BOOK & GARDENS
We have been avid readers of Gardenista and sister site Remodelista since they both launched and, in the interest of full disclosure, we are occasional contributors to the former too. So we were very excited to hear that Gardenista was publishing its debut book conceived and compiled by the site’s editor Michelle Slatalla. For anyone about to embark on a garden project this book is a must-have. For a start it’s a very readable guide to making the most of outdoor spaces that’s lightly woven with brilliant take-away advice, design tips and landscaping inspiration whether you have a tiny urban courtyard or a sizeable country plot and anything in between. But there are heaps of covetable spaces that have been beautifully photographed too, including Rose Uniacke’s sublime London conservatory (with elegant, stately planting from Tom Stuart Smith), and Michelle Slatalla’s Californian garden which is just as stylish as you would imagine – even her tool cupboard is a marvel of chic organisation. There are plenty of handy hacks to transform the mundane into marvellous as well as advice on where to splurge and where to save. Put it on your Christmas list now.