Gardenista : The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces
by Michelle Slatalla and Gardenista Editors and Julie Carslon and Matthew Williams

Overview - Named a Best Gift Book for Gardeners by The New York Times Book Review , Los Angeles Times , San Francisco Chronicle , Seattle Times , Domino magazine, and Goop .

The team behind the inspirational design sites and presents an all-in-one manual for making your outdoor space as welcoming as your living room.

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More About Gardenista by Michelle Slatalla; Gardenista Editors; Julie Carslon; Matthew Williams
Named a Best Gift Book for Gardeners by The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Domino magazine, and Goop.

The team behind the inspirational design sites and presents an all-in-one manual for making your outdoor space as welcoming as your living room. Tour personality-filled gardens around the world and re-create the looks with no-fail planting palettes. Find hundreds of design tips and easy DIYs, editors' picks of 100 classic (and stylish) objects, a landscaping primer with tips from pros, over 200 resources, and so much more.

  • ISBN-13: 9781579656522
  • ISBN-10: 1579656528
  • Publisher: Artisan Publishers
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 408
  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.45 pounds

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

This book by Slatalla (editor-in-chief of the website Gardenista) consolidates years of research and practical experimentation for transforming the basic garden or back yard into an extension of indoor living space. More than mere garden planning, the book explores the additional elements of furnishings, accessories, accoutrements and color, integrating nature and luxury to create an outdoor home setting as a place of personal retreat. Horticultural advice is also woven into the plan so that, for example, an outdoor space that incorporates a color palette of burgundies, silver, and purple is well-served to cultivate Cotula leptinella as an optimal ground cover between pavers: “Aptly nicknamed dollhouse fern, low-growing ‘Platt’s Black’ has foliage with a purple sheen... grows densely and has a shallow root system, which makes it ideally suited to creeping between stones.” Aided by 480 color photographs, this beautiful book showcases innovative gardening concepts based upon real homes, highlighting details—the placement of beeswax tea candles, tablecloth clamps, and butterfly chairs—in harmony with shade trees, hedge shrubs, and stone walls. The end result is a display of outdoor living space that integrates plants, color, balance, design, and also functionality. Color photos. (Oct.)

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Lifestyles: Rehab therapy

In her hit HGTV show “Rehab Addict,” Nicole Curtis remodels aged houses in need of much TLC, showing viewers just what it takes and why it’s worth it to keep the old. But it is reality TV, which means there’s a lot of reality that gets left out. Luckily for us, Curtis’ new memoir, Better Than New, goes behind the TV screen in a house-by-house narrative of some of her most formidable projects. “I’ve renovated so many old houses that after a while, the lessons piled up and started to seem like a guidebook to a well-lived life,” she writes. Indeed, there is an attic’s worth of inspiring takeaways in this breezily written book. Curtis’ energy, grit and love for the hustle are infectious, while her tales of mistakes and unforeseen challenges on every restoration—from rookie hiccups to outright fiascos—fuel her story with nonstop tension. 

Before perusing the dreamy Loose Leaf, I’d never heard of a Monstera Chandelier. Essentially a ball-shaped structure of large leaves, vines and ferns suspended from the ceiling, it’s the invention of botanical designers Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler. Based out of the Melbourne, Australia, shop/studio from which this book takes its title, the couple creates stunning sculptural pieces and plant-based installations that both celebrate and summon the magic of nature. Wreaths, nests, roadside bouquets and other verdant delights are captured here in sumptuous photographs with modest how-tos. A section on “Curious Plants” suggests mistletoe cactus and devil’s ivy as solid choices for one’s own living plant gallery. Loose Leaf will be a rich treat for any serious plant-lover in your life. 

The first item in “The Gardenista Manifesto” reads, “Outdoor space is living space, and should be as carefully considered as any other room in your home.” This thinking informs every page of Gardenista, a version of “that you can dog-ear,” writes the site’s editor-in-chief Michelle Slatalla in the book’s introduction. Dozens of stylish outdoor settings are showcased within, along with callouts, captions and “Steal This Look” lists that make the designs accessible. I love the “Design Ideas” section, which guides readers in creating a garden workstation, finishing touches (like shed-door storage and a simple outdoor shower) and hardscaping basics. It may seem easy to become overwhelmed by this beautiful book, overflowing as it is with lust-worthy gardens in a vast array of styles and settings, but it’s a source you’ll return to again and again over a lifetime in pursuit of both big landscaping transformations and weekend projects. As visually enchanting as it is brimming with practical advice, Gardenista shows readers that, just as with interior design, there are countless ways to create an attractive and functional outdoor living space—from wild and loose to tailored and lavish, from rustic to minimalist and everything in between.


This article was originally published in the November 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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