Perspectives on Design New England offers expert insights from leading design professionals into how truly beautiful New England homes are created: from conceptualizing your dream home to creating an outdoor oasis in your backyard or garden. These industry masters can help you create a new home or redesign one to suit your own unique lifestyle. Superbly written and brimming with brilliant photographs, this coffee table book captures the high style of Cape Cod and our coastal region. Panache Partners, $40, www.panache.com.
Christine Chitnis celebrates American summer bounty in this guide to 50 farmers and artisan markets, Markets of New England. This handy, pocket-size book takes you to the markets of Cape Cod and the Islands, showcasing such glories as baskets of fresh blueberries and oysters just out of the ocean. Complete with vibrant photographs, Markets of New England profiles local delicacies, fascinating purveyors, products of community-supported farms and fisheries, and exceptional crafts and artwork. The Little Bookroom, $15.95, www.littlebookroom.com.
Whether in a coastal town or in the city, the modern shingle style home provides a multitude of advantages, including a closer connection with nature, energy efficiency, and an improved indoor environment. Shingle Style Architecture for the 21st Century includes nearly 300 photographs of 40 North American homes, including beautiful examples of shingle style homes from the Cape and Islands. Learn creative ways that stone, wood, and natural light are used to provide comfortable and sustainable living environments nestled harmoniously within beautiful natural surroundings. Schiffer Books, $49.99, www.schifferbooks.com.