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Restoration House: Creating a Space That Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  29 reviews

Rediscover the heart of your home and your story.

Home is meant to be a place to belong. A place to gather and connect. A place of beauty. A place to restore your soul. Creating a restored home—the kind that you and your loved ones want to return to again and again—is as much about making everyone who enters feel cared for and comfortable as it is about creating a beaut

Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Zondervan
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Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: house-fluff
This is the second time I have been surprised to open up an interior design book and discover it is full of Christianity. But I think the religious angle works in this one, for two reasons: (1) Buycks' vision of God is primarily one of community, love, and welcome, you don't need to be religious to want that feeling in your house; (2) she's telling her own story about her relationship to the concept of a home, and that authenticity comes through. At least when she's not trying to evangelize to h ...more
Create With Joy
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for an author who understands the spiritual connection between ourselves and our homes and can help us to create a personal sanctuary where we can reconnect with ourselves, God, and others, than Restoration House is for you!

This amazing book not only offers you the gorgeous photographs, design tips, and entertaining tidbits you’ve come to expect in a decorating book, but it also offers prayers, Scriptures, questions to reflect on and wide margins where you can record your thoug
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The second book in two weeks that I thought was a decorating book but turned out to be a religion book. Not a fan.
I want to go to this nice lady’s house and talk about Jesus while we eat cheese.
Abigail Mae
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Interior design books are probably my favorite genre to read. I love reading people’s stories and how they got to the home they have now. I have never read a design book that was so gospel minded. I couldn’t put the book down and was constantly talking and processing what I was reading. Kennesha breaks the book down into three parts starting on the inside and working her way out. Restoring our souls and then our spaces and then inviting people into them. Her constant weaving of the gospel into h ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I would have enjoyed this more had I known what to expect from the get-go. I first heard about this book from a round-up of most-loved house design titles, so I was looking for a book that would be about interior design, specifically about how to make your home inviting and welcoming through specific elements of interior design. While there were some tips scattered throughout that generally covered a few design things, the majority of this book was much more a reflective exercise on incl ...more
Laura Haske
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. It was refreshing to my soul. I picked it up because I love interior design and I was familiar with Kennesha from Instagram, so I knew I liked her aesthetic. But, wow! This was really deep and spiritual. I found it encouraging, heartful, and authentic. It does have some design ideas and principles, but it has more to do with what we believe about our homes and how we should live in them. Each chapter was connected to a Bible verse about home and community. She wove her ow ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From an author who loves her coffee with steamed heavy cream, Tarte matte lipstick, and the T.V. show, This is Us comes the beautifully crafted book, Restoration House. A book encouraging everyone who sits down and cracks open the cover to, discover who they truly are by restoring their home and in-turn, restoring their soul.

Kennesha Buyck’s down to earth style and eye for detail, makes her lifestyle and home restoration guide easy to follow, while her simple, inspiring advice easily connects h
Jackie Ball
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is beautiful, an easy read, and has very tangible hosting tips. It was a very refreshing look at the purpose of my home and something I need to be reminded of often.
Bridgette Guerzon Mills
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home
I thought this book was going to be about decorating your house mindfully but it’s really about connecting yourself to your home in a spiritual manner and through God. The photos are beautiful, I enjoyed reading it and will now follow Kennedy’s Buycks on Instagram. This is not a book for everyone, but it was a timely book for me. I’d probably give it a 3 normally because I thought it was an interior decorating book and it’s not really. But I’m giving it a 4 star because I still enjoyed reading t ...more
Conny Reviews
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Our Father is intensely present in all aspects of our lives, large and small. As you place Him at the center of your restored home, you’ll find yourself, and all those who enter, restored–heart and soul,” Kennesha Buycks writes in the ending of her book, Restoration House: Creating a Home that Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page oversized hardbound targets those who want to restore their house into a comfortable, God-honored, and beloved home. Cont
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Does your house feel like YOUR home? Does it feel comfy and give life to all who visit? If the answer is no, you should read Restoration House by Kennesha Buycks.

Restoration House is divided in to three parts. Part one is Restored Home, Restored Soul where Buycks shares how she learned to make her house her home in spite of living in many different houses while her husband was in the military. Part 2 is A Restored Space For You where you learn about how you can make your space more enjoyable for
C.E. Hart
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Inspiring. Creative. Motivating. Spiritual.

As a military brat (both growing up, and when married) I could relate to the author. I’ve moved so many times in my life that I’ve lost count. Some of those places felt like “home” and others felt little more than a stepping stone.

I love the idea of creating a place that gives life and connection. Isn’t that what “home” is all about? And if our homes reflect ourselves, then we need to restore ourselves (our faith, connections, etc.) as well as our dwel
Jennifer Strong
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, home
When I saw this book at the library I thought it would be fun to flip through the pretty pictures, but as I began reading the actual text I was surprised to find that the book is really about creating a home that feels good rather than a home that looks good. "What we all desperately need is a place to reflect, restore, and re-engage with the community God has given to each of us." I really needed to hear the words and the scriptures and prayers Kennesha shares. "We need Him to remind us of who ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars; Home Decor, Christian viewpoint

Not only is this a beautiful book of imagery but the way the author shares her heart through words is amazing as well. I borrowed a copy from the library and less than half way through I already knew I was buying myself one. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in what we designers feel a home should look like rather than putting the importance on what it should feel like to those who enter.

I think the author does a great job of reminding us to extend the
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book to help ground your homemaking in the purpose, heart, and soul of what makes a home "home" and makes other feel welcomed and loved in your space. This was EXACTLY what I needed upon moving into our new home and thinking through all of the changes we might make & decor choices. Its about SO much more than how it "looks". It's about how it communicates love, peace, respite, hospitality, grace, safety, and restoration. I ate up every bit of it and it helped center me in my own sense ...more
Lovely Loveday
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Restoration House is a gorgeous hardback book full of helpful tips, tricks, and useful home decor advice and is divided into three parts. Part one is Restored Home which shows you how to make your house into your home. Part 2 is A Restored Space For You shows you how to make your home more enjoyable for you and your family. Part 3 is Sharing Your Restored Home shares advice on entertaining. A lovely book about decorating and home entertaining that would look good on the coffee table but also ful ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
What makes a home isn’t the Pinterest-perfect pictures that you’re able to create--it’s the love that’s felt within the walls. This book is about that love and how to create a space that reflects it. The author speaks from her heart, blending personal stories with tricks and tips from the interior design world. She doesn’t expect readers to go buy a $1000 piece of furniture, but shows you how to make a tiny change that will have a big impact. If you’re wanting a peaceful space that is inviting t ...more
Holly Cunningham
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I didn't love this book at first but by the end of chapter 3 I started enjoying it. Her prompts are really helpful. My favorite was when she asks us to reflect on places of personal significance or those places that have left an impression. Writing down details about those special places and what made them feel special was fun and inspiring and helped pinpoint ways to try to bring some of that into my own space. She reminds us that we don't have to make our homes trendy or spend a lot to feel in ...more
Tammy C
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like other reviewers, I thought this book would simply be a decorating book. When I started reading it, I realized it was more than that. It is a book about prayerfully setting up and decorating your home so as to express your true self in your surroundings and create a warm and welcoming place for those who enter your home. I had never thought about homemaking this way and it was enjoyable to read about the author's approach to decorating. ...more
Jody Joy
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to restore their home, apartment, etc.
Shelves: own-it
I was absolutely blown away by Restoration House by Kennesha Buycks. This book is packed full of inspiration and so much more. Making your house a home, warm and inviting to all who enter it is very important to all of us I believe. I love all of her restoration ideas, and tips. She has the talent and a good eye for decor, she explains how to restore your home, furniture, and your life. It is not only chocked full of beautiful photos, tips, and tricks but her words are truly inspiring. I receive ...more
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read. This was the first home decor book that I actually read and not skim through and put on display. I was so surprised by it being a faith based book. I’m sure that’s what grabbed my attention and kept me. I really like this author and a lot of her stories and suggestions resonated with me.
Donna Mckeller
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this so much. The insights Kennesha shared really spoke to me. We have just moved - AGAIN and this was very helpful in reminding me WHO to turn to for Restoration. I have always wanted my home to be a place of rest, peace, acceptance, welcome. And after reading her journey to her restoration home, I can see some light at the end of my overwhelming tunnel.
Rachel Nelson
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really love this book! I'd give it 4.5 starts with the only downside for me being I thought some of the party and hosting tips were too detailed and we're a bit long. That being said, I just slipped a couple paragraphs and it was magical again! A perfect balance of spiritual and home decor, giving deep meaning to the homes we build! ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kennesha Buycks does a Beautiful job layering God’s truth with creating a home with a Greater purpose....creating a “place to reflect, restore, and teenage with the community God has given to each of us!”
Tina Wilson
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a good interior design book but particularly enjoyed the mix in this one: part interior design tips, part memoir/learning to trust God with where he has us, lots of spiritual encouragement and seeing our house as a way to connect with/welcome others.
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
I’d love to share a cup of coffee with this author and tour her home.

The book felt a bit surface level for me, but I look forward to following her on Instagram and reading her blog.
Jen Mayes
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this beautiful book!
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful book and was such a gift for me to find at this time. I love the perspective of looking at our homes through the lens of being restored to God. While you will find decorating, seasonal, and hosting tips throughout the book, its strength lies in making you think about how your house makes you feel, how it serves you, how you use it to serve others, and how God works through it. I was given a lot of new things to think about pertaining to the nature of God. I loved the reflect ...more
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