Author: Kit Kemp
Inspiring interiors that have a personal, handcrafted feel. This lavishly photographed interiors book shows how to leave behind design "rules" to create truly beautiful, original interiors. For more than twenty years, Kit Kemp has been at the forefront of the international design community, with her signature style that mixes contemporary elements with antiques and junk-shop finds, luxurious fabrics with printed wallpapers, and hand-finished detailing with collections of simple objects that create impact. She avoids taking design too seriously, playing with scale, color and pattern to create very personal, handcrafted spaces. Alongside the stunning images of room sets and detailed close-ups will be the inspiration behind Kit’s work and her tips for creating your own version of her style at home. Interiors are meant for living in, and the key is to create a space that is comfortable and beautiful and reflects who you really are.
Author: Kit Kemp
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Category: House & Home
Showcasing the inspiring approach to interiors of highly acclaimed designer Kit Kemp, this book shares the stories behind each room Kit lends her hand to. Following on from the hugely successful A Living Space, Kit Kemp is back with another stunning interiors book that presents her signature style and ever-changing approach to design. As always, Kit brings life and interest to the rooms she styles and avoids taking design too seriously, playing with scale, color, and pattern to create personal, handcrafted spaces. Featuring the inspiration behind her effortlessly stylish rooms and buildings, this book provides real insight into the way Kit approaches a room and the success she achieves with each space. Also exploring her collaborations with artists, this is an intriguing look at Kit's way of styling--an intoxicating mix of contemporary and antique elements, a playful approach to fabrics and color, and an individual eye for art. Every room that Kit breathes life into has a story to tell.
Author: Gregory Wilson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
All the poems between My Momma Did Say I Would Meet A Girl Like You and Untitled are observations, reminiscences, and insights stories within a story. Using the river motif and oral tradition in Untitled the poet underscores certain thematic and analogous paradigms within a socio-cultural, geo-political landscape. This landscape is America. Why America? Well, Long Creek runs from the back of our house into the Roaring River. Moreover, all the diverse rivers of the world run into the great rivers of America. Similarly, peoples from across the globe stream into America the land of opportunity. America then, has become an inter-cultural, intracultural dynamic; framework a cauldron that brews an alchemy of ideas that is characteristic of a renewed people called Americans. Many of the poems, their titles and the images within them, find a connection, a culmination even, in the last poem of this collection, the revelation Untitled.
How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
Author: Abigail Tucker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A New York Times bestseller about how cats conquered the world and our hearts in this “deep and illuminating perspective on our favorite household companion” (Huffington Post). House cats rule bedrooms and back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, even cyberspace. And unlike dogs, cats offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent mouse-catchers and now pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet, we love them still. In the “eminently readable and gently funny” (Library Journal, starred review) The Lion in the Living Room, Abigail Tucker travels through world history, natural science, and pop culture to meet breeders, activists, and scientists who’ve dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats-turned-hunters on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world’s biggest celebrities—who just happens to be a cat. “Fascinating” (Richmond Times-Dispatch) and “lighthearted” (The Seattle Times), Tucker shows how these tiny felines have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. A “lively read that pounces back and forth between evolutionary science and popular culture” (The Baltimore Sun), The Lion in the Living Room suggests that we learn that the appropriate reaction to a house cat, it seems, might not be aww but awe.
A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship
Author: Rachel Armstrong
As space ventures have become more numerous, leading scientists and theorists have offered ways of building a living habitat in a hostile environment, taking an ‘ecosystems’ view of space colonization. The contributors to this volume take a radical multi-disciplinary view of the challenge of human space colonization through the ongoing project Persephone. This book fundamentally challenges prevalent ideas about sustainability and proposes a new approach to resource austerity and conservation and providing truly sustainable approaches that are life-promoting. Readers will learn the details of the plans for Persephone – a real project that is part of the company Icarus Interstellar’s plans for the design and engineering of a living interior on a worldship to be constructed in Earth’s orbit within 100 years. Although the timeframe itself is only an estimate, since it is contingent on many significant developments, including funding and technological advances, the industry consensus is that within 100 years we will see manned space exploration beyond our solar system. This notion is shared by organizations such as the Initiative for Interstellar Studies and the DARPA-funded 100-year starship project. This book specifically develops the principles for the construction of a living habitat within a worldship – a multi-generational starship that contains its own world that supports colonists as it travels across great distances between stars at a speed much slower than light. Far from being a sterile industrial setup, such as the ISS, or even being a bucolic suburbia as proposed by Gerard O’Neill in the 1970s, this worldship will provide the pre-conditions for sustaining life beyond Earth’s environment, which may also lead to the evolution of non-terrestrial ecologies. Drawing on the principles of ecopoiesis and insights offered by the Biosphere 2 experiment that demonstrated what we have to learn about ecosystem construction, this book proposes first designing the soils of such a space. It should then be possible to set up the conditions that a first generation of colonists may experience in leaving our solar system to find new worlds to settle - perhaps in spreading life throughout the universe. Although the book takes a unique view of ecology and sustainability within the setting of a traveling starship it is equally concerned with the human experience on artificial worlds. Chapters come from a range of multi disciplinary thinkers who shed light on the brave new future ahead from different angles.
How America's Cities Are Being Revitalized by Thinking Small in a Big Way
Author: Roberta Brandes Gratz
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
THE LIVING CITY "An intelligent analysis. Sensible, undoctrinaire, even good-humored. An appealing mixture of passion and clinical dispassion." -Washington Post Book World "The best antidote I've read to the doom-and-gloom prophecies concerning the future of urban America." -Bill Moyers "This is fresh and fascinating material; it is essential for understanding not only how to avoid repeating terrible mistakes of the past, but also how to recover from them." -Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities From coast to coast across America there are countless urban success stories about rejuvenated neighborhoods and resurgent business districts. Roberta Brandes Gratz defines the phenomenon as "urban husbandry"-the care, management, and preservation of the built environment nurtured by genuine participatory planning efforts of government, urban planners, and average citizens.
Over 400 Perfect Finishing Touches for Your Living Space
Author: Caroline Clifton-Mogg
Category: House & Home
"Accessorize Your Home" provides hundreds of ideas for affordable finishing touches that will enhance the elegance and individuality of your home. Caroline Clifton-Mogg looks at the principles of display and arrangement, of the importance of scale, and how to edit your possessions so they make the maximum impact, in chapters including Pictures, Mirrors, and Other Wall Art, Flowers and Plants, Soft Furnishings, China and Glass, and Living (encompassing Living with Books, Mantelpieces, and Fireplaces, and Lighting). Finally, there is a chapter exploring Decorative Collections. From hanging pictures to arranging quirky collections, from displaying textiles to making the most of mantelpieces, she shows you how to display items in an attractive way, how to combine different pieces to best effect, and how to create focal points in a room. *Caroline proves that genuinely stylish interiors do not have to cost a fortune; it is the way items are displayed that brings them to life. *Over 400 ideas for adding finishing touches to your home with confidence and flair. *Beautifully illustrated with more than 300 inspiring photographs.
Our Search for Life in the Universe
Author: Chris Impey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Considering the development of life on Earth, the existence of life in extreme environments and the potential for life elsewhere in the Universe, this book gives a fascinating insight into our place in the Universe. Chris Impey leads the reader through the history, from the Copernican revolution to the emergence of the field of astrobiology – the study of life in the cosmos. He examines how life on Earth began, exploring its incredible variety and the extreme environments in which it can survive. Finally, Impey turns his attention to our Solar System and the planets beyond, discussing whether there may be life elsewhere in the Universe. Written in non-technical language, this book is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about astrobiology and how it is changing our views of life and the Universe. An accompanying website available at www.cambridge.org/9780521173841 features podcasts, articles and news stories on astrobiology.
Living Large in a Smaller Space
Author: Judi Culbertson,Marj Decker
Publisher: Rodale Books
Category: House & Home
How to make more of less--the book that shows you how to simplify your life, control clutter, and pare down your possessions for a move into smaller living quarters. There are plenty of anti-clutter experts around ready to exhort us to sort, store, and trash our belongings, but this book addresses the specific needs of people moving from a larger to a smaller space, or merging two (or more) people's possessions into a single abode. If you and your mate are about to swap your large, single-family house for a condo, or move your parents out of the family home of 40 years into an assisted-living center, where do you start? How do you decide what to take, what to leave behind, and what to do with your discards? What can you do to keep the move from seeming tinged with loss? Scaling Down not only offers terrific nuts-and-bolts strategies for paring down one's belongings to only the best and most meaningful items, but it also addresses the emotional aspects of streamlining--the complicated relationship we have with our "stuff." Countering the pervasive American prejudice that having less is a step down, the authors advance their concept of "living large wherever you are!"
70 Practical Ways to Detoxify the Body and Home
Author: Richard Leviton
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
Category: Health & Fitness
Science shows that nearly every corner of our planet is toxic, and that all people carry residues of dozens of chemicals in their cells. Our body, our home, and our world are steadily sickening us every day of our lives. But we don't have to live in a poisoned world, and we don't have to be sick. We can have a healthy living space again by detoxifying our body and home, ridding both of their burden. The key is to cleanse both at the same time. The Healthy Living Space is the first book that shows you how, and why, to detoxify your home and body together. In The Healthy Living Space health writer and alternative medicine journalist Richard Leviton gives 70 practical steps on how to use safe, proven, nontoxic, self-care methods drawn from the fields of natural and alternative medicine. The detoxifying steps are backed by science and easy to use/ they don't require expensive equipment or a doctor's supervision. They're effective and produce results and you can start them today. Whether the poisons are in your liver and intestines or in your carpets and drinking water, whether the problem is the shape of your bedroom or radon seeping into your basement, The Healthy Living Space will show you how to get the poisons out of your life and the health back into it.
Color, Texture, and Print at Home
Author: Rebecca Atwood
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
A design book filled with beautiful photography and clear ideas for how to use pattern to decorate your home. If you focus on pattern, from texture and color to furniture and textiles, everything else will fall into place. Pattern is the strongest element in any room. In Living with Pattern, Rebecca Atwood demystifies how to use that element, a design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house. She covers pattern usage you probably already have, such as on your duvet cover or in the living room rug, and she also reveals the unexpected places you might not have thought to add it: bathroom tiles, an arrangement of book spines in a reading nook, or windowpane gridding in your entryway. This stunning book showcases distinct uses of pattern in homes all over the country to inspire you to realize that an injection of pattern can enliven any space, helping to make it uniquely yours. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Graham Greene
Publisher: Open Road Media
The illicit affair of a devout woman in London ignites a shattering family crisis in the author’s “ruthlessly honest” first play (The Guardian). In a dour Holland Park house with rooms and secrets long shuttered live three unyielding forces for morality: rigidly religious sisters Helen and Teresa, and their brother, a Roman Catholic priest. Into the lives of this insular trio comes their young grandniece, Rose Pemberton, following the death of her mother. To the mortification of her aunts, Rose has also brought her lover, Michael Dennis, who is twenty-five years Rose’s senior, married, and a psychology lecturer dictated by reason, not faith. In a home that reeks of sanctimony, Rose and Michael are as welcome as sin. But it’s the arrival of Michael’s distraught wife—armed with righteous emotional blackmail and worse—that ignites an unexpected fury and makes real the family’s greatest fears. Premiering in London in 1953 and moving to Broadway one year later, Graham Greene’s debut as a dramatist was hailed by Kenneth Tynan as “the best first play of its generation.”
Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose: Pollinators - Herbs and Veggies - Aromatherapy - Many More
Author: Shawna Coronado
In Grow a Living Wall, you'll find clear, step-by-step information that explains everything you need to know to create your own vertical gardens. Choosing equipment and plants, making growing medium, planting and watering, and even hanging your creation are covered in full detail. Each featured garden has its own chapter filled with useful tips, stunning photography, and fascinating background stories that point out how much difference a small garden can make. Like Shawna herself, the gardens you'll find in Grow a Living Wall are positive, life-affirming, and sure to produce a smile or two.--COVER.
Author: Jürgen Moltmann
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Modern humanity has accepted a truncated, impoverished definition of life. Focusing solely on material realities, we have forgotten that joy, purpose, and meaning come from a life that is both immersed in the temporal and alive to the transcendent. We have, in other words, ceased to live in God. In this book, renowned theologian Jürgen Moltmann shows us what that life of joy and purpose looks like. Describing how we came to live in a world devoid of the ultimate, he charts a way back to an intimate connection with the biblical God. He counsels that we adopt a "theology of life," an orientation that sees God at work in both the mundane and the extraordinary and that pushes us to work for a world that fully reflects the life of its Creator. Moltmann offers a telling critique of the shallow values of consumerist society and provides a compelling rationale for why spiritual sensibilities and encounter with God must lie at the heart of any life that seeks to be authentically human.
My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
Author: Scott Kelly
Category: Biography & Autobiography
NATIONAL BEST SELLER A stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on a previous mission, his twin brother's wife, American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and determination resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging, step in spaceflight. In Endurance, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the infinite wonder of the galaxy.
Designing, Building, and Living with a Piece of the Sun
Author: Ken Matesz
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Category: House & Home
Masonry Heaters is a complete guide to designing and living with one of the oldest, and yet one of the newest, heating devices. A masonry heater’s design, placement in the home, and luxurious radiant heat redefine the hearth for the modern era, turning it into a piece of the sun right inside the home. Like the feeling one gets from the sun on a spring day, the environment around a masonry heater feels fresh. The radiant heat feels better on the skin. It warms the home both gently and efficiently. In fact, the value of a masonry heater lies in its durability, quality, serviceability, dependability, and health-supporting features. And it is an investment in self-sufficiency and freedom from fossil fuels. The book discusses different masonry heater designs, including variations extant in Europe, and explains the growth of their popularity in the United States beginning in the late 1970s. For the reader who may be familiar only with open fireplaces and metal woodstoves, Masonry Heaters will bring a new understanding and appreciation of massive heat storage and gentle-but-persistent radiant heat. Masonry heaters offer a unique comfort that is superior to that from convection heat from forced-air systems, and more personal than that offered by “radiant” floors. As Matesz demonstrates, the heat from the sun or from a masonry heater is genuine heat instead of just insulation against the loss of heat. Those who are looking to build, add onto, or remodel a house will find comprehensive and practical advice for designing and installing a masonry heater, including detailed discussion of materials, code considerations, and many photos and illustrations. While this is not a do-it-yourself guide for building a masonry heater, it provides facts every heater builder should know. Professional contractors will find this a useful tool to consult, and homeowners considering a new method of home heating will find all they need to know about masonry heaters within these pages.
Author: Robert Whitlow
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Amy Clarke’s dreams are coming true—and that’s the problem. Legal secretary by day, romance novelist by night, Amy Clarke lives with a precious secret. For years, she has traveled to a holy place in her dreams—a sublime place she calls the Living Room. When she awakes, her faith and energy are supernaturally restored. And when she dreams, she receives vibrant inspiration for her novels. As she begins to write her third book, the nature of her dreams shifts. Gone are the literary signposts. Instead, her dreams are studded with scenes that foreshadow real life. Before long, the scenes begin to spill over into her waking hours too. As Amy becomes entangled in a high stakes case at work, her visions take on a dark hue—implicating someone dear to her, causing her to question everything. And convincing her to trust someone with his own shadowy secrets. Things are not always what they seem. But as fiction, dreams, and real life begin to overlap, Amy must stop dreaming and act to prevent tragedy. “With deft sleight of hand, wonderful characterization, and carefully layered plots, Robert Whitlow has crafted a gripping story about the mysteries of God’s power to shelter the people he loves.”—Erin Healy, author of Afloat
Author: Dagmar Koudelková,Anežka Šimková
Publisher: Grada Publishing, a.s.
Author: Christine Brun,Christine Brun Abdelnour
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
325 beautiful color photos celebrate the dignity of living in small houses. Read the history of small homes, scrutinize why small homes are popular, and identify the people attracted to small living spaces. Explore the concept of dual-use space, as well as flexible and built-in furnishings. Chapters are devoted to the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. Furniture, appliances, outdoor furnishings, sliding doors, and tiny buildings in kits are among the products explored here. A carefully constructed directory lists resources. Packed with useful design ideas and creative products that coax the most from small living environments, this book is a must for all who seek practical ideas.