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PICKS OF THE WEEK: Get inspired with these home decor books at the BWG Library

From affordable décor to upcycling existing pieces, this group of books is sure to keep you on track and on budget
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BWG Library PIcks of the Week

The weather is slowly turning and we are spending more time indoors, so why not make your space as beautiful as it can be?  To help you achieve your home decorating goals, the BWG Library has chosen some of its best decorating books in this week’s Picks of the Week!  From affordable décor to upcycling existing pieces, this group of books is sure to keep you on track and on budget.

If you need help finding the perfect book, let the BWG Library know!  Message them through Facebook or email bwgmailbox@bradford.library.on.ca.  If you create a delicious dish with your foraged foods, share a picture or video of the creation with the BWG community by sharing it on the BWG Library’s Facebook page or sending it to the Library through Messenger!  

Feels Like Home : Transforming Your Space from Uninspiring to Uniquely Yours, by Marian Parsons

Discover how to achieve your dream home on an affordable budget using these inspiring pictures, practical tips, and easy-to-implement tutorials.
 
Most of us don’t live in a dream home that was custom built to suit our tastes. We have to work with a house that brings its own style, quirks, and personality to the table. But imagine walking into this house, but it’s perfectly designed and decorated with your style in mind—a home that fits you like a well-tailored outfit and yet is as comfy as your favorite pair of pajamas.
 
What would that home look like exactly? How would it feel to live in a home styled specifically for you?
 
The truth is, every home should feel like a custom home and not have to break the bank. In Feels Like Home, DIY makeover queen Marian Parsons (a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed) teaches you what she’s learned over the years, sharing budget-friendly practical tips that will inspire you to change your space from “blah” to beautiful, from a builder-grade to character-rich home. 

Modern Farmhouse Made Easy : Simple Ways To Mix New & Old, by Caroline McKenzie

A guide to modern farmhouse style discusses how to create living spaces that are comfortable and functional as well as attractive, and offers decorating ideas, shopping finds, and DIY projects.  

Brought to you by Caroline McKenzie, an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in Real Simple, Coastal Living, Reveal, Veranda and many other publications. 

A pop of color : inspiring ideas to bring color into your home, by Geraldine James

Makeover your home using these straightforward, fun, simple, and low-cost ideas to bring a POP of color into your interior spaces using paint, wallpaper, flowers, plants, pillows, or throws. It could transform your life too.

Geraldine James' practical solutions offer those who are not confident enough to embark on expensive renovations, with ways to redecorate that can be easily reversed. Encouraging us to experiment, she looks at different ways you can bring color into the home starting with adding single pops of color in a neutral space, such as red pillows, plates, bowls, and rugs in a living space; then she looks at color walls, painting a single wall with a bright color, which can really lift a room without much investment (and you can always repaint if you change your mind). Or bring living color into a room using flowers and houseplants, terrariums and succulents. Or why not go for a multi-colored look with checks, stripes or floral patterns whether that is by papering a wall, or painting a floor—the effects can be bold and uplifting. Textiles too can bring a softer textural layer of color to a room while wall art can bring a focal point. Whatever your choice of color palette, Geraldine will offer the perfect solution so get experimenting now.

The Principles Of Pretty Rooms, by Phoebe Howard

The design world's favorite Mrs. is back, with tried and true décor "rules" and classic strategies for creating pretty, charming, and timeless interiors. Celebrating warm, welcoming style, each chapter explores the color palettes, fabrics, and special little grace notes that make a room pretty. As always, Mrs. Howard delivers a range of inspiring examples, from pretty rooms in townhouses, beach houses, and country escapes to pretty-meets-grand-style in estates and manors. She also presents how-to-get-the-look advice, including favorite color combinations, fabric patterns, furnishings, and accessories that instantly transform a space. The majority of the projects have never been published, creating an irresistible guide for all who dream of having the signature Mrs. Howard look: interiors filled with light, easy elegance and pretty details.

Wild Creations : Inspiring Projects To Create Plus Plant Care Tips & Styling Ideas For Your Own Wild Interior, by Hilton Carter

Dubbed the "LeBron James of plant styling ... " by "Good Morning America," Hilton Carter now shows how you can make, style, decorate, and care for your own stunning plant-inspired interior with his 25 step-by-step DIY projects and plant hacks. In plant and interior stylist Hilton Carter's previous books he has given us glimpses into stunning plant-filled homes where ivy and creeping figs hang miraculously from ceilings, mosses grow effortlessly to create living walls, and succulents flourish planted in terrariums. Now in Wild Creations, Hilton will show you how you can actually create these amazing fixtures for your own home. There are step-by-step instructions for Wild Ideas - making projects such as a wall mounted plant and a leather hanging plant stand, genius Wild Hacks for all of your plant worries from how to water your plants while you are away to repelling bugs, thought-provoking Wild Rants looking at the transformative power of plants, and finally a detailed look at ten key Wild Plants and how to care for them. Design and learn about your very own wild interior, get creative, and get WILD!