Each Four Seasons destination is a distinctive experience, yet all properties are united under the philosophy that exceptional service and savoir faire can make a single stay life-changing. It is the spa manager, the executive chef, the astronomer, the concierge, the sommelier, the florist, and the myriad other star team members working behind the scenes who make up the true identity of Four Seasons, taking the time to connect with guests and turn dreams into reality every day.
Artist Ignasi Monreal's sensational paintings capture these people, and the essential details they make it their mission to perfect, that place Four Seasons hotels and resorts in a class all their own
Lisa Eldred Steinkopf
Houseplant Party introduces readers to the world of growing and decorating with houseplants through care tips and fun DIY houseplant projects.
Grow some of the worlds most unique and beautiful houseplants with this one-of-a-kind guide. Plus, find DIY projects for using houseplants to kick up your decorating skills! Houseplants make epic house guests-they don't talk back, they're 100% no drama, they're exceptional listeners, and they help beautify your bedroom and calm your senses. Plus, houseplants are fun to nurture and care for.
In Houseplant Party, you'll discover dozens of amazing, easy-to-care-for houseplants that are a perfect fit for your desk, windowsill, bedside table, or bathroom vanity. From peace lilies and ponytail palms to fairy washboards, air plants, and Venus fly traps, author and houseplant guru Lisa Eldred Steinkopf has your back with easy-to-follow houseplant advice and insight. But, Houseplant Party isn't just about taking care of plants. It's also about decorating with plants. Get step-by-step plans for making:
Norwegian Wood meets The Tao of Pooh meets a flock of Swedish sheep in this playful, profound and philosophical diary written by a literary academic turned novice shepherd.
Why do we keep sheep? Alex Linden ruminates as he watches his sheep ruminating. Naive and inexperienced, he has ditched his doctoral studies in order to move to a fully working farm in the country with his family, where he is tasked with the responsibility of caring for a herd of sheep.
Linden records his new life in his diary, as he tries to manage life on the farm, the ever-escaping sheep and the trials and tribulations that come with being a shepherd - shearing, lambing and confronting the slaughterhouse.
As time passes and he gradually settles into the rhythm of shepherding, his naivete fades away and is replaced with stark realisations about what is now his everyday life. He finds himself applying his experiences of animal husbandry to consider our place - as individuals and as a collective organism - in the universe. Is he really the one caring for the sheep, or are they the ones keeping him? Linden finds both companionship in his flock and a sound, if complex, moral framework for examining the lives we lead.
The result is a sensitive and entertaining meditation on the small wonders in our world.
About the Author
Axel Linden was born in 1972. He lives with his family at their farm in Ostergotland county in the southeast of Sweden.
On Sheep is his debut.
A humorous and very personal guide written by Bill Bailey about his favourite British birds, complete with drawings, notes and cartoons by the comedian himself.
'When herons are spooked they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digested pieces of eel and water vole skull on your head is not a good look. Just so you know.'
Packed with the comedian's observations, illustrations and sketches, this edition is perfect for birdwatching expeditions, with new information for proper twitchers, including:
· A 'British Birds' checklist
· A list of the best birdwatching sites in the UK
· Suggestions of bird spotting equipment
· Information about joining a birdwatching club
Bailey takes us on a journey around the British Isles, zooming in on those birds that enthuse him the most. Whether it's what they eat, where they fly to or how they communicate, these birds are always fascinating, and he introduces us to their weird and wonderful ways in a manner that is always entertaining.
If you're a parent who'd like to appear a bit clever when your child asks you the name of a bird; if you want to find a new and healthy hobby that takes you outdoors; or whether, quite simply, you want to understand a bit more about our natural environment and have a laugh at the same time, this is the companion book to have.
Funny and insightful, and positively crackling with energy, knowledge and wit, this book will delight Bailey's fans, birds as well as those who fancy a bit of armchair escapism.
Alongside music and stand-up, one of Bailey's favourite pastimes is birdwatching, which he has been doing since he was a child in the West Country. His fondest memories are of family outings with parents, grandparents and cousins, ticking the birds off in his little Observer's Book of Birds. As he has said about those formative years, 'birdwatching gave a purpose to the day and a love of the natural world which has carried on into my adult life'
Australia has wildly differing topographies and climates, and its best residential architecture draws on those site conditions in inventive ways. This book illustrates the strength of the country's shift from British-influenced Georgian-style homes to more indigenous structures attuned to the land - a movement led by Australian architects such as Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier, and Gabriel Poole in the 1970s. Witness a range of new houses that grapple with the locales in which they are built. Up north, down south, and on the coast, from small and low-budget to multimillion-dollar dwellings, the focus is on the use of raw materials, energy efficiency, adaptable spaces, and embrace of the great outdoors for which the country is known. Drawings and interviews with the architects shed light on how they apply their intelligence and creativity to produce striking buildings that are uniquely Australian.
AUTHOR: Steve Huyton is a an architectural writer for international magazines and a blogger at Total Design Reviews.
Private Gardens: Design Secrets to Creating Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces features nearly forty spectacular garden designs from around the world. Each garden is beautifully photographed and includes detailed diagrams and construction and planning schemes, with practical advice from professional landscape architects and designers, who share details regarding the many aspects to making a successful garden design function perfectly and inspire beauty. Nearly 40 beautiful private gardens from all over the world, including traditional European gardens, American gardens, Japanese gardens and a number of gardens from Southeast Asia, with a wealth of high-res photos, floor plans, hand drawings and plant details to showcase the beautiful view of gardens. In this book, the reader is guided by a group of well-established designers, who are able to design beautiful private gardens following their clients.
AUTHOR: A graduate from Michigan State University, with a degree in Landscape Horticulture with a focus on design. Kurt Schaus, Principal Designer of R. Youngblood & Co., has heightened the levels of all projects since his joining the firm in 2002. He is known for his ability to conceptualise a landscape plan that harmonises with proven install specifications, overcomes site challenges, and functionally serves the desired vision and lifestyle. With a strong understanding of the relationship between site, architecture, and environment, Kurt effectively prioritises the project scope to the most desirable outcome. He serves the firm and its clients greatly with his 30 years of experience and the understanding of what is behind the making of a garden. His role and abilities have allowed R.Youngblood & Co. to be the proud recipient of awards for garden design and excellence on several occasions.