Liveable style: new interior design books

These new release non-fiction titles are vibrant and picturesque showcases of homes around the globe, displaying the best of the best in the interior design world. See what helpful how-to’s, design formulas, and tips from industry pro’s you can adopt and bring into your own home, to elevate your day-to-day spaces. Whether for you that’s a pared-back minimalist approach, or a kaleidoscopic maximalist statement, find an interior design style that works for how you live. Are you a form over function advocate? Do you want to emulate European trends? Or simply bring a more relaxed, coastal vibe to your home? Set up your interiors to reflect and complement you and your whānau’s unique needs and ways of living. These books illustrate an unbeatable mix of colour, form, trend and practicality, that can inspire you to take a fresh approach to styling your home.

Home with Rue : style for everyone / Lamb, Kelli
Home with Rue is a compendium of inspirational and accessible ideas to help anyone imagine, plan, and create their ultimate living space. Full of beautiful images of real homes lived in by real people, it features thoughtfully curated advice and how-to’s. Woven throughout are expert insights, concise tips and tricks sharing why certain decorating methods work, and quotes from top designers on their creative processes and favorite details or memories of a space.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Style : the art of creating a beautiful home / Walton, Natalie
“At once beautiful and practical, this book demystifies the creative process of styling so that you can transform your own home with confidence using what you own and love. Learn how to cultivate and express you own personal style, and allow interior designer and stylist Natalie Walton to guide you through the art and science of styling, providing expert insights and teaching you how to create inspiring, welcoming and authentic interiors.” (Adapted from Catalogue

Modish : the book of great design / Buckley, Beth Benton
“Modish features gorgeous spaces designed by the most sought-after interior designers from North America. This book capture’s each designer’s unique sensibility through breathtaking photography. With a picture being worth a thousand words, this photo-driven book speaks volumes and will inspire you.” (Catalogue)

Lifestyles today : interior design around the world / Uffelen, Chris van
“The most diverse lifestyles are reflected in the way a person designs their home. Architects and interior designers have to get involved with the individual character of their clients, to understand how they want to live and to implement this in the room concepts and designs. This book celebrates life in all its diversity through magnificent interiors.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Nomad at home : designing the home more traveled / Robertson, Hilary
Nomad at Home dissects the design-led traveler’s desire to wander the globe. Those for whom ‘it is a better thing to travel hopefully than to arrive’. Offering inspiration from homes all over the globe, Nomad at Home contains champion shopper Hilary’s nomadic sourcebook, which allows readers to hit the ground shopping in destinations all over the world, with an address book for every country covered, every story told.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Vibrant interiors : living large at home / Schumacher, Andrea Monath
“Inviting, imaginative homes that draw the viewer in and ignite the desire to see more, ultimately revealing the creativity and skill in the personality-filled interiors. Regardless of location or style, these homes are layered with a well-balanced mix of complexity and simplicity; sophisticated yet playful; layered but minimal. Vibrant Interiors explores the creativity and sensibility used to transform interior spaces into something unique.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

At home on the water / Conry, Jaci
“The idea of a retreat–a place removed from one’s daily stressors, an escape in a serene natural setting, a secluded haven to be enjoyed by family, is more appealing than it has been in decades. Over time, homes on the water have been coveted and cherished for their particular restorative qualities. At Home on the Water offers history on coastal living, the design of the homes and the way the homeowners who live in them, embellished by interviews with  designers, and architects.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

At home with art : a beginner’s guide to collecting on any budget / De Fayet, Olivia
“A beginner’s guide on how to start your own art collection on any budget-to create a unique home that reflects your individual style.” (Catalogue)

Homes for families : stylish living for kids and parents / Vandewalle, Joni
“More than 200 pages of interior design tips on how to create a stylish, warm and happy family home for young parents and parents to be.” (Catalogue)

From Wild to Manicured: new gardening books

Take a visual journey around the world- from England, to Japan, to Australia -where the latest contemporary gardening trends are being experimented with, and pushed to their limits, producing awe-inspiring and abundant results. You’ll find a big focus on sustainable, eco-friendly planting, where your local environment can help lead the way in creating a perfectly designed, harmonious outdoor space. There’s even a gardening guide for renters with budget friendly and time conscious options, for those whose greenspaces may have been long neglected and sparsely cared for. You needn’t be limited by lease lengths or lack of inspiration, this array of new non-fiction books have all your gardening needs covered.

Wild : the naturalistic garden / Kingsbury, Noël
“A stunning exploration of one of the hottest trends in garden design: nature-based planting with an eco-aware approach. Forget the mild, manicured gardens of the past: planting today is undergoing a revolution in taste and aesthetics. This is the first comprehensive overview of a new planting approach that is wild and natural by nature, reflecting the global turn towards sustainability and the current zeitgeist in garden design. Featuring over 40 gardens this stunning book is brought to life with beautiful photography and insightful text.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Adelaide Hills Gardens / McCabe, Christine
Adelaide Hills Gardens charts the evolution of gardening in Australia, that is anchored deeply in history, yet with sights set firmly on the future. Old oak, elm and ash trees, planted after memories of English gardens, live alongside stringybark eucalypts and native bush gullies, fruit-bearing orchards and wineries. Encompassing twenty gardens, taking in grand Victorian estates and repurposed municipal water tanks alike,  this book is a testament to the power of gardens to adapt, delight and restore.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Gardens for the soul : sustainable and stylish outdoor spaces / Bird, Sara
Gardens for the Soul shows how a sustainable and eco-friendly ethos can be at the heart of creating a beautiful garden, whatever its location or size. There are a multitude of different ways in which we use our outside spaces, Gardens for the Soul explores ways to create and style a haven that will suit your lifestyle. Visit real-life gardens of all sizes, to glean ideas, tips and inspiration, with a focus on sustainability and reclaimed materials.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Inside your Japanese garden / Yasumoro, Sadao
Inside Your Japanese Garden walks you through designing and creating your very own Japanese garden. From small projects like benches and gates, to larger undertakings like bridges and mud walls, this book provides a wide variety of ways to enhance the space around your home, no matter the size. This book features 20 gardens that author Sadao Yasumoro designed and built in Japan. From small tsuboniwa courtyard gardens to a large backyard stroll garden with water features, stairs and walls, these real-life inspirations will help spark your own garden plan.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Flea market garden style / McKenzie, Caroline
“With small space inspiration, details that wow, budget-friendly solutions, magical makeovers, or fresh ideas for old homes, you can bring new life to your yard! Welcome to Flea Market Garden Style, where a well-rooted, decidedly unstuffy approach to landscapes is taken. Firm believers that gardens look best when they are lush and layered–if not a smidge unkempt– where the more varied and abundant the flora and fauna, the better! Discover outdoor spaces brimming with old pieces that have been given new life.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

New interiors books to reinvigorate your home

Spend these chilly winter days envisioning ways you can transform your interior space, to become its most eco-friendly, comforting and beautiful this winter. These new release non-fiction books are centered around how you can alter your interior world to reflect your personality, by embracing a healthy mix of creativity and design, that maintains a sustainable sensitivity.

Find artistic inspiration in Sarah Andrews’s aesthetic wonderland Principles of Style, that has reached cult-status around the world following the success of her iconic, unpretentious Tasmanian cabin Captain’s Rest. Andrews’s unconventional, raw and honest personal journey is expressed in her unique interiors styling, and has been adapted into an approachable and practical guide, that can be applied to any space for a deeply personal outcome. Then, delve deeper into the creative approach in The Life Eclectic and The New Naturalists, that showcase a wide array of eclectic artists homes from around the globe. 

Experience the breath of fresh air that is Probably This Housewarming. A new release that humorously fills the rarely accommodated space of interior improvements for rental homes. You’ll find fun and easy temporary alterations, DIY’s and entertaining tips in this inclusive, enthusiastic and realistic rental home improvement guide. And explore the multiple new titles featuring sustainable homes, that will help you embrace greener ways of living, decorating and designing your interior space, to foster an eco-conscious spirit at home. These visually exciting and informative new releases will fulfill all your interior design needs, and help you revitalise your love for your own home.

Principles of style / Andrews, Sarah
Principles of Style aims to be a timeless learning tool for readers, no matter their own personal style. Andrews examines some of her key projects and favourite rooms, as well as by focusing on her ten rules of styling, formulated both through hands-on experience and studies in the science of design. Andrews believes that everyone has the ability to create interiors that are right for them; in this inspiring and eminently practical book, she aims to demonstrate just how to do so.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The life eclectic / Breeze, Alexander
“Featuring homes of the world’s most well-respected creatives, The Life Eclectic is a celebration of individuality, and embracing the joy that fluidity in taste can bring. Ever wondered how you might be able to recreate the eclectic, joyful and chic style of famed designers? The Life Eclectic is an interiors book that shows how highly regarded designers, artists, film directors and musicians curate their treasured (and varied) possessions to glorious effect.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Wonderland : adventures in decorating / Thornton, Summer
“Interior decorator Summer Thornton believes in designing with the wildest abandon: her world is one of nickel tubs, marble fireplaces, whimsical textiles, surprising patterns, and secret gardens. Often described as maximalist with a modern, fresh sensibility, Thornton manages to achieve highly polished, sophisticated interiors that indulge in a lighthearted, almost irreverent sense of whimsy. In her first book, she inspires readers to follow their creative impulses and make their own rules.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The new naturalists : inside the homes of creative collectors : with over 300 illustrations / Bingham, Claire
“Collectors open their homes to reveal the weird and wonderful world of natural objects. This new generation of naturalists use their collections to craft creative careers and decorate their homes, providing a wealth of inspiration for celebrating the beauty of the world around us more sustainably. From cabinets of curiosity to foraged decorations, these obsessive and eclectic creatives reveal the stories behind their collections and how they celebrate their love of nature in their everyday spaces.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Housewarming : a guide to creating a home you adore / Ciolino, Beau
“A no-nonsense, comprehensive guide to living comfortably and beautifully on the cheap by and for millennials. This fun guide shows you how to live your best, fullest, most beautiful life while dealing with all of the limitations that come with renting, working full-time, and having little-to-no disposable income. Organized into three sections–Design, DIY, and Entertain– the guide is all about embracing your true self in your home design, to create a space that reflects your personality and fits your individual needs.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Green living : a sustainable guide to a more intentional life / Chillingsworth, Jen
“This book is a collection of changes you can make to your home and lifestyle over the course of a year. Jen Chillingsworth offers up achievable advice and tips for anyone and everyone, no matter where you live or what job you do. From making your own cleaning products, soy candles, buying vintage, giving up plastic to celebrating simply – discover how to get the most out of living a more modest, meaningful life. Learn to live and enjoy the little things.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Embracing natural design : inspired living / Gonzalez, Stephanie Kienle
“Through beautifully photographed residences, which have an exquisite layering of classic and modern furnishings, Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez discusses how to bring sustainable elements into your living space. She employs organic forms, stone and wood pieces, and natural weaves with texture, such as seagrass, caning, bamboo, and rattan. Full of design and entertaining ideas, Embracing Natural Design is for those who are interested in achieving an environmentally conscious lifestyle.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Inspo for Your Space: New home and garden books

Get inspired with our new home and garden titles! Our latest books have helpful tips for spaces big and small, with a new book on interior ideas for tiny houses and a guide to container gardening in small spaces, as well as ideas for creating stylish and sustainable interiors. A New Leaf features homes around the world that incorporate beautiful plants in their living spaces, and Gardens for the Soul focuses on sustainable gardening practices that are beautiful and achievable. Get set for serious inspo.

Atlas of interior design / Bradbury, Dominic
“A geographically organized survey of the world’s most desirable and iconic residential interiors from the 1940s to today. ‘The Atlas of Interior Design’ is an unparalleled global tour of more than 400 captivating residential interiors from the past eight decades. From classic to contemporary, minimal to maximal, the homes included illuminate the design tropes unique to their location’s context, while others confound preconceived ideas of vernacular design to spectacular effect. Exceptional photography and a descriptive text accompanying each project enrich this thoroughly researched and comprehensive volume.” (Catalogue)

Modern container gardening : how to create a stylish small-space garden anywhere / Palmer, Isabelle
“Whether you have a roof terrace, a tiny balcony or just a window sill, there’s no excuse not to do some gardening. Isabelle Palmer shows just how easy it is to make the most of every little space. The chapters include the basics, how to make a garden in a day, weekend projects, one-pot wonders, window boxes and finishing touches. With clear step-by-step instructions and advice on which plants suit your space, as well as how to care for them, this is an accessible book for anyone looking to start their own small garden.” (adapted from catalogue)

A blissful nest : designing a stylish and well-loved home / Dempsey, Rebekah
“In Blissful Nest, celebrated interior designer Rebekah Dempsey offers hundreds of fresh and attainable design ideas to show you how to discover your interior style and create a home that best reflects your personality and the way you live”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

 

The garden book.
“A beautifully illustrated A-to-Z who’s who of the world’s finest garden-makers, planters, horticulturists, and their signature works from throughout history, spanning all styles and continents. From the first religious gardens to Dan Pearson’s heavenly Tokachi garden in Japan today, each entry illustrates a key work by the designer, describes the garden, and evokes the unique spirit and ethos of their work. Images span four millennia, from ancient Persian gardens to the naturalistic designs of today. An exquisite gift and invaluable and authoritative reference for gardeners and garden lovers alike.” (adapted from catalogue)

150 best tiny interior ideas / Zamora Mola, Francesc
“Over the past decade, tiny spaces have grown in popularity thanks to skyrocketing real estate costs, increased awareness of climate change, and a return to urban living. But a smaller living space doesn’t mean sacrificing sophistication or comfort. 150 Best Tiny Interior Ideas showcases the latest ideas of internationally renowned architects and designers who have devised beautiful, practical, and eco-friendly solutions adapted to the specific needs and tastes of their clients. All of the projects featured are under 1,100 square feet and show off the latest innovations in small space design from around the world.” (adapted from catalogue)

Country gardens in Australia
“From fragrant rose-filled beds and wild, forest-like backyards to hardy native-filled gardens and verdant outback oases, Country Style’s first garden book brings together a collection of the most beautiful gardens from around Australia. A labour of love for most, a country garden provides respite and calm from the paddocks beyond and a place for farming families to gather. Filled with Country Style’s trademark photography, this book tells the stories of the people behind the gorgeous gardens and is packed with inspiration for you to start planting”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Relaxed living, happy home : a simple guide to creating sustainable and beautiful interiors / Bartlett, Atlanta
“Presents an interior design philosophy that emphasizes quality over quantity and combines practicality with personalization, focusing on such elements as working with existing architecture and selecting colors, fabrics, and accessories.” (Catalogue)

 

A new leaf / McCormac, Pip
“A celebration of the modern and stylish homes that reinvent the humble house plant as a coveted design object. The book spotlights 20 houses around the world, each illustrated with a selection of images of the entire home with particular emphasis on their plantlife. Each section includes an interview with the owners, walking the reader through the plant choices they made and the impact they had on their unique aesthetic. Pip McCormac’s informative text and Jen Haslam’s expert curation make A New Leaf invaluable to interior design lovers and those seeking inspiration on how to incorporate plants in their lives.” (adapted from catalogue)

Gardens for the Soul : Sustainable and Stylish Outdoor Spaces / Bird, Sara/ Duchars, Dan
“Gardens for the Soul shows how a sustainable and eco-friendly ethos can be at the heart of creating a beautiful garden, whatever its location or size. ” (Catalogue)

 

 

Life in a French Country House : Entertaining for All Seasons. / Castellane, Cordelia de
“With individual sections dedicated to seasonal tableware, recipes, interior design, flower arranging, and more, readers will delight in learning how to re-create chic French style for special events and everyday occasions alike. Accompanying personal archival photos, exclusive images of vibrant table settings and decor at Cordelia’s gorgeous private residence in the French countryside brim with effort-less flair. Complete with informative captions and texts, this book is a must-have guide on how to bring French joie de vivre to your home” (adapted from catalogue)

Yates garden guide.
“This new edition of Yates Garden Guide has been fully revised and updated to help today’s gardeners tame big backyards, create stylish retreats, tend productive and decorative plantings, and get the most out of smaller spaces. With chapters on planning gardens, choosing feature plants and growing trees, shrubs, fruit, vegetables, flowers, indoor plants and lawns, the new Yates Garden Guide provides details on more than 1000 exotic and native plants, advice on soils, climate, planting, feeding and maintaining gardens, guides on what to sow and grow throughout the year, and comprehensive problem-solving charts to help you identify and deal with all kinds of pests and diseases”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

Local Fascinations

While we have time to investigate and contemplate our homes, backyards and local walks, we notice things our eyes and minds may usually gloss over. Our online catalogue has some great aids for this new burst of exploration.

From things that creep to those that take flight, creatures that flash across our sight are beautiful or mundane.  The selections below begin on the subject of the housefly, ubiquitous, annoying and a doorway into the world of small winged insects. Onto a fragile beauty, the mirror image wings that delight to inspiration in encouraging our birdlife. Almost unnoticed, New Zealand reptiles and amphibians might reward some searching a little more deeply into their local environment. Transform your living space at home if it’s all getting a little too familiar, and delve into to some home projects, brewing up a new delight or renew some well-worn favourites.

There’s a bumper store of knowledge available through your online access to our eBook, downloadable Audiobook and eMagazine collection, visit our eLibrary page to discover more.

Overdrive cover Super Fly, Jonathan Balcombe (ebook)
In Super Fly, the myth-busting biologist Jonathan Balcombe shows the order Diptera in all of its diversity, illustrating the essential role that flies play in every ecosystem in the world as pollinators, waste-disposers, predators, and food source; and how flies continue to reshape our understanding of evolution. No matter your outlook on our tiny buzzing neighbors, Super Fly will change the way you look at flies forever. (adapted from Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover The Language of Butterflies, Wendy Williams (ebook)
They are smarter than we think – some species have learned to fool ants into taking care of them. What draws us to these creatures so intensely? Science journalist Wendy Williams investigates butterflies across the globe, their habitats and those dedicated to studying them. She examines the ancient partnership between butterflies and humans, and the ways we depend on them today – from a bellwether on climate change to a source of life-saving medical technology. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand, Dylan van Winkel (ebook)
Illustrated with photography, this is the definitive field guide to all of New Zealand’s tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes. New Zealand’s list of reptiles and amphibians is growing with new discoveries, even as 80 per cent of species are at risk of extinction. This will be the only field guide to cover all currently recognised reptiles and amphibians and will become a go-to book for anyone interested in New Zealand’s unique wildlife. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Nature’s Best Hope, Douglas W. Tallamy (ebook)
Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Design a Healthy Home, Oliver Heath (ebook)
The ideas and solutions included in this book have been devised with easy implementation in mind. Optimise lighting in your home by using reflective surfaces for a brighter space, follow a ventilation checklist to replenish the air in your home and remove pollutants, or unlock the powers of a tech-free bedroom for a better night’s sleep. Introducing colour, pattern and texture to your home, adapting and creating zones, as well as bringing the outdoors in and maintaining your houseplants. (Publisher’s description)

Overdrive cover Loved Clothes Last, Orsola de Castro (ebook)
This book will equip you with a myriad of ways to mend, re-wear and breathe new life into your wardrobe to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. By teaching you to scrutinise your shopping habits and make sustainable purchases, she will inspire you to buy better, care more and reduce your carbon footprint by simply making your loved clothes last longer. Following Orsola’s practical tips to lavish care and attention on the clothes you already own will not only have a positive environmental impact, but will be personally rewarding too. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Kombucha & Co, Felicity Evans (ebook)
Kombucha and other fermented drinks are great for gut health, but they’re expensive to buy and you can’t be sure of the quality. But it’s easy to make your own kombucha when you know how. From kombucha to kefir, ginger beer to honey mead, learn to confidently make your own fermented drinks and transform your health from within. Fermentation guru Felicity Evans has you covered with step-by-step instructions to make a range of 50 delicious flavours of gut-friendly probiotic drinks, including troubleshooting tips and inspiration for alcohol-free happy hour at home.  (Overdrive description)