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There are only so many shows on Netflix to watch before your mind starts itching for some other creative outlets. Whether it’s in the kitchen, the studio, or your yard, it’s important to spend this time in ways that will maintain your health and happiness. That’s why, as a thank you for your years of support, we hope to support you by sharing excerpts and ideas from recent books that we hope will make this time a little easier.

Taking Time

Time is a strange concept these days. On one hand, we feel like we have too much of it but on the other hand, we’ve realized how precious it is. In Taking Time, legendary couturier Azzedine Alaïa has taken on the question of time in salon-style discussions between some of the most famous minds of our generation. These luminaries share helpful insights into appreciating and managing time, as well as how they manifest their creativity.

Download an excerpt from Taking Time to read Alaïa’s thoughts on time in a one-on-one conversation with author Donatien Grau, followed by a deep dive into how artists view time in a conversation between filmmaker Jean-Claude Carrière and artist Julian Schnabel, who worked together on At Eternity’s Gate, Schnabel’s film about Vincent van Gogh.

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Learning from the Past

Trailblazers in evening gowns, the women celebrated in The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion: 250 Years of Design are early fashion vanguards and contemporary innovators who have—and continue to—change the face of fashion around the world.

Download this excerpt to learn about well-known and hidden figures from First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s seamstress to Elsa Schiaparelli, all revealed through their stories and most compelling works.

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The Bata Shoe Museum has an extraordinary collection of more than 14,000 artifacts, dating from as far back as 4,500 years to the present day, making it one of the largest shoe collections in the world. The World at Your Feet: Bata Shoe Museum features 100 shoes that are among the most important in their collection and display a fantastic array of styles.

Download this excerpt to travel back in time to late 19th-century France, 1920’s Switzerland, America of the 1960’s, and even 1690’s Italy.

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Make Mother’s Day a Day She’ll Remember

There’s no better way to honor our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and wives than to take time to do something special just for them. Whether setting the table for a lovely brunch, preparing her favorite foods from scratch, or guiding her through some self-care, it’s these little things that show how much we care. Below are a selection of ideas to help inspire you to make the most of Mom’s day.

Set a place for Mom at a beautiful spring table with this guide from Gathering: Setting the Natural Table.

Take Mom to the Hamptons with recipes created by celebrated Hamptonites from The Ladies Village Improvement Society Cookbook.

Make brunch a fancy affair with these dishes from You’re Invited: Classic, Elegant Entertaining.

Satisfy your Mother’s sweet tooth with these dessert recipes from Eataly: All About Dolci.

Make Mom a meal of tempting pecan-inspired recipes from the Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut cookbook.

Let the ultimate (s)Mother help you smother your Mother with these recipes from The Goldberg’s Cookbook.

Help your Mother indulge in some self-care with these tips from Alicia Rountree: Fresh Island Style.

Join Mom for a natural beauty day with recipes for all-natural beauty and skincare products from The Women’s Heritage Sourcebook.

How to Achieve Backyard Heaven

Take your first steps towards backyard heaven with this free excerpt from Garden Design Master Class. Comprised of essays from the top garden designers working today, Garden Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from The World’s Finest Designers on the Art of the Garden provides expert design advice and philosophy for everyone from amateurs to professionals. In this excerpt, we’re sharing a handful of the 100 essays, including ideas for choosing materials for your taste and location, thoughts behind layering and editing, and a guide to Spring bulbs.

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Recipes from Farm to Table

Download recipes from The Kerber’s Farm Cookbook that make the most of what Spring has to offer. These recipes—developed from ingredients abundant during the Spring season—are inspired by life on Kerber’s Farm, a 75-year-old farm, country market, and food company located in Long Island.

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Redesign the Heart of Your Home

Whether you’re looking to refresh your kitchen or planning a tear-down redo, the most important element to incorporate is your own personal style. Download an excerpt from The Perfect Kitchen that illustrates a range of personal touches you can consider when redesigning the heart of your home.

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Drink Wine Like a Connoisseur

No one would agree that liquor stores are an essential business more than wine aficionados. But what if you’re just the average drinker? Why not use this downtime to up your wine game from casual to connoisseur! Download a free excerpt from Monseigneur le Vin—a distinctly cheeky but highly informative French introduction to the art of drinking wine—for a guide to true wine appreciation.

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Mindful Decorating Through Nature

Discover a more mindful way of living and decorating with this free excerpt from Living with Nature (including tips for Spring decorating, plus ideas for Easter and Mother’s Day tablescapes). Learn easy methods for styling your home with repurposed elements and found objects from nature, creating an atmosphere that is warm, relaxing, and beautiful.

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Make Your Own Change of Scenery

If you’re sick of staring at the same 4 walls why not change the view? In this free excerpt from Novogratz Design Fix, husband-and-wife design team Robert and Cortney Novogratz share some small—but thoughtful—changes that are all you need to bring fresh life into your home.

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