Inspiration for a jet-setting bucket list and tips for pretty outdoor spaces
Lonely Planet, $17, 128 pages, paperback Fun for the armchair traveller or inspiration for creating a travel bucket list – Lonely Planet has rounded up 120 of the world’s most beautiful, intriguing or outrageous buildings. You’ll find everything from romantic castles (Portugal’s colourful Palácio Nacional da Pena) to architectural wonders like Piet Blom’s tumbling cube houses in the Netherlands and examples of modern excess (Macao’s Grand Lisboa). Each comes with interesting snippets of information. This book’s value is in the more modest and lesser known treasures it reveals. I fancy visiting Mali’s Great Mosque of Djenné in May when locals gather to reapply its mud coating washed away by the monsoon.
Rosemary Barraclough is NZ House & Garden’s associate editor
By Selina Lake, Ryland Peters & Small, distributor Bookreps NZ, $49.99,
160 pages, hardback
If you’ve got a little garden shed, a pint-sized courtyard or (yes, please) a charming old glasshouse, stylist Selina Lake delivers plenty of ideas to pretty things up and make your outdoors more usable. Her trademark style is loose and feminine, with plenty of vintage elements – although I can see her tiered herb garden in old metal buckets working even in a modern setting. There are affordable DIY ideas for creating sociable spaces – the breeze-block sofa looks a doddle. Lake also offers tips for styling alfresco dining areas: you don’t need to buy flowers – if you snip what grows naturally around the table, your setting will feel right “at home”, she says. Rosemary Barraclough