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By Tsh Oxenreider. 2010
Organized Simplicity's aim is to convince its readers that simple living is the absolute best way to live. Be it… with house cleaning, family schedule management, personal finances, and managing the "stuff" you allow within your four walls, the only way to live well is to do so intentionally and simply. The first half of the book delves into the "why" behind realistic simple living, giving the reader a nail to then hang the how of living simply discussed in the second half. And by redefining the too often-used phrase "simple living," a busy home manager living in the real world can then make practical changes that work for the whole family. There are chapters for cleaning and organizing the home room-by-room, and future project ideas will inspire readers to turn their house in a haven they love.
By Jamaica Kincaid. 2005
In this travel memoir, the acclaimed novelist Jamaica Kincaid chronicles a three-week trek through Nepal, the spectacular and exotic Himalayan… land, where she and her companions are gathering seeds for planting at home. The natural world and, in particular, plants and gardening are central to Kincaid’s work; in addition to such novels as Annie John and Lucy, Kincaid is the author of My Garden (Book): a collection of essays about her love of cultivating plants and gardens throughout her life. Among Flowers intertwines meditations on nature and stunning descriptions of the Himalayan landscape with observations on the ironies, difficulties, and dangers of this magnificent journey.For Kincaid and three botanist friends, Nepal is a paradise, a place where a single day’s hike can traverse climate zones, from subtropical to alpine, encompassing flora suitable for growing at their homes, from Wales to Vermont. Yet as she makes clear, there is far more to this foreign world than rhododendrons that grow thirty feet high. Danger, too, is a constant companion—and the leeches are the least of the worries. Unpredictable Maoist guerillas live in these perilous mountains, and when they do appear—as they do more than once—their enigmatic presence lingers long after they have melted back into the landscape. And Kincaid, who writes of the looming, lasting effects of colonialism in her works, necessarily explores the irony of her status as memsahib with Sherpas and bearers.A wonderful blend of introspective insight and beautifully rendered description, Among Flowers is a vivid, engrossing, and characteristically frank memoir from one of our most striking voices.
Garden and Landscape Practices in Pre-colonial India: Histories from the Deccan (Visual and Media Histories)
By Daud Ali; Emma J. Flatt. 2012
This book presents a set of new and innovative essays on landscape and garden culture in precolonial India, with a… special focus on the Deccan. Most research to date has concentrated on the comparatively well preserved gardens and built landscapes of the celebrated Mughal empire, giving the impression that they have been lacking in other times and regions. Not only does this volume provide a corrective to such assumptions, it also moves away from traditional art-historical approaches by posing new questions and exploring hitherto neglected source materials. The contributors understand gardens in two related ways: first as real or imagined spaces and manipulated landscapes that are often invested with pronounced semiotic density; and second as congeries of institutions and practices with far-reaching social ramifications for the constitution of elite societies. The essays here present a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of garden culture in precolonial India, and together suggest several new and exciting directions of enquiry for those working in the Deccan, Mughal India, and beyond.
By Christine Wong, Brigette Allen. 2020
“An eye-opening guide on how to lessen one’s dependence on plastics. . . . This is a clarion, convincing wake-up… call to the scope of the global plastic problem and what readers can do about it. —Publishers Weekly <P><P>Embrace a plastic-free lifestyle with more than 100 simple, stylish swaps for everything from pens and toothbrushes to disposable bottles and the 5 trillion plastic bags we use—and throw out—every year. Use a natural loofah, not a synthetic sponge Buy milk in glass bottles or make homemade nut milk Opt for a waste-free shampoo bar Skip the printed receipt and opt for an email instead Wrap gifts beautifully with cloth <P><P>Organized into five sections—At Home, Food & Drink, Health & Beauty, On the Go, and Special Occasions—Living Without Plastic is a cover-to-cover collection of doable, difference making solutions, including a 30-Day Plastic Detox Program.
“If you want one of the shortest, fastest routes to getting toxic chemicals out of your life, get behind the… wheel of Gay Browne’s Living with a Green Heart and you’ll get there in no time flat.”—Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group In an increasingly toxic world, the paths to environmental health and personal well-being run parallel. The journey begins with a few small steps. Is the damage we’re doing to our planet literally leaving you sick, sore, and gasping for air? Want to take back our inalienable rights to clean air, clean water, and healthy food? In this quietly revolutionary book, environmental pioneer and founder of Greenopia, Gay Browne, shares a roadmap for making incremental changes that will not only transform your life, but heal the world we share. From the home to the office, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear, here are actions you can take today that will improve your Personal Environmental Health, and help you stop feeling overwhelmed, reduce illness, improve sleep, mood, and focus, and start making a difference, including: *Make conscious choices when shopping, and support companies with good environmental stewardship and healthy products. *Test your water for harmful chemicals, install an affordable water filtration system, and reduce your water use by utilizing water more efficiently. *Work with your doctor to create a personal plan for detoxing your body. *Use only non-toxic and organic household products, and choose organic, eco-friendly fabrics made by sustainable and fair trade certified companies. *Choose the method of transportation that makes the lightest carbon footprint. With these and many other actions, Gay Browne’s work has taught her that even the smallest change for the better, faithfully practiced, can have an immense positive impact on our minds, bodies, and spirits—not to mention the planet.
By Julia Watkins. 2020
Recipes, DIY projects, and inspiration for a beautiful and low-waste life, from the creator of @simply.living.well on Instagram In… this timely and motivational guide, author Julia Watkins shares rituals, recipes, and projects for living simply and sustainably at home. For every area of your household—kitchen, cleaning, wellness, bath, and garden—Julia shows you how to eliminate wasteful packaging, harmful ingredients, and disposable items. Practical checklists outline easy swaps (instead of disposable sponges, opt for biodegradable sponges or Swedish dishcloths; choose a bamboo toothbrush over a plastic one) and sustainable upgrades for common household tools and products. Projects include scrap apple cider vinegar, wool dryer balls, kitchen bowl covers and cloth produce bags, non-toxic dryer sheets, all-purpose citrus cleaner, herbal tinctures and balms, and more, plus recipes for package-free essentials like homemade nut milk, hummus, ketchup, salad dressings, and veggie stock.
By Joanna Gaines. 2018
In Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create… a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, Homebody gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A design template at the end of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in Homebody will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.
By Amber Lewis, Cat Chen. 2020
The trendsetting designer known for her effortless style shares the secrets of the art of layering, with more than 250 gorgeous… photographs of her signature interiors. &“Livability is my true north. The materials I use time and again all change with age and wear. Not only is that okay, it&’s how you achieve more than a re-creation of what you&’ve already seen, or what somebody else has done. You can do this, too—I promise.&”—from the introduction Designing a room with all the vibes comes down to how you layer your décor. The more you can mix the elements of your room—your pillows, objects, patterns, and lighting—the more finished it&’ll feel: not too new, not too old, but just right. Known for her eclectic approach that stems from her California cool, Amber Lewis trains your eye in Made for Living, offering friendly advice on everything from nailing that perfect shade of paint to mismatching patterns with wild abandon to choosing a stone finish for new countertops. These pages will help you design a home that's made to be lived in.
By Katie Hughes. 2020
Celebrate the can-do attitude of fierce girls who know how to wield a hammer, fire up a saw, and build… everything from a bookshelf to a playhouse. Featuring project photographs, this guide will inspire you to pick up your power tools and make something great.Carpenter Katie Hughes frequently found that she was the only woman on construction worksites. To change that, she began teaching classes to girls ages 8-14, showing them how to drill, saw, and weld. Her classes quickly became sold out summer camps and she founded her own non-profit, Girls Build.Girls Who Build features candid and arresting photographs of forty-five girls showing off their power tools and can-do attitudes. Accompanying each girl is a profile interview where she speaks to her inspirations and favorite builds, plus tips for others starting out. Also included are building skills, techniques, and safety tips to teach girls -- and older beginners -- how to handle hammers, drills, and saws plus thirteen do-it-herself building projects (from the featured girls themselves) such as picture frames, nightstands, playhouses, and more.
By Adams Media. 2020
Live the calm and eco-friendly lifestyle you&’ve always dreamed of with this perfect guide to eco-conscious living for anyone who… wants to save the planet and make a difference. In today&’s world, there is a lot that can stress us out. We live in a time when talking about climate change is a hot button issue leading to political movements, youth led protests, and lots of anxiety. From green living to figuring out how you (and your family) can make a difference in your community, this mindful approach is the key to being stress-free as you make a positive impact on the environment. What Would the Buddha Recycle? can help you gain a better understanding of how you impact the world around you in your day-to-day life. And, even better, it can help you pause, reflect, and figure out what changes you can make to protect the world. In this book you&’ll learn how to: -Use natural ingredients in your home for cleaning (lemon juice can help your furniture shine) and pest control (chili pepper can deter ants) -Combine mindful cooking and eating for healthier meals that don&’t hurt the environment and make you feel great -Figure out the right food to keep your beloved pets happy and healthy by choosing natural ingredients and avoiding chemical preservatives -Include your family in your new environmentally friendly ways and raise your children to have a similar mindset about saving the planet -And much more! With advice that covers every area of your daily life, What Would the Buddha Recycle? offers easy changes so you can make a difference and protect the environment all while staying zen in the process.
No-till — a method of growing crops and providing pasture without disturbing the soil — has become an important alternative… to standard farming practices. In this comprehensive guide to successful no-till vegetable farming for aspiring and beginning farmers, author Daniel Mays, owner and manager of an organic no-till farm in Maine, outlines the environmental, social, and economic benefits of this system. The methods described are designed for implementation at the human scale, relying primarily on human power, with minimal use of machinery. The book presents streamlined planning and record-keeping tools as well as marketing strategies, and outlines community engagement programs like CSA, food justice initiatives, and on-farm education.
By Christopher Kennedy. 2017
The acclaimed interior designer shares one hundred tips for bringing the principles of midcentury modern style to any home in… this beautifully photographed volume. With its minimalist elegance and nostalgic warmth, Midcentury modern style continues to capture the American consciousness. We see it everywhere from television shows to fashion runways. Yet, not all of us can live in a pedigreed midcentury home. Now, Springs interior designer Christopher Kennedy demonstrates how the principles of midcentury design can be applied to the most unassuming spaces.Making Midcentury Modern offers one hundred foolproof tips for introducing modernist design into a contemporary home. In line with forward-thinking designers of the midcentury, the simple yet inspiring ideas in this book are presented alongside stunning color photography.
By Jack Staub. 2010
A richly illustrated guide to unique and gorgeous vegetable varieties for your garden. Seventy-five unusual and eminently beautiful vegetables are… profiled in this charming book by expert gardener and garden designer Jack Staub. Within these pages, you&’ll discover produce not likely found at the supermarket, including the Asparagus Bean, Chinese Rat Tail Radish, Green Zebra Tomato, and Turkish Orange Eggplant. Staub includes history, stories, and lore surrounding the plants, as well as instructions for growing them outdoors or indoors in containers. Whether you're an avid gardener or a dabbler, you'll love the flowery descriptions and original art showcasing these vegetables that are perfect for your garden.
By Ralph Kylloe. 2010
A collection of breathtaking log cabins where everything new is old again, from the author of Ralph Kylloe&’s Rustic Living.… Exuding luxury and comfort, history and innovation, here are thirteen newly handcrafted log and stone homes that surpass all expectations of quality and creativity. All are the creations of Larry Pearson, AIA, who is recognized as a leader in rustic design. These luxurious cabins from Montana, Wyoming, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California are replete with hand-hewn logs, dry-stacked stone, artistic doors and staircases, and furnishings that meld modern convenience with age-old beauty. Pearson Design Group was the recipient of Mountain Living Magazine&’s prestigious 2009 Home of the Year Award and has been featured on HGTV&’S Spectacular Homes.
By Chase Reynolds Ewald. 2017
This lushly photographed home design book offers an intimate tour through rustic modern residences across California and the Mountain West.… Following their acclaimed volume American Rustic, design writer Chase Reynolds Ewald and photographer Audrey Hall have teamed up once again to explore fifteen Western homes with a fresh take on rustic style. Here you&’ll find contemporary approaches to traditional log cabins, sustainable projects, artist studios, and places for play. The inspired interior decor and exteriors are all beautifully photographed and discussed in elegant prose.Rustic Modern also offers detailed perspectives from the homeowners, architects, and designers who brought these diverse spaces to life. Individual home&’s stories are complemented by full-page photography. The rustic textiles, warm living spaces, uniquely crafted chandeliers suspend from vaulted ceilings, and sweeping vistas out every window are sure to inspire.
By Donald A. Rakow, Sharon A. Lee, Meghan Z. Gough. 2020
Public Gardens and Livable Cities changes the paradigm for how we conceive of the role of urban public gardens. Donald… A. Rakow, Meghan Z. Gough, and Sharon A. Lee advocate for public gardens as community outreach agents that can, and should, partner with local organizations to support positive local agendas. Safe neighborhoods, quality science education, access to fresh and healthy foods, substantial training opportunities, and environmental health are the key initiative areas the authors explore as they highlight model successes and instructive failures that can guide future practices. Public Gardens and Livable Cities uses a prescriptive approach to synthesize a range of public, private, and nonprofit initiatives from municipalities throughout the country. In doing so, the authors examine the initiatives from a practical perspective to identify how they were implemented, their sustainability, the obstacles they encountered, the impact of the initiatives on their populations, and how they dealt with the communities' underlying social problems.By emphasizing the knowledge and skills that public gardens can bring to partnerships seeking to improve the quality of life in cities, this book offers a deeper understanding of the urban public garden as a key resource for sustainable community development.
By Martha Stewart. 2020
The ultimate guide to getting your life in order—with hundreds of practical and empowering ideas, projects, and tips—from America&’s most… trusted lifestyle authorityTrust Martha to help you master all things organizing—sorting, purging, tidying, and simplifying your life—with smart solutions and inspiration. Here, she offers her best guidance, methods, and DIY projects for organizing in and around your home. Topics include room-by-room strategies (how to sort office paperwork, when to purge the garage or attic), seasonal advice (when to swap out bedding and clothing, how to put away holiday decorations), and day-by-day or week-by-week plans for projects such as de-cluttering, house cleaning, creating a filing system, overhauling the closet, and more. Martha&’s indispensable expertise walks you through goal-setting, principles of organizing, useful supplies, and creating systems for ongoing success. A look into Martha&’s own personal calendars offers a template for scheduling essential tasks. Last, plenty of strategies, how-tos, timelines, and checklists will help you stay organized all year long.
By Emily J. Followill. 2015
Explore the beauty, tradition, and stylish renovation of rustic mountain homes across the Southern Appalachians in this gorgeously photographed book.… The cool, wooded mountains of the South are dotted with log cabins, each with its own rich history and aesthetic charm. In The Southern Rustic Cabin, photographer Emily Followill captures the rugged beauty and unique personality of thirteen mountain homes located across Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Virginia. The homeowners have lovingly preserved the age-old qualities of their cabins while renovating, revitalizing, and redecorating them to support modern living and reflect their personal style. Alongside her stunning photography of interiors and exteriors, Followill tells the story of how each cabin and owner came together; as the owners changed their cabins, the cabins invariably changed the owners as well.
By Brooke Giannetti, Steve Giannetti. 2019
The husband and wife design team takes readers on a guided tour of their elegant farm residence in Ojai, CA—a… home full of Patina Style inspiration. Brooke and Steve Gianetti offer an intimate look at their life on Patina Farm, the home they designed with an interplay of rustic and modern European charm. Beyond the gorgeously appointed farmhouse, the Giannettis readers through the sheds, outbuildings and gardens where they entertain and enjoy their miniature goats, sheep and donkeys, the chickens and ducks, and dogs. The entire residence is brimming with inspiration for a beautiful life in the popular Patina Style. &“We decided to write this book to share why we decided to create this life and what we have learned along the way. We share how we decided where to live, how to design and lay out our property and how to think about the individual spaces. One of the main nuggets of wisdom that we have learned is that there is not only one way to live this life. The idea of this book is to give you some options.&”
By James T. Farmer III. 2017
The acclaimed interior designer combines rich tradition with modern sensibilities in this beautifully photographed book of homes across the deep… South. James Farmer&’s design firm works with clients across the South who want to turn their houses into homes. Now Farmer takes readers on a guided tour of eleven home projects—from makeovers to remodels and new construction—as he brings together a cultivated mix of high and low, storied and new, collected and found; presenting them all as a thoughtfully exhibited array of taste, style, good architecture, and interior comfort. Woven alongside beautiful photography of interiors and exteriors are personal stories James shares about living in the South, the people in his life, and how he fell in love with home design. A Place to Call Home is a beautiful book to inspire Southern style at home―infusing the new with antique, vintage, and heirloom pieces.