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The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content)
by , Mark Dagostino

Language

English

Pages

189

Publication Date

October 18, 2016

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<p><strong>This eBook includes the full text of the book plus an exclusive additional chapter from Chip and Joanna that is not found in the hardcover!</strong></p><p><strong>Are you ready to see your fixer upper?</strong></p><p>These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s <em>Fixer Upper</em>. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—<em>Who are these people?</em><em>What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?</em> By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of <em>Fixer Upper</em>, they have become America’s new best friends.</p><p><em>The Magnolia Story</em> is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.</p><p>They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.</p><p>In <em>The Magnolia Story</em> fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:</p><ul><li>The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby</li><li>Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children</li><li>When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck</li><li>Joanna’s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home</li><li>Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple</li><li>Memories and photos from Chip and Jo’s wedding</li><li>The significance of the word <em>magnolia</em> and why it permeates everything they do</li><li>The way the couple pays the popularity of <em>Fixer Upper</em> forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way</li></ul><p>And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”</p>
Micro Living: 40 Innovative Tiny Houses Equipped for Full-Time Li...
by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Language

English

Pages

254

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<DIV>For everyone who’s ever dreamed of simplifying their life and downsizing their home, <I>Micro Living</I> offers an insider’s look at what tiny house living is really like.<BR /><BR /> Best-selling author and tiny house enthusiast Derek “Deek” Diedricksen profiles 40 tiny — but practical — houses that are equipped for full-time living, all in 400 square feet or less. Detailed photography and a floor plan for each structure highlight inventive space-saving design features along with the nuts-and-bolts details of heating, cooling, electric, and plumbing systems. The real-life stories of residents impart the pleasures, as well as the challenges, of day-to-day living. With tips on what to consider before you build, along with framing plans for a prototype small cabin, <I>Micro Living</I> is the perfect starter handbook for both dreamers and doers.<BR /><BR /> This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.<BR />  </DIV>
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave
by Joanna Gaines

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<p></p><p></p><p>In <em>Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave</em>, Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, <em>Homebody </em>gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A design template at the end of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in <em>Homebody </em>will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.</p>
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royal...
by Denise Kiernan

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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From the author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Girls of Atomic City</i> comes the fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States.<BR><BR>Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House.<BR> <BR>Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy.<BR> <BR>The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. <i>The Last Castle </i>is the unique American story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraor...
by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Language

English

Pages

346

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<b>Designer and TED star Ingrid Fetell Lee presents groundbreaking research to explain how making small changes to your surroundings can create extraordinary happiness in your life.</b><br /> <br />Have you ever wondered why we stop to watch the orange glow that arrives before sunset, or why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in spring? Is there a reason that people -- regardless of gender, age, culture, or ethnicity -- are mesmerized by baby animals, and can't help but smile when they see a burst of confetti or a cluster of colorful balloons. <br /><br />We are often made to feel that the physical world has little or no impact on our inner joy. Increasingly, experts urge us to find balance and calm by looking inward -- through mindfulness or meditation -- and muting the outside world. But what if the natural vibrancy of our surroundings is actually our most renewable and easily accessible source of joy? <br /><br />In <i>Joyful</i>, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one setting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters acceptance and delight -- and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives. <br />
Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook: Declutter and Organ...
by Cassandra Aarssen

Language

English

Pages

156

Publication Date

January 02, 2018

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<h3><strong>#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Life</strong></h3><p><strong>Organize your life:</strong> Do you dream of getting organized, but have no idea where to start? <em>Cluttered Mess to Organized Success: Declutter and Organize your Home and Life with over 100 Checklists and Worksheets</em> offers you everything you need to organize your home, family and your time. This book not only provides helpful tips and advice, but it is jam packed with over 100 worksheets, forms, labels, schedules and everything else you need to organize your life.</p><p><strong>Declutter your way to happiness:</strong> Cassandra Aarssen is a Professional Organizer and creator of the successful blog and YouTube channel, ClutterBug. After struggling for years with chaos and clutter, Cassandra transformed her home and her life through organization. She now shares her favorite organizing tips, tricks and secrets in order to help others declutter their way to happiness. Cassandra’s debut book, <em>Real Life Organizing</em> has been inspiring families from all over the world to get control of their clutter and fall in love with their home all over again.</p>
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
by Donald A. Norman

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

November 05, 2013

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<div><b>The ultimate guide to human-centered design </b></div><div><br /></div><div>Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious-even liberating-book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization.</div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.<br /><br /><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> is a powerful primer on how--and why--some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.<br /></div>
Organizing Your Home with SORT and SUCCEED: Five simple steps to ...
by Darla DeMorrow

Language

English

Pages

92

Publication Date

January 25, 2018

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<p><strong><em><strong>Organizing Your Home with SORT and SUCCEED - Five Simple Steps to Stop Clutter Before It Starts, Save Money and Simplify Your Life</strong></em> is the organizing book for people feeling overwhelmed by their stuff.</strong></p><p><strong>This master plan from a professional organizer is the only organizing solution you need to <em><strong>declutter at home.   </strong></em></strong></p><p><strong>This proven organizing system with five simple steps will <em><strong>get you working quickly </strong></em>on your own real life organizing projects and becoming clutter-free.</strong></p><p><strong>Darla DeMorrow is a Certified Professional Organizer® with more than a decade of practical experience helping individuals, families and small business owners who need a better way to organize their life without feeling guilted into impractical minimalism, unattainable Pinterest-fantasy or pricey organizing gadgets. She has created an <em><strong>efficient way of organizing </strong></em>that works for people who are somewhat organized, and is do-able even for people who are disorganized or have ADHD.</strong></p><p><strong>Whether you are organizing your home, downsizing your home, looking for organizing solutions for people with ADHD or want to save money organizing,<em><strong> this home organizing book will take just about an hour to read </strong></em>so you can get started now. <br /></strong></p><p><strong>Getting organized is good. <em><strong>Staying organized is better</strong></em>. Learn both with this proven system used by HeartWork Organizing’s clients since 2005.</strong></p><p><strong>Purging your stuff doesn't have to be painful, because the focus isn't on tossing. <em><strong>We focus on finding your treasures.</strong></em> Why declutter when you can learn how to stop clutter before it even starts? </strong></p><p><strong>This system goes beyond organizing at home and is useful for<em> time management, paper filing, information management, money management</em> and <em><strong>staying organized with lasting changes.</strong></em></strong></p><h2><strong>Simplify your life with these five simple steps to organize your space, learn neat ways to save money and simplify your life. <br /></strong></h2><p><strong>Tired of all the unrealistic, quick-fix decluttering you've seen on TV? Darla shows how her simple, five step system has helped real people get organized time and time again. Each of the chapters covers the topics that come up in real-life home organization appointments.<br /></strong></p><h2><strong><strong>Cure Your Clutter Troubles</strong></strong></h2><h3><strong><strong></strong>Learn why this book will really help you get organized, and why it might not.<strong> </strong><br /></strong></h3><p><strong><br /></strong></p><h2><strong><strong>Organizing and the Brain</strong></strong></h2><h3><strong>Learn what the latest scientific research tells us about the brain and what that has to do with decluttering and organizing your home.</strong></h3><p><strong><br /></strong></p><h2><strong><strong>Put each one of the SORT and SUCCEED steps into practice</strong></strong></h2><h3><strong>Start getting organized with your own home organizing projects in the next hour. </strong></h3><p><strong><br /></strong></p><h2><strong><strong>"I don't know where to start."</strong></strong></h2><h3><strong>If this sounds like you, then you'll love having a defined plan to organize your whole house. This defined plan can be an organizing solution even people with ADHD can follow. Or create your own customized organizing plan.</strong></h3><p><strong><br /></strong></p><h2><strong><strong>Avoid common organizing traps</strong></strong></h2><h3><strong>Many people feel overwhelmed and avoid making decisions to get organized. Learn how to respect what your body is telling you, stop feeling overwhelmed, and  improve relationships. </strong></h3><p><strong><br /></strong></p>
Profit First for Contractors: Transform your Construction Busines...
by Shawn Van Dyke

Language

English

Pages

236

Publication Date

December 12, 2018

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Construction industry business coach, speaker, and author, Shawn Van Dyke, has taken the core concepts of Mike Michalowicz's Profit First and customized them to address the specific needs of the construction industry. Profit First for Contractors addresses the major struggles contractors face and provides clear and actionable guidance on how to overcome them. Shawn shows contractors how to go from simply getting by to becoming permanently profitable. This book is for every construction business owner who dreams of prosperity. Using Van Dyke's Profit First for Contractors system, readers will learn how to:- Break out of the "craftsman cycle" - the seemingly never-ending loop of urgent tasks and responsibilities that keep contractors from gaining traction toward their important goals.- Understand the financial statements of their construction businesses and how to use them to determine the markup and margin that lead to profits.- Develop solid rules of thumb for the operation of their construction businesses.- Implement an effective cash management plan that simplifies accounting and leverages normal human behavior - checking the bank balances.Using real-life stories from actual construction business owners, step-by-step advice, and his conversational twang, Van Dyke puts permanent profitability within reach of every construction business owner.
The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing: Timber Frame Ideas, Post & Beam...
by Bert Sarkkinen

Language

English

Pages

204

Publication Date

November 25, 2018

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<b>Post & Beam Timber Framing Uncovered!</b><br />  <br />Full timber framing is a thing of the past, generally speaking. The art of hybrid timber framing is a must read for owners, architects, and builders who want to influence the look and feel of their projects using exposed beam construction. Hybrid timber framing utilizes post & beam as well as modern & historical timber framing systems to create the ideal timber experience in a home or structure. Design is not held back by the constraints of traditional stick-built homes, or full timber frames. With this flexibility, the design must be carefully considered before the build starts. <br />  <br />With Hybrid Timber Framing, your options are many, but initial decisions have a massive impact on final result and satisfaction. This book educates owners, builders and architects on the decisions that must be covered during the design and planning stage. It is rich with ideas imagery and instruction to jumpstart your inspiration and planning. <br />  <br />However, this book is not for people who cannot or are unwilling to take a little time to learn and focus their efforts on the key things which will make or break the success of their timber building projects. It is a collection of high level techniques, ideas, and tips to avoid common pitfalls and ensure you get what you want with an enjoyable process.<br />  <br />Naturally, timbers and exposed beams have outsized impact on the aesthetics of building projects. Adding timbers without weighing the structural and aesthetic impacts can be worse than doing nothing and will magnify any awkward imbalances. <br />  <br />For rustic homes, beautiful structures, shops, pavilions, car canopies...the timber options are endless. Timber joinery and construction techniques create masterful look and structural integrity. <br />  <br />This guide will help you plan and build it right the first time! Important topics to consider include:<br />  <br />• How to achieve optimized beauty by first defining ugly<br />• Where to draw the line with hybrid timber framing<br />• Seven chapters portraying diverse and unique timber styles<br />• How to avoid the over simplified “Hail Mary” approach<br />• How to accurately predict in the cost of hybrid timber framing<br />  <br />Arrow Timber Framing Owner, Bert Sarkkinen, is the son of a carpenter who developed a passion and knack for building at a young age. He has experienced multiple challenges in this craft through “trials by fire” to become the visionary and chief designer he is today at Arrow Timber Framing. <br />  <br />He is especially proud of his design, production and manufacturing team who he credits to the ongoing growth and company success.<br />  <br />This book provides the crucial knowledge needed for every phase of the project from planning to completion. This guide will help you protect your financial investment and optimize the look of post and beam construction.<br />  <br />“This is the most comprehensive planning guide to help you protect your timber investment and gain long-term project satisfaction to be enjoyed by future generations. We wish you much success as you create unique, artistic and beauty for your next timber project.”<br />  

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