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Garden House: Bringing the Outdoors In Hardcover – February 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Printing edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811819108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811819107
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

In essence, creating a "garden house" means pulling together the best and most comfortable aspects of indoor comforts and combining them with the natural delights of the garden, bringing the outdoors in to create a restorative, uplifting, and comfortable home. In this lushly illustrated idea book, Bonnie Trust Dahan offers a wealth of innovative ideas, designs, and delights: aromatic herbs near the bath, an indoor hammock, a stunning birch log with branches as a coat rack, an outdoor swing on an indoor porch, a rustic potting bench as a kitchen enhancement. Room by room, she takes the reader through a multitude of inventive fantasies that can be realized and created by a person living in a hilltop mansion in the country or a walk-up studio apartment in the heart of a bustling, crowded urban center. Using the many examples shown and described, the reader can customize his or her own dream garden house, and will be inspired to do so by this lovely book. --Mark A. Hetts


Home is a natural sanctuary of ease and comfort. The garden soothes the mind and body, invigorating the sense and restoring peace and well-being. Gardenhouse is about blending the two - inviting the outdoors in and creating rooms that bring us closer to the joys of nature.

From the simplest gestures to more elaborate projects, this book offers inspirational ideas for revisioning the home with a gardener's eye. A selection of aromatic herbs placed beside the bathtub will perfume morning showers. Potted plants and a bistro table by a window evoke a sunny outdoor cafe. A hammock hung in a quiet corner makes an ideal spot to nap. Each room in the garden house offers a bright, restorative space that is as simply beautiful as it is airy and refreshing. Gardenhouseis filled with unique and inspiring ways to enhance the experience of home. -Craftworks

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first saw this book in Restoration Hardware, where I was working at the time. It was an *immediate* hit with the style conscious staff. One woman got a dreamy look on her face as she read it "I could live in any of these" and I know exactly what she meant. It is of particular interest to those in Northern California as many of the resources listed in the back are local to us. A charming and keepable book.
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