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Learn new ideas for tasteful home décor with Design Ideas for Home Decorating. Inside, you'll find information on working with space, furniture arrangements, creating a color scheme, and finding your personal style. Learn basic design concepts and pick up savvy tips to transform your ordinary house into a beautiful home!

Design Ideas for Home Decorating

Learn new ideas for tasteful home décor with Design Ideas for Home Decorating. Inside, you'll find information on working with space, furniture arrangements, creating a color scheme, and finding your personal style. Learn basic design concepts and pick up savvy tips to transform your ordinary house into a beautiful home!

Collected by Sarah Richardson is a new series of books that contains an ever-changing mood board of favourite things--from interior and exterior spaces, to products, places, and creative people. In "City + Country," the debut volume, Sarah celebrates the best of both beloved styles. Wide-open spaces and fresh-air farmhouses find a home alongside jewel box-like urban abodes and crave-worthy new getaways, ensuring that there's something inside for every design lover.

Collected: City + Country

Collected by Sarah Richardson is a new series of books that contains an ever-changing mood board of favourite things--from interior and exterior spaces, to products, places, and creative people. In "City + Country," the debut volume, Sarah celebrates the best of both beloved styles. Wide-open spaces and fresh-air farmhouses find a home alongside jewel box-like urban abodes and crave-worthy new getaways, ensuring that there's something inside for every design lover.

You've got the keys from your landlord, moved into your new home, and the boxes are unpacked. Now you want to put your stamp on the place, but how do you do this when you can't redecorate or renovate? Here, interiors blogger Medina Grillo shares her favourite tips, tricks and DIY projects for transforming a rented space. Learn how to make your rented house feel like home.

Home Sweet Rented Home

You've got the keys from your landlord, moved into your new home, and the boxes are unpacked. Now you want to put your stamp on the place, but how do you do this when you can't redecorate or renovate? Here, interiors blogger Medina Grillo shares her favourite tips, tricks and DIY projects for transforming a rented space. Learn how to make your rented house feel like home.

Interior design today is guided more than ever by the need to be stylish and functional. In modern design, excessive decoration has been replaced by the well thought-out arrangement of spaces, and furniture with pure lines which meets specific needs. Whatever the size of the room, the prevailing concepts are balance and harmony - characteristics which make the home a place where people will feel comfortable.

Availability: Modern interior design / art director, Claudia Martinez Alonso.

Interior design today is guided more than ever by the need to be stylish and functional. In modern design, excessive decoration has been replaced by the well thought-out arrangement of spaces, and furniture with pure lines which meets specific needs. Whatever the size of the room, the prevailing concepts are balance and harmony - characteristics which make the home a place where people will feel comfortable.

Quilting is an ancient craft which has many devoted makers eager for innovative ideas, a call which has been answered here. If you're a beginner, get started with a simple project such as a seat pillow or some bright coasters and placemats, then practice your skills further with a wonderful color wheel mini quilt, to bring an exciting burst of color into any home. There are full-size quilts which are perfect for more confident quilters, as you can really let your creativity take charge.

Availability: Modern quilting : 25 step-by-step projects for cool and contemporary patchwork and quilts / Michael Caputo.

Quilting is an ancient craft which has many devoted makers eager for innovative ideas, a call which has been answered here. If you're a beginner, get started with a simple project such as a seat pillow or some bright coasters and placemats, then practice your skills further with a wonderful color wheel mini quilt, to bring an exciting burst of color into any home. There are full-size quilts which are perfect for more confident quilters, as you can really let your creativity take charge.

You want a beautiful, simple, cozy, and inviting home without spending more money and stuff. Stylist and bestselling author Myquillyn Smith guides you step by step in making purposeful design decisions for your home. Starting with what you already have, you'll discover the tools to create a home you're proud of in a way that honors your priorities, budget, and style.

Availability: Cozy minimalist home : more style, less stuff / Myquillyn Smith.

You want a beautiful, simple, cozy, and inviting home without spending more money and stuff. Stylist and bestselling author Myquillyn Smith guides you step by step in making purposeful design decisions for your home. Starting with what you already have, you'll discover the tools to create a home you're proud of in a way that honors your priorities, budget, and style.

Jump into the world of pattern--get a crash course on the types of patterns and how they are made; learn how to gain inspiration and ideas from a variety of sources; explore ways of pairing different patterns together; and make patterns of your own to embellish your home. Kristin Nicholas takes us through her unique and dynamic farmhouse--and into her pottery studio and surrounding fields--and shares one-of-a-kind projects along the way.

Availability: Crafting a patterned home : painting, printing, and stitching projects to enliven every room / Kristin Nicholas ; photographs by Rikki Snyder.

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Bring the tranquility of a classic Japanese garden into any space in your home or office. Miniature Japanese Gardens shows you how to create simple Japanese-style container gardens using inexpensive plants and materials that are available everywhere!

Availability: Miniature Japanese gardens : beautiful bonsai landscape gardens for your home / Kenji Kobayashi ; translated from Japanese by Leeyong Soo.

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30 attractive projects you'll actually want to make. Everyone is capable of making useful things, and beautifully made modern furniture shouldn't cost thousands of dollars.

Availability: HomeMade modern : smart DIY designs for a stylish home / Ben Uyeda.

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In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning "death" and städning meaning "cleaning." Margareta instructs readers to embrace minimalism, and suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you'd ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children's art projects). Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task.

Availability: The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning : how to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter / text and drawings by Margareta Magnusson.

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People still need to know how to clean, but they need to clean for the way they live--with a faster, fresher, cooler approach. In Clean My Space, Melissa shares with readers her revolutionary 3-step method: identify the most important areas (MIAs) in the home that need attention; select the proper tools, products, and techniques for the job; and finally, implement these new cleaning routines so that they stick.

Availability: Clean my space : the secret to cleaning better, faster - and loving your home every day / Melissa Maker.

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This book promises an opportunity for self-reflection and lasting change, by getting to the bottom of why we've accumulated too much stuff in the first place, therefore allowing us to transform our lives. Professional design team Cary and Kyle of New Minimalism will take you through every step, from assessing your emotional relationship to your stuff to decluttering your home to then turning it into a beautiful space that feels clean and tidy without feeling sparse or prescriptive.

Availability: New minimalism : decluttering and design for sustainable, intentional living / Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici.

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Modern Retro Home is your key to unlocking the secrets behind styling a contemporary home that takes inspiration from the design aesthetics of the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s.

Availability: Modern retro home / Mr Jason Grant ; photography by Lauren Bamford.

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Fresh ideas for flowers arranging.. my mother can do it, it is about time I learned too!

Availability: Handpicked : simple, sustainable, and seasonal flower arrangements / Ingrid Carozzi of Tin Can Studios ; text, Eva Nyquist ; photographs, Paul Brissman.

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Colourful photos and instructions for inspiring DIY Projects. Some of the best ideas from the Designsponge.com blog.

Availability: Design*Sponge at home / Grace Bonney.

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Knit, stitch, paint, and craft your way to a more colorful and happy home with color expert and crafter Kristin Nicholas.

Availability: Crafting a colorful home : a room-by-room guide to personalizing your space with color / Kristin Nicholas ; photographs by Rikki Snyder.

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