The season’s delightful explosion of flora can get you thinking green when it comes to interior and exterior design. Whether you’re on your way to the beach, or curling up on a rainy day, let your imagination wander by perusing one of these beautifully illustrated, newly released books.
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Through dazzling photos and modern illustrations, this chic compendium presents more than 50 lofty urban oases. Celebrating how a city roof can be its own inspiring living space, this book showcases ways in which architects and urban designers from around the world have created inspiring metropolitan refuges high above us all.
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When you are ready to come back down to earth, this guide can refer you to some of the world’s most charming urban natural spaces, from pocket parks to community gardens to foliage-filled courtyards.
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After you have discovered the hidden garden gems, you can transfer those ideas to your own backyard or patio with this impressive book. Award-winning author George Carter uses photographs and plans from his own portfolio to explore how successful gardens are designed and created.
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Once you have your garden growing, you can bring those natural elements back into your home. This photo-rich publication illustrates the artful ways indoor plants can add bliss and beauty to interior design.
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This striking new architectural survey serves as an overview of how a structure can engage with the outdoor world. Renowned American architect Jim Olson masterfully harmonizes his buildings with their surrounding natural landscapes.
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Another esteemed architect, New England’s own Patrick Ahearn, offers a glimpse into his life, career and the stunning homes he has restored and designed. Timeless highlights Ahearn’s philosophy of creating spaces that feel traditional and rooted into their surroundings while also fulfilling homeowners’ modern needs.