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Living in a Nutshell: Posh and Portable Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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A fireplace on wheels?
A chandelier light by Xerox?
A shrink-wrapped designer closet?
These are just a few of the more than one hundred innovative projects in Living in a Nutshell, a DIY guide of decorating ideas that fool the eye into seeing and believing a little lair is larger and more glamorous than its four walls. Here are fresh ideas for enhancing every living area of a tiny space. All are simple, affordable, portable, and big on style. An illustrated survival tool kit as well as extensive listings of untapped, off-the-beaten-track design resources and a select buying guide round out this invaluable book.
About the Author
Janet Lee is an Emmy Award-winning television show producer, styling and producing for leading home decorators, entrepreneurs, and designers such as Martha Stewart, B. Smith, and Thom Filicia. During her ten years as a senior producer for The Oprah Show, she worked closely with such style greats as Nate Berkus. She has also been a home décor producer for Lifetime Television's Our Home and was featured on camera as the show's weekend decorator, demonstrating chic, easy DIY projects. She has also appeared on CBS's The Early Show, where she demonstrated her high-end-for-less décor ideas. Now a freelance producer, she lives in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
Janet Lee's book is a refreshing change. The spaces shown are genuinely cramped with few architectural merits - finally! This isn't one of those glossies that hype small-scale minimalism by showing off white-on-white rooms with a murphy bed and a wall-to-wall view overlooking Rio. It is likely that at least one of the 100+ ideas in this book will work for your space if you give it a chance.
Now, this isn't for the faint of heart. The colors are vivid; if you like Jonathan Adler's Happy Chic books then you'll love the colors here. If you were hoping for something more neutral... well, give color a try anyway. Many people stick with pale tones thinking it'll make their tiny room look bigger, and buy small neutral pieces that won't overpower. This results in a perfectly fine room with as much personality as a dentist's office. If you've done your best but your little home still looks wilted, get this book. Even if you don't want to do every project, it might spark some ideas.
Still, I have mixed feelings about this one. Though quirky and vibrant, there's a kitschy shallowness. Part of me says it's not pretentious because nobody will really believe your logo-stamped jute rug came from Hermes or that Louis Vuitton monogrammed your filing cabinet.Read more ›
I must say I enjoy browsing through the pages to get inspiration for my own interior projects. My favorites are those that involve "removable" decor you can easily change when you move or as you change your personal style. And like Janet, 3M Command Hooks have become my best friend.
The colorful and sometimes (too) fun decor applications may not work so well for shared spaces with a spouse, though. Had this book been published when I was still single, I must've tried lots of the creative projects described by the author. The use of bright colors, feminine trimmings, and glamorous finishes to add life to every nook and cranny make the book such an eye candy but actually, most of them won't work for my own home.
Fortunately or unfortunately, the author's blog also features most of the projects included in the book. She features them almost one by one, and expounds on some. So if you don't mind picking ideas from her blog, you may actually not need this book. But if you are like me who enjoys collecting pretty books with ideas you'd want to refer to over and over again for inspiration (even while offline), then this book will be a nice addition to your personal shelf!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love her style and design decor ideas. Quite thorough and generous with her information. I really enjoy this book.Published 22 days ago by Heidi
Going by the title, I was expecting tips on living in a small space...some brilliant storage solutions, unique organization ideas, etc. Read morePublished 12 months ago by 12Junes
I bought this for my friend as a Christmas present. We both work in design and I love this book so much, I use it as a resource for ideas constantly. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sylvr
Excellent book, eclectic taste and a different view on home design ❤️
I highly recommend this book to young couples furnishing their new home!
Love the book. I came across Janet's website and blog way before she published---and always admire her talent. I even wrote her email--and guess what? Read morePublished 15 months ago by Maryia Krotava
This is the neatest book on decorating. Just when I thought I have seen all there is to see about trends and decorating,
this book is totally ingenius! Read more
We are moving into a studio apartment and this book helped me to figure out many of the problems we faced down sizingPublished 16 months ago by Pat
this is one amazing book! Over-the -top, extraordinary, amazing and kitchy. A feast for the eyes! Full of great ideas for the creative home-diyer.Published 18 months ago by schve