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Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style

When it comes to your home, are you afraid of color? Are the rooms of your house neutral to the point of boring? Personally, it took me a while to embrace color, but now there’s no looking back. Color has the power to not only brighten rooms, but to brighten moods, which Will Taylor showcases so marvelously in his new book. I love his youthful aesthetic—a mix of Dutch midcentury modern and vintage shabby chic—and the way he finds inspiration all around him. Filled with tons of doable, beautiful, and fun ideas, this is a book for everyone.

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ISBN: 9781250042019
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 29th, 2014

The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

I first found myself captivated by the pictures of Dee Williams’ tiny 84-square-foot house. It is sweet, cozy, innovative, and beautiful all at once. Then I started reading Dee’s memoir and found myself captivated by the intention, adventure, bravery, and insight that went into her decision to build and live in such a small space. Humbled by a friend’s illness and a trip to Guatemala, Dee was handed a dose of humility. She sold the three-bedroom bungalow that she was constantly remodeling, and downsized—but in a sustainable and humble way. This is a graceful, inspiring memoir about building a home from scratch—and discovering a true sense of self, in just 84 square feet.

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ISBN: 9780399166174
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Published: Blue Rider Press - April 22nd, 2014

Orla Kiely Home

Orla Kiely is the ultimate success story. From upstart British bag designer to internationally renowned fashion and style trendsetter, Orla Kiely, with her unique motifs, has become a household name. It is fitting, then, that in her newest book, we are given a peek into Orla’s own home. Serving as both coffee table eye-candy and as a guide to interior design, this book will have you using color and pattern to turn any space into your home.

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ISBN: 9781840916188
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Published: Conran - October 15th, 2013

Dream Plants for the Natural Garden by Piet Oudolf & Henk Gerritsen

I am usually quite happy if, when looking at a planting guide, I find a few plants that I can’t wait to add to my garden. This new collection, however, has me wondering how I will squeeze in the dozens of lovely perennials, grasses, and shrubs I now must have in my yard. Dream Plants for the Natural Garden is an enticing guide, filled to the brim with easy-to-grow, reliable, and beautiful plants.

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ISBN: 9780711234628
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Published: Frances Lincoln - December 1st, 2013

How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit by Witold Rybczynski

A great book for anyone interested in buildings, architecture, and how we live. “Prize-winning architectural writer Rybczynski (A Clearing in the Distance) [supplies] an ideal layperson’s handbook on the fundamentals of modern and contemporary architecture. Here, architecture is treated as craft executed with prudence and conviction. The author doesn’t care much for theories, or buildings that fail to be practical, but welcomes a variety of design approaches, all of which make him a model teacher.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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ISBN: 9780374211745
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 8th, 2013

California Gardener's Handbook

In California Gardener’s Handbook, horticulturalists Bruce and Sharon Asakawa share two lifetimes of gardening experience and showcase 350 plant species destined to flourish amid the varied climates and environmental challenges of our state. Their easy-to-use reference is filled with great information for gardeners of all skill levels. With beautiful photographs and terrific advice on how to plant, prune, water, control pests, and care for your garden year round, this book would make a great gift for anyone who likes to get their hands dirty.

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ISBN: 9781591865674
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Published: Cool Springs Press - August 12th, 2013

The Western Garden Book: The 20-Minute Gardener by Sunset Magazine

If you’ve always wanted a garden but have never had the time or any idea about where to start, the experts at Sunset magazine are here to help! Their newest gardening book takes you step by step through everything from design and landscaping ideas to figuring out which plants to buy and when to grow them. This is a straightforward guide that can help anyone set up an amazing garden in no time.
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ISBN: 9780376030061
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Published: Sunset - February 5th, 2013

The Beautiful Edible Garden by Leslie Bennett & Stefani Bittner

While most edible-garden design books focus on how to grow and tend the plants, this in-depth new book takes a different approach, focusing instead on the elements of design. Covering topics from the different types of edible gardens, to attracting pollinators, to window and container gardening, this thorough guide is ideal for established gardeners looking to create or expand their own edible paradise.

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ISBN: 9781607742333
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 26th, 2013

Planting: A New Perspective by Noel Kingsbury & Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf is an innovate garden designer whose naturalistic and sustainable planting style is inspirational for home gardeners and professionals alike. Using original planting plans, such as those for Potter’s Fields Park in London and the High Line in New York, this new book shows in detail how Oudolf creates his gardens and landscapes. “Luscious photographs and meticulous explanations of techniques and methods make this an essential reference guide and constant source of inspiration.” —Booklist

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ISBN: 9781604693706
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Published: Timber Press - April 9th, 2013

The California Native Landscape by Greg Rubin & Lucy Warren

As water becomes a more precious resource, having a thirsty, nonnative lawn and garden makes less and less sense. Luckily, it isn’t hard to create a beautiful, low-maintenance garden that helps restore our native ecology, and if you don’t believe me, maybe this book will convince you! Full of design tips and plant ideas, this is a great guide for homeowners looking to restore their home to its native grandeur.

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ISBN: 9781604692327
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Published: Timber Press - March 5th, 2013

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