Home and Garden
Are there other ways that you've found to save money in the garden? I like to reuse household objects to make garden items, and I recycle my friends' and neighbors' decorative straw bales as mulch each fall. What tips do you suggest?
The comforts of home : thrifty and chic decorating ideas for making the most of what you have by Caroline Clifton- Mogg — One of the 2010 Librarians' Picks for Non-Fiction, this book offers the philosophy that a comfortable home is an orderly home. With a plan for where things should be, it becomes easy to make it useful and a place in which you want to spend time. There's no time like now for being thrifty as well, and using the tips here you can make your home work for you, using (or at least starting with) what you have.
Simple times by written by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello — Fans of Sedaris' I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence will not be disappointed by her latest guide. Now is the time to be thrifty and to embellish your life with your crafty skills while you scrimp and save. No one crafts like Amy Sedaris, but you can try to imitate her by following her instructions. BONUS: the images in this book are simultaneously gorgeous and hilarious, and there are even illustrations by renaissance guy Justin Theroux.
Illustrated guide to sewing home furnishings : expert techniques for creating custom shades, drapes, slipcovers and more — Have you ever seen a gorgeous fabric in the store but thought you didn't have the skills to make it into curtains, a pillow, or a slipcover? Look no further, this book has clear instructions that will allow you to teach yourself as you go. It includes a variety of techniques as well as instructions for calculating yardage and other seemingly tricky parts of the process.
Success with small-space gardening by Graham Clarke — Many people would like to have a garden, but find that they are limited by a lack of space. Perhaps you have a small yard, or your homeowner association or condo board limits your options. You can still have a beautiful and even productive garden, no matter how small. This book show how to design for whatever space you have available, using clever and unusual but easily executed techniques.
Handmade beginnings : 24 sewing projects to welcome baby by Anna Maria Horner — This lovely book has a variety of projects for the mother- and father-to-be, the baby, and the baby's nursery. The creations are photographed in a simple, elegant style, and the instructions and patterns are all very clear and easy to parse even for a beginning sewer.
The tulip anthology photographs by Ron Van Dongen; foreword by Anna Pavord; edited by Billie Lythberg — Tulips are one of the most ubiquitous flowers seen in spring, and they have been written about, cultivated, and sought after for ages. This gorgeous oversize book presents color photos accompanied by information, poetry, and facts.
How to grow practically everything by Zia Allaway, Lia Leendertz — This hefty volume is truly chock full of ideas for gardening projects. From creating garden beds to container gardening to edibles to attracting wildlife, this book really covers a lot of ground (ha!). Beginners will find the introductory sections useful, while more seasoned gardeners will be able to jump in to the particular project that suits their interest.
Great gardens of America by Tim Richardson ; photographs by Andrea Jones — From New York to California, Ohio to Florida, this beautiful book features full-color photographs of gardens all over the United States and Canada. The gardens range from formal to meadow to whimsical, and you'll not only get ideas for your own garden, but perhaps even ideas of places you'd like to visit.
I am an excellent armchair decorator. This does not mean that I like to decorate armchairs. No, I like to sit in my cozy chair, poring over lovely oversized books on interior decorating, and fantsize over the house I might someday have. And this month's bumper crop of design books offers plenty to dream about.
Alexa Hampton: the language of interior design by Alexa Hampton
Timeless elegance: the houses of David Easton by David Easton with Annette Tapert
A virtual cornucopia of foods and other items for your Thanksgiving feast will be available to buy at Canton's Fall Harvest Market this Sunday, November 21, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM at the Cady-Boyer Barn, in Preservation Park at 500 N. Ridge Rd. (approx. 1/4 mile north of Cherry Hill Rd.). Nearly two dozen local Michigan farmers and vendors will offer market favorites, including: turkeys, pie pumpkins, farm eggs, apples, spices, cider, natural meats, stuffing, artisan breads, salad greens, winter squash, sausage, pasta, honey, pies and other baked goods, pierogi, flower arrangements, dog treats and much more. Some vendors are taking pre-orders for your convenience.
Romantic gardens : nature, art, and landscape design by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Elizabeth S. Eustis, John Bidwell — Gardening season is winding down here, but we can always go to a book like this to tide us over. The authors focus on gardens of all types in the Romantic period and include drawings, paintings, and hand-drawn landscape plans of the era. Art lovers and history buffs will enjoy this just as much as gardeners.
Jeffrey Bilhuber's design basics: expert solutions for designing the house of your dreams by Jeffrey Bilhuber with Annette Tapert; foreword by Anna Wintour
Interior inspirations by Roger Banks-Pye; Colefax and Fowler; photography by James Merrell
Stephen Forrest will talk about his experiences with his "off-the-grid" house in Vermont. Forrest is Vice President of Research at the University of Michigan as well as a Professor of Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics.
Dr. Forrest will speak at the Hatcher Library Gallery at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on Tuesday, October 26, from 5:30-7:00PM.