Pretty but not purposeful. (3 stars)
I've always enjoyed Apartment Therapy from when I was an apartment dweller into my single-family house days. I wanted to find this book useful more than just pretty. But it just wasn't aside from parts one and three which do not make up the bulk of the book. Maybe if I were starting from the ground up and not trying to find ways to make my tiny apartment sized kitchen and dining rooms work better.
As a pretty coffee table book I think it's great but if you want to get any inspiration or useful ideas I'm not sure this is going to be your book.
Notes: Review copy received via Blogging For Books.
Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home
by Maxwell Ryan, Janel Laban, & Melanie Acevedo
Home, Small Spaces, Decorating
Print/Digital (320 pages, POTTER STYLE)
The most comprehensive and complete home book from Apartment Therapy, featuring every aspect of design and decorating from floor plans to paint, specific rooms to style approaches, with the goal of setting up and living well in a place you love.
“A complete and happy home is so much more than a series of pretty rooms. Between these two covers, we’ve captured everything we’ve learned at Apartment Therapy about decorating, organizing, cleaning, and repairs, so you can make and maintain your own fabulous home.”
—from the Introduction
Getting a room to feel right is more instinct than science. You know a great space when you see it. Apartment Therapy trains your eye with more than 75 rooms, from bedrooms to kitchens and living rooms to kids’ rooms and workspaces. Explore every detail—lighting, color palettes, flooring, and accessories—that brings a home to life and, most important, makes you happy in it.