Home Edit

by Kara

Recently we moved and are in the process of remodeling a 1960's cottage into our new home. This is a list of books I've enjoyed during our moving and remodeling journey.

The home edit : a guide to organizing and realizing your house goals

Clea Shearer

648.8 /Shearer
Home

A masterclass and look book in one, The Home Edit is filled with bright photographs and detailed tips, from placing plastic dishware in a drawer where little hands can reach to categorizing pantry items by color (there's nothing like a little ROYGBIV to soothe the soul). Above all, it's like having your best friends at your side to help you turn the chaos into calm.

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This book is full of great pictures and ideas that provide inspiration for getting your home organized and keeping it that way. I especially liked the ideas share through photographs.
- Kara

Making space, clutter free : the last book on decluttering you'll ever need

Tracy McCubbin

648.5 /McCubbin
Home

Many have repeatedly tried to break their clutter's mysterious hold, only to fail. McCubbin explains what she calls the "7 Emotional Clutter Blocks," unconscious obstacles that stand between you and financial freedom, healthy relationships, and positive outlooks. She then offers a realistic approach to managing your belongings, and helps you create an individual strategy that helps you attain your life goals. -- adapted from back cover

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At first I thought this book was too many photos and not enough pictures. Then I dove into it a bit more and came to appreciate the lists and checklists. Chapter 10 - Downsizing: the purge of a lifetime - is something I wish I would have seen before our move started.
- Kara

Smart homes in easy steps

Nick Vandome

643.6 /Vandome
Home

"Smart Homes in easy steps takes the mystery out of all of the elements that are required to set up a smart home: it defines a smart home and shows what is needed to make a home smart: digital voice assistants, devices and apps."--

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I'm hoping to make my home smart ... but not so smart that I get frustrated with the technology. This books seems like it can help.
- Kara

The DIY style finder

KariAnne Wood

747 /Wood
Home

Wood helps you find the colors, textures, and patterns that make your heart sing. She shares creative ideas you can't wait to try in your own home. And she encourages you to find your one-of-a-kind style and then just go for it. From the entryway to the living room to the kitchen to outdoor spaces, you'll find tips and decorating inspiration for five different styles: Farmhouse, Traditional, Coastal, Transitional, and Contemporary. -- adapted from back cover

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I enjoyed this book because of the beautiful photographs and the great ideas it gave me.
- Kara

Love & lemons every day : more than 100 bright, plant-forward recipes for every meal

Jeanine Donofrio

641.5636 /Donofrio
Cookbooks

Known for her insanely flavorful vegetable recipes and stunning photography, Jeanine Donofrio celebrates plants at the center of the plate with more than 100 new vegetarian recipes in Love & Lemons Every Day. In this book, Jeanine shows you how to make any meal, from breakfast to dessert, where produce is the star. Butternut squash becomes the best creamy queso you've ever eaten, broccoli transforms into a zesty green "rice" burrito filling, and sweet potato blends into a smooth chocolate frosting. These exciting and approachable recipes will become instant additions to your family's regular meal rotation. This book is a resource, filled with smart tips for happier, healthier eating. You'll find inspiration from Jeanine's signature colorful infographics - such as a giant matrix of five-ingredient salad dressings, a guide to quick weeknight pastas, and a grid to show you how to roast any vegetable. There are also plenty of practical charts, such as a template to make versatile vegetable broth, seasonal produce guides, and clever ideas to use commonly tossed vegetable parts -- you'll never toss those cauliflower cores, corn cobs, or broccoli stalks again! Packed with imaginative every day meals, go-to cooking tips, alternatives for dietary restrictions, and guides for mastering produce-based kitchen staples, Love & Lemons Every Day is a must-have for herbivores and omnivores alike.

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I know this isn't a home book ... but I keep picking it up and browsing through it. The photos are great, I dream about the recipes, and love the formatting and all the helpful ideas.
- Kara

Debbie Shore's sewing room secrets. Machine sewing : top tips and techniques for successful sewing

Debbie (Writer on sewing) Shore

646.2044 /Shore
Home

"Jam-packed with friendly advice and helpful tips, Debbie walks you through every aspect of machine sewing, including deciding which machine to buy, inserting a zip, making bias binding and free-motion embroidery. She guides you through the wonderful array of fabrics, threads, wadding and interfacing available and builds your confidence and skills as you progress through the book with ten gorgeous step-by-step projects. You will turn to this book again and again!"--Page [4] of cover.

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I'm excited about creating a new space for sewing. This book has a lot of great ideas.
- Kara