The Gentle Art of Domesticity

by Jacquelyn Lewis

Sometimes a DIY book is so beautiful and inspiring, you just want to live inside of it.

The Gentle Art of Domesticity is particularly tempestuous, for between its heaving covers, hardly a DIY direction is revealed. But oh, the excitement you’ll feel as you page through this portrait of Ms. Brocket’s picture-perfect life in Berkshire, England, where she gardens, bakes, stitches, knits, and reads in a most splendid and color-coordinated way. While readers of her blog,, will already be quite familiar with her words (the text seems directly lifted from her posts), the images here are of much better quality and therefore far more lickable.

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