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Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure Paperback – March 28, 2006
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New York-based interior designer Gillingham-Ryan is out to prove that even the dreariest, no-view walk-up can be transformed into a cozy urban oasis using his "eight-step home cure." The unflaggingly enthusiastic author asks readers to "listen" to their apartments-appraising what he refers to as the bones, breath, heart and head of the space-before determining ways to streamline. Despite the decorator's forays into psycho-babble, his advice proves practical as he teaches readers how to determine a makeover budget, de-clutter, liberate themselves from a lifetime of accumulated possessions and choose paint hues. Gillingham-Ryan's belief that the right lighting can "create warmth and visual movement" leads to more helpful advice on choosing the right fixtures, the different types of light and the virtues of high-end candles. No housing revival would be complete without a party, so Gillingham-Ryan shares the most festive recipes in his arsenal, including "Orange Pant's Deadly Simple Chocolate Mousse" and "Margaritas to Make Men and Women Giggle." While the author's ideas may not break new ground, his ebullient, can-do attitude will appeal to readers interested in, but intimidated by, an apartment overhaul.
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"New York-based interior designer Gillingham-Ryan is out to prove that even the dreariest, no-view walk-up can be transformed into a cozy urban oasis using his "eight-step home cure.... Ebullient!"--Publishers Weekly
“What a refreshing decorating book! Apartment Therapy is a must-read for creating your perfect nest. Fire your shrink and follow Maxwell's eight-step therapeutic cure!”--Jonathan Adler, potter, designer, and author of My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living
"Decorating a home is just plain stressful! Maxwell's book offers a way out; it's like hiring a pro (without the attitude or expense). He takes us by the hand and gently guides us through the entire process, from coming up with a plan to executing it without going broke. Whether you're just dipping in for a quick hit of inspiration, or committing to the whole eight week cure, your home -- and life -- will be better because of it."--Angela Matusik, Editor-in-Chief, Budget Living Magazine
"Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan's Apartment Therapy is refreshing in its point of view–your house has to work for you from the inside out. Gillingham-Ryan encourages readers to really take a good look at where they are at home and how they can improve the quality of their lives.”--Wendy Goodman, interior design editor, New York Magazine
Top customer reviews
Then I got married, and started a business, and had a baby. Now I find that my home has more problems than ever. It is literally making me sick and unproductive. (Literally sick, actually--we've been living at my in-laws' house lately!) I've started reading organization books, and one time Amazon suggested this book from something else I was looking at.
Oh, yes, I remembered liking this book--I've continued a couple habits from when I read it the first time, and a couple of the concepts have stuck with me.
So I ordered it in Kindle format (one less item to become clutter when I am done with it).
MY, OH, MY!
This is EXACTLY what I've been needing. Yes, it is perfect for us right now.
I can hardly put it down.
I'm about to start the 8 week deep treatment again. The more I read, the more everything is making sense to me. We knew this house had bad bones--it was built by a family with 11 kids, and they just kept adding on and adding on, without any regard for quality or code compliance--but I didn't realize how much the many little problems have been affecting us. Well, that is only one example, but our house is the picture-perfect example of one that stands to benefit tremendously from this book.
It worked last time. I can see that healing our house is going to heal my husband and I.
We're getting ready to move because of the problems with this house, but I know that this is going to make life much better as we prepare to move, and it will help me choose a better house as we eventually choose one. For example, today I realized that it would be better to have larger rooms that are more open, so that we can arrange things to flow better. It has been a nuisance to have a kitchen that is about 7 feet square...but reading this makes me realize we should prioritize having a large, good kitchen. I spend a ton of time in our kitchen, so I should have a kitchen that feels good to be in and serves the purposes that I need it to. So far I've thought "any kitchen will be better than ours--without drawers and cupboards, with such a small space," but I see now that I need to prioritize that.
If you think this book may be for you, it absolutely is. Order it, read it, and do it. This is the kind of thing that they should teach kids in high school, or anyhow, I'll try to teach it to my daughter as she is growing up, because it really brings peace, clarity, comfort, and happiness.
The author gives some very high-level ideas to consider, and I appreciate that he does really try to avoid using cliche new-age terminology to communicate these concepts. I found them all useful food for thought. But the most important and valuable take-away for me was the idea that you can have high standards for even small apartments, and that you can (and should) work to make your apartment a place you feel good returning to at the end of the day.
That said, the real value of the book is its specificity. It gives very clear ideas about how to handle specific problems or problem areas, and refers you to other resources for help if the book itself can't cover your issue. And that was extremely useful for me. I must admit I didn't follow all the author's recommendations, and there are parts that are geared more toward home owners than apartment renters. But all-in-all, I couldn't recommend it more highly for any apartment dweller who wants to make their apartment feel more like a home.
It's a book that takes the "big picture" into account.
It try's to incorporate mental appeal and how room design can affect a person's attitude.
It provides real world "tug of war" perspectives that allow you to de-clutter your mind, and subsequently your apartment.
I didn't find the book "NYC Centric" at all.
The title of the book is "APARTMENT therapy", not "HOME therapy", not "ROOM therapy", etc. It simply helps one realize a better flow and includes an 8 week action plan for achieving results.
I would recommend giving this book to people starting out in a new place who are interested in self-improvement.
There were some design layouts, which were okay, but again, felt like stuff I could figure out without being told about them. And a lot of the other stuff, again, was pretty "no duh".
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