Home & Garden

Sometimes getting away from the busyness of the modern world to find peace and relaxation is all one wants in the world. When that moment comes, may I recommend picking up this compilation of cabins, yurts, and other retreats into nature? Each shelter chosen by the editors includes the story of how it was built so you can be inspired by the images as well as the saga of how these fantastical structures came to be.  —Jax

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Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere Cover Image
By Zach Klein, Steven Leckart, Noah Kalina (Photographer)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316378215
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 29th, 2015

This terrific book is filled with home projects of varying skill levels, complete with materials lists, easy-to-follow instructions, and clear diagrams. Unique finishing details like concrete textured with Legos or pine with a pop of neon, make the hardest thing in this book the decision of what project to make first. HomeMade Modern is the book you need to get your modern-minimalist-industrial-loft-style hipster pad ready to impress all of your too-cool friends.  —Megan

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Homemade Modern: Smart DIY Designs for a Stylish Home Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780762455072
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Published: Running Press Adult - November 17th, 2015

If you love the beauty and versatility of tile, as I do, then Tile Makes the Room will make you swoon. The authors, co-owners of the renowned Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, explore the role of tile in good design through the work of leading designers and architects from around the world. From California to Italy to Morocco, beautiful kitchen backsplashes, sensational walls and floors, and gorgeous outdoor patios show tile in all its glory.  —S.B.

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Tile Makes the Room: Good Design from Heath Ceramics Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607747413
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 29th, 2015

From simple 18th- and early 19th-century gardens to the lavish estates of the Gilded Age, the gardens started by 1930s inmates at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay to the centuries-old camellias at Middleton Place near Charleston, South Carolina—Rescuing Eden celebrates the history of garden design in the United States, with 28 examples that have been saved by ardent conservationists and generous private owners, and opened to the public. This book is as beautiful as it is inspirational.

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Rescuing Eden: Preserving America's Historic Gardens Cover Image
By Caroline Seebohm (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Curtice Taylor (Photographer)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781580934084
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Published: Monacelli Press - October 6th, 2015

In the three years since Sherry and John Petersik wrote their bestselling book Young House Love, they have bought a new house and had a new baby, and they have seen their design perspective evolve right along with their family. In their latest book, they’ve set out to prove that just because you have kids or pets, doesn’t mean you’re sentenced to floors overrun with toys or furniture covered in plastic. Through a gallery of inspiring spaces (including the authors’), Lovable Livable Home shows how beautiful homes can be functional, too.

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Lovable Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781579656225
Availability: Backordered
Published: Artisan Publishers - September 22nd, 2015

Planting in a Post-Wild World inspires gardeners to design landscapes that function like naturally occurring plant communities, and shows us how to maintain them, as well. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes at home that are resilient, appealing, and diverse. “The authors make the case for breaking with horticultural tradition to create sustainable landscapes that are no less beautiful.” —Architectural Digest

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Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781604695533
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - October 7th, 2015

Forget the primroses and violets and strap yourself in for the plants that lurk in the darkest corner of your garden. From the poisonous (potatoes and cashews) to the irritating (sumac and cowhage), Amy Stewart covers the entirety of plant life, offering up details on the most nefarious seedlings out there.
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Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities Cover Image
By Briony Morrow-Cribbs (Illustrator), Amy Stewart, Jonathon Rosen (Drawings by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781565126831
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 1st, 2009

Gabrielle Blair, author of the hugely-popular blog, Design Mom, is definitely my design twin. I love her aesthetic: bright, colorful, stylish-yet-comfortable, organized, and modern. In her first book, she shares room-by-room advice and solutions for decluttering a home and making it beautiful. Make no mistake: she knows the realities of life with kids (she has six!) and she’s not striving for perfection. But she also knows that a well-designed space can contribute happiness and sanity to life at home. “A happy marriage of interior design book and parenting guide.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review       

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Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-By-Room Guide Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781579655716
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Published: Artisan Publishers - April 7th, 2015

If you’re interested in learning more about permaculture—sustainable, nature-based design—this is a thorough introductory guide that includes detailed information on the plants, water, waste, energy, shelter, food, animals, and structures that make up the garden. “With astonishing thoroughness and admirable dedication, Bloom and Boehnlein meticulously outline every aspect of permaculture, providing inspiring examples and impeccable advice for analysis, design, implementation, and plant selection.” —Booklist

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Practical Permaculture: For Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781604694437
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - February 4th, 2015

Filled with evocative images of homes around the globe, Rethink illustrates how design game-changers are weaving age-old resourcefulness with new technology, creativity with sustainability to construct a more meaningful existence. We can think small (bringing more nature inside) or big (installing moving walls for multifunctional spaces), but the point is to rethink our design choices today for a more sustainable tomorrow.

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Rethink: The Way You Live Cover Image
By Amanda Talbot, Mikkel Vang (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781452139197
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 10th, 2015

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