The finishing touch.

Amazon link.It is little things that impact on the look of a room but getting it right can be easier said than done. Accessorize your home: over 400 perfect finishing touches for your living space by Caroline Clifton-Mogg will help to add decorative details and imaginative displays to individualise your home. And what is most important is these ideas will not break the bank.

Chris Gleason, a professional cabinet-maker has no time for fussy, period furniture and his book Building real furniture for everyday life focuses on practical, sturdy and modern items. No time, little money and minimal tools – not a problem he says. Sensible furniture on a budget will be the result.

Organic gardening is becoming more popular as people increasingly want to know what they are eating. Growing organic: green tips for New Zealand gardeners by Nick Hamilton and Philippa Jamieson is a handy guide with information on preparing the soil through to harvesting the crop. Enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Read more about these subjects and other books on topics including herb gardening, vintage sewing projects and making blinds on this month’s DIY Recent Picks.