Home & Garden Highlight: Unconventional Decor

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Thanks to icons like Marie Kondo and Joanna Gaines, minimalism and farmhouse chic are all the rage right now, but maybe these styles aren't the best representation of your personal style.  Maybe you like more stuff, more textures, more color.  Maybe you want to be surrounded by the things you love like books or plants.  Maybe you need a more unconventional approach to design, like those found in the books listed below.

 

Recommended Reading

HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft, book cover

HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft Erica Feldmann

Anyone looking to put together their ideal home—full of beauty, comfort, protection, and positive energy—will gravitate to HausMagick, a simple and striking modern handbook for using witchcraft to bring divine wellbeing into every dwelling.

Author and HausWitch founder Erica Feldman teaches you how to transform any space into a sacred sanctuary using the principles of the HausWitch brand, which brings together earth magic, meditation, herbalism, Jungian psychology, tarot, astrology, feminist spirituality, and interior decoration.

Organized by six fundamental elements—Manifestation, Clearing, Protection, Comfort, Harmony, and Balance—HausMagick includes herbal recipes for clearing sprays and bath salts, folklore-inspired decorating tips, an overview of tarot, advice on crystals, ancient home healing spells and meditations, and more.

Everything: A Maximalist Style Guide, book cover

Everything: A Maximalist Style Guide Abigail Ahern

Maximalism, or the more is more world of decorating, is here! The style that embraces the all-out--beautiful color palettes, luxurious textiles, patterns, and embellishment--has made a comeback. Maximalism is the epitome of passion, one in which Scandi-style, stripped bare, and pared-back interiors have no place. Abigail Ahern guides us through the change in the world of interiors as the pendulum swings away from minimalism and over to our increasing desire for self-expression and optimism. Readers will learn how to break the rules of interior design, play fast and loose with different periods in a single room, and have fun. Maximalism allows us to dip into color palettes and any decade or style, with the effect of stirring up emotions and creating a bedazzling space we never want to leave.

Decorating with Plants: What to Choose, Ways to Style, and How to Make Them Thrive, book cover

Decorating with Plants: What to Choose, Ways to Style, and How to Make Them Thrive Baylor Chapman

In Decorating with Plants, Baylor Chapman walks readers through everything they need to know to bring houseplants into their home. First, there’s Plant Care 101: from how to assess light conditions to tricks for keeping your plants alive while on vacation, Chapman gives readers the simple, foundational info they need to ensure their plants will thrive. Then she introduces us to 28 of her favorites—specimens that are tough as nails but oh-so-stylish, from the eye-catching Rubber Tree to the delicate Cape Primrose. Finally, she guides readers through the home room by room: Place an aromatic plant like jasmine or gardenia to your entry to establish your home’s “signature scent.” Add a proper sense of scale to your living room with a ceiling-grazing palm. Create a living centerpiece of jewel-toned succulents for a dining table arrangement that will last long after your dinner party. From air purification to pest control, there’s no limit to what houseplants can do for your home—and Decorating with Plants is here to show you how to add them to spaces big and small with style.

 Decorating With Books, book cover

Decorating With Books Marie Proeller Hueston

Opening the pages of a book can instantly carry you off to another world. But did you realize that, open or closed, books can also make your real world--your home--more fabulous? As legendary designer Billy Baldwin pointed out, they're “the best decoration,” capable of bringing incredible warmth, color, and character to a room. From grand bookcases in home libraries to casual stacks artfully arrayed on chairs, House Beautiful presents countless eye-catching ideas for displaying and arranging your hardcovers, paperbacks, encyclopedias, and even valuable first editions. Useful tips shed light on how to organize a large collection; situate bookcases in the room for the best effect; and make the most of books' appealing visual and tactile qualities. From traditional interpretations to contemporary visions--such as putting a book on a pedestal as an objet d'art--these concepts write a new page in design

Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design, book cover

Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design Christiane Lemieux

Jettison the old rulebooks about home décor and “undecorate” your space. As the founder and creative director of DwellStudio—which is famous for its brightly colored, graphic textile designs for home furnishings—designer Christiane Lemieux challenges tradition in a quintessentially American way, championing a fresh, unconventional approach to creating a beautiful and comfortable home. Lemieux emboldens readers to push aside stuffy, professionally-designed décor, showing them instead how to infuse their own personality into their home.

The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes, book cover

The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes Justina Blakeney

The New Bohemian Handbook guides readers in beautifully simple techniques for adding good vibes and style to living spaces. Packed with hundreds of ideas for bringing positive energy to your home, the book features exercises and activities for thinking about rooms in new ways. With Justina’s expert guidance, learn how to rearrange, paint, prop, and plant your way to a home that’s fresh and inspiring. Uncover your "spirit environment" and learn how to use color and scent to enhance mood, productivity, and relaxation. Revel in Justina’s encouraging advice ("you got this!"), and easily and affordably turn any dwelling into a personal sanctuary

Flea Market Style: Fresh Ideas for Your Vintage Finds, book cover

Flea Market Style: Fresh Ideas for Your Vintage Finds Better Homes and Gardens

The ultimate guide to scoring, saving, and integrating amazing pieces into a home that reflects your unique style. With hundreds of photos showcasing ideas for combining and integrating flea-market finds into a decorating scheme that is economical, environmentally friendly, and one of a kind.

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Adult Nonfiction

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Submitted by Kyle David Burkett on Fri, 01/08/2021 - 4:16 PM

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Excellent recommendations! Love HausMagik - perfect book for the aspiring Wiccan interior designers in our lives. :)

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