Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Did you know that Sunset Magazine began in 1898 and was originally a Southern Pacific Railroad tourist magazine that encouraged passengers to visit the West? Named after the Sunset Limited train that ran from New Orleans to San Francisco, the magazine’s original office was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Over the years Sunset transitioned to presenting information about the Western lifestyle and included cooking, gardening, building, traveling and decorating tips.

Sunset also began publishing how-to books that guided readers to take on home projects and started idea houses for the public to visit. The first ever Sunset Idea House in the Los Angeles area is in Manhattan Beach (http://www.sunset.com/home/idea-houses/los-angeles-idea-house), and highlights innovations in house and garden design. To celebrate the house, why not check out some terrific Sunset titles on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library. Find inspiration to begin that project you've been thinking about for a while now.

Thinking about bathrooms and kitchens, are they the most remodeled rooms of the house? Try: Bathrooms: Planning and Remodeling, Ideas for Great Bathrooms, Remodeling with Tile, Kitchens: Planning and Remodeling, and Ideas for Great Kitchens.

Maybe the expense and time involved in remodeling is too much and you still want to give some oomph to your interiors.  Look at Ideas for Great Window Treatments, How to Make Pillows,  
 Picture Framing and Wall Display and Complete Home Storage.

And, if the yard calls to you, why not read Fences and Gates, Children’s Play Areas, Patios and Decks and Landscaping with Stone.

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