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Add These 7 Books To Your Summer Reading List


HRH Prince of Wales has spent more than 30 years cultivating the gardens at Highgrove. They are among the more celebrated organic gardens in the world, and landscape architect Bunny Guinness, along with the aforementioned prince, takes readers beyond the gates on a personal tour by season, sharing the thinking behind each of the plantings and tips for making your garden flourish like a royal’s. Rizzoli, $50


Inspiration comes in all forms, and in her latest book, Charlotte Moss turns to the garden as a resource for interiors. Moss gives readers a tour of her own garden and draws ideas for floral arrangements, entertaining, color schemes, and menus. Follow her lead and get inspiration for your own yard. Rizzoli, $50


Not only do we love the whimsical illustrations found throughout this book, we love the practical advice, from planting seeds to harvesting to recipes that showcase what you’ve grown. The first chapter includes what every gardener/cook should have in her pantry, kitchen and gardening basics, tips on growing for your area, and so much more. Even beginning gardeners will have a harvest to be proud of after reading this book. Abrams, $16.95


India Hicks is synonymous with style. The daughter of decorators David Hicks and Lady Pamela Hicks and goddaughter of HRH the Prince of Wales, along with her husband and their five children and multitude of pets, inhabits Hibiscus Hill on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. The book is chock-full of family photos and illustrations of the lush ideas Hicks puts together for entertaining and living an extraordinary life. Rizzoli, $45


We may be biased, because the author of this book is our very own Nancy Soriano, but if you love beautiful and unique jewelry, this one is for you—even if you’re only a novice crafter. There are more than 30 materials to choose from (some you probably already have at home) and more than 100 projects, ranging from super simple to easy. Following Soriano’s instructions, anyone can make a one-of-a-kind piece. Artisan, $24.95


This book will keep tiny hands busy all summer long. Just grab the kids and head to the supermarket candy aisle to pick up a few supplies, and let former Martha Stewart crafts guru, author, and mom Jodi Levine show you how to do the rest. Potter Craft, $16.99


We love that author Myquillyn Smith shows how homes are really lived in. On page 45, she goes as far as to reveal how her office normally looks, which makes us feel better about our own spaces. On every page, she offers real tips for real lives and direction for making a house a home with “quirky finishing touches” while also staying on budget. Zondervan, $19.99