The latest and greatest garden decor and style books

Decorating your garden usually means setting out a sets of patio furniture and a BBQ, but it should also mean accessorising. Lazy Susan’s philosophy when it comes to garden and patio decorating is the same as indoors – try and be eclectic and mix up styles and looks. Add objects of interest just as you would inside your home. We are a big advocate of the “outdoor room” and just as we dislike matchy-matchy sets of furniture indoors, we think it’s important to break up the monotony outside as well. This is a selection of some of fave books that will help personalise your outdoor space.

Outdoor Decorating: A Project and Idea Book
by Rockport Publishers

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Unfortunately, comfort is not always something that is innate in an outdoor space. Now, with Outdoor Decorating: A Project and Idea Book, you no longer need to rush inside for comfort. This book not only helps you plan the space you have, but it shows you how to think and model your outdoor space like an indoor space in terms of decorating style. Who doesn’t love the great outdoors? Nature’s bounty entices, enthralls, calms, and soothes us and the best part is, anyone can enjoy it. Outdoor Decorating is the one-stop resource for planning, designing, decorating, and accessorizing outdoor spaces and so much more. It shows how to apply the principles of interior decorating to terraces, patios, porches, decks, sunrooms and other spaces. In addition, it shows how to bring the elements of nature in, through over 40 beautiful handmade gifts- from lamp shades to mirrors to bath teas and pillows- using natural materials and themes. The editors of Creative Publishing international have created dozens of best-selling titles in the fields of cafting, sewing, home repair, home improvement, home decor, and landscaping.

Whether the area in question is a small urban container garden or a lush country garde, this comprehensive guide shows how everyone can use nature to beautify his or her home inside and out.

Kathy Peterson’s Great Outdoor Decorating Makeovers: Easy, Elegant Transformations On a Limited Budget
by Kathy Peterson in Books

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This decorating resource shows how to transform outdoor spaces on anxtremely limited budget – [pound]250 or less per project – using paint,astaways and thrift store finds, easy crafts and sewing projects, and lotsf creativity and elbow grease. Readers are taken through the entireransformation: preparing a space for a decorating overhaul, findingnspiration, achieving decorating goals within a tight budget, planning andrganizing a project, and quick fixes and crafts projects that can refreshnd beautify any outdoor spaces. Eighteen makeovers are profiled, showcasing variety of spaces, including patios, porches, pool sides, balconies,unrooms, decks, and courtyards. Each of the projects describes theomeowner’s decorating dilemmas, his/her goals for the space, Peterson’sroposed solutions, a shopping list, and how the makeover was achieved – allupported by full-colour before and after photos.

Outdoor Decorating and Style Guide
by Nora Richter Greer & A. Brownyn Llewellyn

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Your home doesn’t have to stop at its four walls’not if you don’t want it to. With a little creative decorating, you can extend your living space beyond the house, creating special outdoor spaces that combine the comfort of indoor living with the glory of Mother Nature. With this beautiful book, now in paperback, you can learn how to transform your outdoor space into a splendid retreat that celebrates nature, fulfills your rest and relaxation needs, serves as an elegant entertainment room for friends and family, and soothes your soul with its peacefulness. Learn how to make patios and terraces, sunrooms and porches, gazebos and summer houses, decks and loggias, garden rooms and conservatories, and trellises, archways, arbors, and pergolas. Author Nora Richter Greer shows through a variety of full-color photos how all this can be accomplished to make the space as useful, practical, and livable as possible.

Garden Decor
by Gilly Love

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The garden – whether it is a shady patio, a small yard or just a tiny balcony – is increasingly treated as an area for relaxation and entertaining. This book bridges the gap between interiors and exteriors, offering simple, stylish ideas for transforming your outdoor spaces. Applying the principles of interior decorating to outside spaces, “Garden Decor” includes inspiring ideas for transforming all types and sizes of areas – from using painted pots on balconies to transforming a more extensive garden into a suitable place for entertaining in. Fifteen simple step-by-step projects include making a garden chandelier and a water barrel. A variety of presentation ideas for outdoor eating is also given. Gilly Love is a freelance writer and stylist. A graduate of the English Gardening School in Chelsea, she is a dedicated gardener and author of several books, including Making the Most of Outdoor Rooms, Water in the Garden and Garden Decorator.

Concrete Garden Projects: Easy & Inexpensive Containers, Furniture, Water Features & More
by Malin Nilsson & Camilla Arvidsson

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For gardeners and backyard do-it-yourselfers, concrete is a revelation. It’s durable, weatherproof, impossible to steal, and it provides much-needed insulation for outdoor plants. Concrete weathers beautifully, softening around the edges, developing moss, and becoming more picturesque with age. Concrete Garden Projects takes advantage of concrete’s numerous assets, showcasing an inspiring array of creative options. The step-by-step instructions for dozens of easy, do-it-yourself décor ideas include containers of all shapes and sizes, elegant benches and stools, miniature ponds and birdbaths, stepping stones, a barbecue, and a fire pit. The authors use a variety of molds easily found or made, household items like bowls and baking pans, and simple wooden frames and boxes. At pennies per pound, and so simple to use – just mix with water and pour – concrete is the key to hand-crafted backyard décor. Malin Nilsson is an interior designer and stylist specializing in homes and gardens. Camilla Arvidsson is a graphic designer and photographer. She is also a regular contributor to home and garden magazines.

Porches & Sunrooms: Your Guide to Planning and Remodeling
by Better Homes and Gardens

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For people who want to bring the outdoors in. Information on the best way to improve or add a sunroom or porch. Dozens of inspirational photos show a broad range of options. Construction basics including how to choose and work with professionals. eaders longing to bring the outdoors inside will find this guide useful in planning and remodeling sunrooms and porches. Along with construction basics, readers learn how to choose and work with professionals. Dozens of pictures illustrate a broad range of options. Guides homeowners through choices to create better outdoor rooms within budget and home style. With current information on materials for foundations, furnishings, floor and wall coverings, and more. Thoroughly explains planning and design issues, whether it’s a DIY project or working with a pro and includes practical information for wall construction, roofing types, drainage, site concerns, and other building details. This book has some truly extraordinary photographs that’ll inspire homeowners to bump out and build up to bring the outdoors in and the handy worksheets combined with expert advice will help you avoid any little surprises.

New York Rooftop Gardens
by Charles de Vaivre

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High above the bustling streets of New York City, there’s a whole other world–a universe filled with calm and natural beauty. We’re talking of course about New York’s legendary rooftop gardens. Like their predecessors in Babylon, these urban oases truly are one of the world’s great wonders. Set amid the concrete canyons, these horticultural hideaways offer respite from New York’s relentless pace. High above the city that never sleeps, these serene spaces offer a chance to laze, potter and nap. The gardens’ plants, furnishing, and the landscape engineering that makes them possible are sure to inspire awe. Set against dramatic cityscapes, these are some of the most fascinating green spaces on the planet. New York is one of the most impressive cities in the world. Much of its visual appeal derives from the stunning and breathtaking architecture. Block after block of incredible skyscrapers make New York a really fascinating place to see or visit. However, this urban jungle cans start feeling stifling after a while and one starts to long for the greener vistas. Since the New York real estate is at a premium (to say the least), there aren’t that many green areas where one can indulge cravings for nature. Many beautiful parks certainly help, and Central Park is especially wonderful in that regard. The ultimate symbols of luxurious naturalism, however, are the myriad rooftop gardens. By their very nature there can only be one such garden at the top of the each magnificent building, and only the wealthiest can afford the privilege of owning one. These gardens are scarce jewels that resemble oases of tranquility in the midst of the bustling and hectic concrete desert. This beautiful coffee-table book provides us with rare glimpses of these stunning gardens. The book contains large format photographs of 25 different gardens from all parts of New York downtown. Since most of these gardens are not open to the public, this book is closest that anyone could potentially gain access to these gems. Fortunately, the photographs truly do justice to these gardens. The photographs pay attention to all the elements that make each one of the gardens unique. They also present many of the surrounding landmarks, especially since many of these sights endow the gardens with amazing views. Each one of the gardens is introduced with a paragraph or two of text that provides the context and a bit of the history for that particular garden. The texts are given in five different languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. The book is fairly large and it cannot be easily browsed while held. It is indeed a true coffee-table book, and its large and opulent design make you want to showcase it in front of your guests.

Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More
by Sherri Warner Hunter

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Sherri Warner Hunter, author of the bestselling Creating with Concrete, proves once again that concrete isn’t just for sidewalks anymore; it’s perfect for the garden too. A selection of 30 beautiful designs suggests the range of this increasingly popular material, and the illustrated instructions make the craft’s fundamentals easy to learn. The simplest projects come first, so beginners can work their way through the book progressively, building on their skills. Projects include a carved trough, sandcast bowl, elegant relief panel, and–for more skilled crafters–a decorative walkway, sculpture, and water feature. Concrete isn’t just for sidewalks, as this book illustrates with 25 inventive designs to make any garden more beautiful, ranging from simple to complex and from planters to sculpture. The supplies are not cheap, and there are techniques to learn, but who knew concrete could produce such cool results! A nice companion for adventurous craftspeople, this goes beyond Hunter’s earlier concrete books, e.g., Making Concrete Garden Ornaments and Creating with Concrete. Recommended for larger libraries. Sherri Warner Hunter is a sculptor who has been working with concrete for over a decade. She has created large-scale concrete and mosaic public sculptures. Examples of her work can be seen at the Nashville International Airport and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Hunter still conducts classes and workshops in various concrete and mosaic techniques.

Traditional Garden Decor
by Robin Langley Sommer

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From simple dishes to elaborate gourmet meals, every cook will find plenty of old favorites and discover exotic new cuisines in this comprehensive series. Each book provides more than 100 easy-to-follow recipes accompanied by tantalizing color photographs. This is a beautiful book packed with photos of gardens and the decor ranging from plants to trees to benches, to walkways to walls, patios, lighting, stepping stones, etc.. My favorite is a page showing two garden chairs covered in moss in the wintertime… beautiful. Other pages have unusual sculptures as well as traditional sculptures. There is something of interest to anyone who loves gardens and loves to think of ways to design or add accent to their garden. This beautifully illustrated book provides the reader with many ideas to enhance their garden using planters, trelliswork, outdoor furniture, lighting paths borders, sculpture, water features and lots more. It explores the limitless possibilities for creating a garden that bears your personal signature, and includes many styles of gardens including Japanese Gardens and Folk Art Gardens

Stonescaping: A Guide to Using Stone in Your Garden
by Jan Kowalczewski Whitner

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Because of the variety of colors, shapes, forms, and textures, there is hardly a more versatile material to combine with living plants in your garden than natural stone, either local or exotic. By way of introduction Jan Kowalczewski Whitner, author of Stonescaping, gives a historical perspective on Asian and Western traditions in the use of stone and its countless potential applications. She then launches into garden plans, techniques, and advice on taking advantage of many kinds of stone – even some now-available artificial stone materials–for paths and steps, walls and terraces, stone-water features, and rock gardens. For example, Whitner diagrams and explains how to make a proper foundation for stone walls, build a stone pergola, lay gravel and stone paths, cut natural stone, and create stone fountains and water features. Readers can duplicate these projects or can use them as a starting place for personalized, customized sites or designs. This book is a few years old now but its still an excellent resource. Lots of black and white drawings and plans with a full-color section; includes a chapter on backyard ponds. Stones are funally given their full treatment in Stonescaping, which gives us the knowledge and taste required to introduce stones to our gardens. Look for a new awareness for stones in our landscape in response to this book. Dr. H. Marc Cathey, Director Emeritus, The National Arboretum. Stonescaping is an enticing new how-to-book with a fascinating discussion of the traditional uses of stone in Western and Asian gardens…with specific design ideas, clear technical details, useful sketches, and fine photographs. Whitner shows clearly how to construct drystone walls, flagstone paths, and formal ponds….The final chapter-Handmade Stone: Using Hypertufa in the Garden – is most intriguing. Whitner provides full instructions and makes it seem like fun.

Ideas for Great Garden Decor
by Cynthia Overbeck Bix

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With well-placed garden decorations, ordinary gardens can be made into personal statements that combine art with nature for beautiful effects. This title, in the hit Ideas for Great series, offers readers a multitude of suggestions on how to use art, decoration and accent pieces in their gardens. With over 200 bright color photos to illustrate its 112 pages, this volume is packed with useful information for finding the perfect accessory, the right color scheme, and the most attractive style. A helpful section on garden design is also included with tips on giving gardens a professionally designed look.

Garden Accessories: Designing with Collectibles, Planters, Fountains and More
by Teri Dunn

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Does the very thought of living in a cottage inspire you? Turn the pages and picture yourself in today’s cottage living. Head for the seacoast: a Cape Cod perched on an ocean bluff, or a quaint Gothic-Revival basking in island breezes. Then sample lakeside living, in a board-and-batten cabin or a contemporary rustic lodge. Experience the spacious skies of a country meadow, in an American farmhouse on a country road, a French stone chaumiere, or an English thatched-roof cottage. Then try an Adirondack mountain log home, or Swiss Alpine chalet. Alongside the entrancing photos, you’ll see how to choose a setting and a style, then design, build, and furnish it. Helpful tips show how to decorate for comfort and personal expression. Don’t miss the outdoor living ideas for screened rooms, porches, and decks. Even if you live in a city, you can bring the romance of cottage spirit to your life. This coffee-table book focuses on those inanimate objects placed in the garden to surround and accent its animate life. Divided into four clear sections, “Garden Antiques and Collectibles,” “Hanging Baskets and Planters,” “Garden Gates and Arches,” and “Fountains and Cascades,” Garden Accessories is an idea book–a resource for gardeners who’ve finished the difficult work of planting and now want to add flashes of originality. The photographs here are striking and clear: fountains lit up at sunset, secret gates leading to hidden meadows, wheelbarrows planted with wildflowers. Landscapes vary from high desert to soggy Britain. The point is not to admire any one garden in its entirety, but instead to study the placement of an object within a certain tableau. Garden Accessories will appeal to a wide variety of tastes, from lovers of Grecian urns to fans of elaborate birdhouses. The authors hope to help you figure out the mood you are after–before you head for the garden store and cart something home.

Making Garden Ornaments: Pretty and Practical Accessories to Make
by Simona Hill

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This pretty and practical collection of over 20 projects shows you how to stamp your individual style on the external space surrounding your home. With over 20 hand-crafted projects for decorating the garden, this guide shows you how to decorate a range of functional items such as pots, planters, floor and wall decorations, as well as providing ideas on accessories. Techniques include using seashell and pebbles for mosaic designs, making rustic chandeliers for evening lighting, and painting pebbles for elegant garden features. Simona Hill, the editor, has brought together a varied and exciting collection of painted ceramic and mosaic projects from leading craftspeople for this edition. Her other published works include The Beans and Pulses Cookbook (Southwater), The Every Day Chicken Cookbook, Crafts Made Easy: 200 Projects, and The Practical Guide to Crafting with Mosaics, Ceramics and Glassware. This lively collection of over 20 projects shows you how to stamp your individual style on the external space surrounding your home. Decorate pots and containers with paint, shells, mosaics, clay decorations or gilding to complement your planting schemes. Fashion wind chimes from found objects, or make a fabulous wire chandelier to provide soft candlelight for an evening dinner party. Whether your interest is in making mosaics to decorate the floor, adding a fanciful trellis arch to cover a wall, making practical and pretty ornaments for the vegetable plot, or simply inviting wildlife into the garden, there are projects here to suit all interests and abilities.

Classic Garden Style: Planters, Furniture, Accessories, and Ornaments
by Ines Heugel & Christian Sarramon

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Classic Garden Style is all about the decorative, ornamental details that make a garden an extension of the home-an additional room with a variety of purposes. The book begins with a wide variety of containers and supports, including urns, terra cotta pots, zinc containers, trellises, pergolas, and other visual devices you can use to add height and depth to any garden space. Every garden needs a place to sit, and garden furniture-from table and chair sets to hammocks, settees, folding chairs, and other elements that invite seating, reclining, or entertaining-are covered in detail. Accessories of a practical nature come next. The items highlighted here, from birdbaths, baskets, cloches, and greenhouses to watering cans, lamps, and more, have some practical use in the garden in addition to adding visual interest. Strictly ornamental elements inject a sense of whimsy or art into the garden and range from garden gnomes to obelisks, statues, and fountains. This book catalogues many different types of ornament and decoration you can use to transform an ordinary garden into an exciting and comfortable “outdoor room” that extends the living space of your home. Inès Heugel is a journalist who specializes in decoration for the garden. An expert on a variety of materials (terra cotta, stone, metals, and wood), she shares her knowledge on finding and maintaining a broad range of garden accessories. Christian Sarramon specializes in garden photography and has contributed most of the images in this book.

Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs
by Fern Richardson
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A concrete slab populated solely with plastic chairs and an abandoned grill? Not anymore. Chances are your balcony, porch, or patio could use a major makeover. Fern Richardson, charismatic creator of the Life on the Balcony blog, is here to walk you through the process of beautifying a small space – even when you have a similarly small budget. This exciting guide layers practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that encourage thinking outside the pot. Maybe this means repurposing a shipping pallet to create a colorful vertical garden of nasturtiums and lobelia. Or simply seeing walls, rafters, railings, and everything in-between as fair game. It’s in these containers–traditional or not–that you’ll cultivate your own food, attract beneficial insects, grow flowering vine privacy screens, and so much more. You’ll also learn how to tackle unique challenges, like windy conditions when gardening several stories above street level, and how to care for plants and troubleshoot with the best of them. From design basics to essential plant picks, Small-Space Container Gardens proves you don’t need a yard to have a garden. For anyone who wants more green in their life, it’s time to get out there and start growing. “Filled with useful information, but written in a relaxed, chatty style, [Small-Space Container Gardens] is a great cover-to-cover read, while also working well as a reference guide if you’re looking for specific tips, such as container plants that attract butterflies…” (Susan Morrison, author of Garden Up!) “From selection of plants to illustrations of how to lay it all out, beginning and experienced gardeners alike will find plenty of inspiration.” (Kylee Baumle, Horticulture Magazine) “Popular blogger Fern Richardson at Lifeonthebalcony.com knows all about attaining some big style in small spaces. Yes, you can do it all – attract wildlife, grow food, become one with your inner-nature-lover and work with limited lighting on porches, balconies and other small areas. ” (Cindy McNatt, The Orange County Register) You don’t need a yard in the suburbs to surround yourself with homegrown beauty and produce. Richardson, writer of an award-winning blog about gardening in tiny spaces, offers a comprehensive approach to getting started on a balcony or wee patio. The book is organized by principles (color, weather, wildlife, pests, etc.), which is particularly helpful for those just starting container gardening. For them, the book is filled with resources: planting schemes, do-it-yourself projects, short appendixes. Those with more gardening experience may find the plants Richardson highlights limiting. The author’s attention to succulents is distinctive; those forgiving plants lend themselves to the container gardening environment. Gardeners living in less mild climates than Richardson’s Southern California should remember that whatever is too delicate to winter outside must be hauled indoors for the duration, taking up what might be precious limited space. That said, container gardening is flexible, and Richardson makes it verdant, affordable, and fun. (Publishers Weekly. Fern Richardson is the creator of the container gardening blog Life on the Balcony. She is also a master gardener, amateur photographer, and container garden designer.

On Garden Style
by Bunny Williams, Nancy Drew & John Roselli

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By day, Bunny Williams is one of New York’s most successful interior designers, a woman whose hours are filled with high-powered meetings, magazine photo shoots, and detailed consultations with clients. But when the week shades into Friday evening, Bunny can be found in the idyllic retreat of her Connecticut garden, the emotional center of her life and the source of perhaps her greatest creative efforts. After five days at the top of the design world, nothing means more to this warm and brilliant woman than to spend the next two with her hands in the dirt, musing about the effect of trees and flowers, paths and benches. The passion Bunny feels for her garden is a deep one shared by countless others — in the country, in the suburbs, and even in the city. Gardening has become America’s favorite pastime, but its vocabulary remains intimidating, even to those fluent in the language of style and design. Applying the lessons we’ve learned about interior space to the outdoors is a good idea, but it doesn’t work without help: before we can decorate the outdoor room we need to understand its character, and few people can guide us to that understanding better than Bunny Williams. Style and sophistication are the central issues here, just as they were when The Silver Palate, Martha Stewart, and even Julia Child first convinced Americans that they could entertain and cook and decorate with panache. Gardening with style is also possible for everyone, Bunny insists, and she proceeds to show us how to think about context, the texture of foliage, and the pattern of the garden. This is not a botanical or technical manual, nor is it a dream book filled with lovely pictures and little information. Instead, Bunny has created a garden-design style book with significant practical content and an extraordinary sense of its own style — an aesthetic how-to, as it were, with fresh, surprising, and attainable. “On Garden Style” elevates our aesthetic sense, introducing both novice and experienced gardeners to new ways of thinking about style, form, ornament, and the look and feel of a garden, even as it allows us to appreciate the small details inherent in the placement of a watering can, the texture of a stone path, or the color of a hedge backing an old wooden bench. While other gardening books provide us with the basics of growing and nurturing plants or the elements of landscape design, this stunningly designed volume shows us how to fill our gardens with nuance, personality, and true style.

Painted Garden Décor
by Patricia Eisenbraun

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Add a personal touch to your patio, porch or gazebo with Painted Garden Decor. Designer Patricia Eisenbraun provides step-by-step instructions and full color photos for 10 lovely projects inside. Each one is easy and fun! Patterns and worksheets ensure success, even if you’ve never painted before. You’ll also find complete materials lists, preparation guidelines and basic brushstroke techniques – everything you need to start painting with confidence. You’ll learn how to decorate a variety of pieces with evocative scenes of outdoor life, flowers and other garden delights. This new series will teach crafters of any age and skill level how to make sophisticated yet simple home and garden decoration projects in a variety of popular craft areas. Each book is filled with step-by-step instruction and colour photos, which make them perfect for beginners looking for both creative ideas and guidelines for making them. Garden Decor 10 decorative painting projects for the garden including trays, garden signs and more. Eisenbraun lives in Vista, California, where she can usually be found creating and teaching in her airy, home studio. She is a member of the Society of Decorative Painters and the Palomar Heritage Painters.

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