Home & Garden

Justina Blakeney’s colorful, comfortable, and free-spirited design style made her first book, The New Bohemians, a bestseller. Now Blakeney returns with a handbook that shows readers how to create that style for themselves. The best part about her design philosophy is that the most important elements have nothing to do with money; rather, Blakeney stresses clarity, color, plants, and natural materials to create a welcoming home that speaks to you and makes you (and your guests) happy the moment they walk in the door. I can’t get enough of her love of pattern, texture, tiles, and textiles—not to mention her joyous nature. “Home décor should be fun. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.” - S.B.

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The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781419724824
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Published: ABRAMS - October 10th, 2017

We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful and diverse gardens in the world here in California. These two new books showcase many of them and are packed with gorgeous photos and creative ideas for the home gardener, garden enthusiast, and garden designer. Let The California Garden Tour be your guide to planning a garden-filled road trip, and keep Private Gardens of the Bay Area on your coffee table for ongoing inspiration. - Natalie

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Private Gardens of the Bay Area Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9781580934763
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Published: Monacelli Press - October 17th, 2017

We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful and diverse gardens in the world here in California. These two new books showcase many of them and are packed with gorgeous photos and creative ideas for the home gardener, garden enthusiast, and garden designer. Let The California Garden Tour be your guide to planning a garden-filled road trip, and keep Private Gardens of the Bay Area on your coffee table for ongoing inspiration. - Natalie

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The California Garden Tour: The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604697223
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - August 9th, 2017

Beautiful photography, whimsical staging, and organization solutions! The first Remodelista book was an inspiring design book, and this second volume shows all the organizational tips and tricks you need to know. It’s the younger, hipper, cooler version of Real Simple (which I also love). - Megan

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Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781579656935
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Published: Artisan Publishers - November 14th, 2017

As cannabis legalization advances in California, regular aficionados will need to decide whether they want to go the commercialized route or try going DIY, which allows you to avoid pesticides while saving money and experimenting with your favorite strains. This well designed book is the best introductory guide I’ve seen for the casual backyard grower. - Natalie

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Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Marijuana Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781941040584
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Published: Tin House Books - September 26th, 2017

This adorable little book is the perfect guide for beginner plant parents. Helpful photos and an uncomplicated layout make it easy to use and it’s so small you can even bring it along to the nursery for reference. It also has lots of suggestions for fun pots to house your new succulent friends. - Jade

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The Little Book of Cacti and Other Succulents Cover Image
By Emma Sibley, Adam Laycock (Photographer)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781849499149
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - March 7th, 2017

This book does a fantastic job of covering nearly every aspect of transferring your life into a tiny home, from the cost of materials to efficient housing plans to codes and regulations on all (government) levels what should actually be in your new home. Part game-plan, part self-help, part reference book, this frames the current tiny house movement. - Ian

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Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781465462701
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Published: Alpha Books - May 9th, 2017

Hand-carved housewares not only add function and beauty to a home; they also represent the time, skill, and dedication of the people who crafted them. If you have ever wanted to try making your own, Heirloom Wood is a terrific place to start. This beautiful guide is filled with step-by-step instructions for making simple projects like spoons, spatulas, bowls, and cutting boards from sustainable and reclaimed wood. The contemporary designs in this book don’t even require many tools, but the gorgeous wares can be used and passed down for generations to come. - S.B.

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Heirloom Wood: A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons, Bowls, Boards, and Other Homewares Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419724763
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Published: ABRAMS - March 28th, 2017

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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Small Homes: The Right Size Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780936070681
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Published: Shelter Publications - April 14th, 2017

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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Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780451496058
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 11th, 2017

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