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Architecture & Gardening from the 2011 Winter Newsletter

<img src=" align=right hspace=5 />These recommendations from our staff were published in our <a href="">2011 Winter Newsletter</a>.

Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

Here it is! The long-awaited home décor bible by the beloved design blogger and creator of Design*Sponge (the most popular design site on the Web), Grace Bonney! Filled to the brim with awesome ideas for your home—including 50 before-and-after makeovers by real people with limited time and realistic budgets—this book is a must-have for DIY and design fans.

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ISBN: 9781579654313
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Artisan - September 6th, 2011

Home Ground by Dan Pearson

This is a lovely, informative, and beautiful book that is sure to inspire gardeners of every level. British landscape and garden designer Dan Pearson, author of numerous books and host of his own BBC series, excelled at designing his clients’ gardens but, as a city dweller, missed the daily wonders of tending to his own soil. This warm, personal book (which reminds me of Nigel Slater’s Tender) chronicles the renovation, planting, and nurturing of the new space he moves to just outside the heart of London. Home Ground is also filled with absolutely gorgeous photographs that capture both the grand vision and delicate beauty of Pearson’s garden. Highly recommended.

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ISBN: 9781840915372
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Conran - September 7th, 2011

Bernard Maybeck by Mark Wilson

The work of Bernard Maybeck, one of the Bay Area’s most iconic architects, is celebrated in this gorgeous new book. The warmth and elegance of his buildings, which include the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Berkeley, have influenced countless architects for more than four generations. Maybeck’s development of a nature-based design philosophy and his ability to balance historicism and modernity place him among the most important American architects of all time. This is the first comprehensive book on Maybeck in nearly 20 years, and it includes personal reflections of his family, old photos, drawings, and paintings both by and about Maybeck, and absolutely beautiful photographs of his buildings. A knockout.

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By Mark Wilson, Joel Puliatti (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781423611806
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gibbs Smith - August 1st, 2011

AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers by the American Horticultural Society

A gorgeous guide to all the plants and flowers you could ever wonder about. The American Horticultural Society is a leading expert on the cultivation of plants, so this is just as full of thorough information as it is of pretty pictures. This fully revised edition is a great guide on how to grow, when to grow, and what to grow where. The new organization makes it easy to navigate and a pleasure to look at.

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ISBN: 9780756668570
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: DK - September 19th, 2011

California Design, 1930–1965 edited by Wendy Kaplan

This beautiful book, which accompanies a major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is the first comprehensive examination of California’s mid-century modern design. The heart of California Design is the modern California home, famously characterized by open plans conducive to outdoor living. Featuring design luminaries such as Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, and Heath Ceramics, it covers furniture, ceramics, metalwork, architecture, graphic and industrial design, film, textiles, and fashion.

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By Wendy Kaplan (Editor)
ISBN: 9780262016070
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: MIT Press - September 16th, 2011

The Heirloom Life Gardener by Jere & Emilee Gettle

Jere and Emilee Gettle, founders of the fantastic Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, have just published a wonderful new book. “Their joyous message is that gardening can be done wherever you have dirt, sun, water, and pure seeds. At the heart of the book is an extensive ‘A to Z growing guide’ that provides tips on growing, seed saving, pests and diseases, and preparation for preparing plants from amaranth to watermelon. In this lavishly illustrated guide, the Gettles convince us of the benefits of getting into the garden, gently encouraging and guiding us with steps for doing so.” —Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781401324391
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Hachette Books - October 4th, 2011

The Best Homes from This Old House by Kevin O’Connor

This beautiful book highlights some of the most amazing makeovers that O’Connor and his team have given to houses, barns, and mansions across the nation. O’Connor’s award-winning TV series, This Old House, has documented all of the gutting and rebuilding, and in this book he expounds on the choicest properties. The very best parts are the before and after pictures, and the daydreams that ensue.

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By Kevin O'Connor, Michael Casey (Photographs by)
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ISBN: 9781584799351
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 1st, 2011

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