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Living Large in Small Spaces: Expressing Personal Style in 100 to 1,000 Square Feet Paperback – May 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810991055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810991057
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marisa Bartolucci, formerly the Executive Editor of Metropolis magazine, is the author of several books on contemporary design and co-creator and co-editor of the Compact Design Portfolio books, a new series profiling the work of the world's greatest designers. She lives in New York City. Radek Kurzaj is a travel and architectural photographer based in Sczcecin, Poland, and New York City whose work has been featured in numerous international magazines and books.

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Good for my Interior Design Library.
nsoroma
As a studio apartment dweller, I'm drawn to books on living well in small spaces.
Kristin Brown
If the title interests you, I'd strongly urge you to buy it!
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147 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Brown on May 19, 2003
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As a studio apartment dweller, I'm drawn to books on living well in small spaces. I've found that many are aimed at those who own their own space and have unlimited budgets. While some of the apartments featured in this book clearly fall into that category, others are a bit more realistic, focusing on the renter who doesn't have the ability to knock out walls and raise ceilings. More of a 'this is what this person's apartment looks like' than a how-to or suggestion guide, I still picked up some good tips that will translate to my apartment. Many of the apartments featured do seem to lean more toward the modern look; FYI if you know that's not your thing.

I gave the book five stars because I think it does very well what the title suggests: it offers good photographs of different living spaces sized 100 sq feet to 1000.
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162 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Big Sigh on January 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I recently moved into a <600-sf house with my husband and 33-lb dog. My decorating skills are very minimal, and I end up doing most of my shopping at IKEA. And so it was a pleasant surprise to find this book, which I came across while browsing in the interior design section of a bookstore.
Of course, I had to force myself to pull it out and look at it, since I've been so immensely disappointed by almost all of the books on the subjects of "small" spaces (probably because most of these books define small as 1,000 to 1,999 sf) and since I'm interested in more than just pretty pictures.
Lo and behold, this book, which is largely wonderfully detailed photos of real people's real small spaces (including a 100-sf dorm room and 2 couples with babies living in less than 500 sf), is inspiring in the most practical sense of the word. It's reassuring just to know that other people in the universe reside in sub-1000-sf quarters.
While it is true that many of the featured small-space livers are artists/designers of some sort, with skills that the average Jane doesn't have, I see it less as a book whose ideas you'd want to copy and more of a book whose ideas you'd want to emulate, and I quickly found several good ideas I could apply to my own spaces. Plus, I'm not even half-done just going through it and absorbing the minutiae of each photo and each apartment.
The best part(s)? No fancy-schmancy lofts (with the exception of one converted factory space) and no excessive and gratuitous photos of Wolf ranges and Miele dishwashers.
I couldn't find it used, but I can't feel too much regret about buying it for full price.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By John Shim on March 25, 2007
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A small but pretty coffee table book with great content and some good ideas for living in tiny, tiny spaces.

1) 16 of the 33 profiled spaces were 500 sq ft or less! The other 17 were 600 - 1000 sq ft in size. I haven't seen many books on small space living that focus on this size range. Most books seem to present 2000 sqft houses as tiny.

2) The owners of these spaces didn't all have an unlimited budget. Many were in rentals so gut renovations, moving walls, etc was not an option. Many did have expensive or design worthy furniture and art but quite a few were heavily furnished with IKEA and thrift store finds.

3) Most of the owners had to be very carefull with clutter and picking pieces that would work in the space and that they really loved. Some of the other Amazon reviews found this to be somewhat unrealistic but I think that when you live in such small spaces, you are going to have to keep things very neat and tidy.

4) Part of the title is "expressing personal style". There is plenty of that in the book mostly clustered around what I'll call "modern" (eams etc), "drama" (red, red everywhere), "eclectic" (high design items mixed with garage sale items) and "standard" (danish). Many of the owners have extensive collections that are well presented and show off their unique personal style.

5) Most of these places are inhabited by: architects, artists, interior decorators, makeup artists, writers, curators, floral designers, etc. Essentially those who are in the "profession". I got the impression that hiring someone is de rigur if you are an accountant or fireman.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2003
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This is far and away the best decorating book for small spaces I've read. It's 400 pages, with 400 photographs, and it explores 33 small homes from 100 to 1,000 square feet. My favorite aspect of this book is that the spaces presented are in the United States. I have found that most small spaces shown in specialty books are from Europe or Asia and so lots of the ideas don't translate too easily. The apartments/homes are presented in order of size. Each home contains a very readable description pointing out a wide variety of design ideas, decorating techniques and how each tenant achieved what he/she wanted in a home despite it's limitations. I'm so pleased I bought this book!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Beth DeRoos HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2006
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Shy 400 pages this book lives up to its title and didn't disappoint me. Love that the author and photographer have included so many many examples of each square foot style abode, be it city or elsewhere. And an eclectic array of styles so that there are more than a few examples for just about anyones situation.

This is a great book for the person looking to change their environment as well as the person who is about to search for a new place to rent or buy, since the ideas given in the book can be filed in your head so when you are looking at places you can be asking yourself if what you liked in the book could be used in the new place.

Also loved the book because I am planning on building a small place and wanted some ideas and also wanted to be exposed to ideas and problems I had not even considered. The photographs are great. Not cute or fussy, but crisp and clean and well laid out.

At the back of the book there is a listing of the design professionals from the book. And I am in awe with what careful planning can do with a small place under 400 square feet. The book also makes you wince when you think of all the McMansions that people are building that are so wasteful per square footage.
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