Sometimes your home needs a total makeover, and sometimes it just needs a little “something” to liven up a room. Whether you’re hoping to make a change to your living space that’s big or small, here are a few guides to help you along the way:
Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess – Provides inspiration for bringing elements of nature into the interior design process and includes a room-by-room decorating guide.
Love the Home You Have by Melissa Michaels – Offers advice on how to transform a room from plainly livable to fabulously lovable.
Elements of Style: Designing a Home & A Life by Erin Gates – Organized by room, this decorating guide offers advice, inspiration, and ideas for designing a home that reflects one’s personality and style, including choosing kitchen counter materials, dressing a bed with pillows, and picking a sofa.
Think Small: Make the Most of Every Square Foot by HouseBeautiful – Shares strategies for decorating small spaces, showcasing rooms that have been adorned with repeat patterns and textures, multipurpose furniture, fake views, or bold colors.
It’s The Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff by Susanna Salk – Featuring beautiful design vignettes and arrangements from today’s top designers, “It’s the Little Things” inspires us to be personal and artful with our decorating choices, creating spaces that reflect our personality. Continue reading
Topics in biblionovels tend to revolve around books – bookstores, booksellers, libraries, and book clubs. They also occasionally have murder or mystery. If you’re a book lover and want to read about some of the same, try one of these titles.
The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott – After losing her husband, Jean Vison surprises herself by starting a book club for comfort and support.
The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler – Esme is young student, recently broken up with, and newly pregnant. To cope with her new circumstances and escape the pressure of her Ivy League college, she takes a part time job at a used bookstore.
A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay – Librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person’s case in the latest library lover’s mystery.
Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams – While organizing Valentine’s Day activities for book-themed resort Storyton Hall tragedy strikes when one of the most celebrated authors is killed.
Ripped from the Pages by Kate Carlisle – Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright discovers a treasure trove while exploring a cave on vacation that includes a mummified body in this bibliophile mystery.
Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Patillo – A new member and new reading list will help the women of the Sweetgum Christian Church knitting and book club discover that they can still be the heroines of their own stories.
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Science fiction and fantasy characters often take on dangerous obstacles with an action-movie-paced sense of urgency. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a little fun along the way. If you enjoy titles such as “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” or “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” these novels may be right up your alley:
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu – In a world transformed by time-travel technology, counselor Charles Yu searches for the father who invented time travel and vanished, a quest marked by quirky pseudo-companions.
Year Zero by Rob Reid – After two aliens reveal that the whole universe is addicted to humanity’s music, has committed gross copyright violations and is murderously unhappy with the resulting fines and penalties, entertainment lawyer Nick Carter has 48 hours to save the planet.
This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong – A sequel to “John Dies at the End” finds heroes David and John embroiled in a new set of horrific but absurd challenges when movie-induced zombie phobia enables a nefarious shape-shifter race to take over the world.
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines – Gifted with the ability to draw objects out of books, Isacc Vainio, a Libriomancer, seeks assistance from a Harley-riding dryad after a number of vampire attacks are reported by other members of his secret magic organization. Continue reading