Natural swimming pools rely on the correct balance of living plants and micro-organisms to clean and purify the water. They are easy and less costly to maintain than chemical pools. Chlorine and other common pool chemicals that are hazardous to human health are not used. Natural pools are safe places for children to play and…


Tuscan treasures. Gorgeous homes in the Italian countryside. Under the burning Tuscan sun roll marvelous hills, vineyards, olive groves – all postcard-perfect landscapes nestling medieval towns, rural villas, and contadino farmhouses, endless niches of dreamy dwellings exuding all the charm for which the region is revered. We’ve tracked down the best examples of such havens…


Just about every home or apartment comes with a long fix-it list, but most people don’t have the time for elaborate decorating schemes or the money for expensive updates. They want simple, easy fixes that work, and they want them now. Geared specifically to the realities of 21st-century home ownership, this home-decorating guide aims to…


Chip Carved Christmas Ornaments demonstrates how to create an endless variety of exquisite, wooden Christmas ornaments for your tree using only two knives and just three basic cuts. A selection of ready-to- use full-size patterns include versatile elements that can be re-combined with infinite variations.Chip carving, one of the earliest forms of traditional woodcarving, is…


Over 100 woodworking techniques from joints to finishing. With Woodwork Step by Step you can tackle every type of carpentry project with confidence- create a shelf, a coat rack or even a chair. In an age where household objects are mass produced, nothing beats working with wood to create a unique object you’ve built to…