Thursday, March 31, 2011


: Interior Style on a Shoestring

by Kuz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell

This book is about decorating cheaply but does not really take sustainability into consideration. Fair.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Choosing to See

by Mary Beth Chapman

Mary Beth, the wife of Christian singer, Steven Curtis Chapman, tells the story of her life, including her children, her ongoing struggle with depression, the adoptions of two children from China, the founding of ShowHope, and her daughter Maria's death.

This story touched me profoundly. I laughed. I cried. I prayed. This is one of the most memorable books I have ever read.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Comfortable Home

by Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams

Furniture choices and arrangements room by room. A nice book.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Art of Preserving

by Rick Field and Rebecca Courchesne

Methods and recipes for jams, conserves, pickles, salsa, etc. Large book, excellent reference.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Restore, Recycle, Repurpose

{Create a Beautiful Home}
by Randy Florke

Room-by-room ways to live and decorate sustainably. Good.


by Scott Westerfeld

This is a futuristic teen novel, the 4th in a series. I reviewed the second book here. The scene is several hundred years in the future. Interesting.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Before and After Decorating

from Better Homes and Gardens

This was an excellent book with great photos and many helpful ideas.

A Bride of the Plains

by Baroness Orczy (author of The Scarlet Pimpernel)

A lost letter results in Elsa thinking that her beloved Andor is dead. He returns the evening before her marriage to another man, but Elsa has pledged her word and refuses to cancel the wedding.

This historical romance was written in 1915 and is set in Hungary. Most of Baroness Orczy's books are out of print, but I love them and pick up second-hand copies when I can find them.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Style on a Shoestring

by Andy Paige

Former fit model Andy Paige teaches you what styles and colours will look best on you and how to find clothes and accessories at bargain prices.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Speed Decorating

: A pro stager's tips and trade secrets for a fabulous home in a week or less

by Jill Vegas

This book goes through each room in a typical house and describes ideas for making it look as good as possible as quickly as possible.