Home & Garden

I think we can all agree that Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most iconic architects ever. Now, for the first time, all of Wright’s varied West Coast buildings are collected in one book. Filled with photographs of the structures, both inside and out, as well as blueprints and history, this handsome book is perfect for any Frank Lloyd Wright fan or general architecture buff.
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Flannery
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By Mark Wilson, Joel Puliatti (Photographer)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781423634478
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Published: Gibbs Smith - September 1st, 2014

Are you even remotely interested in herbs? Do yourself a favor and check out Orr’s lavish and informative book. Each herb’s entry has information on its varieties, history, and medicinal and culinary uses, as well as instructions for growing the herb. Beautiful illustrations and rich detail inform and enlighten without being overwhelming. Makes a great gift for someone with an herb garden or even for someone just looking for a place to start.
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Jax
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The New American Herbal Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780449819937
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - September 30th, 2014

I am absolutely loving this new book filled with gorgeous ideas for outdoor living spaces. Kameon shows readers how to get the most of their yards, with ideas for great paths, walls, and plants, plus lighting, furniture, and accessories. Her style is modern yet warm and inviting, and I found myself wanting to replicate so many of her beautiful and colorful designs. “To make a garden truly sing, start from the ground up... landscape designer Judy Kameon shows how to make each part of your yard fully and delightfully user-friendly.” —Martha Stewart Living

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S.B.
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Gardens Are for Living: Design Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces Cover Image
By Judy Kameon, Jonathan Adler (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780847842193
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - March 4th, 2014

The idea of living in a treehouse has fascinated me since watching The Swiss Family Robinson as a child. If you can relate, you need to check out this book. Complete with design plans and practical how-to information, this book will inspire you to get building! Even if, like me, you lack the capabilities to build a safe treehouse, this is worthy of coffee table display space, with its beautiful pictures and unique houses.

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Flannery
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Be in a Treehouse: Design, Construction, Inspiration Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781419711718
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Published: ABRAMS - March 25th, 2014

This is a great guide to the pleasures of community farming and its ties to community building--everything from creating compost to planning a complete urban garden. It’s a great how-to as well as a reflective book. Author Joffe explores biodynamic farming as well as the political implications of the ways we farm and sustain ourselves. A joy to read and absorb, Citizen Farmer is all about what we are passing on to the next generation—the knowledge and the practice of sustainability.

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Mikaela
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Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities, and Give Back to the Earth Cover Image
By Daron Joffe, Rinne Allen (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781617691010
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - March 18th, 2014

For 20 years, the students of Auburn University’s Rural Studio have designed and built remarkable houses and community buildings for impoverished residents of Alabama’s Hale County, one of the poorest in the nation. When I first read about this program and its philosophy that “everyone deserves access to good design,” it made a big impact on me, so I was thrilled to see this update and celebration. One hundred and fifty projects in, Rural Studio continues the ethos of recycling, reusing, remaking, and delighting in using local materials, while maintaining the belief that architects should become leaders in bringing about environmental and social change.

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S.B.
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Rural Studio at Twenty: Designing and Building in Hale County, Alabama Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781616891534
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - May 20th, 2014

The fourth book in Koones’ terrific Prefabulous series takes a look at international sustainable home design, exploring a range of design styles and cutting-edge green technologies. Get inspired by awesome examples from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, the United States, England, Germany, South Africa, and beyond. As the author says, “We can all benefit by sharing technology developed around the world.”

Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe Cover Image
By Sheri Koones, Robert Redford (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781617690839
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Published: ABRAMS - April 15th, 2014

Salvias are some of my favorite plants because they flower prolifically, tend to be easy to grow, come in a variety of colors and sizes, and fit easily into almost any style of garden. Many varieties are drought-tolerant, too, which is certainly at the forefront of California gardeners’ minds. The Plant Lover’s Guide to Salvias, one of the first books in a new series from the excellent Timber Press, features everything you need to know to grow this vibrant and fragrant plant.

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S.B.
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781604694192
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - April 22nd, 2014

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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S.B.
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Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781250042019
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 29th, 2014

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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S.M.C.
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The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780399166174
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Published: Blue Rider Press - April 22nd, 2014

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