Dust off!

We have a great list of new books, our Gardening and DIY Recent Picks, for you to peruse in February 2011. Books dealing with gardening as well as decorating your house. Have a look below:

Syndetics book coverUnstuff your life! : Kick the clutter habit and completely organize your life for good / Andrew J. Mellen.
“Arguably the most organized man in America, sought-after coach Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, Lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos to overwhelmed people everywhere. Acknowledging that it’s often the ôstuff behind the stuffö that holds people back, Mellen offers a surprisingly simple, yet effective solution in his action-based, step-by-step plan-guaranteed to help you achieve organizational bliss, whether you’re a chronic key Loser or a hard-core hoarder. With humor, honesty, tough Love, and foolproof advice, Mellen makes it easy to finally Let go and take the steps to change your life forever.Unstuff your Life! shows us how we can distinguish ourselves from our possessions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat’s a disorganized person to do? / Stacey Platt.
“How To:Sort digital photosDesign a cloches closetStore children’s toysPack a suitcaseOrganize anythingReduce book overloadKeep track of invitationsStore holiday decorationsHave a virtual garage saleCreate kid-friendly closetsKeep the car tidyFind your keysEveryone Dreams of getting rid of clutter-but what’s a disorganized person to do? This empowering handbook comes to the rescue with 317 ingenious ideas for putting your life in order. What’s the best way to organize a computer desktop? How about the fridge? What should you do with your children’s precious (but plentiful) artwork? And where did you put that darn cell phone? Illustrated with stylish, full-color photography, this highly readable guide will help you gee organized from the kitchen to the home office, the bedroom closet to the car. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life : how to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc.– and stop worrying about everything being perfectly in its place / written and photographed by Mary Randolph Carter.
“How to make your house a home filled with comfort, ambience, informality, personality, and a welcoming spirit– while living beautifully with all the things you love”–P. [4] of cover.

Syndetics book coverNatural swimming pools : [inspiration for harmony with nature] / Michael Littlewood.
“Free yourself from chlorine, and surround your swimming pool with plants and a natural landscape. Littlewood (Landscape Detailing) introduces the natural swimming pool system, in which no chemicals are used; ecology and biology instead keeping the system clean. Chapters cover the history, planning, and design of natural swimming pools. A gallery of existing pools illustrates the possibilities. Several nice features include extensive plant charts and plant hardiness maps. This is an interesting book, but it could have been made more useful through better organization, sharper layout and photos, and some step-by-step handholding. The concept, familiar in Europe, could really take off in the United States with more help. A nice introduction where there is interest. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverAllegra Hicks : an eye for design / Creative direction by Antonio Monfreda ; photography by Emanuele Mascioni ; written with Noga Arikha ; foreword by Patrick Kinmonth.
“This work examines textile, interior, and fashion designer Hicks’ approach to design and luxury. The book retraces the genesis of her patterns over the past decades of her work.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAt home with Town & country / Sarah Medford.
“The first-ever home book from the magazine that is the last word in defining the affluent lifestyle, opens the doors to 30 distinctive dwellings, providing rare glimpses of lives being lived in sleek urban showplaces and luxurious rural retreats, and offering advice and inspiration for creating stylish, soul-sustaining spaces.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy passion for design : a private tour / Barbra Streisand.
“A culmination and reflection of Streisand’s love of American architecture and design between the 18th and 20th centuries, this volume contains many of her own photographs of the rooms she has decorated, her art and furniture collections, and her ravishing gardens.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArcadia : cross-country style, architecture and design / edited by Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, Lukas Feireiss.
“Arcadian architecture, idyllic interiors and folkloristic furniture designs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEdwardian farm : rural life at the turn of the century / Alex Langlands, Ruth Goodman & Peter Ginn.“Following on from the hit BBC series Victorian Farm, this book accompanies a new 12-part BBC series. This time, Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take a leap forward in time to immerse themselves in an Edwardian community in the West Country. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Morwellham Quay was situated in a bustling and commercially prosperous region – a stunning rural landscape encompassing rolling farmland, wild moorland, tidal river, coast and forest, which supported a vibrant and diverse economy. Ruth, Peter and Alex will spend a year exploring all aspects of this working landscape – restoring boats, buildings and equipment, cultivating crops. fishing, rearing animals and rediscovering the lost heritage of this fascinating era as well as facing the challenges of increasingly commercial farming practices, fishing and community events. ” (description from amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverThe world of Madeleine Castaing / Emily Evans Eerdmans ; preface by Frederic Castaing ; foreword by Jacques Grange.“The inimitable style of renowned French interior designer Madeleine Castaing, chronicled in-depth for the first time. While many were drumming to the beat of modernism in the early- and mid-twentieth century, French antiquaire and decorator Madeleine Castaing created her own look that was a unique blend of neoclassicism, Proustian romanticism, and pure wit. Her distinctive aesthetic vision has inspired tastemakers on both sides of the Atlantic, and her devotees—both then and now—are legion. Ocelot carpeting, opaline blue, “coolie” lampshades, and an eclectic mix of neoclassical furnishings ranging from English Regency to Napoleon III all formed part of the vocabulary of “le style Castaing.” This lavishly illustrated volume—the first on her work—explores in-depth the elements of her style, and examines how she crafted interiors so emotive that visitors felt that they had stepped into a Balzac novel or a Proustian recollection. Her entire life and career are chronicled, from her early years in Montparnasse, the epicenter of artistic activity in Paris, to her incomparable country house Lèves and her legendary shop on rue Jacob in Paris.” (description from amazon.com)