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The joy of dahlias  by Katja Staring

The joy of dahlias

Katja Staring

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The dahlia, a flower that was once thought of as old-fashioned, has surged in popularity over the past few years due to the development of new varieties and an uptick in appreciation from Royals and celebrities. They appear in a broad spectrum of bea...

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Scandi rustic  by Rebecca Lawson

Scandi rustic

Rebecca Lawson

Book

Award-winning bloggers and instagrammers Reena Simon and Rebecca Lawson are renowned for their love affair with all things Scandi. In their first book, Scandi Rustic Style, they reveal how to create a home that takes elements of Scandinavian design a...

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Higher love  by Jordanna Levin

Higher love

Jordanna Levin

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Sex and the City in the age of The Secret. The go-to dating guide for anyone who prefers to man-ifest rather than man-obsess.' - GEORGIA LOVE Dating, if we're not doing it consciously, can be something we throw ourselves into with little clarity about...

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Measure and construction of the Japanese house  by Heino Engel

Measure and construction of the Japanese house

Heino Engel

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A remarkable classic work on traditional Japanese architecture and its general integrative quality, the order of space and form, the flexibility of partitions and room functions and other important or unique qualities. The author describes in detail,...

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Growing orchids at home  by Manos Kanellos

Growing orchids at home

Manos Kanellos

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An authoritative and detailed guide to caring for orchids in the home - the result of experience, continuous experimentation and extensive research by expert authors. All common types of orchids are covered. This book communicates all the necessary i...

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Your do-anything kitchen

Your do-anything kitchen

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From the editors of Food52 comes the ultimate guide to organizing your kitchen, filled with wisdom and useful tricks for creating and maintaining your most efficient cooking space ever. Any great chef will tell you that one of the best-kept secrets to...

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Natural homemade skin care  by Militza Maury

Natural homemade skin care

Militza Maury

Book

Finding natural skin care products that are are easy on the wallet and fit your skin needs is a challenge -but now you can make all the products you need using ingredients found in your pantry and fridge. Militza Maury, founder of the natural skin care...

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AD at 100

AD at 100

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Architectural Digest at 100 celebrates the best from the pages of the international design authority. The editors have delved into the archives and culled years of rich material covering a range of subjects. Ranging freely between present and past, the...

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Made for living  by Amber Lewis

Made for living

Amber Lewis

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The secret ingredient in successful interior design lies in the art of layering: arranging all your disparate things so that they work together. From Amber Lewis, the trendsetter designer known for her effortlessly layered look, comes a book for attaining...

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Sean Scherer's Kabinett & Kammer  by Sean Scherer

Sean Scherer's Kabinett & Kammer

Sean Scherer

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Kabinett & Kammer is equally a celebration and a practical guide to both collecting and showing how lively design can integrate disparate objects from the past into beautifully layered ensembles. Sean Scherer's interiors feature vintage display cabin...

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Glamorous living  by Jan Showers

Glamorous living

Jan Showers

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A room-by-room journey through some of the most luxurious and glamorous homes in America. Jan Showers takes the reader through luxurious private residences across the United States room by room. This book invites readers into 20 never-before-photogra...

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Living lightly  by Nicola (Nicola Joan) Turner

Living lightly

Nicola (Nicola Joan) Turner

Book

"The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the stuff we buy, the waste we create - how we consume is having a massive impact on our own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of the planet. How do you reduce your impact when you don't want to compromise your lifestyle?...

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Axel Vervoordt  by Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt

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Portraits of Interiors is a book about the oasis of home and includes seventeen projects in America, Belgium, England, France, Italy, and Spain, as well as Axel Vervoordt Company’s first work in India, Russia, and Japan. The book’s guiding concepts are...

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The home edit  by Clea Shearer

The home edit

Clea Shearer

Book

A masterclass and look book in one, The Home Edit is filled with bright photographs and detailed tips, from placing plastic dishware in a drawer where little hands can reach to categorizing pantry items by color (there's nothing like a little ROYGBIV...

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Gaia's garden  by Toby Hemenway

Gaia's garden

Toby Hemenway

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Prick  by Gynelle Leon

Prick

Gynelle Leon

Book

Cacti and succulents are the plants of the moment. Beautiful, affordable and - if you know how - easy to care for, they're a shortcut to creating brighter, calmer, more relaxing spaces in the home and office. In Prick, cacti and succulent expert Gynelle...

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Do bees need weeds?  by Gareth Richards

Do bees need weeds?

Gareth Richards

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RHS Do Bees Need Weeds is packed with more than 100 practical questions and answers to help you become a more eco-friendly gardener, and show you how to adopt a more sustainable way of gardening. The book includes simple, low-cost ideas, from fun projects...

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More beautiful  by Mark D. Sikes

More beautiful

Mark D. Sikes

Book

The rooms featured in More Beautiful are divided into five distinct styles, all of which exude the happiness that comes with surrounding oneself with things you love. "Traditional" is chockablock with vibrant color, antique furniture, and heady doses...

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Entertaining beautifully  by Aerin Lauder

Entertaining beautifully

Aerin Lauder

Book

An invitation into the endlessly inspiring and unique celebrations of the iconic tastemaker and hostess, this elegant entertaining book reveals how to bring beauty, style, and joy into milestone events, holidays, or everyday moments and meals. Aerin is...

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The paper solution  by Lisa K. Woodruff

The paper solution

Lisa K. Woodruff

Book

We are drowning in paper. We keep stacks of it on the kitchen counter, stash it in drawers, and stuff file cabinets full of documents (just one file cabinet can hold 18,000 sheets of paper - yikes). Despite this clear crisis of paper, there hasn't been...

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Arriving home  by James T. Farmer

Arriving home

James T. Farmer

Book

Traditional style stands the test of time. That is the mantra for James Farmer's aesthetic. Classic tastes melded with fresh approaches for how we live and love in homes. In these homes across the Atlantic side of the country, high style and relaxed ...

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Dogs at home  by Marianne Cotterill

Dogs at home

Marianne Cotterill

Book

A house without a dog is not a home. Meet Gaspard the Dalmatian who hates the London rain but loves a good sing along to The Antiques Roadshow; jet-setting Rufus and Marni, two wire-haired dachshunds who can often be found sniffing out vintage finds ...

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Grow food for free  by Huw Richards

Grow food for free

Huw Richards

Book

Huw's Grow Food for Free has the inspiration and practical advice you need to start, grow, nurture, and harvest your own fruit and vegetables organically and at zero cost, even if you're new to gardening.

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Killer plants  by Molly Williams

Killer plants

Molly Williams

Book

Carnivorous plants: they're weird, they're gorgeous, and they're the perfect addition to your urban jungle of pothos, snake plants, and succulents. However, they can also be intimidating to grow and care for. Let Killer Plants be your guide as it walks...

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My garden world  by Monty Don

My garden world

Monty Don

Book

Spend a year in the garden with Monty Don, the UK's favourite gardener, writer and broadcaster, accompanied by his beloved dogs, Nigel and Nellie. A breath of fresh country air. Each season has something different to delight in, from the primroses an...

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The skin nerd philosophy  by Jennifer Rock

The skin nerd philosophy

Jennifer Rock

Book

The Skin Nerd founder Jennifer Rock has a simple philosophy: skincare is a journey which requires a 360 holistic approach. Here, in her new book, she shows us how, by looking beyond the skin itself to the ways in which we can protect, maintain and nourish...

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Stylish dress book  by Yoshiko Tsukiori

Stylish dress book

Yoshiko Tsukiori

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Presents patterns for creating twenty-six dresses that reflect Japanese styles of grace while adhering to modern carefree fashion trends.

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Winter living style  by Selina Lake

Winter living style

Selina Lake

Book

Selina Lake brings her signature vintage romantic style to the most atmospheric and majestic of the seasons. With chapters including a stand-alone section of Winter Inspirations, containing ideas for flowers, lighting, fabrics, furniture, and decorat...

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The ABC's of tidying up  by Natalia Geci

The ABC's of tidying up

Natalia Geci

Book

This book is not a decoration handbook and does not address so-called good or bad taste when it comes to interior design, neither does it seek to deliver a lecture on the latest trends. This book invites the reader to see their home with fresh eyes. It...

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An entertaining story  by India Hicks

An entertaining story

India Hicks

Book

Style icon India Hicks's charming take on entertaining, featuring dreamy tablescapes, found centerpieces, and enjoyable family anecdotes. Daughter of the late David Hicks and goddaughter to Prince Charles, India Hicks is known for her irreverent take...

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Make life beautiful  by Syd McGee

Make life beautiful

Syd McGee

Book

Meet Syd and Shea McGee, the powerhouse couple behind Studio McGee, the fastest-growing interior design studio in the country. This uplifting guide, filled with insights and wisdom from Syd and Shea's ongoing journey, shows readers how classic interior...

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Gardening for mindfulness  by Holly Farrell

Gardening for mindfulness

Holly Farrell

Book

Gardening, like mindfulness, is a way of finding a sense of calm in an otherwise chaotic world, a simpler existence, even if it is only for a few minutes. Both forge a connection to the world around us, to nature and wildlife, which can bring pleasure...

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Bold British design  by Emilio Pimentel-Reid

Bold British design

Emilio Pimentel-Reid

Book

Bold British Design sees tastemakers at the epicentre of British interior design share their exclusive vision and inspiration for achieving a bold interior, inspiring you to create your own original, fearless home. Designers the world over are increa...

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Still  by Natalie Walton

Still

Natalie Walton

Book

"Still" invites readers to take on the philosophy of the Slow movement: Living Sustainable. Local. Organic. And Whole. Our homes are ideally placed to support and promote this philosophy, through everything from the materials we source in construction...

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Clean  by James Hamblin

Clean

James Hamblin

Book

Keeping skin healthy is a booming industry, and yet it seems like almost no one agrees on what actually works. We have not cured acne or eczema, allergies keep getting worse, and autoimmune conditions are becoming increasingly common. Hamblin believes...

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Surfside style  by Fifi O'Neill

Surfside style

Fifi O'Neill

Book

Surfside Style is a celebration of the simple colors, natural textures, and sun-bleached beauty of living by the sea. Beautiful specially-commissioned photography showcases twelve gorgeous homes across the United States - from California to Florida -...

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Skincare  by Caroline Hirons

Skincare

Caroline Hirons

Book

Straight-talking advice from the Skincare Queen Caroline Hirons is the authority in skincare - and for the first time, she's sharing her knowledge with the world. With over 100 million views of her blog and over 13 million views of her YouTube videos,...

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Your skirt, your way  by Jenniffer Taylor

Your skirt, your way

Jenniffer Taylor

Book

This brilliantly simple book teaches you exactly how to design and create your own gorgeous, unique skirts, with no need for shop-bought patterns. This brilliantly simple book teaches you exactly how to design and create your own gorgeous, unique skirts....

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Home by Natural Harry  by Harriet Birrell

Home by Natural Harry

Harriet Birrell

Book

Down-to-earth recipes for a resourceful, tox-free, and waste-free home life. Home by Natural Harry is a compendium of DIY recipes, tips, tricks, and hacks for a calm, resourceful, and tox-free existence. It is a modern reference for anyone who wants to...

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Fat quarter accessories  by Susie Johns

Fat quarter accessories

Susie Johns

Book

Fat Quarter: Accessories is the latest title in the successful 'Fat Quarter' series. This title is packed with 25 stash-busting sewing projects, all made from fat quarters or fabric scraps and aimed at beginner to intermediate crafters. Each project ...

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Complete container herb gardening  by Sue Goetz

Complete container herb gardening

Sue Goetz

Book

Herbs are among the easiest edible plants to grow, and when you cultivate your own fresh herbs, you can enjoy their abundant flavors, healing properties, and uses for natural home and beauty every day-plus reap big savings at the grocery store or far...

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The home edit life  by Clea Shearer

The home edit life

Clea Shearer

Book

Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are back again to bring both function and beauty to your everyday life. In The Home Edit Life they show you how to contain the chaos when it comes to absolutely everything: your work, travel, kids, pets and more. Because...

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The home edit  by Clea Shearer

The home edit

Clea Shearer

Book

Home organizers to the stars give you advice on how to declutter and rearrange every area of your home - with calming, beautiful results. The Home Edit was founded on the idea that practical organization can work in harmony with design, so that spaces...

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Royal Horticultural Society complete gardener's manual  by Simon Akeroyd

Royal Horticultural Society complete gardener's manual

Simon Akeroyd

Book

A one-stop treasure trove from the RHS that covers every aspect of gardening, from planning and planting to growing and care. Choose plants that will thrive in your space. Design a border for year-round colour. Grasp different pruning techniques. Discover...

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Dr. Houseplant  by William (Writer on house plants) Davidson

Dr. Houseplant

William (Writer on house plants) Da...

Book

Is your monstera getting monstrous? Snake plant looking sickly? Fiddle-leaf fading? Devil's ivy dropping leaves? Dr. Houseplant is your key to a thriving indoor home garden. Build your confidence and plant collection with this guide and learn to give...

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Novogratz design fix  by Robert Novogratz

Novogratz design fix

Robert Novogratz

Book

In this volume, the authors offer up in-depth advice and tips for a multitude of design and decorating situations using over a dozen projects as examples: how to restore an old home and bring it back to life; how to turn a generic rental into a...

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Thrifty household

Thrifty household

Book

Red wine on the carpet? Coffee stain on your white t-shirt? Candlewax on the tablecloth? This book will save you time and money on hundreds of everyday household problems, with advice on everything from unblocking a sink (if you own a tennis ball but...

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The organised time technique  by Gemma Bray

The organised time technique

Gemma Bray

Book

Do you ever get to the end of the day and feel like you've achieved nothing? Do you find it difficult to decide how to spend the small amount of free time you have? Do you ever wonder how some people seem to be able to fit everything in? If you're fe...

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A zero waste family in thirty days  by Anita Vandyke

A zero waste family in thirty days

Anita Vandyke

Book

Trying to live a zero waste life while simultaneously raising a family can feel almost impossible at times, but Anita Vandyke, bestselling author of A ZERO WASTE LIFE, is here to help.A Zero Waste Family is a gentle thirty-day guide highlighting the ...

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Top 50 edible plants for pots and how NOT to kill them!  by Angie Thomas

Top 50 edible plants for pots and how NOT to kill them!

Angie Thomas

Book

How to grow your own food in the smallest spaces - in pots on balconies, courtyards and windowsillsIncreasingly, people are keen to grow some of their own food, giving them fresh, delicious and healthy ingredients right on their doorstep. Homegrown food...

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Resident dog  by Nicole England

Resident dog

Nicole England

Book

In this stunningly photographed book of architecturally superb houses--many of them architects' own homes--we see how the presence of a dog brings warmth and life to the most dramatic spaces. From midcentury raw brick to a penthouse apartment, gracio...

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Why men love bitches  by Sherry Argov

Why men love bitches

Sherry Argov

Book

"Sherry Argov's fresh and witty Why Men Love Bitches gives no-nonsense advice guaranteed to help the woman who feels she is too nice become unpredictable, exciting, and ever so cool! The bitch not only gets her man, she knows how to hold her own in t...

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Serger 101  by Katrina Ann Walker

Serger 101

Katrina Ann Walker

Book

Comprehensive basic and advanced instruction for using serger sewing machines, including 10 original home dec and fashion projects for learning through doing.

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The art of kumiko  by Matt Kenney

The art of kumiko

Matt Kenney

Book

In The Art of Kumiko, you'll learn smart techniques for cutting all the parts and joinery required to create these designs using methods that combine the accuracy and efficiency of modern woodworking with the precision of hand tools. You'll learn how...

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The Little Veggie Patch Co  by Mat Pember

The Little Veggie Patch Co

Mat Pember

Book

After years of helping clients grow fruit and vegetables, the Little Veggie Patch Co. crew believe anyone can grow their own food, in most any area in Australia. And in this bestselling easy-to-use guide they show you how simple it is! Fundamentals such...

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Love to sew  by Saskia Abel

Love to sew

Saskia Abel

Book

Packed with 60...gorgeous projects selected from the best-selling Love to sew series....Choose from practical items such as coasters, a wall tidy, a door stop and a tablet case, to beautiful, decorative pillows, cosy, warm quilts and practical, stylish...

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Wellness by design  by Jamie Gold

Wellness by design

Jamie Gold

Book

Design your home to optimize your healthy lifestyle with this room-by-room guide from certified kitchen designer and wellness design consultant Jamie Gold. Like a lot of folks these days, you’re committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You watch...

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Building your tiny house dream  by Chris Schapdick

Building your tiny house dream

Chris Schapdick

Book

Building Your Tiny House Dream is the ultimate resource that will walk you through the entire construction process of building the tiny house of your dreams from start to finish! Packed with over 380 color phots and illustrations, and combining the "why"...

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Lonely Planet food. Gourmet trails

Lonely Planet food. Gourmet trails

Book

Get a taste of Australia and New Zealand with these 40 gourmet weekends. Each trail features a blend of food producers, farmers markets, restaurants and cafes, wineries and breweries, all combining to create a weekend-long itinerary that is not only ...

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Down to earth  by Rhonda Hetzel

Down to earth

Rhonda Hetzel

Book

Rhonda Hetzel gently encourages readers to find the pleasure and meaning in a simpler life, sharing all the practical information she has gathered on her own journey. Whether you want to learn how to grow tomatoes, bake bread, make your own soap and ...

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Plant-powered beauty  by Amy Galper

Plant-powered beauty

Amy Galper

Book

You know your diet should be rich in plants for optimal health. So shouldn't the products you apply to your skin, which are absorbed into your body, also be filled with plants? If you've ever looked at the back of your so-called "natural" facial moisturizer...

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Charles Dowding's no dig gardening. Course 1, From weeds to vegetables easily and quickly  by Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding's no dig gardening. Course 1, From weeds to vegetables easily and quickly

Charles Dowding

Book

An in-depth course for experienced gardeners or those new to no dig gardening. This book is for anyone wishing to learn the no dig method from the beginning, or to consolidate what they already know: it helps readers to see the simplicity of no dig, why...

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The modern cottage garden  by Greg Loades

The modern cottage garden

Greg Loades

Book

This design-forward guide teaches gardeners how to blend the best aspects of two important styles: the traditional cottage garden and the New Perennial movement.

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Go green

Go green

Book

Beyond the beauty that plants can bring into our homes, there is an ever-changing element that fills our living environments and our souls like a rite of rejuvenation. Plants bring vitality, growth and good vibes. When we invite plants into our home,...

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Green clean your home  by Manfred Neuhold

Green clean your home

Manfred Neuhold

Book

You want your home, your clothes and your car to be really clean. You don't want to put harmful chemicals down the drains, nor to breathe them indoors. And maybe you would like to save money at the same time, and to enjoy the creative satisfaction of...

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Visible mending  by Arounna Khounnoraj

Visible mending

Arounna Khounnoraj

Book

We all have that favorite pair of jeans - no matter how baggy or worn they might become. In the movement against throw-away culture and fast fashion, learn how to pick up a needle and rediscover the forgotten techniques and the joy of mending. In Vis...

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Common ground  by Matt Morris

Common ground

Matt Morris

Book

Common Ground: Garden histories of Aotearoa takes a loving look at gardens and garden practices in Aotearoa New Zealand over time. While a lot of gardening books focus on the grand plantings of wealthy citizens, Matt Morris explores the historical pr...

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Grow your own veg & fruit bible  by Carol Klein

Grow your own veg & fruit bible

Carol Klein

Book

Gardener Carol Klein has collaborated with the Royal Horticultural Society to create a lavishly illustrated, easy-to-follow, practical and inspiring beginner's guide to everything you need to know to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs all year round. With...

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Debbie Shore's sewing room secrets  by Debbie (Writer on sewing) Shore

Debbie Shore's sewing room secrets

Debbie (Writer on sewing) Shore

Book

"Jam-packed with sewing essentials and techniques, Debbie Shore's latest unmissable book brings you 10 must-make machine sewing projects to build your confidence and repertoire. The focus of this book is machine sewing, and with her characteristically...

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British designers at home  by Jenny Rose-Innes

British designers at home

Jenny Rose-Innes

Book

This engaging and visually enticing book profiles over 20 of the most important names in British design and decoration in their own personal spaces.

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Life meets art  by Sam Lubell

Life meets art

Sam Lubell

Book

An inspiring collection of the extraordinary private spaces of 250 of the world's most creative people, past and present. 'Life Meets Art' is an unparalleled behind-the-scenes tour of some of the most fascinating, inspirational and unique home interiors...

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Living outside  by Sharon Mackay

Living outside

Sharon Mackay

Book

The Australian garden was born mid-century, a time of postwar confidence and growing national identity. Gardens became outdoor rooms for recreation and healthy living - removing the barriers between inside and out - and bold designs celebrated native...

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Napkin folding

Napkin folding

Book

Napkins add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your dining table and this book is a wonderful source of inspiration to help you decorate and customize your home with taste and creativity. Napkins are functional as well as decorative, and there...

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Sheds  by David R. Stiles

Sheds

David R. Stiles

Book

An expanded and updated edition of the classic guide for backyard builders covers all the issues: use, cost, placement, difficulty, and construction basics; and provides detailed illustrations, plans and commonsense advice. Easy-to-follow shed designs...

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Gathering  by Kristen Caissie

Gathering

Kristen Caissie

Book

This beautiful volume celebrates entertaining and decorating in a meaningful and personal way, by integrating florals and artisanal handmade objects whether it's porcelain, flatware, glassware, vases, or textiles into tabletop designs. Gathering show...

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Everything  by Abigail Ahern

Everything

Abigail Ahern

Book

Maximalism, or the more is more world of decorating, is here! The style that embraces the all-out--beautiful color palettes, luxurious textiles, patterns, and embellishment--has made a comeback. Maximalism is the epitome of passion, one in which Scan...

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The botanical beauty hunter  by Maddy Dixon

The botanical beauty hunter

Maddy Dixon

Book

The Botanical Beauty Hunter is a practical guide filled with recipes, advice and the secrets behind everything natural beauty, from ancient Ayurvedic beauty rituals to superfoods to eat for healthy beautiful skin. Drawing on her knowledge as a natural...

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Rooted in the hood  by Anna Angelidakis

Rooted in the hood

Anna Angelidakis

Book

Rooted in the Hood' is a photo essay celebrating the community gardens of New York City and the people who create, cultivate, and enjoy them. The late 60s and 70s witnessed the devastation of New York City, with many buildings in low-income areas lef...

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Plantopedia  by Lauren Camilleri

Plantopedia

Lauren Camilleri

Book

Houseplants have the power to transform any room. With their lush foliage and structural beauty, they help create indoor oases that bring a sense of tranquility to our busy lives. Fostering a connection to plants has many positive implications for us...

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Plant therapy  by Katie Cooper

Plant therapy

Katie Cooper

Book

Plant Therapy showcases the theory behind the recent surge in the 'self-care' approach to living with plants, no matter what your environment. We all know that being in or surrounded by nature is good for our health, but few of us take the time to un...

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