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About the Author

Part interior designer, part life coach, MAXWELL GILLINGHAM-RYAN is the cofounder of the Apartment Therapy blog network—which gets 3 million unique visitors per month. Frequently quoted in the shelter and mainstream press, Maxwell has been called a “Makeover Guru” by the New York Times. He is the author of Apartment Therapy and Apartment Therapy Presents.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307464601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307464606
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 9.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nothing new in the pages of this book.
Colleen Burkett
Nothing to see or read here folks, save your money.
Kathleen
Has great ideas for studios and small apartments .
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540 of 573 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on June 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 2:27 Mins
I just did not get it. Take a moment to look at my review...I flip through the pages. Form your own opinion by watching the video :)

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By M. Feeley on July 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Decorating books could be divided between the ones that instruct, and the ones that display. Terence Conran began a different way of discussing how people live in spaces, and AT has been different in that it shows how people live in apartments -- which aren't just small spaces. They are, by definition, smaller parts of a whole space -- a building, a street, a neighborhood, a city. AT led the way for thinking about functional living in apartments - and the entire line of 'landing strip' furniture now available would seem to be their doing.

This book, Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces, unfortunately, doesn't do that -- it shows little snippets and still lifes organized by room (bed, bath, living, etc.) without showing floorplans, and entire spaces. (With the possible exception of the G-R storage space outside the door to their apartment which mentions how they keep the space neat in deference to their neighbors.)Its more decorating porn than erotica: it shows you what someone else does, with no way to draw on those ideas -- rather than excite your own senses about what's possible for you and your space.

For example, the old Gillingham-Ryan pad (as shown in "Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions") was an object lesson in so many ways: rethink materials for their function, not purpose; expand one area (kitchen) and minimize another (lr) - but together, the sum is greater than the parts. In the bedroom, you need a place to sleep, and a place to store things -- but you don't necessarily need space to walk around.

It's unfortunate -- for all that AT has to say about living in (relatively) small spaces that this book misses the point.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Cat Lover on May 27, 2010
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Gorgeous pictures, of course, as with all AT books. Also as with all AT books, a tad too light on pics of overall setups and arrangments. I'm not against knick knack collections, as they do help complete certain styles of rooms, but I don't go to the AT website, or buy the AT books, to see closeups of other people's knick knacks. I'm there for ideas for solutions that other people have come up with, such as how to make a daybed serve as a couch in the living room...how to decorate a quirky alcove...innovative storage solutions, and so on. I'd prefer if AT would put out more "how this was done" step by step explanations, and more diagrams of some of the great ideas others have come up with.
But I also realize that part of AT is showcasing not just other people's creative ideas, but their personal spaces, thus the closeups and detail shots of the people's personal items.

I'm not as cranky about all of this as I sound - it's just that AT is a fabulous resource for small space solutions, and I personally would prefer more info and diagrams, etc., because I am constantly in search of exactly that.

I appreciate the fact that others are willing to showcase their homes in the first place, because in my opinion, there's not a website out there that is better for getting help and ideas for small space living than AT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on March 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I received this book in the mail today and I am returning to Amazon for a full refund.

I was really looking forward to receiving Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces thinking it would be packed with great pictures of, well, small, cool spaces. I was excited thinking I would be seeing cleverly arranged small apartments and spaces as well as advice on how to decorate a small space and what I got was a dull, uninspiring book with basic run-of-the-mill apartments that don't even look small.

You can see the coolest apartment the book has to offer for free, it's the picture on the front cover. That's it. Once you open the book be prepared to be disappointed. Nothing to see or read here folks, save your money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GipsyRogue on February 7, 2011
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Unless you are the sort of person who is thoroughly incapable of thinking outside the box and have never lived in a small space before, this book is useless. There's nothing groundbreaking, terribly creative, or especially inspiring in these pages. Don't waste your money. Seriously. You'll find far more interesting stuff on the Apartment Therapy site and around the web... and probably in your neighbors' apartments.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you've just moved into an apartment or small home where space is a consideration, this book is well-organized by room to give you tips on how to maximize your space in stylish and inventive ways.

From entrances to bedrooms to kitchens to baths, it has real life examples of what innovative individuals have done to find extra storage and living space in limited quarters. The styles featured tend to be young/urban/eclectic and contemporary but the same principles can apply to European and American country/cottage styles. It's perfect for those who like to buy second-hand, antique and flea market styles.

It's a great introductory book if you've just moved into a small space and want inspiration on how to utilize the space effectively while making it comfortable, welcoming and putting your own personal style stamp on it. If you go to apartment therapy's blog website, you can preview pages of the book there to see if the book is to your liking. If you like the apartment therapy blogs and other apartment therapy books, you should enjoy this book for small space ideas. It's a great resource for ideas--such as the loft over the kitchen/eating area featured on the cover--that should spark a few of your own ideas.
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