New eResources and books about Home, Garden and DIY

Need some relaxing weekend reading? Or need some inspiration for your next weekend home, garden and DIY project? Have a browse of the latest home, garden and DIY eBooks and eMagazine issues below!

eBooks

DIY woven art : inspiration and instruction for handmade wall hangings, rugs, pillows and more! / Denbow, Rachel
(eBook Overdrive)
“Get crafty with DIY Woven Art. These 14 fabulous fiber art projects–from colorful pillows and rugs to dramatic wall hangings–will add a pop to any room in your house. No loom? No worries. Rachel Denbow shows you how to fabricate 3 simple, portable looms… (adapted from Overdrive)

The longing for less : living with minimalism / Chayka, Kyle
(eBook Overdrive)
“…The popular term for this brand of upscale austerity, “minimalism,” has mostly come to stand for things to buy and consume. But minimalism has richer, deeper, and altogether more valuable gifts to offer. Kyle Chayka is one of our sharpest cultural observers. After spending years covering minimalist trends for leading publications, he now delves beneath this lifestyle’s glossy surface, seeking better ways to claim the time and space we crave… (adapted from Overdrive)

Craft bookbinding / Orriss, Linda
(eBook Overdrive)
Craft Bookbinding introduces some of the numerous binding styles that can be achieved with little or no experience, from simple structures that can be made with folded paper to the classic case binding. …Lavishly illustrated with 73 colour photographs and 17 diagrams.” (adapted from Overdrive)

Composting : / Marshall, Tim
(eBook Borrowbox)
“As landfill and waste disposal are increasingly on the global agenda, more and more people are turning to ways of recycling in their own backyards. Composting is an easy, rewarding and profitable activity, with multiple benefits for you and your garden. A comprehensive listing of all compostible materials – from ash to algae, human hair to shredded newspaper – shows how the materials for composting can go much further than kitchen and green waste… (adapted from Borrowbox)

The repair shop : a make do and mend guide to caring for the things you love / Farrington, Karen
(eBook Overdrive)
“Direct from the Repair Shop’s ‘Workshop of Dreams’, this ‘make do and mend’ guide collects advice and stories from each of the show’s experts, to help you understand and care for those aging treasures and heirlooms around your house or gathering dust in the garage. Whether it’s wood, ceramics, leather or silverware, you will get to know your materials, tools and terms from Britain’s best…” (adapted from Overdrive)

Sweater quest : my year of knitting dangerously / Martini, Adrienne
(eBook Overdrive)
“For Adrienne Martini, and countless others, knitting is the linchpin of sanity. As a working mother of two, Martini wanted a challenge that would make her feel in charge. So she decided to make the Holy Grail of sweaters–her own Mary Tudor, whose mind-numbingly gorgeous pattern is so complicated to knit that its mere mention can hush a roomful of experienced knitters. …can be found only in a rare, out-of-print book of Fair Isle-style patterns, “Tudor Roses,” and requires a discontinued, irreplaceable yarn. The sweater, Martini explains, “is a knitter’s Mount Everest, our curse, and our compulsion. I want one more than I can begin to tell you.” (adapted from Overdrive)

Green housekeeping : recipes and solutions for a cleaner, more sustainable home / Strutt, Christina
“Christina Strutt of Cabbages & Roses reveals how to have a calmer, healthier, eco-friendly home. Saving the planet for future generations is a laudable aim, but what about the current populace? Why wait when even quite small lifestyle changes can make a big difference now? Green Housekeeping is full of advice and information to help you take a more sustainable path…” (adapted from Catalogue)

Home is where you make it : DIY ideas & styling secrets to create a home you love, whether you rent or own / Vanderzeil, Geneva
Home Is Where You Make It is a simple, practical, and affordable craft and styling book that offers tried and tested design advice and top hints and tricks for key spaces… Channeling the simplicity and beauty of modern living, this is a room-by-room guide to making and DIYing your own place, with hundreds of smart styling hacks, repurposing and upstyling ideas, and easy weekend projects to create the home of your dreams.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eMagazines

Browse these titles from RBDigital — same day access to full-page replicas of magazines. More information about RBDigital.

25 Beautiful Homes
Your life made easier – every day. 25 Beautiful Homes is a magazine for readers with a sense of personal style. Aspire to your dream house and enjoy looking at other people’s homes, designs and styles for inspiration.

Gardening Australia
Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need.

Gardens Illustrated Magazine
Widely regarded as the Vogue of the gardening press, Gardens Illustrated aims to inspire you with an eclectic and international editorial mix of remarkable places, plants and people. With superb photography, authoritative journalism and exceptional design, this award-winning magazine is a style bible for garden designers, garden lovers and enthusiasts alike.

Dwell
Dwell is the unique modern architecture and design magazine for people who believe that good design is an integral part of real life.

eMagazines about home, garden and DIY

Have you used our eMagazines yet? We have an amazing collection provided by both Rbdigital and PressReader. Here is a selection of Home, Garden and DIY eMagazines available FREE through our eLibrary.

Gardening Australia [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

For those new to eMagazines on our website, instructions for using the RBDigital app are here.

homestyle [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Mollie Makes [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Backyard & garden design ideas New Zealand & Australia. [electronic resource] :
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Good housekeeping [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Homes & gardens [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

House beautiful [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The kitchen garden [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Gardens Illustrated Magazine [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Dwell [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The following two magazines are on PressReader. These are the instructions for using the PressReader app.

New Zealand gardener.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

Another New Zealand eMagazine from PressReader:
The shed : where dreams are made real.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

 

Enjoy our latest home, garden and DIY picks

Another book about de-cluttering your home, and your life! And other books, with topics from cleaning to bee-keeping to zen-living…

Field guide to urban gardening : how to grow plants, no matter where you live / Espiritu, Kevin
“Urban gardening is a broad but up-trending category that offers many solutions for space-challenged gardeners. As it has become a more popular (and necessary) way to garden, the options have increased. Field Guide to Urban Gardening gives a complete overview of small-space gardening in general, outlining the many clever strategies for growing plants in small spaces and applying a compare-and-contrast calculus to the most popular methods to help you choose which way or ways are right for you.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Declutter your life : how outer order leads to inner calm / Hasson, Gill
“Take back your space, your time and your mind to live your authentic life. You have too many commitments in your life and too much stuff in your home. It’s no wonder you feel overwhelmed and stressed out. You don’t need to just throw out a few bits and bobs; you need to declutter your life! Our homes and workspace are a mirror of what’s happening inside us, Declutter Your Life explains how you can change your relationship with the things you own…” (adapted from Catalogue)

The art of simple living : 100 daily practices from a Japanese Zen monk for a lifetime of calm and joy / Masuno, Shunmyō
“In clear, practical, easily adopted lessons–one a day for 100 days, renowned Buddhist monk Shunmyo Masuno draws on centuries of wisdom to teach you how to Zen your life. With each task, you will learn to find happiness not by seeking out extraordinary experiences but by making small changes to your life, opening yourself up to a renewed sense of peace and inner calm.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Hello color : 25 bright ideas for DIY decor / Smith, Rachel Mae
Hello Color will help you make your home shine with just a few minutes and easy-to-find materials. …With 25 simple and fun home accessory projects like whimsical wall art, colorful coasters, dip-dyed napkins, and planters that pop, Rachael shares her signature style in every item. You’ll also learn to create foolproof palettes, pick the right color for every space, and–of course–shoot gorgeous pictures!” (adapted from Catalogue)

Hinch yourself happy : all the best cleaning tips to shine your sink and soothe your soul / Hinchliffe, Sophie
“Cleaning isn’t just necessary; it can be incredibly therapeutic, too. A domestic guru who makes household chores fun, Mrs Hinch reveals how to get your home sparkling with her top cleaning hacks and the best cleaning products. Mrs Hinch will guide you effortlessly room by room to a cleaner house and a calmer you.” (Summary from Catalogue)

Outdoor design : projects and plans for a stylish garden / Keightley, Matt
“Award-winning designer Matt Keightley presents gardens created either by him or by other leading contemporary designers that provide the inspiration to transform any outdoor space. All types of outdoor spaces are covered from a minimalist urban terrace or a verdant courtyard to a suburban family garden or a larger estate.” (adapted from Catalogue)

A honeybee heart has five openings : a year of keeping bees / Jukes, Helen
“Entering her thirties, Helen Jukes feels trapped in an urban grind of office politics and temporary addresses. Struggling to settle into her latest job and home in Oxford, she realises she needs to effect a change if she’s to create a meaningful life for herself. Then friends give her the gift of a colony of honeybees – according to folklore, bees freely given bring luck – and Helen embarks on her first full year of beekeeping. But what does it mean to ‘keep’ wild creatures? In learning about the bees, what can she learn of herself?” (adapted from Catalogue)

Skogluft /skog-looft/ : forest air : Norwegian secrets for bringing natural air and light into your home and office to dramatically improve health and happiness / Viumdal, Jørn
“For millions of years, humans developed in natural environments, in close contact with sunlight, vegetation and fresh air. But most of us spend 80-90% of our time indoors far from the environments for which we are naturally suited and in which we evolved. Skogluft’s mission is to bring a natural living environment back into your home and workplace.” (adapted from Catalogue)

150 best tiny space ideas / Zamora Mola, Francesc
“As the price of large residences have become increasingly out of reach for many people, aspiring home owners have begun to think smaller. 150 Best Tiny Space Ideas is an exciting overview of the smallest living space designs- architectural and decorating trends that combine to make dwellings under 450 square feet feel welcoming and expansive. This book is an inspirational resource for designers, interior decorators, and architects, as well homeowners interested in creating warm and truly livable homes regardless of space limitations.” (Catalogue)

Home sweet rented home : transform your home without losing your deposit / Grillo, Medina
“In this invaluable book Medina Grillo shares her favourite tips, tricks and DIY projects for transforming a rented space. Discover ways to add a splash of colour with removable wallpaper and turn your hand to upcycling those furniture bargains you picked up at the flea market. Filled with photography and illustrations, it is the perfect read for any renter looking to live in a beautiful and stylish home.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Home, garden and DIY

From decorating with fashionable monstera leaves to growing pot-grown vegetables; from organising in a GoodHousekeeping way to upholsterying with style. Enjoy this month’s hand-picked Home, Garden and DIY blog!

Crops in tight spots : grow amazing fruit and vegetables wherever you live / Mitchell, Alex
“Short of outdoor space but want to grow fruit and vegetables? Congratulations. Really, lucky you. Not for you the back-breaking trudge of tending large spaces of land, the weeding, digging and pest vigilance. Gluts? They will mean nothing to you. Instead you can look forward to small but perfectly formed bursts of flavor. Handfuls of fresh leaves, berries and tomatoes, just when you want them, and at arm’s reach…” (adapted from Catalogue)

All you need is less / Vrint, Vicki
“We live such busy lives, rushing from one thing to the next, that we barely give ourselves time to catch our breath. But what would happen if we aimed for less? This little book, filled with practical tips and ideas, covers a range of topics that could lead to a simpler way of life. By choosing a lifestyle that is less busy, less cluttered and less stressful, you will instantly feel healthier and happier.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Amazing furniture makeovers : easy DIY projects to transform thrifted finds into beautiful custom pieces / Crider, Jen
“This book is packed with ingenious, approachable projects to turn old chairs, tables, sofas and more into gorgeous furniture. …Beginners can dive right in with quick tricks and techniques like applying stain for a luxury wood finish and using paint to make details pop. More advanced projects are accessible to all-levels with Jen’s super helpful step-by-step instructions and photos.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Design outdoors : projects and plans for a stylish garden / Keightley, Matt
“Do you want your outdoor space to look as stylish and as well designed as your home? RHS Design Outdoors will give you the ideas and know-how you need to make that happen. Award-winning designer Matt Keightley has curated a collection of 35 gardens, created either by him or by other leading contemporary designers, that will provide the inspiration to transform your outdoor space. This wide array of garden styles means that there is inspiration for all types of garden, and for all types of gardener.” (Catalogue)

Big style in small spaces : easy DIY projects to add designer details to your apartment, condo or urban home / Dorsey, Sarah
“Sarah Dorsey, founder of Dorsey Designs and professional interior designer, has created over 30 beautiful, multifunctional d cor projects that are perfect for your small home. …The pieces in this book were designed for apartments, rental spaces and smaller homes to help you pack a lot of style into a little footprint. All of these projects are doable in a single weekend–or even a day–and budget-friendly, making it easy to create the stunning space of your dreams.” (adapted fromCatalogue)

Gertie sews jiffy dresses : a modern guide to stitch-and-wear vintage patterns you can make in a day / Hirsch, Gretchen
“In the ’50s and ’60s, Simplicity released their popular line of Jiffy sewing patterns, which had minimal pattern pieces and simple constructions, yet were chic enough for fashion-conscious customers. This approach appeals now more than ever as stylish women are continuously looking for ways to fit their love of sewing into busy lives filled with family, work, school, and countless other obligations.Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses is Gretchen Hirsch’s modern reinvention of this simple idea, focusing on easily mastered sewing skills, minimal pattern pieces, and fabulous designs. And the best part? Readers will end up with a sparkling wardrobe of easy-to-wear, fun-to-style dresses that will fill busy modern lives with retro charm.” (Catalogue)

Homegrown and handmade : a practical guide to more self-reliant living / Niemann, Deborah
“An old-fashioned approach to modern homesteading. Food recalls, dubious health claims, scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert who presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, bread baking, cheesemaking, composting, and homeschooling. She and her family raise sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys for meat, eggs, and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Simple organizing wisdom : 500+ quick & easy clutter cures
“The ultimate guide to decluttering! GoodHousekeeping will help you organize your home, simplify any task, and tidy up faster. Hundreds of tips and tricks explain how to keep a well-ordered fridge, gain counter space, style shelving displays, clear up desks and digital spaces, streamline closets and the garage, and more. Keep this book handy, refer to it often, and say goodbye to the mess.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Urban garden design : transform your outdoor space into a beautiful and practical escape / Gould, Kate
“A stunning guide for gardeners keen to transform small and awkward outdoor spaces into beautiful and practical escapes. This carefully illustrated guide ensures gardeners of all abilities achieve the best results outdoors. Creating a personal and unique space is also at the heart of each project and Kate makes sure to discuss how to tie each design back to the interior of the home.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Wood craft : master the art of green woodworking / Barn the Spoon
“Looking for a simpler, more natural way of working with wood? Create beautiful wooden objects from fresh green wood by becoming skilled in the crafts of whittling, axe-based furniture making, and turning. Wood Craft brings up-to-date a newly resurgent folk craft and makes it truly accessible to all – no workshop required. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with nature and find harmony working with your hands.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Upcycling with style : a step-by-step workbook / Heeringa, Sarah
“You don’t need a dining table or a cluster of couches to have a conversation, but they help. This interplay between life and stuff is what makes interior design such a fascinating discipline. Rather than mimicking interior design trends this book provides both the inspiration and practical information to upcycle tired objects and give them a new lease of life. Comprehensive step-by-step photographs help as a guide to clever project ideas that will help to create stylish and unique living spaces.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Home, garden and D.I.Y.

This month’s Home Garden and DIY blog features books for adding  popular plants such as Fiddle Leaf Figs and decorative stands to your indoor space;  creating your own yogurt and food wrap;  and planting luscious edible garden.

Stash knitting : 25 quick and easy projects to make / Osmond, Emma
“Make the most of that stash of yarn that so many of us have lurking in a cupboard or drawer with this exciting collection of patterns. Each fun project uses between 2 and 4 balls of yarn to create something delightful for your home, to give as a gift or to enjoy yourself. Suitable for different levels of knitting expertise, there’s something to suit every knitter and every stash.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Ultimate storage solutions
“Tackle your biggest storage problems with our all-new organization book, The Family Handyman Ultimate Storage Solutions. Inside you’ll discover 450+ clever projects & tips that will help you manage the mess in one weekend or less. Designed for every level of do-it-yourselfer, we’ve included a 54-page DIY skills tutorial that shows you how to correctly use tools and complete project tasks. And a special section on Hacks and Shortcuts” (adapted from Catalogue)

The generous gardener : private paradises shared / Donald, Caroline
“What do the celebrated actors, the bestselling novelist, the Nepalese Sherpa and the famous model have in common? Like millions of us, they love their gardens–and with good reason, too. Gardening is an art form through which we can all express ourselves. In the words of that grande dame of gardeners Penelope Hobhouse, “Gardening makes people happy.” And, as gardening editor of The Sunday Times, Caroline Donald has been allowed beyond the gate of many a private paradise to share this passion.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Living decor : plants, potting and DIY projects / Colletti, Maria
Living Decor shows you how to integrate greenery to your space …a manual to introducing the life and beauty of plants into your home in creative ways. This guide to houseplants guides you through modern trends in filling your space with plants, such as display with macramé , concrete planters, new plant stands for popular botanicals like Fiddle Leaf Figs and Monstera, and also shows what a beautiful, unique and even artistic experience living with plants can be. (adapted from Catalogue)

The DIY style finder / Wood, KariAnne
“Home decor expert KariAnne Wood takes you on a tour of five different home representing five different design styles, all with the goal of helping you create a style that is uniquely your own. Get the confidence you need to create a look you’ll love. From the entryway to the living room to the kitchen to outdoor spaces, you’ll find tips and decorating inspiration for each of these different styles–to encourage you to create a home that’s amazingly, wonderfully, uniquely YOU.” (adapted from Catalogue)

A garden can be anywhere : creating bountiful and beautiful edible gardens / Kranz, Lauri
“Edible Gardens LA founder Lauri Kranz shares her secrets for planning, planting, growing, and maintaining luscious edible gardens, no matter the setting or size of the plot. Through gorgeous gardens created for her well-known clientele, Lauri shares her essential methods for growing abundant organic food. This practical guide is built around Lauri’s philosophy that nourishment and beauty are not separate goals.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Kew gardener’s guide to growing herbs : the art of science to grow your own herbs / Farrell, Holly
The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing Herbs is an exquisite mix of practical and giftable gardening reference for beginners and enthusiasts who want to grow herbs beautifully. Combines practical advice, 12 easy to follow projects and choice illustrations from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew archive.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Homemade : 80+ household essentials to inspire your everyday / Ozich, Eleanor
“In Homemade, bestselling cookbook author Eleanor Ozich shares clever, eco-conscious recipes for daily household goods – all incredibly easy to make at home.You’ll learn to create your own homespun essentials, such as mayonnaise, crackers, yoghurt, bread, muesli bars, hummus, cheese, and more.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Make a home to love : how to bring joy, order and beauty into your home the Scandinavian way / McNamara, Anna-Carin
Make a Home to Love takes you through ten simple steps that will help you to review your home and turn it into a place you can love and be proud of for years to come. Written by Swedish-born interior designer Anna-Carin McNamara, the book offers practical, accessible advice on how to turn any home into a stylish Scandinavian sanctuary.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Outer order inner calm : declutter & organize to make more room for happiness / Rubin, Gretchen
“With 150 concrete clutter-clearing ideas, insights, strategies, and sometimes surprising tips, Gretchen tackles the key challenges of creating outer order by explaining how to ‘make choices’, ‘create order’, ‘know yourself’, ‘cultivate useful habits’ and, of course, how to ‘add beauty’. At home, at work, and in life, when we get our possessions under control, we can create a more serene environment.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The latest Home, D.I.Y and Garden books

Root, Nurture, Grow book cover

This month’s Home Garden and DIY blog features books about binding, sewing, planting and sharing; and are perfect for your new year resolutions.

Wood pallet wonders : DIY projects for home, garden, holidays and more / Lamb, Becky
“Packed with color photos and easy-to-follow instructions, Wood Pallet Wonders shows you how to build, paint, stencil and finish unique seasonal and holiday projects.” (Catalogue)

Machine sewing : top tips and techniques for successful sewing / Shore, Debbie
“The focus of this book is machine sewing, and with her characteristically friendly and easy-to-follow style Debbie delves deeper in detail than her previous books, bringing you 10 must-make projects and the confidence to sew them. The book is packed with hints and tips for successful machine sewing and will walk you through every aspect of your sewing journey.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Complete book of outdoor DIY projects / Swift, Penny
“Provides step-by-step instructions and color photographs to build outdoor stone, water, wood, and brick features for a yard and garden”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverBound : 15 beautiful bookbinding projects / Rachel Hazell ; photography by Susan Bell.
“In this accessible collection of creative projects, Rachel Hazell shares exciting paper crafting techniques to develop your bookbinding skills. After explaining the tools and materials needed, Rachel takes you through each project with step-by-step instructions. Different techniques for cutting and folding are demonstrated, and, once you are happy with the various techniques, you will then begin to bind your own books with stitches such as ladder, dash and chain.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRoot, Nurture, Grow: The Essential Guide to Propagating and Sharing Houseplants [hardback]
“Plants are designed to multiply. They spread their roots, send off inquisitive shoots, and regenerate themselves in all sorts of exciting and unexpected ways without any help. Even for the beginner indoor gardener, a single leaf can hold enough life to be successfully grown into a brand new plant. With Root, Nurture, Grow, you’ll learn pruning methods that produce no waste, organic rooting medium recipes, and eventually enjoy gifting and swapping newly grown greenery with friends, family and other houseplant hoarders you’ll meet along the way.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking poor man’s guitars : cigar box guitars, the frying pan banjo, and other DIY instruments / Shane Speal.
“Many books have been written about how to build cigar box guitars and other unique hand-made instruments… but few have touched on why. This book presents the authentic stories of American DIY music with step-by-step projects, photo studies of antique instruments, interviews with music legends, and historical accounts. Shane Speal, the ‘King of the Cigar Box Guitar,’ brings the making of music and musical instruments back to its roots. From a simple two-string tin can guitar to an electrified washtub bass, Shane shows how anyone can build amazing musical instruments from found items.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMade of wood : in the home / Mark & Sally Bailey ; photography by Debi Treloar.
“The first half of the book explores the many ways in which we can use wood in our homes–sculpted, left in its natural state, roughly sawn or smoothly planed, recycled, or painted. The second half of the book, Wooden Stories, contains 12 case studies, each one offering a glimpse into the homes of people who have used this most ancient and versatile of materials in creative and inspiring ways.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Breaking the pattern : a modern way to sew / Huhta, Saara
“From the Finnish sewing duo behind the dressmaking fashion label Named, Laura and Saara offer up an enticing selection of tops, dresses, skirt and trousers for the modern seamstress. You will build your skills as you work through the book and with plenty of variations suggested for each garment, there’s lots of room for you to add your own personal touches and quirks to each design. Taking you beyond the patterns featured in this book, Breaking the Pattern will inspire you to not only build on your sewing repertoire but to grow in confidence with your own sewing.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Top 50 indoor plants and how not to kill them! / Thomas, Angie
“House plants are well and truly back on trend – they instantly lift an area, make a room feel fresh and welcoming, and brighten your mood. On top of this, indoor plants are great for purifying the air and creating a healthier home. Together with microbes in the soil, plants work wonders to reduce harmful pollutants released from indoor furniture. (It’s true: look at the study conducted by the University of Technology, Sydney.)” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Comfortable and eco-friendly homes

Build or style your home using ideas, tips and information from these new books. Read about trends in residential design (including modular and environmentally minded housing), smart homes, styling thrifty chic interiors, building with recycled materials and more. Have a browse and enjoy!

Movable architecture
“Recycling materials to build with is becoming increasingly acceptable and encouraged as the world moves towards greener architecture. This book features creative container architecture and also focuses on its advantages from a green perspective. Inspiration for architects and designers alike, this book promotes sustainable housing in an informative and accessible format.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Thrifty chic : interior style on a shoestring / Bauwens, Liz
“Learn how to reuse, recycle, restyle, restore, and revamp your old furnishings to create a stylish and unique home, without spending a fortune! Whether you are on a tight budget, or simply want to give your existing home a new look, Thrifty Chic provides a treasure trove of ideas at your fingertips.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Prefab housing and the future of building : product to process / Aitchison, Mathew
“As we stand on the cusp of a fundamental restructuring of the housing and building industries, this book provides a timely overview of prefabricated and modular housing. The current international housing shortages and affordability crises have given a new urgency to the need to transform building construction in the 21st century. Richly illustrated and drawing on historical examples and contemporary design studies, the book takes the reader through the history, theory and design of the prefab, leading up to a discussion of contemporary problems and opportunities.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

New eco homes / Gutiérrez, Manel Couto
“Discover the latest in eco-friendly home architecture and design. New Eco Homes features twenty-two sustainable homes from around the globe that showcase the newest innovations in environmentally minded home design.   Inside you’ll find the latest design strategies such as various ways to use natural light and ventilation to reduce energy consumption, new methods to integrate home construction into the surrounding landscape, and the numerous recycled and green construction materials that are available today.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Going green with vertical landscapes
“In the 21st century the architects and designers of urban spaces face great challenges to integrate nature in order to transform cement forests into forest cities . Perhaps the best solution is to go green with vertical landscapes. More than just a decorative trend, this is a means of bringing life and greenery into metropolitan areas by using different framing systems to create compositions of plant life and adapt them to diverse settings, including offices, factories, parking lots, hotels, and installations within larger parks. ” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Creating the vintage look : 35 ways to upcycle for a stylish home / Laycock, Ellie
“Upcycling is about taking something old, vintage, treasured or possibly even broken, and giving it a new lease on life by turning it into something new. Its a thrifty way of decorating and enhancing your home that avoids waste, but is also stylish.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

 

Roll up your sleeves! New home, garden and DIY books

Circle Gardening book cover

Roll up your sleeves, make some cool decorations and show off! This month’s home garden and DIY features stylish designs that are easy to make and with wood and fabric. Also featured are gardening design ideas. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverWoodworking : traditional craft for modern living / Samina Langholz and Andrea Brugi ; with photography by Ditte Isager.
“Using simple techniques, Tuscany-based woodworkers Samina Langholz and Andrea Brugi teach you how to make 20 beautiful wood objects for the home. From an egg cup made from a reclaimed beam and broom handle to a chopping board featuring a hand-carved “butterfly” – an old trick for stabilising a crack – here are a wonderful selection of approachable carpentry projects that don’t require complicated tools, and can be done easily in the home.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimple & stylish woodworking : 20 projects for your home / edited by Scott Francis.
“One of the rewards of woodworking is getting to show off your work–either as part of your home decor or as handmade gifts for family and friends. This book provides 20 small-scale projects that can add a touch of style to any living space. Practise a wide range of woodworking techniques! Dovetails, Mortise and tenon, Finger joints, Miters, Veneering Bent lamination… The projects in this book are a great way to practice your craft–plus you might just end up creating a treasured heirloom that looks great on the wall or mantel.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHeavy-duty sewing : making backpacks and other stuff / Anton Sandqvist.
“From the founder of iconic outdoors brand Sandqvist, this cool craft book is all about using needle and thread, a sewing machine and stiff materials to make your own practical, hardwearing functional objects. From hiking rucksacks to knife holders, vanity bags to aprons, there are projects for the experienced home sewer who is looking to try something new, for people who find the idea of sewing fun but may not have come up with a suitable project and for those who have never even used a sewing machine before. Explaining the basics of making textile products and which materials to use, as well as the equipment and work techniques, this book teaches you all about leather and how to repair your own belongings.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCircle gardening : growing vegetables outside the box / Kenneth E. Spaeth Jr.
“Through years of experimentation, Spaeth has found circle gardening, an ancient method as old as agriculture, to be not only an efficient but also an aesthetically pleasing way to grow plants. By arranging them in a concentrated circle rather than in rows, gardeners are able to conserve compost, fertilizer, and water. Depending on the number of vegetables planted, this design can save time and be less physically demanding. The rationale for planting your veggies in a circle is scientific, too–many plants clump together in nature and thrive in groups, and so planting in circles actually mimics natural plant distribution.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverComplete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners
“The book begins with a description of the kit you really need, including how to choose your first sewing machine for dressmaking. The second chapter describes how to choose and prepare textiles, and/or alter a paper pattern. At the heart of the book are the chapters on technique. All the techniques are shown as step-by-step sequences, which you can read at your own pace.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Garden Farmer
“A punnet of plums from your tree, a handful of gooseberries; home-grown nuts and herbs, and a few freshly laid eggs from your hens – all enjoyed in your own small plot. What could be more satisfying? Each chapter of The Garden Farmer offers insight into the topics and projects you might be contemplating that month, along with planting notes and timely advice, and a recipe that honours the fruits of your labour.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRescue, restore, redecorate : Amy Howard’s guide to refinishing furniture and accessories / Amy Howard ; photography by Quentin Bacon.
Rescue, Restore, Redecorate has all the design and refinishing secrets you need to bring heirlooms back to life and to easily refresh flea market finds. Gathered from Amy Howard’s beloved classes, these refinishing recipes and tecniques are foolpoof, making it incredibly easy to get great results. Along with a treasure trove of finishes, Amy shares antiques and flea market shopping advice and beautiful before-and-after furniture makeovers.” (Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverFresh clean home : making your own natural cleaning products / Wendy Graham.
“Making your own cleaning products is easy–and the results are kinder to your skin, safer for the environment, and as effective as anything store bought. All these recipes use common, inexpensive ingredients such as bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt, and citrus fruit, and they’ll leave every room, from the kitchen to the bath, sparkling clean. The products include Long-Lasting Fridge Freshener, Burnt Pan Rescue Remedies, Orange & Grapefruit Laundry Powder, Disappearing Stain Spray, Miracle Tile & Grout Paste, Sweet & Simple Beeswax Candles, and Pine-Scented Wood & Laminate Floor Spray.” (Syndetics summary)

Secret gardens / Cantwell, Matthew
“From pint-sized gardens to rambling grounds, Secret Gardens is a visual feast of contemporary residential landscaping, offering a rich resource of inspiration to readers, regardless of the size of their own patch of potential paradise. This book tells a story in pictures, with luscious photography of 24 of Secret Gardens’ favourite projects. Each garden is accompanied by descriptions in which Secret Gardens director Matthew Cantwell tells the story of each project, explains how their dramatic transformation was achieved and reveals a few tricks of the trade in the process. The gardens are grouped into three sections, based on the size of each project: Compact, Room to Move, and Free Reign.” (Catalogue)

September is Bee Aware Month

Spring is here at long last and that means it’s time to Bee Aware!
Did you know that without bee pollination we’d have no apples, blueberries, coffee, chocolate or even jeans? These are all foods and products pollinated by busy little bees and now they need our help. Not only do bees produce a wonderful, natural food source, they also play a significant role in supporting our food chain.
We want to do our part to help raise awareness for our buzzing little friends and how important they are so we’ve thrown together some tips and resources to help you get started.

These new bee books are a must see:

Syndetics book coverBackyard bees : a guide for the beginner beekeeper / Doug Purdie.
“Just about anyone can keep bees. All you need is a bit of space in your backyard (or on your rooftop) and a little love for the creatures that pollinate the vegie patches of your neighbourhood. Once introduced to the charms of beekeeping and the taste of warm honeycomb direct from the hive, you’ll be hooked. Backyard Bees is the ultimate guide to installing and maintaining a hive through the seasons. ” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSave the bees with natural backyard hives/ Rob and Chelsea McFarland, founders of HoneyLove.org.
Save the Bees will walk readers through the inexpensive and easy to use equipment, caring for the bees as they grow their colony, harvesting honey and prepping their bees for the cooler months. With the Save the Bees approach, readers will learn to attract wild bees and with minimal upkeep, the hives will pollinate local crops and flowers and provide a bounty of delicious, all-natural, backyard honey.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe rooftop beekeeper : a scrappy guide to keeping urban honeybees / Megan Paska with Rachel Wharton 
“This useful manual, at once a good read and a pretty object, features a relatable first-person narrative, checklists, numbered how-tos, beautiful illustrations and 75 color photographs. Covering all aspects of urban beekeeping, this book also provides readers with plenty of sweet recipes for delicious treats, tonics, and beauty products to make with home-harvested honey.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLetters to a beekeeper / Steve Benbow, Alys Fowler.
“Part beautifully designed coffee-table book, part manifesto, this collection of engaging letters, emails, texts, recipes, notes and glorious photos creates a record of the trials, tribulations, reward and joys of working with, rather than against, nature. For lazy gardeners to novice beekeepers (and everyone in between), this is the best rule-breaking, wildlife-friendly, guerilla, urban gardening insect-identifying, honey-tasting, wax-dripping, epistolary how-to book you could ever hope to own.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe urban wildlife gardener : how to attract birds, bees, butterflies, and more / Emma Hardy.
“Packed with planting ideas and simple gardening techniques to attract birds, bees, butterflies, beneficial bugs, and more to your outside space, if you would like to attract wildlife to your garden, you need to learn which plants to grow, how to provide nesting areas, when to prune shrubs or mow the grass and more.  No matter what size your outside space–from a single windowbox to a full-sized backyard, The Urban Wildlife Gardener contains hundreds of easy-to-follow tips and techniques, simple projects, and essential plant know-how.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Also, don’t miss the September issue of New Zealand Gardener from one of our branches or borrow an online copy through PressReader.
Wondering what happened to our Central Library rooftop bees? Don’t worry they have been hibernating all winter but will be out there looking for pollen soon so get planting.

If you want more info or want to see what’s on during Bee Aware Month, check out these websites:

Apiculture New Zealand
Bee Aware Month Facebook Page
Wellington City Council Bee Aware Month Info
Wellington Beekeepers Association
News – Dominion Post, 7 Sept 2016

So let’s all help spread the bee love and don’t forget to tag your social media posts with #beeawarenz17

Garden for Winter and Plan for Spring

Autumn is well and truly here and we can start thinking about getting the garden ready to withstand those winter woes. We can also prepare for the spring by planning what bulbs to plant in the backyard. Our selection will help you do these two things and more: how to make your garden beautiful for both seasons. We also have books for you to get your home ready for a Mid-Winter Feast with plenty of Kiwi recipes to make the occasion a success. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverBackyard winter gardening : vegetables fresh and simple, in any climate, without artificial heat or electricity – the way it’s been done for 2,000 years / Caleb Warnock.
“Without fresh, all-natural winter gardening in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries people would have starved to death. The good news is that feeding your family fresh food from your own backyard garden all winter long is far easier and less time-consuming than you might imagine. And you won’t find better-tasting food at any price!” (Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverThe winter garden : structure, planting and romance in the garden in winter / Eluned Price, photographs by Clive Nichols.
“After the exuberance of summer, the garden in its winter transformation is every gardener’s greatest challenge. The Winter Garden looks at the ways of creating a garden that is beautiful in adversity, when the weather is cold and inclement. With the loss of the rich colours of autumn, it explores the importance of shape and form, of choosing trees as much for their leafless winter frosts as for their summer foliage and textures. Using beautiful and varied gardens as examples, it looks at ways of shaping the garden with topiary, trellis and tunnels, of providing form with architectural planting, of using statuary, urns and tubs. This beautifully illustrated book explores what it is that makes the winter garden magical, unpacking the aesthetic thrill that goes with the sight of the ghostly white arcs of bramble or the flaming wands of dogwood, the clean frame of yew hedging or the filigree of interlaced leafless branches.” (Amazon.co.uk summary)

Syndetics book coverBest winter plants / Stefan Buczacki ; special photography Andrew Lawson.
“Gardening expert Stefan Buczacki presents advice and information on growing the best winter plants. A reference for both beginning and expert gardeners about all aspects of plant care from propogation and pruning, to problem solving.” (Amazon.co.uk summary)

Syndetics book coverSpring bulbs / Peter McHoy ; photography by Peter Anderson.
“Tolerant and trouble free, spring bulbs can play an essential part in any garden. This guide for growers is full of advice on cultivating bulbs and protecting them from harm done by pests and diseases.” (Amazon.co.uk summary)

Syndetics book coverWinter house / Charlotte Moss ; written with Jennifer Cegielski ; photographs by Jason Dewey.
“One of America’s top interior designers presents a beautifully illustrated guidebook for creating a comfortable, inviting winter home. With 200 color photographs.” (Syndetics summary)

The garden in autumn / by Allen Lacy.
“Gardeners who believe that autumn brings merely clean-up tasks and the occasional frowsy chrysanthemum will think differently after reading this book. Lacy ( Farther Afield ), gardening writer for the New York Times , has a vested interest: “to encourage fellow gardeners to pay attention to the neglected but glorious possibilities of the fall garden.” Before reading more than a handful of pages, any floraphile will be feverishly taking notes on new plants and plant combinations to try, and eagerly awaiting the waning of the year. Rather than offer gardening advice for the whole U.S., Lacy sticks to what he knows: the plants that thrive in his region of southern New Jersey. But as he points out, in quoting Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno, “the universal is the particular and the concrete, not the abstract or the general”–plenty of information here pertains to gardens in any climate. Lacy devotes a chapter each to lingering summer perennials, fall-flowering perennials, bulbs, grasses, annuals and woody plants. An epilogue describing blooms in December will have gardeners in higher latitudes sighing enviously. Included are an extensive list of nurseries, a bibliography and an index of plant names and nurseries. Photos not seen by PW. Advertising; author tour; Garden Book Club main selection; first serial to HG; second serial to Horticulture and Organic Gardening. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Taste of New Zealand winter / Robyn Martin.
“A recipe book for the winter months, illustrated with full colour photograph. The chapters range from ‘stock pot saviours’ and ‘fireside meals’ through ‘hot and hearty’ and ‘things to make on rainy days’ to ‘winter puds’. It is a companion book to Taste of New Zealand Summer. The author is food editor of the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly.” (Syndetics summary)