Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ideas for Great FLOORS

Series: Ideas for Great FLOORS
Paperback: 128 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Oxmoor House
Language: English
Original Title
Sunset Ideas for Great Floors (Ideas for Great)

0376011785 (ISBN13: 9780376011787)

Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches. 

The right floor goes beyond essential it can add great drama and integrate a rooms architectural integrity.This exciting new edition puts all the latest flooring textures and technologies at every one's fingertips with beautiful photographs and up-to-date designs. Ideas for Great Flooring helps assess needs, explore flooring options including tile, stone, wood, resilient, laminate, carpet, cork, and concrete and make a choice that is functional, decorative, and lasting.

My Thoughts

The thing I appreciated the most about this book is it provides comparisons and addresses some of the advantages and disadvantages of  flooring options such as  tile, stone, wood, resilient, laminate, carpet, cork, concrete and specialties. It also makes one aware of important things to consider such as texture, mixing different types of flooring, life expectancy and maintenance.

If you need inspiration for a change of flooring, this is a book that may be beneficial to you.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Straight Talk on Decorating from Lynette Jennings

Straight Talk on Decorating from Lynette Jennings 

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Meredith Press; 1st edition
  • ASIN: B000C4SV64
  • Package Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds

From the Inside Flap
Lights! Camera ! Decorate! 

TV's most popular interior designer is about to make a house call -- to your place! And all you have to do is open this book to let her in. In her fresh, fun, and conversational style, Lynette Jennings, host of Discovery Channel's top-rated television show, "Lynette Jennings Design," advises, cajoles, commiserates, pokes holes in common decorating myths -- and then guides you in creating the comfortable, stylish, and personal home you've always wanted. Along the way, Lynette: 
* Takes you on never-before-seen tours of her own homes in Toronto and Atlanta, showing how she has meshed good design and personal style with the varying needs of five children and one husband
* Explains design basics in conversational, often witty copy
* Shows you how to cut through what she calls the miseries of choice and map out your own personal color scheme using her exclusive Color Charting System
* Challenges you to take some color and style risks in her motivational No Excuses Now! chapter
* Tells you how to make the most of any space using her No-Nails 7-Step Approach to Getting a Roomy Feeling --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

There's a good reason why design guru Lynette Jennings has drawn hundreds of consumers at a time to decorating seminars around the country. Not only does she have a popular daytime Discovery Channel television show, Lynette Jennings Design, but she tells it like it is. In her relaxed and often humorous style, Lynette admits that decorating may be the hardest thing you ever do -- and then she digs in to help you through the process. 

In this beautiful and engaging decorating book, Lynette -- finally! -- puts her practical design philosophy and experience in print. The basics:

Design isn't mysterious. She makes it easy for you to understand the basics of design, always showing in gorgeous photography and in her own illustrations how simple precepts apply to real rooms. Design is about tools, not rules. Grasp the tools and you gain the freedom to have your home your way. There are no excuses! Lynette pokes holes in all the common reasons you may give for putting off a decorating project, building your decorating confidence and motivation along the way. 

In this, her first book, Lynette focuses on understanding and using color and on making the most of space. 

This book includes tips on: 
* Choosing from among the thousands of paint color choices on the market today
* Working with any region's unique, natural palette of colors
* How the timid can build color confidence by starting with just a touch of color
* Creating a roomy feeling, no matter how small a room may be
* Arranging furnishings and accessories to create the kind of harmonious balance that makes rooms look good and feel great
* Getting rid of clutter, which Lynette calls Space Enemy #1

My Thoughts

We have been toying with the idea of repainting our family room so I picked up  this book I own to help with my color selection. Lynette Jennings had design shows on several years ago. Anyway, I purchased this book back then because I found her ideas to be classy, practical and inspiring.

My current family room wall is a shade of green paint color titled Cucuzza Verde by Sherwin-Williams. And this book offers a section aptly titled color: the miseries of choice. It directs owners to 'start with what they have and begin with a piece of inspiration'. But if that doesn't work for can always 'pick a color clue outside your window. '

I feel choosing color is difficult because lighting changes throughout the day in many of our rooms. Also, because I still enjoy this wall color especially during the Holiday season.

My favorite section of this book explains that color is not finite so I am better able to appreciate the instructive ideas from this designer who communicates well.

So, if you're searching for an instinctive talent which discusses color schemes in detail you might check out this book and its lovely photos.

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book

Polly  Diamond and the Magic Book
Book One
by Alice Kuipers, Illustrated by Diana Toledano
Chronicle Books
Children's Fiction , Middle Grade
Pub Date 01 May 2018 
FTC Reviewed for Chronicle Books and Net Galley  

One aspiring writer. One magic book. One . . . okay, two . . . okay, three wishes. It all adds up to a whole lot of trouble.

Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same thing!

Funny and touching, this new chapter book series, for fans of Ivy & Bean,  will entertain readers and inspire budding writers.

My Thoughts

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers was a fun imaginative  read. I love that this book includes her thoughts about Mom's huge tummy and Mrs. Hairball. 

It's neat to learn a new recipe and see how Polly paints her room to look like an aquarium. 

I believe children will be drawn to learning about Polly adventures. The story was an easy read with adorable illustrations, making it fun to learn about writing and words through Polly's new magical journal.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hyde Brothers, Booksellers

I haven't written much lately because I have been busy reading and what better place for a bookworm like myself to read then a place that has over 150,000 titles from 20,000 authors. 

At Hyde Brothers, Booksellers, you can trade or sell your own books and they have a large variety of categories to choose from such as; Arts, crafts, fantasy, gardening, horror, history, literature, nature, religion, science fiction, self help, sports and more. 

So while my husband spent time in the basement checking out the hockey books and petting the fluffy feline, I  wandered through the stacks on the main floor where the fiction and poetry is housed, before making my way to the annex to read a book on kitchen tiling.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention that my favorite thing about Hyde Brothers, Booksellers  located at 1428 Wells Street, Fort Wayne IN, is  they house rare collections and some lovely leather bound classics.

So what am I working on this week, you ask. I'm finishing up my review of Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers and Illustrated by Diana Toledano. I've started working on my review for the book Nourished by Lia Huber. And when that is complete, I will begin They Came for Freedom The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims by Jay Milbrandt. I have had The Santa Thief by Alane Adams on my shelf for awhile now. I plan to read it after the Thanksgiving Holiday is over.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 2017 Loft Reads and More

I've been on a stay cation a portion of this month. I've enjoyed our home, spent a lot of time reading and viewing recipes, played with our dogs, watched an old Lon Chaney Jr. movie and read through some of the stories in my copy of Classic Ghost Stories, Miles Kelly. 

Earlier, this month we met up with author, Blake Sebring at a hockey game. He's working on a new release but currently has eight books out. 

Earlier this year, he released a crime mystery suspense thriller titled 'Lethal Ghost'.  Since it's Halloween, thought I would let you know this is an on the edge of your seat - hide your head under the covers- type of read.

I read the book A Well-Crafted Home this month. There are many things I enjoy about this book which grabbed me by the cover. There is just something about pillows, baskets and potted plants that lure me in. I especially like turning to page 127 and looking at the instructions for the Paternayan yarn project. That stool seat is adorable! I learn a lot from the section on the different fabric dyes. If you are not into fabrics, there are many other crafty projects, like,  painting ceramic trays and making clay candlesticks.

In addition to reading, this month, we went to an Ohio festival and heard the Jug Huffers perform. They play  old-time,  bluegrass and original music. They use a variety of instruments including a fiddle, jug, washboard, mandolin, train whistle, guitar, jaw harp, saw, slide whistle and I'm sure there's a few other instruments I've forgotten now. They also do vocals. I think the only time we have seen something similar to the Jug Huffers is an old episode of 'The Andy Griffith Show'.

We also took some day trips.

 We like one-of-a-kind shops, and spent time at some Indiana Amish stores


We stopped by  Foster Park GardensWe parked near the log cabin and after checking out the Celosia, we walked along the path to the Bridal Glen

We also spent some time at the beautiful Toledo Metroparks.


Currently, I'm working on a review for Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers, and Illustrated by Diana Toledano. The publication date is next year.

I tend to cook more than usual in November so my next read will be Nourished by Lia Huber. 

I've reviewed over 50 books for Net Galley since spring and quite a few books for Blogging for Books. 
 Recently, I have started reading through some of my TBR's here at home. My blog audience expanded this month. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A Well- Crafted Home

  • A Well- Crafted Home

  • Janet Crowther

  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 26, 2017)
  • Publication Date: September 26, 2017
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
FTC Reviewed for Blogging for Books

My Thoughts

I read the book A Well-Crafted Home this month.This book shows natural elements displayed throughout a home and this beautifully photographed collection includes sixty crafty projects There are many things I enjoy about this book which grabbed me by the cover. There is just something about pillows, baskets and potted plants that lure me in. 

I especially like turning to page 127 and looking at the instructions for the Paternayan yarn project. That stool is adorable as was the serving trays and  trimmed waffle - weaved blanket! I learned a lot from the section on the different fabric dyes. If you are not into fabrics, there are many other crafty projects, like,  painting ceramic trays and making clay candlesticks.  

This book has easy to follow instructions that will help you to create beautifully fashioned projects specific to your own desires.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall Reads

The month of October is normally one of my favorites. I think this is in part because the beauty of the changing leaves. I also spend time outdoors reading.

Around here activities are rampant and there are many delicious smells and tastes I associate with  fall.  There's fun gatherings at  apple festivals.

Times spent at hayrides, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, making Carmel corn, attending haunted attractions and dressing up in costumes. 

There is a multitude of apple related activities too, such as , making apple cake, candied apples, apple cider, and the game of bobbing for apples.

There's also drying flower heads and collecting flower seeds.

'And, how does this related to reading?' You ask.  

Well, while many people choose to be spooked with scary movies, I instead, study new apple recipes and go to the books store to read my favorites old Classic Ghost Stories. 

If you looking for some excellent fall reads check out the nearest bookstore or your local library to see their available options.