"Design on a Lime: Flowers with a Twist" by Anne Ryan with photography by Kristie Coia Feld Press, $27.50 The simple but elegant floral...

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“Design on a Lime: Flowers with a Twist”

by Anne Ryan with photography by Kristie Coia

Feld Press, $27.50

The simple but elegant floral designs by Oregon resident Anne Ryan are showcased in mostly full-page photos on 90 of the 100 pages.

Only a sentence or two accompanies the photos, so it’s not a step-by-step how-to book. What it does offer is inspiration for using unusual materials and lively color combinations in arrangements.

It’s available at www.powells.com.

“Real Simple: Celebrations (Easy Entertaining for Every Occasion)”

by the editors of Real Simple

Time Inc. Home Entertainment, $27.95

This beautifully designed book is crammed with ideas for all types of parties, from Thanksgiving dinner to a summer barbecue. Some readers might quibble with the words “simple” and “easy” in the title — there are certainly a few suggestions that require a bit of planning and elbow grease.

Real Simple has included templates for many of the projects on its Web site at realsimple.com/celebrations.

The book is available at www.amazon.com

Compiled from Seattle Times staff and McClatchy News