Sacred Spaces

Sacred Spaces

Everyday People and the Beautiful Homes Created Out of Their Trials, Healing, and Victories

About the Book

A gorgeous photography collection, featuring home interiors and profiles of the people who have transformed these spaces into sanctuaries, calling you to create your own sacred space
“This book is brimming with heart and healing, and it is a moody, visual feast that will leave you feeling full in the best way possible.”—Justina Blakeney, designer, author, and founder of Jungalow

Before she became an internationally renowned designer and photographer, Carley Summers suffered from alcoholism and addiction, spending nights in jail, the emergency room, and rehab. As someone who celebrates recovery today, she knows firsthand the importance of a warm and inviting home. Summers uses her life experience and her craft to ensure that the homes she photographs and designs are comforting, healing spaces to live and grow in.

Sacred Spaces takes readers on a beautifully photographed journey inside fourteen homes, from North Carolina and California to Canada, France, and Morocco, as Summers uncovers the vulnerable stories behind each one: a mother who uses her kitchen to heal her son with food, a woman who found her sanctuary after overcoming childhood abuse, and more. She even offers a tour of her mother’s home and her own. Along the way, each section identifies a type of space that people have created, including

The Foundational Home, which features those who have created spaces on a solid foundation for a lasting legacy
The Wandering Home, which highlights people who were lost in life, lost in travels, but never lost in their home
The Cathartic Home, which showcases people who realize that when they cannot change the outside world, they can change the inside of their homes to bring comfort through renewal and restoration

This collection is a balm for those seeking refuge in a world fraught with struggle and heartache. Through stories of brokenness, hurt, and healing, Sacred Spaces invites readers to dream of the home that will set them free.
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Praise for Sacred Spaces

“Carley Summers has an eye for beauty and a way of capturing not just gorgeous, layered interiors but also the powerful stories that the interiors hold. This book is brimming with heart and healing, and it is a moody, visual feast that will leave you feeling full in the best way possible.”—Justina Blakeney, designer, author, and founder of Jungalow

Sacred Spaces accomplishes what many design books miss—it shows the heart of the home and the heart of people. Through Summers’s interviews, we see a human element, including her own story, which reminds us that we are inseparable from what we call home. These stories and brilliant photographs will inspire you to honor your space as sacred and make real change in your life.”—Bobby Berk, design expert and Emmy-nominated host of Queer Eye

“I’m completely in awe of how Carley Summers was able to pull together so many beautiful stories and gorgeous photos of the homes and their owners in one stunning book! This is not a book that will just sit on a shelf or on a table. This is a book that one will read and be inspired by over and over again.”—Eddie Ross, author of Modern Mix and cofounder and chief content creator of Maximalist Studios
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About the Author

Carley Summers
Carley Summers is an interior designer and photographer, holding a fine arts degree focused on photography and painting. With interior photography, she helps clients and brands narrate their stories. With interior design, she creates truly sacred spaces for clients and their loved ones to enjoy. Carley Summers and her husband live in North Carolina with their son, Max. More by Carley Summers
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