Gardening on rooftops, balconies, and terraces is a popular trend. After thirty-five years of experience, Susan Brownmiller writes with honesty and humor about her oasis twenty floors above a Manhattan street. She reports the catastrophes: losing daytime access during building-wide renovations; assaults from a mockingbird during his mating season. And the joys: a peach tree fruited for fifteen years; the windswept birches lasted for twenty-five. Butterflies and bees pay annual visits. She pampers a buddleia, a honeysuckle, roses, hydrangeas, and more. Her adventures celebrate the tenacity of nature, inviting readers to marvel at her garden's resilience, and her own. Enhanced by over thirty color photographs, this passionate account of green life in a gritty, urban environment will appeal to readers and gardeners wherever they dwell.
Rutgers University Press
The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations
By Cetti, Livia
In The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Arrangements, artist Livia Cetti ups the ante with a host of grander and more intricate flowers and projects - more blooms, more petals, stronger stems, and bigger, bolder arrangements! Cetti will teach you how to play with size, shape, color, and texture to create 25 vibrant single stems in a variety of natural shapes - globes, spikes, bells, saucers, rectangles, cones, and arcs - including hydrangeas, coral charm peonies, honeysuckles, and paperwhites. Then, you'll use these elemental shapes to build the 15 bright, abundant arrangements, including bold wreaths, bountiful bouquets, fantastical gilded wall art, and blooming garlands. Introducing new, neverbefore-seen techniques for dyeing paper and creating moldable leaves and petals, this gorgeous guide is perfect for crafters of all skill levels interested in making realistic and unique home decor, gifts, accessories, and entertaining essentials.
HARRY N ABRAMS
By Whitney, Sue
Re-using and re-inventing vintage castoffs as home furnishings take center stage in today's home decor, as these one-of-a-kind treasures create uniquely personal spaces. Best-selling author and junking maven Sue Whitney unleashes her JUNKMARKET Style on furniture and accessories that make a statement, add a little flair, and tell a story. These pieces are coming from many places--the flea market, antique shop, vintage fair, grandmother's attic, and Goodwill store--and all are getting a new lease on life with a little DIY creativity.
In Junk Beautiful Furniture Re(Freshed) , Sue Whitney, heralded as the Queen of Junk and founder of the wilkdly successful JUNKMARKET Style community, provides inspiration for reimagining and refashioning furniture and accessory pieces. Each of the 30 projects is presented with clear, concise step-by-step text and photographs, requires little to no skill, and can be completed in a weekend or less.
Pretty Tough Plants
By Select., Plant
Tough-but-beautiful plant picks
There's a growing demand for dependably hardy plants that require less maintenance and less water, but look no less beautiful in the garden. Plant Select - the leading purveyor of plants designed to thrive in difficult climates - meets this need by promoting plants that allow gardeners everywhere to have stunning, environmentally-friendly gardens that use fewer resources. Pretty Tough Plants highlights 135 of Plant Select's top plant picks. Each profile features a color photograph and specific details about the plant's size, best features, and bloom season, along with cultural needs, landscape features, and design ideas. The plant list includes perennials and annuals, groundcovers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. A chart at the end of the book makes it easy to choose the right plants for specific conditions and needs.
The Home Decluttering Diet
By Lifford, Jennifer
Put Your House on a Diet for Long-Term Results
If you're sick of the clutter around your home and can't find any organization systems that work for you, it's time to put your house on a diet. Starting with a 30-day home detox to quickly shed some of that excess weight, you will gain the confidence, motivation and skills needed to create your ideal healthy home. With the option to pick and choose projects based on your specific goals, you will learn to change your bad habits and transform your house into the happier, more organized and inspired home that you desire.
This comprehensive, step-by-step guide shows you how to organize your home month-by-month and room-by-room to achieve and maintain a lasting, clutter-free lifestyle. Drawing on experiences in her own home, Jennifer Lifford developed these distinct and effective techniques that do more than just declutter -- you will learn how to change your habits for good without feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Simply follow the exercises in the plans such as Shedding the Pounds and Building Strength to develop the techniques needed for permanent clutter loss and a forever organized home.
The Home Decluttering Diet is complete with organization guides, checklists, tips for getting the whole family involved and simple DIYs to provide you with practical storage solutions that are easily maintainable. Create the lifestyle you want and get your home and belongings in tip-top shape today!
Page Street Pub Co
Clean My Space
By Maker, Melissa
The wildly popular YouTube star behind Clean My Space presents the breakthrough solution to cleaning better with less effort Melissa Maker is beloved by fans all over the world for her completely re-engineered approach to cleaning. As the dynamic new authority on home and living, Melissa knows that to invest any of our precious time in cleaning, we need to see big, long-lasting results. So, she developed her method to help us get the most out of our effort and keep our homes fresh and welcoming every day. In her long-awaited debut book, she shares her revolutionary 3-step solution: - Identify the most important areas (MIAs) in your home that need attention - Select the proper products, tools, and techniques (PTT) for the job - Implement these new cleaning routines so that they stickClean My Space takes the chore out of cleaning with Melissa's incredible tips and cleaning hacks (the power of pretreating ) her lightning fast 5-10 minute -express clean- routines for every room when time is tightest, and her techniques for cleaning even the most daunting places and spaces. And a big bonus: Melissa gives guidance on the best non-toxic, eco-conscious cleaning products and offers natural cleaning solution recipes you can make at home using essential oils to soothe and refresh. With Melissa's simple groundbreaking method you can truly live in a cleaner, more cheerful, and calming home all the time.
AVERY PUB Group
At Home with Plants
By Drummond, Ian
Get a little greenery in your life with this beautiful, practical guide to decorating with houseplants. At Home with Plants helps you select, plant, and display an array of easy-to-source, easy-to-care-for botanicals. Includes stylish projects - such as terrariums and hanging planters - as well as a special section of design ideas for each room of the house, plus the best plants for each space.
Houseplants are hot, and creative interior planting is becoming increasingly easy to achieve. Indoor gardening is not just about growing a plant, but about using it as an accessory to boost your home's style and mood. In this inspirational book, interior landscape designer and Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Ian Drummond pairs up with interiors writer Kara O'Reilly to show you how to transform your home with plants, offering up more than 250 gorgeous aspirational images and ideas for each space in the house.
These plant-design experts will walk you through the steps to create your indoor oasis with chapters on: THE PRACTICALITIES: Health Benefits, Cleaning the Air, Houseplants & Allergies
CONTAINERS: Potential Planters, Container Materials, Return of the Terrarium
DESIGN WITH PLANTS: Where to Start, Scale & Contrast, Symmetry & Repetition, Alternative Displays
RIGHT PLANT, RIGHT ROOM: Living Spaces, Kitchens & Eating Spaces, Sleeping Spaces, Bathing Spaces, Children's Spaces, Working Spaces, Connecting Spaces
THE BASICS: Light, When & How to Water, Plant Care, Plant Doctor
The American Idea of Home
By Friedman, Bernard
"Home is an idea," Meghan Daum writes in her foreword, "a story we tell ourselves about who we are and who and what we want closest in our midst." In The American Idea of Home, documentary filmmaker Bernard Friedman interviews more than thirty leaders in the field of architecture about a constellation of ideas relating to housing and home. The interviewees include Pritzker Prize winners Thom Mayne, Richard Meier, and Robert Venturi; Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Goldberger and Tracy Kidder; American Institute of Architects head Robert Ivy; and legendary architects such as Denise Scott Brown, Charles Gwathmey, Kenneth Frampton, and Robert A. M. Stern.
The American idea of home and the many types of housing that embody it launch lively, wide-ranging conversations about some of the most vital and important issues in architecture today. The topics that Friedman and his interviewees discuss illuminate five overarching themes: the functions and meanings of home; history, tradition, and change in residential architecture; activism, sustainability, and the environment; cities, suburbs, and regions; and technology, innovation, and materials. Friedman frames the interviews with an extended introduction that highlights these themes and helps readers appreciate the common concerns that underlie projects as disparate as Katrina cottages and Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian houses. Readers will come away from these thought-provoking interviews with an enhanced awareness of the "under the hood" kinds of design decisions that fundamentally shape our ideas of home and the dwellings in which we live.
University of Texas Press
Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring, 5th Edition
By Press., Cool Springs
The new, 5th edition of BLACK DECKER Advanced Home Wiring does more than simply make incremental changes to match new national electrical codes. It includes several never-before-seen projects that will challenge even the most experienced home DIYer. Some of these include: a step-by-step demonstration of the right way to wire a three-way switch in any situation; a closer look at new "available neutral" requirements and how they impact traditional wiring configurations; new information on weatherproof boxes and conduit; a primer on three-phase power; and a guide to 240-volt circuitry that eliminates all the confusion. These are higher-level projects, but ones that offer high rewards when they are done right. The latest home wiring products and techniques are also featured in this new edition.
Cool Springs Press
New Bathroom Idea Book
By Gold, Jamie
The bathroom continues to be one area of the house that homeowners are willing to spend money on. This all-new edition of Bathroom Idea Book--a virtual designer's notebook of ideas, inspiration, and information--will bea homeowner's first step in turning a dream bath into a real one, whether it's new construction or a remodel.
Lavishly illustrated with 325 photos and 15 illustrations, New Bathroom Idea Book provides design options for all areas of the bathroom, from vanities and countertops to fixtures, flooring, and finish details. Up-to-the-minute information on new trends like digital integration in the bathroom, new materials that mimic natural materials, accessibility and aging-in-place options, and code changes that mandate water and energy conservation make this the go-to resource for all things bathroom.
The Taunton Press
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
By Magnusson, Margareta
Funny, wise, and deeply practical, Swedish artist Margareta Magnusson offers advice on how to declutter your home and minimize your worldly possessions so your loved ones don't have to do it for you.
In Swedish there is a word for it: DostÃ¤dning, "do" means "death" and "stÃ¤dning" means "cleaning." The idea behind death cleaning is to remove unnecessary things and get your home in order as you become older. But this word also can be applied whenever you do a thorough cleaning, to make your life easier and more pleasant. It does not necessarily have to do with age or death. If you can hardly close your drawers or shut your closet doors, it is time to do something about your stuff.
Margareta Magnusson death cleaned after the passing of her parents, then her in-laws, then her husband, and she happily downsized from a five-bedroom house on the West Coast of Sweden to a two-room apartment in the city. From the attic to the basement, kitchen to the bedroom, Margareta tackles the whole house in The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning and suggests what you can get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you'd ever use) and what you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children's art projects) . Digging into her late husband's tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta brings humor and an element of fun to this potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea that "you can't take it with you."
A practical book based on personal experience, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, like Marie Kondo's bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming. This charming and unsentimental approach to putting your life in order - years or even decades before it becomes urgent - is infused with humor and celebrates the importance of living.
Building with Secondhand Stuff, 2nd edition
By Peterson, Chris
From Craig's List, your basement, and estate sales, you can salvage what you need to upcycle all kinds of cool things. You can build tables, install vintage hardwood floors and salvaged windows, mason reclaimed stone walls, and do much more using free or very inexpensive, high-quality, reconditioned materials.
You'll encounter opportunities to upcycle usable building materials everywhere. By using Building with Secondhand Stuff, 2nd edition, good judgment, and a few salvage tricks, you can take advantage of these chances to gather free (or nearly free) project supplies and put them to work in your house.
This second edition of the best-selling book includes new projects such as a pallet chair, pallet table, chalkboard message door, door-backed island, and a reclaimed window greenhouse.
COOL SPRINGS PR
The Family Cabin
By Mulfinger, Dale
Dale Mulfinger is widely acknowledged as the foremost expert on cabins in North America. His first book, The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway, has sold almost 200,000 copies and has consistently been the leading book in the category since it was published in 2001. In this new collection of 37 cabins, Mulfinger rekindles his love for this treasured American icon with fresh insight and seasoned strategies for the logic, utility, and beauty of cabin design.
While Dale's earlier books have focused on smaller cabins (1,600 sq. ft. and below) , this one will be less about size and more about the living experience. The Family Cabin will feature new and old family compounds from across North America, much as The Cabin and Back to the Cabin have done. New structures explore the prospect of family bonding, where old ones tell the tales of generations of family use. Since the beginning of the 20th century, cabin retreats have had a unique place in the lives and lore of many American families. In the 21st century, cabin creation continues with new forms and materials that give shelter at nature's doorstep.
Better Homes and Gardens Flea Market Style
By Thorpe, Samantha
The Indispensible Guide to Scoring, Using, Collecting, and Displaying Vintage Flea Market Finds Flea markets, Craigslist, and even a neighbor's curb can yield vintage treasures that make a house sparkle. But knowing what to do with those pieces can be intimidating. This innovative book shows homeowners how to use flea market treasures to transform a home. You will learn how to seamlessly combine pieces into a cohesive space that truly reflects your style, whether Cottage, Bohemian, Midcentury Modern, or something else. The book also includes helpful information on how to display and use esoteric, fun, and one-of-a-kind collections. Several DIY projects explain how to create fun new pieces from flea market finds, such as wall frames from vintage hand mirrors.
Better Homes and Gardens Books
By Johnson, Samantha
The popularity of egg-laying chickens is on the rise. Sustainable and fun, raising chickens is one of the most interesting and rewarding backyard hobbies you can find. In Chicken DIY, aspiring chicken farmers will find creative plans and easy-to-follow construction tips for making a safe and healthy environment for their fine-feathered friends. Veteran farmers and poultry enthusiasts Samantha and Daniel Johnson provide complete and easy-to-follow instructions for 20 essential projects, from coops and feeders to runs, ramps, roosts, and incubators. Clear step-by-step color photographs guide the reader through each hands-on project.Inside Chicken DIYHow to prepare and build a safe and healthy environment for your backyard flock20 hands-on projects for chicken coops, roosts, runs, ramps, feeders, waterers, nest boxes, egg incubators, and moreClear step-by-step color photographsOverview of the basic tools and skills needed to complete each projectComplete, thorough, and easy-to-follow instructionsÂ“Why DIY?Â” section explains the positive benefits and satisfaction of building things yourselfBonus chapter takes a fascinating look at the history of chicken-keeping and DIY chicken projects through history