Recent home, garden and DIY books for the lovely Spring

This September’s recent picks features inspirational and innovative ideas for your home and garden with plenty of photographs and illustrations along with practical tips.

Syndetics book coverHouse & Garden fifties house/Catriona Gray.
“The post-war consumer boom of the 1950s, coupled with a desire for new, innovative design resulted in one of the most exciting decades in the history of interiors – a visual revolution that was captured on the pages of British House & Garden. Catriona Gray curates the best illustrations and photographs to show how the use of colour, pattern, homewares and furniture evolved through the decade. The homes of key tastemakers are featured including Le Corbusier, Giò Ponti, Terence Conran and Hans and Florence Knoll.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlants with benefits : an uninhibited guide to the aphrodisiac herbs, fruits, flowers & veggies in your garden / Helen Yoest.
“Garden expert Helen Yoest takes us on an aphrodisiac adventure through the history, lore and science around 45 common (and not-so-common) plants that have “something special” to offer us. Plants with Benefits is filled with lush photography and tasty, sensual recipes and more – for your pleasure.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverBartlett book of garden elements: a practical compendium of inspired designs for the working gardener/Michael V. Bartlett.
“No matter the design challenges your garden presents, the authors have seen it and solved it. In this book, they lay out possibilities from around the world, each chapter preceded by an insightful essay on the history and evolution of the structure in question and the best way to approach the challenges of choice and location.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOutdoor living : an inspirational guide to making the most of your outdoor spaces / Selina Lake ; with photography by Debi Treloar.
“Selina brings her trademark fresh, pretty, vintage style to outdoor spaces small and large, public and private. Selina provides ample inspiration and practical suggestions for transforming a yard, courtyard, deck, porch, or even just a balcony into a lush outdoor room that’s perfect for lounging, relaxing, and entertaining. She also goes further afield, with dozens of ideas for simple yet stylish picnics, beach BBQs, barn dances, and block parties. Selina showcases her inspirations in the form of flowers, lighting, fabrics, and decorations. ” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEdward Bawden’s Kew Gardens / Peyton Skipwith & Brian Webb.
“This book draws on Edward Bawden’s delightful illustrations, posters and linocuts of Kew Gardens made over 60 years. It presents a light-hearted social history of Kew, peopled with the many Hanoverian Kings, Queens and Princes who resided there, as well as courtiers such as the 3rd Earl of Bute, Joseph Banks Fulke Greville and their proteges including William Chambers, William Aiton, Fanny Burney and Sir William Hooker. Alongside Bawden’s posters and linocuts, the book is illustrated with the contemporary caricatures of Rowlandson and Gillray as well as botanical illustrations by Franz Bauer and others.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe new vegetable & herb expert / by D.G. Hessayon.
“Britain’s best-selling book on growing vegetables, updated and enlarged. Topics covered include: standard vegetables, salad leaves, herbs, oriental vegetables, grafted vegetables, non-stardard vegetables, novelty varieties.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverDesign bloggers at home : fresh interiors inspiration from leading online trend-setters / Ellie Tennant ; photography by Rachel Whiting.
“Interiors journalist and stylist Ellie Tennant meets the characters and creative forces behind leading design blogs, exploring their beautiful homes and their clever styling ideas. Fifteen case studies cover a panorama of cutting-edge bloggers’ spaces – from a pared-back monochrome cabin in Scandinavia to a maximalist, colour-filled apartment in California. The result is a visual feast of inspiring yet achievable interiors, with plenty of ideas to use in your own home.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHome made simple for kids : stylish, crafty projects to make with and for your kids / Joanna Gosling, photography by Rachel Whiting.
“Want some original, stylish and inexpensive projects to make for your children’s rooms? Want to get creative (and a bit messy!) with your kids? Help is at hand with Joanna Gosling’s guide to simple, stylish crafting.” (Syndetics summary)