I took a trip to the library again this weekend, and here's what I brought home with me.
It's not easy being Green by Dick Strawbridge
I am totally obsessed with books where people move and live totally different lives. Whether it is moving to a village in rural France, or as in this case, moving to Cornwall to live a sustainable life, I just love them! This is the book which accompanied a BBC TV series following Dick Strawbridge (of scrapheap challenge fame) and his family as they attempt to live a sustainable life. I loved all the bits about raising animal and building a waterwheel for electricity, as well as the tips on how to be a bit more green in your own life, and it really got me thinking 'reduce reuse recycle' much more than I usually do.
Small Space Gardens by David Stevens
Now that spring is here I am just itching to get out and sort out our back garden. It's currently just a small decked space with a lot of rubbish in it left over from our building renovations, but not for long! I have a lot of ideas but I'm also keen to get some inspiration from others of how to best use the space, and this book has some amazing ideas. I love looking at the pictures, and also reading about how the gardens came to be, and how they fit in with their owners' lives.
Home by Orla Kiely
Oh goodness - what a find! I have been wanting to read this book for ages (OK, look at the pictures) and it did not disappoint. I'm so pleased my library had it, but I'm also contemplating buying it for myself as it is such a beautiful book. It features a lot of tours of fabulous, perfect 1950s homes, but my favourite bit is the tour of Orla Kiely's own home, which is a mixture of 50s and Victorian (just like mine! Except I have a lot of Ikea too...) and is full of her own beautiful designs.
What are your favourite 'picture' and coffee table books?