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In­spi­ra­tion for a jet-set­ting bucket list and tips for pretty out­door spa­ces

NZ House & Garden - - NOTED -

AMAZ­ING AR­CHI­TEC­TURE

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

GAR­DEN STYLE

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

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