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RL Picks: More Books for Inspiration

Grow your garden and give your interiors an upgrade with the help of today's picks


Be inspired to spruce up your home with these books. Make sure you visit the nearest bookstore the next time you head out.

Picks by Dagny Madamba, Paula de Guzman, and Tala Singson. Photographed by Dairy Darilag and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Read the original article ("45 Must-Read Books”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

For garden inspiration

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws

Aside from being informative, we couldn’t resist the elegant botanical illustrations found in this book. If you're a history buff with a green thumb, this read is definitely a must-have. Each entry features a description of the plant, its botanical name, and its primary functions, to name a few. While we are all familiar with tea, cotton, and rice --- a couple of lesser-known plants are showcased, too like agave, pineapple, and sweet pea.

P844, Fully Booked

For those who love interior design

Interior Design Illustrated by Francis D.K. Ching and Corky Binggeli

A must-have for interior designers and home decorators, this book serves as a visual introduction to designing for interior spaces -- highlighting building elements, environmental systems and furnishings. Aside from being a lovely addition to your shelf, it is a very practical guide, too.

P2,375, Powerbooks

*Prices are subject to change. Visit the nearest bookstore to inquire.


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