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2011 - Volume 2 Issue 2
Casas Bonitas
Design Library
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Container Gardening:
250 Design Ideas &
Step-By-Step Techniques

 -By Editors and Contributors
  of Fine Gardening
 -Published by Tauton Press

  ISBN-10: 9781600850806
  ISBN-13: 978-1600850806

    Available at and booksellers everywhere.
Even if you are pretty confident in your green thumb, Container Gardening: 250 Design Ideas & Step-By-Step Techniques could still be a useful addition to your library. Published by the experts at Fine Gardening magazine, this colorful guidebook goes beyond planting and care basics to show you how to turn your container garden pieces into works of art that perfectly accent your home's style.

Profiles of plants that thrive in containers are included with amazing photography and all the info you need to choose the right plants based on the climate and region you live in. The best part, however, is the easy to follow guides that allow you to perfectly recreate container garden pieces designed by professionals. Each design features a color-coded map that shows you how to best arrange various plants in one container to ensure both plant vitality and aesthetic appeal.

No matter how much space you have to work with, this book can help you spruce up your home with designer looks at a do-it-yourself price.

House Beautiful - 500+ Favorite Paint Colors
 -By Hearst Communications, Inc.

    Available at the iTunes store. Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Thanks to modern technology, choosing the right paint for your remodeled room just got a whole lot easier! iTunes is now offering House Beautiful's 500+ Favorite Paint Colors app for the iPad for just $4.99. The app features 669 paint colors from all your favorite brands including Benjamin Moore, Ralph Lauren Paint and Sherwin-Williams.

With this app, picking paint colors is fun, not stressful. You can sort by colors and hues (warm, neutral, dark) or get professional advice on the best colors based on the type of room, the size of the room, and which direction light enters the room. You can make your room as cozy, romantic, or energizing as you desire or even find the colors that will make you look younger or best complement your hair color. If you're really undecided, give the Color Personality Tool a try. It provides color recommendations based on numerology.

Perhaps the most helpful feature is the ability to generate enlarged, digital paint swatches to hold against your wall or take with you when picking out curtains and other room accents. Design guru Susan Serra of, says, "This app is a crystal ball into the nuances of designing with color."

Started by a group of friends who are "obsessed with home interiors," is a must visit, whether you are going through a major remodel or just sprucing up your home through simple upgrades.

The Remodlista Sourcebook has all the inspiration and ideas you will ever need. Definitely check out 10 Easy Pieces before any major purchases. It contains reviews on your 10 best options for everything from faucets and fixtures to windows, walls and flooring. Throughout the site, there are tons of photographs to spark your creativity and everything you need to recreate the look, such as manufacturers, brands and colors, are included.

You also get access to My Design Files, which allows you to clip and save products and posts that you like and share them with your contractor, designer and friends. You can also add your own photos and images or those from other websites, so all your brainstorming is consolidated in one convenient area.

Visit Remodelista's Design News Stand for thousands of continuously updated links to "who to watch, what to read, and where to click." This is definitely the spot to visit to be the first to know what is new and hot! ///
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