Home & Garden from our 2018 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2018 Summer Newsletter.

Close your eyes and visualize a lush, vibrant, greener-than-green jungle. Now get rid of the bugs and giant cats who want to eat you, lose the muggy, humid air, and add some cute pots and knotted plant hangers (see my review of Modern Macramé). Now open your eyes and see that you’re holding a copy of Plant Style, which, through its beautiful pictures, plant profiles, and care charts (including information on the water and light needs of the various plants) shows you how to curate and care for this jungle. - Megan

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Plant Style: How to Greenify Your Space Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780500501030
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Thames & Hudson - May 15th, 2018

Macramé is back, and whether you’re new to it or you’ve been knotting since the 1970s, you’ll enjoy the terrific styling and photography and the clear and easy-to-follow instructions in Modern Macramé. If you’re still unsure of this “new” trend, spend a little time with this book; its range of projects runs from those that are easy to make to those that are ambitious. - Megan

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Modern Macrame: 33 Stylish Projects for Your Handmade Home Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399579578
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Published: Ten Speed Press - May 15th, 2018

So much of gardening is focused on the long list of chores—the weeding, the planting, and the pruning. But what about the joy a garden can provide? In The Garden in Every Sense and Season, Tovah Martin explores the sensory delights of her own garden and discovers the pleasures that can be found in focusing on sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste. I have read Martin’s lovely writing for many years and know of no other writer who is as passionate about the garden. - S.B.

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The Garden in Every Sense and Season Cover Image
By Tovah Martin, Kindra Clineff (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604697452
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - April 4th, 2018

You’ve got to love a designer whose number one rule about color is: It should make you happy. Making a joyous home—filled with brightness and color—is what Rachel Mae Smith (The Crafted Life blog) is all about. In her new book, she shares simple DIY projects like wall art, coasters, and dip-dyed napkins, that are easy ways to add pops of color to your place. If you’re ready (even timidly) to step away from neutrals, this fun book is a good place to start.

Hello Color: 25 Bright Ideas for DIY Decor Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683690177
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Published: Quirk Books - May 1st, 2018

I’m a big fan of this little book. Equal parts information and inspiration, it gives the beginning vegetable gardener the jump-start they need without becoming overwhelmed. Do Grow is filled with simple-to-follow instructions on planting and harvesting 10 vegetables, and it includes recipes. The photographs and illustrations are as great as the advice, which follows sustainable and organic gardening principles. If you’ve always wanted to grow your own vegetables but haven’t known how to start, this book is just the tool you need. - S.B.

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Do Grow: Start with 10 Simple Vegetables. Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781452171487
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 15th, 2018

Nature is the inspiration for the design ideas in this gorgeous new book. Bay Area designer Erica Tanov takes the colors, textures, and patterns of the natural world—from ferns to redwood forests—and translates them into beautiful interior spaces. Through side-by-side photos, readers see how natural elements like lacy leaves and rough bark inspire Tanov’s fabrics, textures, and artwork. Her relaxed, inviting spaces are timeless and poetic. - S.B.

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Design by Nature: Creating Layered, Lived-In Spaces Inspired by the Natural World Cover Image
By Erica Tanov, Ngoc Minh Ngo (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780399579073
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - April 3rd, 2018

One of the first books that had a big impact on me as a gardener was Martha Stewart’s Gardening: Month by Month, which I loved because Stewart’s aesthetics (alas, not her resources!) were so similar to mine. More than 25 years later, I still find inspiration in her books, including her latest, Martha’s Flowers. With its advice and lessons on growing and cutting blooms as well as its gorgeous photos of lush arrangements, this sumptuous volume takes readers through the seasons, bloom by beautiful bloom. - S.B.

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Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780307954770
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - February 27th, 2018

This sweet book is the perfect place to learn about creating a garden with a purpose. Attract honeybees to whatever space you can carve out for them—be it a big backyard or the tiniest of Santa Cruz apartment balconies. The block print–style illustrations make this an enjoyable artsy read as well as a guide to making thousands of new insect friends. - Megan

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Planting for Honeybees: The Grower's Guide to Creating a Buzz Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781787131460
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - March 20th, 2018

 

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