ISSUE 19  |  Spring Cleaning

By the Book: Creating Domestic Bliss

May 10, 2012 5:15 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

When was the last time you flipped your mattress? Not in a while–or never? Learn the secrets of domestic bliss with this trio of books (longtime Remodelista favorites).

Above: The Guide to Natural Housekeeping is by Christina Strutt, the founder of the UK shop Cabbages & Roses. The book is full of ideas on keeping a natural home with information on how to make your own chemical-free cleaning potions using lemons, baking powder, vinegar, and water. Strutt also dispenses advice on restoring furniture and woodwork, recycling and reusing, and sustainable decorating; $15.40 from Amazon.

Above: Hands down, my favorite book on domestic science (and this really is a science) is Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House. Author Cheryl Mendelson offers a comprehensive look at housekeeping and the art of keeping a home. Information ranges from the practical (how to get a good fire started in fireplace) to the scientific (how bacteria forms on our everyday food, and, of course, how to prevent it). This is one of those books that has proved both useful and compellingly readable; $14.28 in paperback from Amazon.

Above: Martha Stewart has been talking domestic science for a while now, and she’s rolled her knowledge amassed over the years into one weighty book: Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home. The book offers a room-by-room look at housekeeping, with plenty of tips and insider details; $28.84 from Amazon.