Fresh Ideas for the House & Home

As the weather gets cooler and you begin to spend more time indoors, you may feel the urge to attend to that long stalled home repair or improvement project, whether it be fixing a pesky leak, repainting a room, decluttering and reorganizing the kitchen, or changing a room’s decor, or just making your home surroundings more comfortable.

These new books on the house and home available with your Livingston Library card can offer fresh ideas and inspiration.

Color is Home: A Brave Guide to Designing Classic Interiors by Charlotte Coote

Using her five principles of design–timelessness, authenticity, lifestyle, scale, and quality–Coote shows how to balance comfort and style, light and shadow, color and neutrals, old and new- while designing a space.

Feng Shui Modern by Cliff Tan

Tan teaches you how to use feng shui to fix any room and optimize any space, in order to transform your home into a happy, healthy oasis. He takes you behind the mysticism to reveal the logic of this ancient practice. 

The Folding Lady : Tools And Tricks For Making The Most Of Your Space Room By Room by Sophie Liard

In this illustrated guide, Sophie Liard brings her expertise together and teaches you how to fold all of your household items, from boxers, leggings, and socks to sheets, towels and even napkins and wrapping paper.  She offers extra tips on organizing drawers, desks, snack drawers, cosmetics, and more to make life a little easier and more manageable.

The Gift Of Home by Bre Doucette

Doucette arms readers with the tools to revamp decor they’ve grown bored with and to love their spaces, “imperfections and all,” starting with an introduction to design basics and a tutorial on finding a “look,” or the feelings one wants a home to evoke.

Home Skills : Master Your Domain With Practical Solutions To Everyday Challenges by Good Housekeeping

A practical and attractive handbook with more than 200 essential life skills to get anything done faster and easier.  With chapters on the kitchen, organizing and cleaning, decorating, home maintenance, outdoor living, and entertaining and celebrating, this go-to resource offers step-by-step illustrated instructions, inspiring photos and sometimes surprising but always practical guidance to get things done.

Home With Rue : A Well-Done Home, For Everyone by Kelli Lamb

Lamb, editorial director of Rue magazine, sets out to help readers create their “ultimate living space” in this exquisite guide to home decor. Lamb begins by encouraging readers to ask what a “functional, joyful home” looks like to them and then goes room by room offering pointers on how to add “beauty in your everyday routines.”

How To Fix Stuff by Tom Scalisi

This helpful guide to DIY home repair will make fixing stuff a breeze. Whether you need to patch a hole in a floor, restore a well-worn piece of furniture, or build a planter in your backyard, this book shows you how to do it with step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and illustrations.

How To Zoom Your Room : Room Rater’s Ultimate Style Guide by Claude Taylor

The ultimate users’ guide to curating your Zoom background from Room Raters, Twitter’s foremost experts in on-screen décor.  Full of practical decorative tips for the home office user, including essential advice on the best ways to approach: books, art, lighting, window and wall treatments, and much more.

The Lazy Genius Kitchen : Have What You Need, Use What You Have, And Enjoy It Like Never Before by Kendra Adachi

Packed with proven Lazy Genius principles, the book will teach you to apply a simple, actionable five-step process-prioritize, essentialize, organize, personalize, and systemize-to multiple areas of your kitchen, empowering you to enjoy your kitchen the way you’ve always wanted.

Nature Style : Cultivating Wellbeing At Home With Plants by Alana Langan

From the founders of the botanical emporium Ivy Muse and the authors of Plant Style comes a practical guide to styling the home for health and harmony using indoor plants. With expert advice on houseplants and how to style and care for them, as well as tips on decor, finishes, and furnishings, this book shows how natural elements can be incorporated into almost every room in the house.

Organizing For The Rest Of Us : 100 Realistic Strategies To Keep Any House Under Control by Dana K. White

So you want to keep your kitchen counter clean but you aren’t ready to toss the toaster? You want to be able to find your kids’ socks but aren’t looking to spend your 401(k) on clear bins? You long for a little more peace but minimalism isn’t sparking joy? Decluttering expert and self-proclaimed recovering slob Dana K. White offers sustainable ideas to simplify and manage your home.

The Sustainable Home : Easy Ways To Live With Nature In Mind by Ida Magntorn

Filled with handy and inspirational tips and lists, this book covers how to reduce plastic consumption, clean with eco-friendly products, and work with the seasons to bring the outdoors inside.  There is also advice on choosing natural paint colors, and lighting that will save energy and boost your mood.

365 Quick & Easy Tips : Home Organization : Simple Techniques To Keep Your Home Neat And Tidy Year Round

Whether you live in a tiny urban apartment or a sprawling suburban home, create perfectly organized and functional spaces using super simple and easy-to-apply tips, tricks, and techniques for every room–from overstuffed closets and attics to cluttered kitchens and kids’ rooms.

Universal Principles Of Interior Design : 100 Ways To Develop Innovative Ideas, Enhance Usability, And Design Effective Solutions by Kelly Harris Smith

Richly illustrated and easy to navigate, this comprehensive reference pairs clear explanations of every topic with visual examples of it applied in practice.

Vibrant Interiors : Living Large At Home by Andrea Monath Schumacher

Designer Schumacher showcases bold homes in her eye-catching debut. Her style involves “mixing antiques… showstopping art and light fixtures and clean upholstered furniture to balance it all out,” and is displayed in the seven homes featured here.

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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