|Not So Big Gift Ideas
for the Holiday Season
you're looking for the perfect gift for the design enthusiast, the Not
So Big fan, or someone who is struggling to create a home and life with
room in it for what really matters, look no further. This e-mail
contains Sarah Susanka's favorites (both from the Not So Big series and from
other authors) for great gifts this season.
Note: all links in
the recommendations below go to Amazon.com, but if you prefer to
purchase from an independent bookseller instead, please go to Indiebound.
RECENT NOT SO BIG SERIES PUBLICATIONS
Not So Big Remodeling
Sarah's latest addition to the Not So Big House series shows us how it's possible to stay put and remodel your existing house in a Not So Big way, incrementally, as time and money allow. Already much loved by readers, this book was named one of the top ten customer favorites of the year in the Home & Garden category on Amazon.com.
The Not So Big House10th Anniversary Edition (hardcover)
This new edition of Sarah's best-selling first book features a new cover, a new introduction and a new final chapter that shows how readers have implemented Not So Big strategies in their own homes. The book's focus on the qualities of home rather than the quantities is timelier than ever this year. Now also available in paperback.
The Not So Big Life
The Not So Big Life shows us how to change the way we live by fully inhabiting each moment of our lives. For anyone who is struggling to find meaning and direction in their life, this is the perfect gift. To read more about what the book contains, click here.
For those who find it easier to listen than to read or for those with long commutes, the audio book is the perfect gift.
The Not So Big House: Home By Design DVD
In this one hour program originally developed for Public Television, Sarah takes you through the most important Not So Big principles, showing how to apply each one to transform your house into the home you've always wanted. The DVD is a perfect intro to Not So Big house design.
This newly packaged version of a Not So Big gift giving favorite includes The Not So Big House 10th Anniversary Edition (see above for details) and Creating the Not So Big House. These two volumes offer all of Sarah's trendsetting architectural ideas in one slipcase set.
To see descriptions of all of Sarah's books, click here.
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|SARAH'S TOP PICKS FOR YOUR HOME AND LIFE DESIGN LIBRARY COLLECTION|
addition to her own books, Sarah has a number of recommendations for gifts that
are in line with the Not So Big sensibility.
There are a lot of books being published these days about sustainable
design and living. Here are some of her
own favorites, along with a few classics that, in her opinion, no household
should be without.
The Spiral of the Seasons
by John Sullivan
Although written primarily for those entering the fall and winter seasons
of their lives, this book will be of immeasurable value to anyone wanting to
learn more about the real meaning of life. It's an excellent companion for The Not So
Just Enough by Azby Brown
book should be required reading for anyone who wants to help make today's world
more sustainable and capable of surviving the current imbalances of climate,
energy, and resource distribution. It
holds the key to rebalancing both our planet and our own lives.
You Are Here by Colin
You Are Here is
a powerful inquiry into how we humans orient ourselves in space and identify
places both familiar and new. For anyone looking for a better
understanding of how we process the world around us, it's a stimulating and
In Pursuit of Elegance by
This wonderful and thought-provoking
book examines the elusive element behind so many innovative breakthroughs that
capture our imaginations, in fields ranging from physics and marketing to popular
culture and design (including a segment on Not So Big).
Less Is More
Andrews & Wanda Urbanska
collection of works by Simplicity experts (with an article from Sarah about
de-cluttering), this book shows us that when we choose less, we regain our life
and more - more time, more satisfaction, more balance, and ultimately, more
Get Your House Right by
This important and
much needed book helps both homeowners and professionals get back in touch with
the proportioning of house parts one to another and to the greater whole.
Simple Prosperity by David
This powerful book by the author of Affluenza provides
an alternative to the "pursuit
of happiness by consumption" vision of reality. Full of
wisdom for real living, it will help you find a kind of wealth that's woven
right within the fabric of everyday life.
Rapt by Winifred Gallagher
This wonderful and
inspiring book asks readers to remember something so simple and yet so little
appreciated -- what you focus upon profoundly affects your quality of life. It is
a much needed prescription for these tumultuous times.
Your Green Home by Alex
Author Alex Wilson
explains what homeowners need to know to make their own home more
environmentally friendly, and he does it in a way that makes a broad and
complicated subject easy and enjoyable to read--no small feat!
Starting Green by Glenn
An inspiring, well thought out and information rich roadmap for
creating new green businesses for the coming conserver economy, this book can
help us re-envision our economic future.
A Pattern Language by
This 1977 classic
provides a compendium of design concepts that have shaped the built environment
for all of human history, ranging from city planning to house design and
everything in between. The book
encourages readers to recognize their innate building sense by
providing a language by which to discuss what we know intuitively makes sense.
Along with its sister, The Timeless Way of Building, A
Pattern Language launched a paradigm shift in how we design and build.
In fact, Sarah's fourth book, Home By
Design, is dedicated to Christopher Alexander to honor his influence on her
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The Not So Big House
site is full of useful information for people wanting to know how to build a house that favors quality over quantity.
The Not So Big Life
site is what Sarah describes as the second half of the book, providing a community through which to engage your own not so big life.
The portal to all of Sarah's websites, Susanka.com
also has some great resources for architects.
More from the Not So Big Series
Click on the book images
to order from Amazon
Home By Design
Inside the Not So Big House
Outside the Not So Big HouseCreating the Not So Big House
Not So Big Solutions For Your Home
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The Next Book in the Not So Big Series
More Not So Big Solutions For Your Home
newest book, due out in March of 2010, is a collection of articles that she
wrote and illustrated originally for Inspired House and Fine
Homebuilding magazines. With attainable home improvements such as how to use
color, how to unify an interior with trim, and how to design a laundry room
that works, this compilation is packed with highly detailed and practical
solutions to everyday home design challenges.
Now available for pre-order
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