Reading Corner: Bright Ideas for Spring

Richly hued, tastefully curated books with fresh inspiration for the spring season ahead

The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits, and Foraged Materials

By Ariella Chezar

Gifted floral designer Ariella Chezar has produced a guide for all seasons with this lush introduction to the art of floristry through 50 floral projects.

Flexing her muscle as an adept arranger of nature’s abundance, Chezar fashions all manner of plant life—working wonders with foraged finds—into displays of pure botanical beauty, including creative reinvigorations of garlands, wreaths, bouquets and more. Her lyrical approach extends from project to page with references to poets and painters. All results in a step-by-step spectacle rooted in imagination.

$25, PenguinRandomHouse.com

It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook

By Gwyneth Paltrow

Easy does it is just right for the toast of Hollywood turned legit lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow. Her latest cookbook, a companion to her earlier work It’s All Good, covers new territory with quick, delicious fare for no-timers. As a busy mother herself, Paltrow taps especially well into the young palate, offering fresh takes on kid-friendly staples with the likes of Pita Bread Pizzas and Chocolate Cinnamon Overnight Oats.

There’s even recipes for dishes you can tote everywhere the family travels. Covering all mealtimes, the book features 125 recipes, each infused with good-for-you ingredients (think slim-to-none sugar, fat or gluten), put together with Paltrow’s feel-good, look-good panache.

$35, GrandCentralLifeandStyle.com

Martyn Lawrence Bullard: Design and Decoration

By Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Debuting next month is the latest design opus from Million Dollar Decorators’ Martyn Lawrence Bullard. With this forthcoming effort, the design-world giant introduces some of his most dazzling décor to date. Applying his exhaustive talent to everything from residences to restaurants to hotels, the Elle Décor A-lister reveals Ellen Pompeo’s resuscitated Hollywood pad, chef Rick Bayless’ Red O restaurant in Newport Beach and Tommy Hilfiger’s pop-art palace in Miami.

Giving each space its sumptuous due, the designer’s innate understanding of how to harness color and texture to bold, yet tasteful, effect is a master-class in decorating for today.

$50, Rizzoli.USA.com

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