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New vegetable garden techniques  by Joyce Russell

New vegetable garden techniques

Joyce Russell

Book

This book is ideal for beginners, improvers and those serious about growing tasty, healthy organic fruit and vegetables. It will empower readers to grow food for a family, and help work out how to get the best results. Many books give sowing and grow...

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Green clean  by Jill Potvin Schoff

Green clean

Jill Potvin Schoff

Book

The author presents natural, nontoxic alternatives to chemical-based cleaning products for the home. Each chapter covers a different area of the home, including bathroom, kitchen, outdoor areas, garages and basements, windows and window treatments, a...

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Little free libraries & tiny sheds  by Philip Schmidt

Little free libraries & tiny sheds

Philip Schmidt

Book

Background information, twelve plans, instructions with photo sequences, and an inspirational image gallery get readers on the road to building tiny sharing structures for their communities and neighbourhoods.

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Sew perfect pets  by Helen Rhiannon

Sew perfect pets

Helen Rhiannon

Book

"In Sew Perfect Pets, 18 whimsical and imaginative animal-themed projects have been designed not only to add character and colour to your home, but also to serve as functional items that will last for years to come. Key techniques and basic materials...

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The flower garden  by Clare Foster

The flower garden

Clare Foster

Book

Bring colour to any garden with this step-by-step guide to growing flowers from seed, no previous gardening experience necessary. Easy-to-follow instructions on how and when to sow almost 60 plants.

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Resident dog  by Nicole England

Resident dog

Nicole England

Book

"Stylish aspirational interiors feature each home's 'resident dog'. Rather than the typical house-by-house structure, this beautifully-photographed, quirky collection is organised dog-by-dog, with insights about each of the canine residents."--Provided...

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Gertie sews jiffy dresses  by Gretchen Hirsch

Gertie sews jiffy dresses

Gretchen Hirsch

Book

In the ’50s and ’60s, Simplicity released their popular line of Jiffy sewing patterns, which had minimal pattern pieces and simple constructions, yet were chic enough for fashion-conscious customers. This approach appeals now more than ever as stylish...

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Upcycling with style  by Sarah Heeringa

Upcycling with style

Sarah Heeringa

Book

"This interplay between life and stuff is what makes interior design such a fascinating discipline. Rather than mimicking interior design trends, this book provides both the inspiration and practical information to upcycle tired objects and give them...

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Aimee Song  by Aimee Song

Aimee Song

Aimee Song

Book

"Aimee Song is a sartorial star, the blogger behind Song of Style, and the author of Capture Your Style. Here she collects more than five hundred of her all-time favorite looks from around the world. Showcases her style, favorite travel spots, and pe...

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Waste not  by Erin Rhoads

Waste not

Erin Rhoads

Book

"We need to talk about waste. Shrink-wrapped vegies, disposable coffee cups, clothes and electronics designed to be upgraded every year: we are surrounded by stuff that we often use once and then throw away. Each year Australian households produce en...

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The Kew gardener's guide to growing house plants  by Kay Maguire

The Kew gardener's guide to growing house plants

Kay Maguire

Book

Which are delicate and which indestructable? - We show how to find the right home for your plants and the right plants for your home. The Kew Gardener's Guide To Growing House Plants is a beautifully illustrated giftable gardening reference book, com...

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Infinite succulent  by Rachael Cohen

Infinite succulent

Rachael Cohen

Book

From blue- green to purple and pink, flower-shaped to squat and spiky or tall and fuzzy, the variety, versatility, and low-maintenance care of succulents makes them go-to plants for home gardeners. Here, succulent stylist Rachael Cohen shows that these...

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The Bullet Journal method  by Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal method

Ryder Carroll

Book

For years, Ryder Carroll tried countless organizing systems, online and off, but none of them fit the way his mind worked. Out of sheer necessity, he developed a method called the Bullet Journal that helped him become consistently focused and effective....

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The why & how of woodworking  by Michael Pekovich

The why & how of woodworking

Michael Pekovich

Book

The Why and How of Woodworking reflects the growing appreciation for the handmade, a movement toward simplifying and uncluttering. There is a growing understanding of the need to fill our lives with meaningful and useful objects. How can woodworkers ...

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Disrupt-her  by Miki Agrawal

Disrupt-her

Miki Agrawal

Book

The purpose of this book is to give women a jolt of "FUCK YES" in their lives and disrupt the status-quo thinking that currently drives so many of us.Disrupt-Her is a Modern Woman's Manifesto, asking-no, demanding-that women question, dissect, and then...

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The Kew gardener's guide to growing herbs  by Holly Farrell

The Kew gardener's guide to growing herbs

Holly Farrell

Book

An exquisite mix of practical and giftable gardening reference for beginners and enthusiasts who want to grow herbs beautifully. The herbs in this book provide flavours and scents unlike any other: culinary herbs are a living trove of fresh flavours for...

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Make a home to love  by Anna-Carin McNamara

Make a home to love

Anna-Carin McNamara

Book

Have you ever picked up an interior design magazine, drooled over the beautiful, stylised spaces, put it back down, looked around your home and thought, 'How on earth do I do that?' Would you like a home of which you can be proud? A home that you are...

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Wild at home  by Hilton Carter

Wild at home

Hilton Carter

Book

Take a tour through Hilton's own apartment and other lush spaces, filled with a huge array of thriving plants, and learn all you need to know to create your own urban jungle. As the owner of over 200 plants, Hilton feels strongly about the role of plants...

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Three Birds Renovations  by Erin Cayless

Three Birds Renovations

Erin Cayless

Book

Australia's most fabulous renovators reveal their secrets! The Three Birds are best friends and busy mums who ditched their corporate careers to renovate houses, now with massive instagram and youtube followings for their design and reno techniques. When...

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Plantopia  by Camille Soulayrol

Plantopia

Camille Soulayrol

Book

Join the green revolution! Bring plants into the home to reconnect with nature—it's the perfect antidote to life's frenetic pace. With stepby-step tips, you'll learn how to choose and care for stylish, low-maintenance houseplants, including ferns, air...

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Veg in one bed  by Huw Richards

Veg in one bed

Huw Richards

Book

In just one raised bed, YouTube gardening sensation Huw Richards shows you how to grow vegetables easily, organically, abundantly and inexpensively so you have something to harvest every month of the year. Month by month, discover what you need to do...

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The successful first home buyer  by Rupert Gough

The successful first home buyer

Rupert Gough

Book

"The Successful First Home Buyer is a step-by-step guide to getting bank pre-approved and buying a home. This book was written to help New Zealanders avoid the most common pitfalls and mistakes that first home buyers make"--Publisher information. Acc...

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Near the beach

Near the beach

Book

Truly beautiful homes are aesthetically individual and authentic - they speak to who lives there while referencing their surroundings. In this book you'll discover the real living edit of homes near the beach, all with very distinct styles. From a...

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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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Farrow & Ball recipes for decorating  by Joa Studholme

Farrow & Ball recipes for decorating

Joa Studholme

Book

Farrow & Ball recipes for decorating offers winning colour combinations created by the experts at Farrow & Ball for every room in your home. At the heart of the book are 15 case studies of inspirational homes, from city apartments to country cottages,...

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The new fashion rules  by Victoria Magrath

The new fashion rules

Victoria Magrath

Book

"The new digital era is all about being seen, liked and inspired. So how do we define ourselves through style? And why has the evolution of the Internet changed the way we buy and wear clothing? Superblogger Victoria Magrath reveals the pivotal moments...

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Cozy minimalist home  by Myquillyn Smith

Cozy minimalist home

Myquillyn Smith

Book

You want a warm, cozy, inviting home, without using more resources, money, and stuff than needed. Smith guides you step by step on making purposeful design decisions for your home. She shows how using just enough of the right furniture and decor will...

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A beginner's guide to succulent gardening  by Taku Furuya

A beginner's guide to succulent gardening

Taku Furuya

Book

Adored for their charming shapes and colours, respected for their resilience and adaptability, and just plain fun to have around succulents are the hottest home gardening trend today. A Beginner's Guide to Succulent Gardening is a friendly guide to p...

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Wardrobe wisdom from a Royal Lady's maid  by Alicia Healey

Wardrobe wisdom from a Royal Lady's maid

Alicia Healey

Book

Alicia Healey spent four years working as a Lady's Maid in Buckingham Palace, and now she travels the globe ensuring that some of the world's wealthiest people look their best. She's distilled her expertise about what to wear and how to care for your...

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L'art de la liste  by Dominique Loreau

L'art de la liste

Dominique Loreau

Book

"The humble list has the power to change your life. In its immediacy, its simplicity and its concise, contained form, the list enables us to organise, to save time and to approach facts with clarity. Yet why do we end up with interminable To Do Lists...

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A garden can be anywhere  by Lauri Kranz

A garden can be anywhere

Lauri Kranz

Book

"Edible Gardens LA founder Lauri Kranz shares her secrets for planning, planting, growing, and maintaining luscious edible gardens, no matter the setting or size of the plot. Through gorgeous gardens created for her well-known clientele, including James...

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Living décor  by Maria Colletti

Living décor

Maria Colletti

Book

Colletti shows how to welcome houseplants into your space and use them to make beautiful home decor projects that showcase your plants and creativity.

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The minimalist home  by Joshua Becker

The minimalist home

Joshua Becker

Book

"The popular blogger outlines practical guidelines for simplifying a home lifestyle and rendering spaces both peaceful and purposeful while addressing the underlying issues that contribute to home clutter problems."--Provided by publisher.

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The super organic gardener  by Matthew (Garden journalist) Appleby

The super organic gardener

Matthew (Garden journalist) Appleby

Book

"If you care about what you eat, you should care about how you grow it. Gardeners can demonstrate that by going beyond organics to veganics - growing without animal inputs - they are a driving force in saving the environment. This book gives you the tools...

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Woodworking for the garden  by Alan Bridgewater

Woodworking for the garden

Alan Bridgewater

Book

Woodworking for the Garden offers 16 stylish outdoor projects, from trellises and planters to decking, fences, chairs, benches, tables, sheds, pergolas and more. Each project includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions, color photographs, clear...

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A family guide to waste-free living  by Lauren Carter

A family guide to waste-free living

Lauren Carter

Book

Tackle our ever-growing waste problem with all the information, advice, budget-friendly recipes and projects you'll need to start reducing waste in your life. A Family Guide to Waste-free Living makes it simple and sustainable for families to eliminate...

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Natural home cleaning  by Fern Green

Natural home cleaning

Fern Green

Book

Learn how to make over 100 eco-friendly products that will solve practically any cleaning dilemma. Find out just how easy it is to make your own all-natural laundry tablets, oven cleaner or hand soap, and you won't ever go back to store bought products...

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Perfect pots for small spaces  by George Carter

Perfect pots for small spaces

George Carter

Book

Combining inspiration with practicality, Perfect Pots for Small Spaces offers 20 exciting projects, each simple enough to complete in a weekend. Containers come in all sorts of materials, sizes, and shapes, and can be used to enhance any outdoor space,...

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Container vegetable gardening  by Liz Dobbs

Container vegetable gardening

Liz Dobbs

Book

Big Flavor from Small Spaces! This book will show you how to use the latest practices of high-density patio gardening to grow delicious vegetables, herbs and fruits in containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets. Imagine the satisfaction of diving into...

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Keeping house  by Emma Blomfield

Keeping house

Emma Blomfield

Book

We all desire a space that feels authentically our own: somewhere we can curl up with a cup of tea or host a dinner party for our favourite people. Many of us see homemaking as something we will do 'one day' - perhaps when we are no longer renting or...

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My bedroom is an office & other interior design dilemmas  by Joanna Thornhill

My bedroom is an office & other interior design dilemmas

Joanna Thornhill

Book

Just moved into your new home? No idea where to start or what to do? Landlord won't let you paint your walls? Hate your sofa but can't afford a new one? Wondering if you can paint your horrible plastic chairs? Look no further, interior design stylist...

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An edited life  by Anna Newton

An edited life

Anna Newton

Book

Anna Newton is just another 20-something, trying to balance work, her friends, her husband Mark, a growing handbag habit and a penchant for reformer Pilates. Over the last 5 years, she's become a massive YouTube star, with over 450k subscribers, who tune...

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How to build a healthy home  by Daniel Stih

How to build a healthy home

Daniel Stih

Book

"A lot of new houses are being built "green." Green does not mean healthy. Green means environmentally friendly and energy efficient building practices. It's nice to think about the environment and reducing energy consumption, but what about creating...

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Shrubs  by Andrew McIndoe

Shrubs

Andrew McIndoe

Book

Andy McIndoe is one of the world's foremost woody plant experts. In Shrubs, he gives home gardeners the information and advice they need to pick the right shrub for every and condition. Shrubs are the perfect plant--they are low-maintenance, there is...

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Design thread  by Kit Kemp

Design thread

Kit Kemp

Book

Following on from the hugely successful titles A Living Space and Every Room Tells a Story, Kit Kemp is back with another colorful and exciting interiors book that showcases her unique approach to design. In Traveling Light Kit shares the inspiration...

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Save make do  by Lyn Webster

Save make do

Lyn Webster

Book

"Packed with Lyn Webster's common-sense attitude, this challenging and informative guide can help you change the habits of a life time. If you want to get ahead in life, both financially and sustainably, budgeting guru Lyn Webster can help. In Save Make...

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Practical cactus & succulent book  by Fran Bailey

Practical cactus & succulent book

Fran Bailey

Book

The Royal Horticultural Society's definitive guide to propagating, nurturing, and designing with more than 200 cacti and succulents. How can you encourage your bunny ear cactus to flower and flourish? What is the best method for propagating an echeveria...

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What would the Spice Girls do  by Lauren Bravo

What would the Spice Girls do

Lauren Bravo

Book

"The words 'girl power' conjure vivid memories of short skirts and platform boots. But it wasn't just about the look, it was about feminism. The Spice Girls gave a generation their first glimpse of the power of friendship, of staying true to yourself,...

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The clutter connection  by Cassandra Aarssen

The clutter connection

Cassandra Aarssen

Book

"An organization book for diverse habits: You're not messy, you just organize differently . The Clutter Connection examines and explains the correlation between brain types and how they directly relate to organization and clutter. Cassandra Aarssen smashes...

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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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Practical princess perfect wardrobe  by Elika Gibbs

Practical princess perfect wardrobe

Elika Gibbs

Book

"In Practical Princess Perfect Wardrobe, the stylist, organizational whizz and wardrobe expert Elika Gibbs shares the secrets of her unique three-step process, putting the luxury of a complete wardrobe edit and makeover within everyone's reach. Elika...

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Greening in style  by Francesc Zamora Mola

Greening in style

Francesc Zamora Mola

Book

"Interior design projects for residential spaces where plants are part of the basic design, adding personality and life to the decor and counteracting the negative effects of city living. This book includes interior design projects for residential spaces,...

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Readymade home furniture  by Chris Peterson

Readymade home furniture

Chris Peterson

Book

"You can find just about any furnishing imaginable in the aisles of the home goods store - coffee tables, wine racks, chandeliers - with just a little assembly (and creativity) required. In Black & Decker Readymade Home Furniture, you will learn how ...

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The new complete book of self-sufficiency  by John Seymour

The new complete book of self-sufficiency

John Seymour

Book

"For over 40 years, John Seymour has inspired thousands to make more responsible, enriching, and eco-friendly choices with his advice on living sustainably. The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency offers step-by-step instructions on everything from...

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How to build a shed  by Sally Coulthard

How to build a shed

Sally Coulthard

Book

"Ever dreamed of having your very own garden retreat? Off-the-shelf sheds aren't always the answer - the cheap ones are badly made and freezing cold, and the better quality ones are really expensive. But what if you could build your own shed from scratch?...

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Essential rammed earth construction  by Tim Krahn

Essential rammed earth construction

Tim Krahn

Book

"Essential Rammed Earth Construction covers design, building science, tools, and step-by-step building methods for building with rammed earth - and, gravel, and clay or lime/cement binder packed into forms - in any climate with an emphasis on cold cl...

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The Martha manual  by Martha Stewart

The Martha manual

Martha Stewart

Book

"Martha Stewart is America's go-to source for the best answers to nearly every question. As an authority on the many worlds upon which she's built her domestic empire, she can advise on everything from creating a cutting garden and setting the table to...

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Pattern making  by Francesca Sterlacci

Pattern making

Francesca Sterlacci

Book

"Pattern making, patternmaking, pattern cutting or flat patterning, are all words that describe the process of creating a two-dimensional diagram or template of a garment, drafted on a flat surface from either body measurements or transferred from a ...

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Sewing  by Francesca Sterlacci

Sewing

Francesca Sterlacci

Book

"Sewing is the process of constructing a garment either by hand or using a sewing machine. In this book you will start by learning the basics: how to choose tools; how to choose and use your thread; basic pressing techniques; and how to choose and us...

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Affordable interior design  by Betsy Helmuth

Affordable interior design

Betsy Helmuth

Book

"Homeowners and renters of all means dream of having a beautiful home. The media makes it look so easy, but many of us have less to work with and still long to live in style. Affordable Interior Design makes luxury an affordable reality. In this DIY ...

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No-waste kitchen gardening  by Katie Elzer-Peters

No-waste kitchen gardening

Katie Elzer-Peters

Book

"No-Waste Kitchen Gardening is a fun and colorful exploration of the amazing results you can get by re-growing vegetable cutoffs and scraps into harvestable, edible plants. Stop tossing your your carrot stumps, loose cilantro sprigs, lettuce and cabb...

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Smart homes in easy steps  by Nick Vandome

Smart homes in easy steps

Nick Vandome

Book

"A Smart Home--using digital devices throughout the home to automate tasks, save time and money, and to control devices in your home wiht a touch of a button, even when you're away from home--is no longer a science fiction vision of the future; it is...

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Catapults & key hooks  by Geoffrey Fisher

Catapults & key hooks

Geoffrey Fisher

Book

"Whether building a bee hotel to help your garden's ecosystem thrive, crafting a catapult, whistle, skipping rope or cup and ball game to give away, or making a key hook or cobweb brush to organise your home, the result of each will be entirely unique...

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More sewing to sell  by Virginia Keleher Lindsay

More sewing to sell

Virginia Keleher Lindsay

Book

"Take your handmade business to a truly professional level with practical advice from industry experts! Best-selling author Virginia Lindsay teaches you how to sell your handmade items for a real profit. This hands-on guide to the sewing business, in...

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Design art of hotel.

Design art of hotel.

Book

"Design Art of Hotel showcases hotels with special, bespoke themes. Comprising exclusive spaces and unique customised services, these hotels have become more and more popular. Each project included here has its own distinctive features, and all are i...

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Global villa design.

Global villa design.

Book

"This book collects high quality luxury villas and presents almost forty stunning interiors. All of the projects included are the latest works of the world's best architects and designers. Using hundreds of sublime photographs, and engaging texts, Villa...

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Grand tour  by Laura Sartori Rimini

Grand tour

Laura Sartori Rimini

Book

"'Blending nostalgia for the past with curiosity for the present' is the essential design philosophy of Studio Peregalli's work. By infusing their work with deep historical research and an unprecedented level of craft, the designers are able to imbue...

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At home  by Isabel López-Quesada

At home

Isabel López-Quesada

Book

"Innovatively combining period and contemporary furniture and art in a sophisticated mix, the homes of Isabel López-Quesada are inspirational and unforgettable. In At Home, the Spanish designer tells her own story. López-Quesada introduces her family...

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Pretty as a peach  by Janet (Janet Alison) author. Hayward

Pretty as a peach

Janet (Janet Alison) author. Haywar...

Book

"Packed with homemade and eco-friendly recipes and tips, enjoy exploring the ingredients that previous generations used to pamper and perfect. Create delicious and effective treatments and products while knowing exactly what you are putting onto your...

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Chinese wallpaper in Britain and Ireland  by Emile de Bruijn

Chinese wallpaper in Britain and Ireland

Emile de Bruijn

Book

"Chinese wallpaper has been an important element of western interior decoration for three hundred years. As trade between Europe and China flourished in the 17th century, Europeans developed a strong taste for Chinese art and design. The stunningly b...

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Sewing shirts with a perfect fit  by David Page Coffin

Sewing shirts with a perfect fit

David Page Coffin

Book

"In Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit, author, teacher, and renowned shirt-sewing expert David Page Coffin shows how you can easily transform the printed, multi-sized patterns included with the book (as well as patterns you already have) into three di...

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Smarter homes:  by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Smarter homes:

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Book

"Over the past 100 years, the home has been a battleground for ideas of future living. Fueled by the electrification of cities, the move from the country to cities, post-war recovery and the development of the internet, the way we live at home (alone...

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Hare + Klein  by David Clark

Hare + Klein

David Clark

Book

Whether it's a dark, traditional Federation home transformed by light and modern styling or an artefact-filled eco-lodge, Hare + Klein seamlessly strikes the balance between casual living and elegant design, and is synonymous with relaxed, timeless and...

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Hand sewing magic  by Lynn Krawczyk

Hand sewing magic

Lynn Krawczyk

Book

Hand Sewing Magic is an essential reference to all things stitching, featuring how-tos for dozens of stitches, from the basics for sewing, mending, and tailoring to stunning embroidered embellishment. Hand Sewing Magic is a modern, all-in-one guide for...

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