A Room of Her Own; Sara Berman’s Closet

A Room of Her Own; Sara Berman’s Closet

There’s those few moments, in the midst of motherhood, where you feel like yourself again.  Maybe it’s driving solo and hearing that great song, or locking yourself in the bathroom with a fave podcast and facial scrub.  I’d imagine, as your kids get older, you slowly rediscover and reinvent who that person is.  

With intentionality and the utmost care, in the tiniest of New York apartments, Sara Berman, did just that.  Berman was the mother of Maira Kalman (cartoonist, illustrator, designer, writer).  After 38 years of marriage, she got divorced and moved from the suburbs to a small flat in Manhattan.  In her new home, she was purposeful and calculating, giving only things that “sparked joy”* a place in her surroundings.  And, with her newfound independence, she was “never happier.”**

See how beautiful here: 

It’s the stuff of minimalist mom dreams!   And I totally missed it. (The show ended in 2017)

But now there’s a book!  Berman’s daughter, Maira Kalman, and grandson, Alex Kalman, who were responsible for the exhibition, selected imagery from the show and added descriptions that are imbued with personal history.  

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Give Berman some room in your home and grab a copy here.   

 

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 P.s. if you’re in Philly, you can see Sara’s closet NOW at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

 

*Marie Kondo-approved  

**says daughter, Maisie 

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