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At home : a short history of private life book cover

At home : a short history of private life

Bill Bryson

643.1 /Bryson
Humor, Home

Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything) takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.

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Mending life : a handbook for repairing clothes and hearts book cover

Mending life : a handbook for repairing clothes and hearts

Nina Montenegro

646.6 /Montenegro
Crafts, Home

The act of mending strengthens not only the object we are repairing, but ourselves as well. The Montenegros encourage us to cherish our things by repairing them rather than discarding them. By changing our consumption habits, small mends here and there will extend the life of our garments and other household items. They introduce basic techniques such as patching, but will have options to take it a step further with decorative sashiko stitching. You'll also learn how to darn socks and mend sweaters, bedsheets, and down jackets. -- abridged from information provided

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Everything about this title is thoughtfully done. I'm looking forward to spending some time with a few beloved garments during this re-read. -Casey

Clean my space : the secret to cleaning better, faster--and loving your home every day book cover

Clean my space : the secret to cleaning better, faster--and loving your home every day

Melissa Maker

eAUDIO
Nonfiction, Home

In her long-awaited debut book, she shares her revolutionary 3-step solution: • Identify the most important areas (MIAs) in your home that need attention • Select the proper products, tools, and techniques (PTT) for the job • Implement these new cleaning routines so that they stick Clean My Space takes the chore out of cleaning with Melissa's incredible tips and cleaning hacks (the power of pretreating!) her lightning fast 5-10 minute "express clean" routines for every room when time is tightest, and her techniques for cleaning even the most daunting places and spaces. And a big bonus: Melissa gives guidance on the best non-toxic, eco-conscious cleaning products and offers natural cleaning solution recipes you can make at home using essential oils to soothe and refresh. With Melissa's simple groundbreaking method you can truly live in a cleaner, more cheerful, and calming home all the time.

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Unf*ck your habitat : You're Better Than Your Mess book cover

Unf*ck your habitat : You're Better Than Your Mess

Rachel Hoffman

eAUDIO
Nonfiction, Home

Whatever your habitat, you deserve one that brings you happiness, not stress. Interspersed with lists and challenges, this practical, no-nonsense housekeeping and organization guide will help listeners take control of the mess in their homes.

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The sweet spot : how to find your groove at home and work book cover

The sweet spot : how to find your groove at home and work

Christine Carter

eAUDIO
Nonfiction, Home

"Feel like you're on a treadmill that won't stop? Learn to step off and hit your stride. Not long ago Christine Carter, happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, speaker, writer, and mother, found herself caught up in the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniques--prioritizing, multitasking, delegating--but found that she needed a new approach, one that would allow her to live more in that zone we've all glimpsed but can never seem to hold on to: the sweet spot of expertise, efficiency, and ease. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest psychological, neurological, and biological science related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, Carter put herself through the practical paces. Her goal was not to live a stress-free life, but rather to build stress resilience and find a quicker path to calm and confidence. Her trials and errors are our reward. In The Sweet Spot, Carter shares what she calls "the sweet spot equation," a combination of strategies and practices for attaining happiness without giving up success, and for achieving success without compromising happiness. Using a simple formula, The Sweet Spot shows us how to take a brief recess, an inoculation against "The Overwhelm" and the key to converting stress into productive and creative energy institute daily micro-habits that free you up to focus on and enjoy more important things unplug from seemingly time-saving gadgets that can sap our strength, and use technology more strategically prioritize our relationships, making use of the hard science that points out how healthy connections help us thrive. cultivate tolerance for a little discomfort while we build mastery (the skills that make hard things feel easy) and develop the grit to bounce back from life's inevitable setbacks Complete with practical "easiest thing" tips for instant relief as well as stories from Carter's own experience of putting The Sweet Spot into action, this timely and inspiring book lets us in on the possibilities for joy and freedom that comes when we stop trying to do everything right--and start doing the right things"--

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The herbal handbook for home & health : 501 recipes for healthy living, green cleaning & natural beauty book cover

The herbal handbook for home & health : 501 recipes for healthy living, green cleaning & natural beauty

Pip Waller

615.321 /Waller
Gardening, Health, Home

"Make your own stain removers, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, window & glass cleaner, room freshener, furniture polish, oven cleaner, throat lozenges, cough medicine, mouthwash, toothpaste, pet supplies, insect repellent, cordials, wines, syrups, teas, baked goods, soap, lip balm, mascara, shaving cream, facial masks, body sprays"--Cover.

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English decoration : timeless inspiration for the contemporary home book cover

English decoration : timeless inspiration for the contemporary home

Ben Pentreath

747.0942 /Pentreath
Nonfiction, Home

In English Decoration, London-based architectural and interior designer Ben Pentreath presents a major new survey of the best of the English style. Eighteen homes, many of which have never been previously photographed, provide the source material for his wide-ranging investigation of this classic look. The houses include Ben's own homes in London and West Dorset, alongside those of Earls and artists, writers and architects, book designers and gardeners. The book is arranged room by room and Entrance Halls, Living Rooms, Kitchens and Dining Rooms, Bedrooms and Bathrooms are considered in turn, together with simple Rooms of Utility and spectacular Rooms of Display. The book begins with an essay on the English style in decoration and ends with a style directory, helping you to achieve the look wherever you live.

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Perhaps you would prefer to go traditional? For this, check out Ben Pentreath’s English Decoration, inspired by British manor houses and country cottages. Some of Pentreath’s work isn’t practical for us Iowans; there is an entire chapter on “Rooms of Display.” Nonetheless, there are some beautiful color combinations and intriguing room arrangements -Anne M

Novel interiors : living in enchanted rooms inspired by literature book cover

Novel interiors : living in enchanted rooms inspired by literature

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

747 /Giramonti
Nonfiction, Home

The key to a stylish life is in the details, and the details are found in books! Giramonti presents a book-lover's guide to decorating, referencing sixty beloved works of literature. She shows how even the smallest elements, such as the blue china flowerpots perched on bright yellow stands depicted in The Age of Innocence, can bring life and personality to any room.

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We are a UNESCO City of Literature and your style may be influenced by your favorite books. Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti showcases rooms inspired by sixty different novels, including those by Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh, L. M. Montgomery, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Borgnes Giramonti finds passages describing chairs, plates, and linens and builds the rooms from there. For booklovers and design aficionados alike. -Anne M

Styled : secrets for arranging rooms, from tabletops to bookshelves book cover

Styled : secrets for arranging rooms, from tabletops to bookshelves

Emily Henderson

747 /Henderson
Nonfiction, Home

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Henderson helps you determine your style and then provides tips on how to show off those design inclinations in your home. Styled doesn’t call for a complete overhaul. Small changes in rearranging furniture or adding a few elements like a rug or a lamp can go a long way to transform a room. -Anne M

Habitat : the field guide to decorating book cover

Habitat : the field guide to decorating

Lauren Liess

747 /Liess
Nonfiction, Home

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Lauren Liess’ Habitat uses nature as inspiration in home design. Her rooms are sophisticated, but also simple, comfortable, and achievable. Habitat works through explaining the basics of interior design, offering advice on lighting, color combinations, and accessories. -Anne M