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5 New Design and Gardening Books to Read This Month

Color Is Home

Author: Charlotte Coote

The renowned Australian interior designer guides readers through her process of designing and creating vibrant spaces using colors, textures and pattern play. Employing stunning photography and easy-to-follow tips, Coote explains how to find balance with comfort and style, hues and light through her principles of timelessness, authenticity, lifestyle, scale and quality. $45 (thamesandhudsonusa)

What Bees Want: Beekeeping as Nature Intended

Authors: Susan Knilans and Jacqueline Freeman

With bee populations struggling across the country, Knilans and Freeman share decades of experience in beekeeping and preservation by asking an important question: “What do the bees want?” Learn how to cultivate positive, symbiotic relationships with bees and other pollinators that populate your garden. $25 (

The New Naturalists: Inside the Homes of Creative Collectors

Author: Claire Bingham

The design and lifestyle journalist takes us inside the kitchens, living rooms and social spaces of 20 contemporary collectors and tells the stories behind their love for the natural world. Explore eclectic homesteads, including a German manor lined with antique taxidermy, a beach-inspired home in Hollywood and the Parisian apartment of a sculptor who works with feathers. Bingham has been photographing and writing about posh interiors for almost 20 years. The book includes a sourcing directory for places to visit, shop and find inspiration. $40 (

DIY Backyard Games: 13 Projects to Make for Weekend Family Fun

Author: Colleen Pastoor

Pastoor—a lifestyle blogger who amassed a following with her crafty homemade backyard games—has culled her templates into a new guide with step-by-step instructions on how to create DIY outdoor and lawn festivities to bring to your next barbecue, block party or family reunion. $15 (bookshop.‌org)

Freestyle Bonsai

Authors: Jerome Kellerhals and Mariannjely Marval

There is a common misconception that bonsai plants are time-consuming and difficult to nurture. Not so, according to horticultural artists and growers Jerome Kellerhals and Mariannjely Marval from The Bonsai Supply. In “Freestyle Bonsai,” the duo showcase how to grow and care for the picturesque plants while also teaching about the different styles and history of the art. $26 (


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