Whether you're a minimalist or someone who takes pleasure in her collections, we all yearn for an unencumbered life in a home that makes us happy. This compact tome shows us how, with more than 100 simple and stylish tips, each clearly presented and accompanied by full-color photographs that are sure to inspire. Readers will learn strategies for conquering their homes' problem zones (from the medicine cabinet to the bedroom closet) and organizing tricks and tools that can be deployed in every room (embrace trays; hunt for unused spaces overhead; decant everything). Interviews with experts, ranging from kindergarten teachers to hoteliers, offer even more ingenious ideas to steal. It all adds up to the ultimate home organizing manual.
- ISBN-13: 9781579656935
- ISBN-10: 1579656935
- Publisher: Artisan Publishers
- Publish Date: November 2017
- Page Count: 224
- Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.65 pounds
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Maybe you’ve heard of the #vanlife trend? Along those lines, Living the Airstream Life takes a fairly zany idea and makes it seem feasible—or, at the very least, a thing of beauty and pleasure. Karen Flett’s book is as much a history of the Airstream company and its cultural artifacts as it is an inspirational guide for modern adventurers. Flett introduces us to Wally Byam, the founder of Airstream, and provides a history of the company, detailing its designs and innovations over the decades, such as the Safari—a smaller, cheaper model introduced in the 1990s. Next, she profiles designers who specialize in custom Airstream interiors, with photos that give readers a glimpse of these rare beauties, then gets down to the nitty-gritty of how to achieve this singular lifestyle. I was happy to find resources in the final chapter (“Not Quite Ready to Commit?”) for folks who want to vacation in an Airstream trailer park.
My very crafty mama recently embroidered a beautiful butterfly on the back of her jean jacket—it’s just the kind of thing she does. Little did she know she was totally on-trend: Hand embroidery is hot, and Embroider Your Life can help make clever stitchers out of anyone. You can “draw with thread” on almost any fabric with almost any fiber, as author Nathalie Mornu explains, using several basic stitches for different purposes. (Denim, as it happens, is an ideal canvas. Mother knows best!) Bountiful and clever ideas for things to stitch include Day of the Dead iconography, woodland creatures, gem motifs and lots of border designs from ultra-simple to ornate. Mornu suggests ways to make these designs shine: metallic flosses, sequins and rich colors. Try a fox design and create a small plush toy, a chain-stitched flower motif on a skirt or lampshade, or a geometric pattern on a journal. This book will leave readers excited to take needle and thread to all sorts of blank surfaces.
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I’m going to be honest: I have not applied the Marie Kondo method to my home. But the organizing urge sometimes hits me hard, and as my family embarks on a long-awaited addition to our bungalow, I’m salivating for some fresh ideas. Perfect timing: Remodelista now occupies a place of prominence in my world. Julie Carlson, Margot Guralnick and editors from Remodelista.com help readers achieve the clarity that comes “when we pare down, put away, and purchase thoughtfully.” Room by room, Carlson and her team tackle problems that nag us all—snarls of power cords, cluttered entryways, precarious piles of pot lids—with advice that stems from several core tactics introduced on early pages: Use trays, hang things, embrace shelving and hand-lettered labels, etc. I love how realistic much of the advice is (“If the Sofa Is Your Workspace”) and how mindful of aesthetics, too. Minimalist elegance is ever an objective. Best of all may be the editors’ picks for the most hardworking, well-crafted and eye-pleasing organization and storage objects and where to find them.