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Small Homes: The Right Size by Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn’s previous work (including Tiny Homes) will be familiar to many in here in Santa Cruz. His popular books often focus on simple, small dwellings, and his latest—featuring 65 homes in the 400- to 1200-square-foot range—is a welcome addition. From straightforward designs to ornate constructions, each house showcases something special. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780936070681
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Published: Shelter Publications - April 14th, 2017

Surf Shack by Nina Freudenberger

Whether you’re looking for ideas for your home (or your traveling surf van) or you just need a little ocean inspiration, this gorgeous design book, focused on the nature-drenched aesthetic, has it all. Surf Shack profiles 20 different manifestations of a surfer’s paradise, from bungalows to boat houses, from all around the world. It’s a pleasure to escape into the photos, architectural designs, and essays about the laid-back lifestyle, and even better, to bring its influences into your own living space. - Melinda

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780451496058
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Published: Clarkson Potter - April 11th, 2017

Succulents by Robin Stockwell

Within minutes of opening Succulents, I was already writing down names of plants I want to pick up for my garden. (Luckily for us, author Robin Stockwell has his own nursery in Castroville, so I know where to stock up!) Stockwell believes that “if you present succulents well, you will show off their unique beauty to the fullest,” so it’s no wonder that his book is an ideal mix of information and inspiration. The first part of Succulents is devoted to garden design, and it’s packed with plant pairings for all sizes of spaces, from large ranches to small crevices. Chapters on projects (such as tabletop displays), favorite plants, and getting started follow. If you’re not already a fan of these beautiful, easy-care plants, you will be after reading Succulents. - S.B.

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Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants (Sunset) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780848749477
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Published: Sunset - January 31st, 2017

Harvest by Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis

This beautiful book vastly expanded my repertoire of what I can do with plants from my garden. From Salt-Preserved Herbs to Calendula-Infused Essential Oil, from Lemon Bee Balm Tea to Gardener’s Salve, there are projects for mind, body, and soul. “Harvest tempts me with all the goodness that I can create from even the most common plants. The projects are fresh and unfussy [and] each is infused with love.” —Johanna Silver, Garden Editor of Sunset magazine - S.B.

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ISBN: 9780399578335
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 7th, 2017

Anatomy of Sheds by Jane Field-Lewis

I could spend hours looking at these uniquely imagined workshops, studios, guest homes, and hangouts. The in-depth profiles of each tiny place are an endless source of inspiration for emptying your own shed and transforming it into an art studio or an eco-oasis house. A coffee table treasure, Anatomy of Sheds is an excellent tome on tiny spaces. - Megan

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ISBN: 9781423647188
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Published: Gibbs Smith - March 14th, 2017

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden is quite possibly the most beautiful book on flowers I’ve ever seen. From bulbs to branches, blooms to foliage, author Erin Benzakein (who runs a small organic family farm in Washington) shares her flower growing, harvesting, and arranging tips in page after page of gorgeous photographs. Opening this book is like falling into a pile of blossoms. Wildly inspirational. - S.B.

House of Plants by Caro Langton and Rose Ray

Indoor plants are trending, and for good reason. They add a sense of the outdoors, tropical living, and effortless style to any home-- all while filtering toxins out of the air. This beautifully designed guide features plenty of ideas and inspirations for styling and caring for indoor plants. - ND

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By Rose Ray, Caro Langton, Ro Co, Erika Rax (By (photographer))
$29.99
ISBN: 9780711238374
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Published: Frances Lincoln - November 8th, 2016

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I opened this book with apprehension and low expectations. I then proceeded to read the entire thing in one night and began de-cluttering the next day. Some of Kondo’s practices were a bit extreme for me, but I found her overall method simple to follow and easy to maintain. I recommend giving this book a shot; even if you don't think you need to. - Jade

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607747307
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

Gardenista The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces by Michelle Slatalla

Inspiration for beautiful outdoor spaces—from untamed to highly manicured gardens—abounds in this gorgeous book. Dozens of gardens are profiled, and each includes a “Steal This Look” feature that contains tips (and sometimes resources) to help readers emulate the design. I loved reading about how travel, history, or well-known landscapes (like the High Line in New York) influenced many of the featured gardeners. I can imagine that Gardenista will be a similar source of inspiration. —S.B.

 

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ISBN: 9781579656522
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Published: Artisan - October 18th, 2016

The Finer Things Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details by Christiane Lemieux

Are you a student of design? A lover of understated luxury? I dare you to walk away from this book of impeccable interiors—wall treatments that will saturate your senses, mid-century modern delights at every turn—by Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio. If you appreciate timeless design, you’ll want this gorgeous book on your coffee table.  —Molly

 

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By Christiane Lemieux, Miles Redd (Foreword by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780770434298
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 6th, 2016

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