangible proof that design and style are not things that we only appreciate through the surface of things - it's not just an array of beautiful products on display, or careful arrangement for the eye. It's arrangement for the soul. Pia's experiences, the narrative of her life so far, her interior perspective, sensitivity and relationship with things from the natural world all define her style, and in my opinion, make it unique. There are so many interior design, style and photography books out there. For me, the majority of them are pretty things to look at, and while I love them, they don't necessarily leave me moved or contemplative. My Heart Wanders does. It's like a style book with soul, and it's the words that I return to as much as the stunning images.

I'm so glad I bought this book, I almost didn't because I've been buying so many books lately, it's getting ridiculous. But really, My Heart Wanders is definitely going on my 'top shelf' - if I can bring myself to remove it from the close proximity of my bedside table.

Have a peek at the book on Pia's blog and the book's website. Has anyone read it? I'd love to hear what you think.

22 comments:

SJ said...

another one of the many books that i have on my wishlist and should just go and buy. There are so many books out there that I jsut want to devour!

odessa said...

ah, this is on my list too. but i'm on the same boat as you, i've been buying too many books and haven't read most of then. but i think 'my heart wanders' should be an exception. it looks exactly like the kind of book that i will adore. thanks for this beautiful review, hila!

Blue Fruit said...

"arrangements for the soul" - I love that - I know exactly what you mean. You do have the most extraordinary gift of expressing words with the utmost clarity of thought.

I saw this in a store window as I was walking by on the high street, so I better go back in and have a look inside those wonderful pages.

tywo said...

I'm adding this to my list. I have never read a style book, but this seems very deep. Thanks for sharing.



LOVE!

sara said...

i've had this on my wishlist for quite a while now. it's so nice to see yet another amazing review of it. i can't wait to own it myself!

rubi said...

I've been waiting for the book to come out for so long now and I can't believe I haven't bought it yet.

Danielle P. said...

Style and substance are brought together all too rarely. Thank you for once again bringing attention to wonderful images and words!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Wow, now I'm intrigued. I just assumed the book was all about the visual. Your post reminds me of food made with love versus food that is technically correct but not made with love. Big difference.

Sasha said...

It certainly looks pleasing and I wish I could read it. Another book to add to my list. A "style book with soul" is probably too good to pass up!

Alyce said...

a couple weeks ago I was on the fence about purchasing this book; you have certainly changed my mind!

Sarah Morgan said...

That sounds absolutely wonderful, exactly what I need to read right now. Do you know where I could purchase a copy? I can't seem to find out online!

Rambling Tart said...

I'm so glad this book resonated with you so much. :-) I'm really looking forward to time to sit and read once I've moved. Three more weeks - I can make it. :-)

Lyndall said...

After your lovely review, I think I will have to add this to my reading list! It looks so beautiful ♥

Felix Curds said...

yep, putting this book on several lists;)

See Hear Say said...

i want this!! but i've been spending so much money these days and trying to save for my coming up holiday *sad panda*

Ella said...

your review looks so promising! life experience infused into a novel, make it more relatable, and i agree whole heartedly that depth in a book is a rare thing these days!

i'll definitely add this book on my list of things to read! i'm currently reading jane eyre, and dear lord is it overwhelming!

tc said...

how exciting! i did not know about this book until now!
thank you thank you...

Tana said...

the book with the soul, that`s enough to persuade me to have this book. what a pleasure to read your review Hila!

Caitlin Rose said...

Oh I looked at her blog and her website and it is beautiful. Her interiors are so romantic. I will definitely think about purchasing it. Usually I don't buy interior decorating books because I just flip through them too quickly. But this one sounds interesting and inspiring.

And thanks for your lovely comment on my blog Hila, I'm glad to know you've got my back : )

Have a lovely weekend.

P R I M O E Z A said...

this is also on my list of 'i want to get but have also bought too many books lately' list. if you're recommending it i'm going to take another look.

Anita said...

What a lovely photo :3
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hila said...

thanks everyone, I'm so glad I've managed to convince some of you to buy the book!

blue fruit: why thank you - I often worry I'm not clear at all.

sarah morgan: you can buy it on all the regular websites: amazon, book depository, etc. I bought it from the book depository.

rambling tart: I'd love to know where in Australia you're moving to - if you're near me, we should say hi in person :)

ella: yes, I read on your blog you're finding Jane Eyre overwhelming - do you like it? It's not an easy book, but so worth it in the end.

caitlin rose: I definitely have your back :)