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Five New Books to Spark Your Creativity

We share what’s on our reading list this month.

By Tyler Peckham

Author: Lora S. Irish

With your pumpkin spice latte in hand and temperatures dropping, you may be in the mood for some homemade creativity. This DIY guide focuses on gourd projects that can be enjoyed year-round as stylish showpieces or outdoor accents, such as bird feeders and wind chimes. These crafts may be beyond the skill sets of younger artists, but they can be easily adapted for fun family projects on a crisp winter day. $18 (

Authors: Irene Schampaert and Judith Baehner

From bougainvillea to aloe, airplant to orchid, Wonder Plants 2 showcases the houses of people who have creatively integrated a love of nature into their homes. Abodes spanning the globe in a variety of styles will inspire you to see green in whole new way. A comprehensive guide answers FAQs and highlights the necessary care for each plant featured. $41 (

Author: Agata Toromanoff

The sofa can function as a meeting place, a showpiece, a room’s focal point or the most inviting seat in your home. Design historian Agata Toromanoff highlights the beauty and importance of this living room staple with the work of more than 150 designers and 340 unique pieces. You will also find tips for buying the perfect settee to suit your decor. $30 (

Author: Andy Burgess

After moving across the pond from London to Tucson in 2009, artist Andy Burgess began a new phase of projects focused on the beauty of the American Southwest. Enthralled with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, he began a series of modern-contemporary paintings depicting homes rendered with intense color and saturation. The images featured are breathtaking yet simple and provide a one-of-a-kind take on Arizona living. $75 (

Author: Lisa Steele

This fun behind-the-coop guide includes tips on raising, feeding and caring for hens at home. Fifth-generation chicken keeper Lisa Steele shares her wisdom, shortcuts and secrets, plus a number of home and garden projects and egg-related crafts.  $23 (



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