My Cool Kitchen by Jane Field-Lewis

(Pavilion, 2015)

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If you like your kitchen aesthetic to wander further afield than granite countertops and white cabinets, My Cool Kitchen will satisfy your every creative need. Author Jane Field-Lewis adds a fourth book to her exploration of “cool” dwellings, covering more than 30 kitchens crisscrossing from Los Angeles to New Zealand to Copenhagen.

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Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, & Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties by Debra Lee Baldwin

(Timber Press, 2013)

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If you crave some winter color or are simply looking forward to summer planting, consider adding some succulents to your life. Once you get started, they are so easy to propagate that it may be hard to stop collecting. Succulent expert Debra Lee Baldwin offers an excellent guide to the geometric plants with her latest book, Succulents Simplified.

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Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots through Gardening by Fran Sorin

(Braided Worlds Publishing, 2014)

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For readers open to expanding their creative side or developing a more rounded view of gardening, the 10th anniversary edition of Fran Sorin’s Digging Deep provides a definitive resource. A garden is for her not a space to be designed by someone else or done purely for aesthetic reasons but a place to let imagination flourish.

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A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers by Liza Bakewell and Kerry Michaels

(Maine Women Write, 2015)

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A Gateless Garden is a gem of a book. The layout is simple—each spread contains a full-page, black-and-white photograph by Maine photographer Kerry Michaels, a frequent contributor to Coastal Home, and a short quotation chosen by Liza Bakewell, executive director of Maine Women Write and former anthropology professor at Brown University. For inclusion, the writer must at some point have lived and written in Maine and felt its influence in her work.

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The Creative Shrub Garden: Eye-Catching Combinations for Year-Round Interest by Andy McIndoe

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Beautiful, long-lasting gardens can be created almost exclusively with well-chosen, artfully arranged shrubs: that is the premise of The Creative Shrub Garden, written by award-winning British designer Andy McIndoe. Aiming for year-round interest, his planting schemes rely not so much on flowers as on form and foliage for their varied effects.

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Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden by Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner

(Skyhorse Publishing, 2013)

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The art of fairy gardening rises to a new level with Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden, a captivating book by co-authors Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner.

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Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

If you watch Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel, you know how passionate Gabriele Corcos, a Tuscan native, and Debi Mazar, his wife and a noted actor, are about sharing la dolce vita.

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Like their show, their cookbook inspires with Tuscan ingredients and style. Corcos writes, “Our food is rustic, but in its own way supremely delicate.”

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New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius

(Union Park Press, 2011)

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Peer through the rippled panes of an old home, and you peer through years of history. Antique homes are our windows to the past. As Mark Twain said, “To us, our house was not unsentient matter—it had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with…” New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius welcomes us into 36 of the region’s finest historic properties, each carefully selected for its historical significance, visual appeal, and exceptional story.

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John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration, and Interiors by John Robshaw with Elizabeth Garnsey

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An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Outdoor Entertaining by Michael Devine

Invitation-Garden1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Outdoor Entertaining by Michael Devine (Rizzoli, 2014) Textile designer Michael Devine’s guide, An Invitation to the Garden, contains more than enough ideas for entertaining in the garden any time of year. From brunches and buffets to dinners and drinks, the book features 12 different themed parties, appropriate for intimate gatherings of around eight guests. Captured through beautiful photography, Devine’s garden parties evoke elegant French flair, and his inspiration stems from whatever is currently growing in his...

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Harvest Maine: Autumn Traditions & Fall Flavors by Crystal Ward Kent

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Gardening for Geeks by Christy Wilhelmi

GardeningforGeeksFWMedia Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Gardening for Geeks by Christy Wilhelmi (Adams Media, 2013) Non-geeks, take heart: writer, blogger, and teacher Christy Wilhelmi’s book, Gardening for Geeks, might actually be for you. Behind the graph and formula decorating the front cover, Wilhelmi offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to starting and succeeding at vegetable gardens (flowers are not the focus here). The author starts with an overview of garden ecosystems and their many requirements, then heads into details on raised beds, which she strongly recommends. A wonderful...

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Continuous Container Gardens by Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins

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The Flower of Empire: An Amazonian Water Lily, the Quest to Make it Bloom, and the World it Created by Tatiana Holway

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