Good Books

Online booksellers continue to expand their home and garden categories and book store shelves are full as more homeowners look for information and inspiration. Here is a list of good books to consider.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle

Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle: Sixty million Americans - that’s one in five of us - have asthma and allergies. We sneeze, sniffle, and itch. We cough, wheeze, and struggle to breathe. Expose us to a whiff of dust, a gust of pollen, a sniff of perfume, or an encounter with an inquisitive housecat, and before we know it, our airways start to close up. Asthma and allergies can’t be cured. But they can be managed. We can prevent sneezing, wheezing, and other common allergy and asthma symptoms by avoiding the allergens that trigger them.

You can change all that. Using the Clean Design strategies in this book, you can create a healthy home environment that protects your family from the dust, mold, pollen, fumes, odors, airborne toxins, and other substances that set off allergies and asthma. You can create an allergen-free environment that nurtures good health. ($15)

DIY for Renters Don't Call the Landlord! This book just released in March 2020 is written for the growing number of home renters our country is seeing. The book is designed to help apartment and house renters perform common repairs and upgrades that don't conflict with their rental agreements. Filled with step-by-step instructions and helpful color illustrations it includes jobs like fixing a leaky faucet, using a caulk gun and much more. ($20)

The Little Book of Living Small Ever been tempted to declutter your life and move to a smaller home? This innovative design book beautifully illustrates twelve case studies of housing solutions all under 1,200 square feet. The ideas are endless and show comfortable spaces to eat, work and play. ($25)

Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything by Amy Anderson is a crafting book with easy to use washi tape to decorate walls, furniture, and just about anything you can think of. It’s packaged with colorful rolls of tape and step-by-step instructions. ($20)

She Sheds: A Room of Your Own is a book of ideas found in 23 small spaces designed for a busy woman to read, snooze, be creative, or whatever she wants to do in a place of her own. Think of it as a man cave and you'll get the idea. Find countless ways illustrated in sheds from around the world that create a well planned escape to pursue your passion. ($25)

The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores is the essential tools and hardware guide for home repairs and improvements. Use it before you go to the hardware store or search online and you'll find color illustrations and information to help you with your repair and improvement projects. ($20)

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint© Workbook by Annie Sloan is a creative journal filled with design inspiration and decorating tips about the colors and elements that make up Vintage, Rustic Country, French Elegance, Traditional Swedish, Modern Retro and Coastal decorating styles. ($20)

Home Planner & Logbook

Home Planner & Logbook from Black + Decker is a record of all your homeowning purchases where you keep track of every important detail of your home. The sections include Understanding Your Home, Your Home’s Systems, and Your Appliances. To keep a paper trail of all things related to your home two pockets make room to keep receipts, warranties, etc. handy. ($20)

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