In the event that you'd rather spend this winter curled up next to a roaring fire — or space heater — in the company of a good book than sprinkling kitty litter on the driveway or evicting squirrels from your attic, some fine suggestions worth seeking out: 

"Dreaming Small: Intimate Interiors" by Douglas Woods (Rizzoli) 3/4

"Home: 25 Amazing Projects for Your Home" by Beci Orpin (Rizzoli) 3/4

"Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life" by Georgia Pellegrini (Clarkson Potter) 3/4

"Seedswap: The Gardener's Guide to Saving and Swapping Seeds" by Josie Jeffrey (Roost Books) 1/7

"A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture" by Virginia Savage McAlester (Knopf)

"Small Apartment Hacks: 101 Ingenious DIY Solutions for Living, Organizing, and Entertaining" by Jenna Mahoney (Ulysses Press)

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) reports on design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.