• 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life
    Live happily, live stylishly! Celebrity designer Jonathan Adler's newest book is a vibrant, hilarious mash-up of style bible, decorating tome and self-help guide. In gorgeous, full-colour spreads, 100 bold ideas for Happy Chic dwelling, decorating and entertaining are revealed.

    As a bonus, five project gatefolds invite readers to create their own Happy Chic handicrafts, including a macramé owl and custom LOVE note cards.
  • Art of Chinese Flower Arrangement

    This colorful flower arranging book features instructions and designs from one of the world's greatest living masters.

    This book records the origin and development of Chinese flower arrangement. Besides the principle of composition, techniques of modelling and configuration of flowers and materials, you will also discover the techniques of production and ten actual flower arrangement projects. You can either follow the lessons step by step or capture the ideas and be inspired to develop your own flower arrangement artwork.

  • Art of Good Housekeeping
    Packed with tried and tested answers to every common household query, from how often you should clean your duvet, to how to maintain the exterior of your home. Topics range from everyday chores, appliances, planning rooms, buying furniture, legal matters and mortgages to pipes and drains and gas and electricity. A wealth of expertise for you to reference as you need. It will have you running your home in the most efficient, safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way!
  • Bookshelf
    If the titles in your collection are a reflection of your personality, then so too is the design of your bookshelf. Bookshelf presents over 200 inventive and experimental shelving designs in more than 300 colour illustrations.

    Specification details are provided for each bookcase, including materials and documentation, and the accompanying text provides a fun and informative look at the history of the bookcase, as well as reflecting on how a new generation of designers have re-imagined a classic.

  • Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits

    Nestled deep in the South of the US is a tiny Academy that teaches classes in the most important subject in the world: the domestic arts. The Academy's unique curriculum includes everything from cocktail-party etiquette to business entertaining, dealing with household guests and cooking for the holidays.

    Here, after a little gentle instruction from Deans Pollak and Lee Manigault, interspersed with plenty of humour, students find they are living healthier, having stronger ties to friends and family, and using their houses to branch out in ways they never dreamed possible.

    Since not everyone can get to their sold-out classes in Charleston, the authors are now offering this book so happier living can be within everyone's grasp, not just the select few.

  • Creative Space
    Revealing the studios, apartments and houses of the artists, designers, stylists, curators, writers, filmmakers, photographers and innovators pushing the boundaries of contemporary culture. 30 homes of artists and designers including Julie Verhoeven and Maharishi founder of Hardy Biechmann in London, graffiti artist Fafi in Paris, Ryan McGinness and Wes Lang in New York and Yasumasa Yonehara in Tokyo. A fascinating insight into creative cities and interiors that are filled with post-modern pop collectables, vintage finds, toy collections, underground art, odd objects and handmade things.
  • Cut Your Energy Bills Now
    150 projects, tips and energy myths educate you about everything you can do to save money and make your whole home more comfortable and green into the bargain.

    Start lowering those energy bills right away by following the crystal clear directions, colour photos and simple drawings: install compact fluorescent lights; seal off your chimney, fix leaky taps, buy an efficient heating system.

  • Decorate This, Not That!

    Decorate This, Not That! decodes small-space decorating into easy to digest snack-size bites for every petite room in (or out of!) the house, including an outdoor pocket garden.

    Written in a peppy, clear, encouraging voice with dramatic “before” and “after” photos, and bolstered by sidebars of interactive time, money and space-saving tips, it is impossible for the decorator not to engage and succeed. One-of-a-kind DIY lighting, storage and décor projects are clearly illustrated with step-by-step instructions and a materials list. Each project is assigned a ranking based on the amount of prep time and budget needed for completion.

  • Decorate Workshop

    Holly Becker gives interiors advice the personal touch, taking the friendly, approachable tone that has made her decor8 blog so popular. She guides readers through the decisions they need to make when embarking on any decorating project.

    Filled with inspirational photographs, moodboards and words of wisdom, the book is an invaluable guide to finding and filtering design information and to the wealth of shopping choices that can overwhelm a novice decorator.

    Cick here to visit our blog and see inside the book.

  • Decorating - Collins Need to Know
    All the advice and inspiration you need to create a stylish home.

    • Beginner's guide to tools and equipment
    • How to plan your colour scheme
    • Advice on wallpapering, painting, varnishing ... through to the finishing touches
    • Must-know boxes; checklists for estimating amounts, matching media to surface, etc.
  • DIY Solar Projects
    Put the sun to work in your home with the new, expanded edition of the popular 2011 title DIY Solar Projects. Like the original, this edition offers small-scale, achievable solar projects that homeowners can build and install themselves. From cooking in solar ovens, to mounting solar panels on your roof, this book teaches how to take advantage of solar energy. It's all possible with relatively small investments and minimal DIY building experience.
  • Domestic Alchemist

    Kitchen pharmacy meets green cleaning and natural beauty in a classic compendium of Mother Nature's plant-powered methods for herbal happiness at home and in health. In The Domestic Alchemist, Pip Waller shares her expertise in this invaluable handbook to herbs.

    An introduction to the power of plants is followed by concise growing tips and profiles; guidelines on the set up of an alchemist's kitchen; and techniques on how to make tinctures to tonics. Add a comprehensive directory of eco-laundry and cleaning concoctions to first aid and balms from zesty stain removers to cold compresses and you're all set to create your very own domestic revolution.

  • Flowers Every Day

    In Flowers Every Day, Florence Kennedy shows how to create stylish flower arrangements at home.

    The projects are inspired by the comely joys of home, friendship and family gatherings, and are all constructed using seasonal flowers and foliage. Explained step-by-step, the easy-to-follow projects range from simple hand-tied bouquets and vase arrangements, to floral chandeliers, wedding decorations and festive garlands and wreaths.

    All the core skills are covered, from sourcing your blooms, choosing your hues, working with wire and floral foam and conditioning both flowers and foliage. Florence's stylish collection of inspired projects and hard-earned know-how will help complete beginners, flower enthusiasts and florists looking for new ideas.

  • Guide to Natural Housekeeping
    Live a calmer, healthier life - recycle & re-use - clean naturally - garden organically & more. Chapters with colour photos & how-tos get you into the routine of:
    * Using natural alternatives around the house
    * Reducing energy bills
    * Enjoying preparing recipes for food you've grown
    * Recipes to stock your larder
    * Growing & using herbs for health & beauty
    * Gift ideas to choose & to make for anyone.
  • Gustav Klimt at Home

    Gustav Klimt at Home explores the influences of Vienna and other places on Klimt's life and work.

    Klimt was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. He was both influenced by and shaped the city at the turn of the century. His trips to Ravenna, as well as annual summer holidays on the shores of Attersee were also a source of inspiration and influence on his creative output.

    Fully illustrated, the book features paintings, archive imagery and photographs of the surrounding city and landscape to provide an insight into how the people and places of his life relate to his work.

  • Happy

    Amanda Talbot demonstrates how architecture and interior design at their best can make us safer, healthier, more efficient, enlightened and productive – all contributing to a fundamental sense of wellbeing.

    In essence, Happy shows us ways in which design can help us live a happy life. This global survey reveals how designers are creating joyous living spaces that play to our emotions, speaking to our hearts as much as to our heads, through strategic planning and execution and by using carefully chosen colours, textures, quality of materials and finishes.

  • Happy Home Outside

    This is a fun-loving collection of outdoor decorating and styling solutions, from seating and other furniture to lighting ideas, creating banners and buntings, table settings and picnic areas, spaces for parties and gatherings.

    Taking in garden rooms, outdoor spaces such as cabins, canopies and dining areas as well as moveable spaces such as vintage vans and tents, the author brings her everyday magic and glorious sense of relaxed living with bright colour to every corner of the garden. Whether you own a city veranda, country field or a small courtyard there are outdoor decorating ideas here for everyone.

  • Home Outside
    An acclaimed landscape designer walks the reader through the process of turning any property into the home outside you've always dreamed of. Focusing on key concepts like Finding Your Comfort Zone and Placing the Pieces, Messervy presents breathtaking plans for remarkable front and back lawns, entertainment areas, and contemplative retreats, as well as innovative ways to create a better flow between the inside and outside of a house.
  • Kidspace Idea Book
    "A planning handbook full of buildable ideas for baths, kitchens, bedrooms, and family rooms that address the needs of kids" - Professional Remodeler Magazine. From lofts, playhouses, secret hideaways, high-tech homework centres to the backyard world of forts, treehouses, clubhouses, and playhouses, this book brings you the best design ideas for creating great places for kids from babies to teenagers - with plans, colour photos and expert tips.
  • Modern Organic Home

    The Modern Organic Home helps you de-clutter and clean with natural, homemade products that are healthy for you and your family.

    You'll find information on why you should start going organic now and the best organic cleaning products and supplies, where to find them and how to make them. There are recipes for cleaning nearly every surface in your home from the carpet to stuffed animals.

    You'll also learn storage and organization secrets to keep your home clutter-free, how to manage your time and budget and why some old-fashioned remedies are still the modern organic way to keep home. Not only will you find your home cleaner and fresher than ever, it will be inviting, welcoming and an altogether modern organic home.