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Curb Appeal Idea Book

Curb Appeal Idea Book
Mary Ellen Polson
Taunton Press
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paper, 169 p., $19.95

Creating an aesthetically pleasing façade and entryway to the home, whether it is formal or casual, large or small, is the theme of this handsomely illustrated book by Mary Ellen Polson. Her well-organized, practical manual guides the reader through the steps to determine a given home’s architectural style. In turn, that style shapes the landscape accordingly so that the focal point makes a positive impression on all viewers. This is an exciting book that readers may find impossible to put down, for each page is filled with great ideas. Often using the format of the home makeover, the author points out how a simple change to a ho-hum façade can turn it into a stunningly attractive residence. Even though most of the text is concerned with architectural elements, the photographs emphasize the importance of the landscape in creating the perfect setting. Highly recommended, this book covers a wide range of subjects concerned with beautifying the home grounds.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden