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H&H style editor Michael Penney shares his three all-time favourite design and decorating books that he's been pouring over since he was a child — yes, a child. Martha Stewart's Gardening is full of colourful photography and useful tips. Thomas O'Brien's American Modern is a more recent book, and a staple for H&H editors. (Enjoy our photo gallery with excerpts from the book.) And finally, House Beautiful's Colors For Your Home provides paint swatches and quotes from designers about why they love various paint colours.

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In This Episode

Prepare to be amazed by landscape architect Ron Holbrook's lush makeover of a downtown backyard, which includes an all-weather Asian-inspired loggia, an outdoor kitchen and a sleek dining area that's perfect for alfresco lounging and entertaining. In the loggia, sectional seating surrounds an outdoor fireplace, with wood shutters to keep the elements out year-round. Quality finishes like Brazilian ipe wood, smooth Corian and Algonquin limestone lend a contemporary and timeless style to the kitchen and dining areas, while a garden full of peonies, hydrangeas, delphiniums and phlox adds colour. Find out why you must read H&H style editor Michael Penney's three all-time favourite design and decorating books: Martha Stewart's Gardening, Thomas O'Brien's American Modern and House Beautiful's Colors For Your Home. Plus, food editor Amy Rosen joins Toronto's "queen of cakes", Dufflet Rosenberg, as she demonstrates a recipe for strawberry almond cake.

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Credits

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Lynda Reeves

DIRECTOR TV PRODUCTION & ONLINE VIDEO

Sheri Graham Delagran

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Jason Stickley

SEGMENT PRODUCER

Ryan Louis

EDITORS

Patrick Malone
Erin Gulas

DIGITAL DIRECTOR

Michael Zimmermann

ONLINE DESIGNER

Julie Aubie

Runtime: 2:35
Released: July 04, 2011
Featuring: Michael Penney
Channel: Design Lab