Home & Garden

Sheri Koones, author of my favorite green guide on prefabricated homes, Prefabulous + Sustainable, is just as excited as I am to release Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid. Meant to inspire homeowners to consider more environmentally friendly options for their home, this book is filled with inexpensive alternatives to creating a more energy-efficient and healthy living standard. The twist in this book is in the location!
Reviewed by: 
Tracy
Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home Cover Image
By Sheri Koones, Robert Redford (Foreword by)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781419703256
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Published: ABRAMS - October 1st, 2012

The creators of my favorite blog of all time have poured their hearts into a wonderful, sweet and funny book that will reach not only DIYers but anyone who appreciates an honest and straight- forward approach to life, love, and family. This book is perfect for anybody—whether they own a home or rent—due to the easy-to- difficult range of projects. It will most certainly touch the heart in all the right places.
Reviewed by: 
Lou
Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781579654788
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Published: Artisan Publishers - November 5th, 2012

Why garden? For fun? Work? Food? The reasons to garden are as unique as the gardener. The Roots of My Obsession features 30 essays from well-known gardeners like Rosalind Creasy, Ken Druse, and Page Dickey, each writing about their horticultural motivations. “This charming book makes a great gift for gardening friends, who can curl up with it on a rainy day and reflect on their own obsession.” —Publishers Weekly
The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781604692716
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - October 2nd, 2012

No matter how small, packed into every seed is the complete genetic information needed to give rise to a new plant, whether it is a tiny herb or a giant rainforest tree. In this stunning book, Rob Kesseler and seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy (of the Royal Botanic Gardens), present a natural history of seeds, illustrated with incredible, close-up photographs that are an absolute marvel. This brand-new edition features a preface by HRH the Prince of Wales, himself an avid conservationist.
Seeds: Time Capsules of Life Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781608871117
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Earth Aware Editions - October 2nd, 2012

From coastlines to mountains, plains to deserts, this beautiful book showcases contemporary homes, both large and small, that fit perfectly into the beauty of the West. The houses here are thoroughly modern in their materials, concepts, and sustainable designs, but they manage to be both urban and rural at the same time. These are not cool, sterile homes: views of nature are gorgeously framed and the interiors, warmed by sunlight, are absolutely lovely and inviting.
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S.B.
West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design Cover Image
By Zahid Sardar, Matthew Millman (Photographer)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781423624394
Availability: Backordered
Published: Gibbs Smith - October 1st, 2012

The gardens of Versailles. The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. Claude Monet’s Giverny. Whether or not you are able to tour the globe to see these stunning gardens in person, you can experience these (and nearly a thousand other) famous and gorgeous gardens in the world through the pages of this beautiful book, now in a revised edition. The detailed descriptions and lovely photographs are sure to inspire gardeners and travelers alike.
1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780764165719
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Barron's Educational Series - October 1st, 2012

An unsung prophet of today’s green movement in architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright was an innovator of eco-sensitive design generations ahead of his time. Wright always spoke of building with nature, climate, and topography, and his knowledge of time-tested methods (such as heating and cooling buildings before central heat and air- conditioning) shaped his Modern solutions. This new book showcases Wright’s work and reflects his insistence that functional designs be beautiful architecture as well.
Frank Lloyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture: Lessons for Building Green from an American Original Cover Image
By Alan Hess (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Alan Weintraub (Photographer)
$55.00
ISBN: 9780847837960
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 16th, 2012

Kathryn Ireland’s interiors have been described as “European tradition meets California informality and globe-trekker chic.” Accurate or not, what I love about Ireland’s designs is how inviting and livable they are. From a Santa Barbara horse ranch to a beach house in Normandy, France, the featured homes in Ireland’s new book reflect her love of color, passion for textiles, and affinity for family-friendly design. Beautiful, fun, and inspiring.
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S.B.
Kathryn M. Ireland Timeless Interiors Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781423630319
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Published: Gibbs Smith - October 1st, 2012

The books that we choose to keep—let alone read—can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In this new collection, dozens of cultural figures—including Malcolm Gladwell, Alice Waters, Judd Apatow, Maira Kalman, and Dave Eggers—share the books that matter to them the most, books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. This is a perfect gift for avid readers, writers, and all who have known the influence of a great book.
My Ideal Bookshelf Cover Image
By Thessaly La Force (Editor), Jane Mount (Artist)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780316200905
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 13th, 2012

One of my favorite things about springtime in Santa Cruz is the wild abundance of lavender. This lovely compendium of everything lavender will take you step-by-step through different varieties, where to find them, and how to use them. Included are fantastic recipies for sweet and savory dishes, simple syrups, and even center pieces. Redundant, I know, but I love this book!
Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
The Lavender Lover's Handbook: The 100 Most Beautiful and Fragrant Varieties for Growing, Crafting, and Cooking Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781604692211
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - May 1st, 2012

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