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Mostly Books to host book signing Saturday for Gig Harbor native

Rebecca Ross will sign her newest book, “Being Home,” on Saturday (Nov. 14) at Mostly Books in Gig Harbor. Ross, a Gig Harbor native, is the founder of The Composed Domain, a company that works with its clients to create harmonious environments in both home and office settings.
Rebecca Ross will sign her newest book, “Being Home,” on Saturday (Nov. 14) at Mostly Books in Gig Harbor. Ross, a Gig Harbor native, is the founder of The Composed Domain, a company that works with its clients to create harmonious environments in both home and office settings. Courtesy

Rebecca Ross will return Saturday to Gig Harbor, her childhood home, to talk about her new book and the concept behind her book — home and how to feel at home — at Mostly Books.

Ross will give a brief talk and sign copies of “Being Home” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 14) at Mostly Books, 3126 Harborview Drive.

“Being Home” focuses on this concept of home and provides both practical approaches to creating a calming environment and more spiritual-based practices to help build a sense of home, whatever your location.

“People often don’t feel comfortable in their home or environment. It’s time to change that,” Ross said.

She believes that feeling comfortable and connected to the environment is more than buying enough containers and organizing everything properly, though those methods should not be discounted.

The key to connecting properly with an environment is to recognize that the idea of “home” starts from within, she said.

“(It’s) understanding the relationship between yourself and the environment,” Ross said.

Ross combines her decades of practice in meditation and zen with her 20 years of experience as an architect to provide insight into how to create a beneficial environment.

Her company, The Composed Domain, works in both residential and business locations to help clients create a positive relationship with their environments.

Ross says her book fills a gap in the current “home organization” market by providing both practical and spiritual approaches.

“There are a lot of good organization ‘how to’ books out there. What’s missing are the internal books,” Ross said about her book.

Ross grew up in Gig Harbor, where her mother worked as a school librarian and her father as a fisherman.

“It’s a beautiful place to grow up,” she said.

Jo Graffe, owner of Mostly Books, is excited to have Ross for a book signing right before the holidays.

“As always, with authors coming in we look forward to it. Rebecca is extra special because she’s from (Gig Harbor),” Graffe said.

Ross is also excited to return home and talk about her work.

“I’m looking forward to talking in the place I grew up about my work changing how people live in their homes, more than I ever did as an architect.”

Andrea Haffly: 253-358-4125, @gateway_andrea

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