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500 Ideas for Small Spaces: Easy Solutions for Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less Paperback – August 15, 2007

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More and more, baby boomers face the prospect of trading in their large homes for smaller accommodations. Seldon, host of the TV series Design for Living, addresses this issue in a book loaded with color photographs depicting every room of the home, including outdoor spaces. Captions point out the design tricks used to maximize each small space. --Library Journal, September 15, 2007

About the Author

Kimberley Seldon is the Decorating Editor of Style at Home magazine, the executive producer and host of the hit television series Design for Living (seen in 65 countries around the world), a regular guest on City TV-s popular CityLine, a columnist for the Toronto Star, and one of Canada's most in'demand speakers on design and decor.

She lives in Toronto, Canada

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589233018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589233010
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Suzee on January 28, 2008
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I'm moving from a 2500 sq ft home in the 'burbs to what I hope to be a 750 sq ft apt in Manhattan. I have not found a better book to give me ideas of how to organize my space in such a way that my husband and I feel like we are in a home rather than an apartment that feels like a college dorm room. This is a good book. Lots of pictures and lots of locales - not all in the US which I found interesting.
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I liked the pictures in the book and used them even more than I read the list of ideas that fill the book. I found that you do not have to create the exact same room they have in there, you can use the same principles and different items to create a more individual look. However, I think that most of the rooms shown here are not that small, making the book more applicable living in a small house or most regular size apartments. If you live in a studio for example,you may need to use some other references.
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I was mislead by the subtitle of "easy solutions for living in 1000 sq feet or less". The ideas in it are great, but the most of the pictures don't really relay the message of "small space". You don't really get a whole room view. I was looking for something geared more towards small apartment living. Overall, the book has some good ideas, but nothing that hasn't been done before. Recommend you check the local library before purchasing.
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I've been looking for ideas for small spaces and have found that too many authors think small is anything under 2,500 square feet. Delighted to have found a book that understands small! Worth close reading and examination.

Cons: More floor plans would be good. Some spaces don't look that small in the photos and others look staged with no room to actually use or walk thru the space.
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This is a well put together little book. The author has good ideas, but the book did not help me much. I think I was hoping for more direction on how to place furniture or budget friendly ways to make things come together. Having a small but pretty cool home, I am always on the hunt for better ideas. None of us wants to hire people to come in and do a big project.

If you live in a small home, there is a good chance you are on some sort of budget. Money is an issue. I think a lot of self help decorating books aim too much at projects which are not reader/home ower friendly. They would require a carpenter, etc.
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This is an extremely helpful book that contains many suggestions for dealing with small spaces. I have a library of about 10 books relating to small space organization and design, and this is in the top 5. My biggest complaint is that few of the suggestions actually list suppliers of the items pictured. I was able to find a few of these items in Dwell magazine.
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I rarely leave a review at all if I don't love the book, and I agonized over what to do about this one. I finally decided that Kimberley is too good a designer to have this book represent her work, and I wanted to offer a heads-up to her to keep tighter rein on her editing team for the next ones. This is a pretty book, but not a USEFUL book.

One of the reviewers advised checking this book out of the library before deciding to purchase (which I do a lot because I *already* have a library's worth of books and am running out of shelf space). Had I done that, I wouldn't even have continued reading, much less bought it -- too much good competition for my time and my pocketbook in print.

I made an exception here because the book looked good in the "look inside" preview. I'm currently in one of the smallest spaces of my life, and I could certainly use 500 ideas! I figured, how could I go wrong?

W - e - l - l . . . for starters, many times the pictures don't match the "tips." I figured a magazine editor would understand the importance of captions, but I guess the title drove her to squeeze in tips that didn't fit the photos, and her editors, I guess, were more focused on how the book laid out than how it read.

That drove me NUTS!

The 500 ideas themselves aren't anything I haven't already read in a dozen decorating magazines, so unless the photos underscore the idea, they're kinda' worthless (for me, anyway).

The photos themselves are nice enough, but I couldn't get any sense of scale from the way they were taken, and there were no floorplans to help.
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There are some pretty designs but nothing unique. My main problem with this book is that the spaces that are shown are not really small spaces. If you are just looking for design ideas, it might be worth a look but if you are really looking for something to give you ideas on how to make the most out of the small space you have, don't bother. Here's just a small sample of the erroneous nature of this book...on page 25 the copy states: "An art ledge provides the perfect spot to display a large collection of photography or other artwork..." The photo shows that art ledge with one picture that is perhaps 11x14" and 2 small (4x6" and 5x7") framed photos. This is a large collection? Hardly helps to solve the space issues.
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