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Dwelling Dreamers Resources

The member-led Dwelling Dreamers group meets monthly to discuss topics relevant to improving the appearance and functionality of the living environment. This resource includes several books in our collection on the topic of home design, as well as a list of online resources to use as a jumping off point. To browse the shelves, check the following areas of the library.


600 – Applied Sciences

Gardening 635

Home Economics 640

Home Buying 643

Home Repair 643.7

Home Cleaning 648

Woodworking, Furniture Making, Upholstering 684

Home Building, Carpentry, Plumbing 690

Home Painting 698


700 – The Arts

Landscaping 710

Houses 728

House Plans 728.37

Home Decoration 747


If you have trouble finding these areas, library staff will be happy to help you!

Library Materials

Mechanics' Institute's collection includes the following design books.

747 G4815 Apartment Therapy presents real homes, real people, hundreds of real design solutions by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

747.94 C754 Conran on color by Terence Conran

747 D536 Details : a stylist's secrets to creating inspired interiors by Lili Diallo

747.1 B262 Do it yourself : 50 projects by designers and artists by Thomas Bärnthaler

747.98 D12 Gardenhome--city : creating an urban haven by Bonnie Trust

747 D317 Home by Ellen DeGeneres

747 J31 The house always wins : America's most trusted home columnist's guide to creating your (almost) perfect dream house by Marni Jameson

747 G16 House thinking : a room-by-room look at how we live by Winifred Gallagher

747 C75 How to live in small spaces : design, furnishing, decoration, detail for the smaller home by Terence Conran

747 W725 The Kinfolk home : interiors for slow living by Nathan Williams

747 P277 Living in style : without losing your mind by Marco Pasanella

747.9 P88 Living with books by Alan Powers

747.73 B374 Living with books by Roland Beaufre, Dominique Dupuich

747.79 L664 Mexicocina : the spirit and style of the Mexican kitchen

747 S48 Nest for two : creating a harmonious home by by Allison Serrell

747 A823 The right color by Eve Ashcraft

747.1 G883 Simply styling : fresh & easy ways to personalize your home by Kirsten Grove

747 V42 Speed decorating : a pro stager's tips and trade secrets for a fabulous home in a week or less by Jill Vegas

747.88 F889 Surf shack : laid-back living by the water by Nina Freudenberger

747 C75s Terence Conran small spaces : inspiring ideas and creative solutions

747 Y519 Vern Yip's design wise : your smart guide to a beautiful home by Vern Yip

747.0952 L42 The Wabi-Sabi house : the Japanese art of imperfect beauty by Robyn Griggs Lawrence

747 C637 The way we live : in the city by Stafford Cliff