#7. Gardening- ‘Terence Conran’s Garden Style‘ by Terence Conran, 1991.
“…This book is a logical extension of that established tradition of working outdoors in the garden. It contains a range of projects, from the simple to the more complicated, and shows you how to made a variety of structures, including containers, seats, trelliswork and even a summer house…”
#6. Poetry- ‘ The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems‘ by Emily Dickinson (with editors Jen Bervin and Marta Werner), 2013.
“In this short life
that only merely lasts an hour
How much- how
…Betty Crocker’s New Boys And Girls Cookbook, 1957.
“…Twenty-five girls and boys, just your age, selected and tested all the recipes and food ideas that you’ll find in this book…” – Betty Crocker
Note- If you haven’t seen ‘MasterChef Junior‘ I urge you to give it a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by kids (ages 8-13) and their skill in the kitchen. The season has ended but you can catch previous episodes on Hulu.
#5. Decorating- ‘Perfect English‘ by Ros Byam Shaw, 2007.
” In the context of decorating, ‘Perfect English’ is something of a contradiction…We like our chic to be shabby, our grandeur to be faded— perfection is a very non- English quality.” - Roger Jones
(Photos- Chris Tubbs)
I bought the book ‘Japanese Ikebana For Every Season‘ by Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno out of curiosity.
Ikebana is the term for the traditional Japanese art of flowering arranging. The book is divided into four chapters based on the seasons. It has dozens of suggestions for flowers with interesting containers. Several pages showed quirky things re-purposed and I couldn’t resist giving it a try. A rusted faucet discovered in my shed became the vase for a single Ranunculus blossom.
(Photo & Styling- Martha Browne)
#4. Photography- ‘Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs‘ by Henry Carroll, 2014.
Start by ignoring everything
“…You’ll see that taking great pictures is less about technical knowhow and much more about mastering that most valuable piece of kit— your eyes. But for now, try to remember that no matter how unnerving all the buttons, symbols and dials my seem, your camera is just a box with a hole in it…”
…’Mark Hampton On Decorating‘ Written & Illustrated By Mark Hampton, 1989.
“…The bed takes up half the room but justifies its presence by its comfort and great good looks. One huge piece can be surprisingly effective in cramped quarters…” – Mark Hampton
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