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Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions: Secrets For Making Any Room Look Elegant And Feel Spacious On Any Budget [Paperback]

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Book Description

February 24, 2009

When someone says they live in a small house or apartment, the image that comes to mind is all too often negative―cramped, cluttered, or confining. But America’s leading small space designer, Libby Langdon, knows just how to counter that stereotype. In Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions, she finally offers a practical, user-friendly guide to decorating small spaces so they look stylish, beautiful, and larger than their actual dimensions.

Setting out from the premise that it doesn’t take lots of money to achieve a warm and inviting atmosphere, she delivers practicality and inspiration that’s affordable. Armed with a bit of basic design knowledge and a few of Libby’s tricks of the trade, any small-space dweller can learn how to create gracious, inviting small-space homes that are also functional to a tee.

Each chapter addresses the most common problems encountered in a particular space―living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, office, or hall―and presents solutions and sample layouts, as well as numerous color photos showing transformed spaces “before” and “after” that illustrate small-space design tips. Libby also spells out the top ten mistakes people make in small spaces, and provides step-by-step instructions for painting and hanging art.

An invaluable resource for apartment dwellers, first-time homeowners, and anyone looking to downsize, Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions proves that living with less doesn’t mean living without luxury.

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“Whatever Libby Langdon takes on, whether it be designing a New York City restaurant or decorating a Hampton’s hideaway, you know the end result is going to be done with style. This instructive book is no exception.” ―Bobby Flay

"Libby Langdon's book is absolutely packed with solutions for small-space living, from high-end custom designs to clever and affordable ideas for every budget." ―Susan Victoria, Senior Editor, Architecture and Design, Metropolitan Home

“We appreciate any woman who makes small things look a lot bigger. And Libby's interior decorating ideas are awesome, too!”

―Peter & Bobby Farrelly

“Like having a high energy designer and personal organizer by your side, with this book Libby offers chic and stylish solutions for all your decorating needs. It is a must read if you are seeking to simplify, organize, and bring beauty into your apartment or small home. Sure to become a style book staple, this is one reference guide you will turn to again and again for practical advice and inspiration.”

―Bob Kerrey, President, The New School

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A celebrity designer offers simple, smart solutions to small space quandaries
When someone says they live in a small house or apartment, the image that comes to mind is all too often negative―“cramped,” “cluttered,” or “confining.” But America’s leading small space designer, Libby Langdon, knows just how to counterthat stereotype. In Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions, she offers a practical, user-friendly guide to decorating small spaces so they look stylish, beautiful, and larger than their actual dimensions.

Libby provides hundreds of tips―or decorating “tricks of the eye”―for solving all small space
challenges. Setting out from the premise that an inviting and yet functional space is achievable even on a tight budget, she delivers practicality and inspiration that’s affordable. She covers it all―from how to find the “theme” of your room to styling and arranging items in a wall unit, from how to go green (using plants) to layering your bed linens for a luxe look.

With step-by-step instructions, each chapter addresses the most common problems encountered in a particular space―living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, office, or hall―and presents real solutions. Hundreds of stunning full-color photographs illustrate various design ideas and transformed spaces. Libby also spells out the top ten mistakes people make in small spaces.
Whether you are an apartment dweller, first-time homeowner, or are just looking to downsize, Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions proves that living with less doesn’t mean living without luxury.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599214245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599214245
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where are the small spaces??? June 5, 2009
Format:Paperback
This is one of the "small spaces" books that angers me. I have this irrational anger with these books because these rooms are NOT small. If you have room to put a sofa and full sized bed in a bedroom it is NOT a small bedroom! If you can fit 2 night tables, tv stand and chair with ottoman in a room it's not small! Those are normal sized bedrooms. You can not put those things in a 10x10 bedroom and still walk around! I also think the decorating is very amateur, I feel most people could get their rooms to look like these (or better!) without the help of this book. I think it just had a cheap feel to it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Clever ideas and inspirational book April 30, 2010
Format:Paperback
This is the perfect book for who lives in a small house. It gave me countless ideas of what to do and how to optimise storage without looking cluttered. You have to READ the book and not only look at pictures because most of the ideas are explained in detail. Of course you have to adapt to your needs, afterall, the author is not at your house giving a personal consultation.

Libby's tricks on how to use light, draperies, glass and mirrors are my favourites, they have done wonders for my little flat. I am thinking about one room at the time so, I am focused on different spaces and needs each time I read the book. I keep coming back and reading it all again and again. Each time there is a new finding that can fix a little problem that has been bothering me. Some chapters are divided by room use: bathroom, living room. kitchen, but if you live in a small space, those rooms are not always well defined so, read it all and adapt the ideas. I highly recommend it!

The biggest problem with people who buy books about decoration is that they expect to find THEIR houses pictured in the makeovers. That simply won't happen! If you don't read, and only look at pictures, you won't know what is behind the purpose of that picture and can miss important tricks that could be applied to your own house for your benefit.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas that won't break the bank! June 10, 2009
Format:Paperback
I live in a small apartment, and Libby Langdon's book has given me so many terrific ideas for giving my space more persoality. I have finally used paint to brighten up my boring white bathroom and living room and it has made a huge difference. I've also used fabric on a wall panel in my tiny dining area to cozy it up, and used floor to ceiling drapes in my bedroom to make it seem larger. This book is great because it gives such a wide variety of ideas, many of which don't cost a lot of money. It's all about knowing the "tricks of the trade," and Libby reveals all the great design secrets! Plus, she has a great personality, so you really enjoy reading the book.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concrete idea for very finished rooms May 2, 2009
Format:Paperback
I have a dozen books I'm using in re-decorating my apartment and this is my favorite. Disclaimer, I'm more comfortable with solid colors and open spaces than prints and cozy full rooms and so is Libby Langdon. She has gotten me over my fear of paint and given me great ideas of what I do need to add and what I already have that I can re-purpose. Her ideas on color and color combining, and furniture placements were very helpful.

I have spent the last 20 years in various spaces under 700 sq feet, and Libby knows ALL the tricks and taught me a few new ones. Her asthetic leans towards the polished and sophisticated while keeping warmth and comfort. She shows both average apartment before and afters and full "show" home decorating. There is something for most everyone here.

Thank you Libby, I look forward to your next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea Book February 16, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While I agree the spaces she shows aren't what I would consider technically "small", there are TONS of great tips and ideas in this book. I made a few small inexpensive changes she suggested to my kitchen (stainless steel back splash behind my stove/cabinets) and living room (wall arrangement that includes mirrors) and basically tranformed my space immediately. I plan to tackle my hallway and second bedroom/office next with some of her tips.

This book is well worth the money just for the tips alone so I highly recommend it - small space or not. The tips are cost conscious but effective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't recommend Kindle Edition September 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I very much enjoyed all the helpful information Libby Langdon packs into her book, Small Space Solutions: Secrets for Making Any Room Look Elegant and Feel Spacious on Any Budget (Knack: Make it Easy). There are many ideas and hints I will be able to incorporate into decorating my 800 sq ft home.

However, the Kindle Edition has too many typos and missing photos to warrant the $9.99 spent for the convenience. Very distracting and even more frustrating. What a disappointment.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Book - Great Ideas! February 25, 2009
By Marinan
Format:Paperback
This is a terrific book - so many clever ideas using things I already have but never would have thought of using in a million years. If you're short on space or are just looking for ways to increase your storage without breaking the bank, this is the book you need. Lots of really good pictures too. Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions: Secrets for Making Any Room Look Elegant and Feel Spacious on Any Budget
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay May 18, 2009
Format:Paperback
It's okay. Not that great. The pictures are pretty low quality and the room designs are not that interesting. I expected more out of the book. I live in a small space and have about 20 small space books. This probably ranks 18 on my list.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Design
Libby Langdon is a classy designer. Her spaces invite conversation and interaction. Her book exemplifies this in every way.
Published 6 months ago by Catherine
3.0 out of 5 stars and I was somewhat disappointed. Frankly
This book is for decorating beginners, and I was somewhat disappointed. Frankly, I became tired of seeing Libby Langdon instead of the "small space solutions" that I wished... Read more
Published 12 months ago by V. L. Price
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I had hoped for more useful ideas.
Published 12 months ago by Joan Dombrowski
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE BOOK...
Full of great solutions - don't hesitate to get this if you've run out of ideas/solutions to your storage issues
Published 13 months ago by Libra Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Small space must have.
I like a good balance of information and photo's this gave me both; the designs provide affordable and excellent inspiration.
Published 16 months ago by Rondy Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I'm glad there were a lot of pictures, my kind of book, plenty of fun decorating ideas in the book
Published 17 months ago by MillerM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great practical Information
This book is written for the lay person. Clear instructions and decorating tips are contained in every chapter. Read more
Published 17 months ago by truthful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really about small spaces.
Pretty lady, useful general information but title is a misnomer.
I need to add more words to post this review. That should do it!
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy. Kudos to libby langdon.
Great pictures. You can get ideas by the pictures itself but if you read it through then you can get much more. Great buy for a homeowner of a small house.
Published 20 months ago by Ma. S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference
This book is good for a beginner who needs creative ideas that are simple to follow. The pictures are beautiful and most of the rooms can exist in the average home.
Published 22 months ago by Mac Mardy
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