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In The Art of Beautiful Tables, table settings that span the spectrum from casual to formal affairs are showcased. Crystal goblets catching the glimmer of candlelight, polished-to-perfection sterling silver placed precisely beside delicately patterned English bone china, a snow-white linen cloth edged in the finest Bruges lace--together these elements form the foundation for an elegant table setting.

Add monogrammed napkins, place cards penned in graceful calligraphy, and an extravagant arrangement of silk-petaled roses in vibrant jewel tones, and the tableau takes on an air of regal grandeur that both beguiles guests and reflects most favorably upon the hostess.

The leadoff chapter, "Elements of Style," delves into the components that are the essence of any tablescape and then spotlights those little extras, such as menus and favors, that lend grace notes to the scene. "Alfresco Gatherings" paints the prettiest images for outdoor meals, while "Lovely Settings" brims with milieus for every season or reason.

Highlighting a favorite subject throughout Victoria's history, "Teatime Occasions" demonstrates that this beloved ritual can be enjoyed in a mélange of surroundings, from a springtime garden to a cozy fireside. In "Holiday Celebrations," we journey through the calendar, offering a bevy of inspiration for commemorating each special day with all the exuberance it deserves, whether it's honoring a dear mother or sharing harvest abundance. Throughout the years, we've crossed paths with many women who possess the talents and desire for creating the most memorable settings; we showcase each one's signature style in "Tastemaker Tables." Finally, we open the doors to "The China Cabinet," where suggestions abound for the storage and display of cherished heirlooms.

Victoria magazine has long served as a treasury of gracious living, offering endless inspiration for curating welcoming interiors and entertaining for every occasion. From the entire staff of Victoria, we warmly invite you to peruse each captivating page to gather an inspiring cache of ideas for creating your own unforgettable tableaux.



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Create an organized, beautiful, and welcoming home with professional organizer Nikki Boyd.

- Selected as the "Best Coffee Table Book" by Stylecaster
- Featured in the
New York Times and Real Simple magazine

Transform your home into a space that's decluttered and calming for your whole family. Best-selling author and YouTube star Nikki Boyd developed and honed her five essential steps to an organized home through her experience working as a professional organizer. Now in this book, she shows you how to transform your space and enhance your life at home.

- Learn the 5 simple steps to organize every room in your home
- Create a welcoming atmosphere for family and friends
- Interior design inspiration with gorgeous, inspirational photography on every page

With her keen eye for detail and trademark warmth, Nikki guides readers through her signature steps, teaching how to graciously share your homes with family and friends to create treasured shared experiences and memories. Beautifully Organized can also be used for your own home decor as a coffee-table book.

Bird-Friendly Gardening: Guidance and Projects for Supporting Birds in Your Landscape

Bird-Friendly Gardening: Guidance and Projects for Supporting Birds in Your Landscape

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Bird-Friendly Gardening is the definitive guide to planting a wildlife-welcoming home landscape filled with a diversity of native plants that feed, shelter, and support birds.

With hundreds of North American bird species facing population decline or at risk of extinction, right now is the perfect time to create a home-based habitat garden that offers birds the resources they need to safely feed, migrate, breed, and thrive.

Thankfully, making your outdoor space a secure and comfortable haven for many different bird species isn't a Herculean task. It's a matter of understanding the needs of our avian friends and how native plants, combined with purposeful garden design, can help meet those needs. And that's exactly the know-how you'll find here, outlined in a simple-to-follow, actionable format by author Jennifer McGuinness.

Step beyond the seed-filled bird feeder and suet block, and learn how to further provide for birds. Some of the topics covered in the book include:

  • How to design a bird-centered habitat garden in spaces large and small
  • Advice on providing fresh water year-round
  • Understanding the connection between native plants and insects and the birds that rely on them
  • How to design and plant a fruit garden, a bird seed garden, a runoff-absorbing rain garden, or even a container garden that nurtures birds
  • Meet dozens of trees, shrubs, and other plants that support the insects almost all adult birds need to feed their young
  • 18 step-by-step garden design projects and plant lists for creating a diversity of bird-friendly spaces
  • Tips for preventing window strikes and cat kills
  • Best practices for including bird feeders, nest boxes, and bird baths in your landscape

  • Whether your "spark bird" was a lightning-fast Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a brilliant Indigo Bunting, or a petite Hammond's Flycatcher, it's time to put out the welcome mat for birds in your home garden. YOU can make a significant impact on the lives of thousands of birds, whether they're just passing through during migration or making a feather-lined summertime home for raising the next generation.

    It's time for gardeners from coast to coast to heed the call and welcome their flighty friends home with Bird-Friendly Gardening.

    Creative Home: Inspiring Ideas for Beautiful Living

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    "In Down to Earth: Laid-back Interiors for Modern Living, designer Lauren Liess shares how she imbues any space with warmth and energy." ―Martha Stewart Living

    Let Lauren Liess, star of HGTV's Best House on the Block, walk you through her decorating process step-by-step.

    Lauren takes you beyond the basics and invites readers to incorporate the main components of her familiar design aesthetic: nature, easy living, and approachability. She wants to help you create a home where humble materials and found objects are celebrated, a home in which both style and soul might endure throughout the years.

    With evocative photos and substantive design advice, Down to Earth focuses on creating a lifestyle that inspires creativity and functionality. Chapters here include Point of View; Timelessness; Something Old, Something New; Nature; and Simplicity. Lauren believes that creating a home means creating the lifestyle you want--relaxed, unplugged, natural, and full of beauty. Here she shows readers how to incorporate six guiding principles in six unique homes:

  • A new farmhouse
  • A classic American historical home
  • A lakeside contemporary house
  • A modern villa
  • A turn-of-the-century American foursquare
  • A cedar and glass house on a bluff
  • Lauren writes, "Down to Earth explores the key elements of my aesthetic through a collection of homes that I believe embody the natural, relaxed, collected, and easy way of living I've come to love so much. . . . I hope this exploration into what down-to-earth means to me inspires you to create your own carefree, easy, and most important, fully present kind of life at home."

    Encyclopedia of Gardening

    Encyclopedia of Gardening

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    All your gardening questions are answered in this updated classic guide to planning, planting, and caring for your outside space.

    Create and maintain your perfect garden with the world's finest and most authoritative source of gardening tips and advice from the experts at the RHS, now fully revised and updated to encompass the eco-conscious gardener of today. Marking 30 years since its first publication, this revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Gardening provides dependable, essential gardening advice while expanding on key topics that are important to the next generation of gardeners, such as wildlife gardening and sustainability. Packed with unrivaled detail and a vast breadth of information, you'll find advice and clearly photographed step-by-step guides that show you how to garden, whether you're tackling your vegetable plot or tending to cacti and succulents.

    Updated with the latest guidance to help your plants withstand pests and diseases and techniques to make your garden more resilient in the face of climate change, you'll find everything you need to know. Whatever your level of skill, expert advice from the RHS will help you keep your garden thriving all year round.

    Entertaining with Disney: Exceptional Events from Mickey Mouse to Moana!

    Entertaining with Disney: Exceptional Events from Mickey Mouse to Moana!

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    Celebrate your love of Disney with this gorgeous guide to creating magical and memorable events.

    Does your best friend love The Little Mermaid? Is your Lion King-obsessed sister hosting a baby shower? Would your family movie night benefit from a little Aladdin magic?

    This is the party planning guide for you! Entertaining With Disney is the only official Disney guide to exceptional events ranging from Halloween pumpkin carving, elegant dinner parties, fun birthday bashes, and sophisticated New Year eve soirees.

    Written by party planning expert Amy Croushorn, this is a must-have event planning guide for Disney Princesses of all ages.

    -- Over 90 years of Disney Inspiration in One Book. From Mickey Mouse to The Little Mermaid, to Frozen, this book is rich with Disney history and beloved characters.

    -- A party for every occasion. With ideas spanning Brunches, Barbecues, Birthdays and Dinner Parties, this is a true year-round event planning guide for all Disney fans.

    -- Elegant Recipes. Learn how to make Ariel's Ocean Toast, Simba's Charcuterie Board, Elsa's Eggnog and many more Disney themed dishes, drinks, and desserts.

    -- Stunning Decorations. Parties are more than just food! Dress up your event with easy to make items such as a "Never Grow Up" party backdrop, Magic Carpet Picnic Blanket, and a Maleficent Welcome Wreath.



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    *The basis for the wonderfully funny and moving TV series developed by Amy Poehler and Scout Productions*

    A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.

    In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, meaning "death" and städning meaning "cleaning." This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming.

    Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you'd ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children's art projects). Digging into her late husband's tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.

    Heirloom Plants

    Heirloom Plants

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    It s nearly impossible for gardeners to resist the allure of heirloom plants. Their names alone sound inviting Flanders Purple kale, Golden Marconi sweet peppers, Moon & Stars watermelons, Turk s Turban squash, Scarlet Emperor running beans, and Jefferson plums and many growers claim that their taste is unsurpassed. Beyond the classic appeal, however, lies the far more important issue of biodiversity. Unless these unique seeds are grown and saved, they will not only be forgotten, but lost forever.Based on the extensive seed catalogs of Thomas Etty, the popular heirloom seedsman, "Heirloom Plants "includes information on almost 500 exciting cultivars to be grown and harvested, along with detailed profiles and cultivation tips for each plant. In addition to edibles, the book also has chapters on antique herbs and flowers, from Cup and Saucer vines to Sweet William carnations to Empress of India nasturtiums. Trowel and book in hand, let your motto be, Growing the past, saving the future. "
    How Not to Kill Your Houseplant New Edition: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

    How Not to Kill Your Houseplant New Edition: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

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    How to keep alive 119 gorgeous indoor plants, then help them bloom and thrive.

    You've welcomed a plant into the home: Now what? Your first job is to keep it alive, then after that help it bloom and thrive. Learn all the tips and tricks you need to become a proud plant parent--of more than 100 different plants (if you're up for it)!

    Yellowed leaves, drooping leaves, dried leaves, even though you've watered it: What's going on? How Not to Kill Your Houseplant will explain--and fix--your houseplant woes.

    Learn to spot the danger signs and take the proper action to rescue your sick plant.

    Follow quick tips to understand what your plant does and doesn't like: how much light, water, food, heat, and humidity.

    Discover the perfect plant for your unique space and needs. Bathrooms, cold rooms, at a desk, on a windowsill, or in a gloomy corner or hot suntrap--there are plants for every location to create your own indoor oasis.

    This is your guide to every stage of plant parenting for beginners, from identifying exactly what's in the pot to keeping it in check when it grows too well!