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Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions Hardcover – March 5, 2008
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The title suggests that only apartment dwellers would benefit from this book. However, Gillingham-Ryan covers much more with 40 dwellings ranging in size from a 325-square-foot apartment to a 2,200-square-foot ranch home that he assembled from three years' worth of House Tours—a feature of his web site, ApartmentTherapy.com. Each includes an introduction to the inhabitants and their homes, an explanation of their inspiration and style, color photographs and floor plans, and a list of sources. These amateur designers with flea market finds and DIY projects have been able to create interiors that reflect their style and maximize their space. Highly recommended for any size public library.
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"This book is like MySpace for modern design junkies looking for clever solutions for modest spaces." Rob Forbes, founder, Design Within Reach
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I also found that the aesthetic began to be rather monotonous. With a few exceptions, most of the homes were very 30-something-hipster-esque. That's not necessarily bad, in and of itself, but it would have been neat to see clever space-saving techniques, multi-purposing, etc. in a wider variety of styles.
I accidentally posted my initial review to this book when my son was signed in, so I'll just pretend that I really agree with what that other reviewer (really me) said. I love the whole Apartment Therapy idea, and I believe it applies to more than just apartment-dwellers. Anyone with only a couple hundred square feet per person can benefit from the ideas and philosophy contained in the Apartment Therapy website and books. However, I would really like to see more than just singles, couples, and couples with just one or two little kids. As families grow, and children get older, it gets a lot more challenging to integrate everyone's lives and interests in a small space, in a life-affirming way. I want to see more in that direction.
That said, if you are looking for a step-by-step "how-to" guide, this is likely not your book. But I found the pictures and the survey answers by the actual owners very inspiring. It gives you a lot of insight to the thought process behind the design. And the photos are FRESH...not rehashed, like a lot of the books that come out. (Yawn!) So from that perspective alone, it's worth the money.
"turquoise's directional shift" (Turquoise is her name, btw.) I LOVED her design, and her inspiration..."boutique hotels." They inspire me, too!! :) And she 'customized' an Ikea piece...something I have done as well! ;) Her apartment...is absolutely beautiful. Perhaps a few boutique hotels could actually get a little more inspired by Turquoise!
"curtis's paint by numbers" Talk about a great idea!! This guy did a life-sized Paris street scene using a paint-by-numbers kit!! (Directions as to how he did it, included.) I have a huge upstairs landing that has been sitting in limbo, as I had contemplated some type of wall-art...and THIS IS EXACTLY what I am going to do!! Thanks, Curtis, for the SMASHING idea!! How cool of you to think of it!!
"jane and darko's cozy thicket' I loved this, because it reminded me of a very modern cabin. (Hey, I'm from Minnesota!) After looking at the pictures, I was sure this apartment was somewhere in the Midwest...only to find out, it's right in Manhattan. Now that's what I call marching to your own drummer!!
ALL of the apartments were fun to look at, fun to read about, and very, very personal. Something you don't see in most decorating books out there. Not sure how those TV people can keep hawking the same darned rooms over and over, again. IMHO - This book certainly puts them to shame.
Great job, Maxwell!!
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