“A complete and happy home is so much more than a series of pretty rooms,” Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban with Heather Summerville write in the introduction of their book, Apartment Therapy: Complete and Happy Home.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-twenty-page hardbound targets those who are new at house decorating, designing, and upkeep. After an introduction, it is divided into three sections, ending with information of homeowners portrayed in the book, resources, acknowledgments, and an index. From thumbnails to full-page full-color photographs and illustrations grace most of the pages.
Focusing on the home, the first section discusses finding the right abode with the right flow and style, color, wall, flooring, window, lighting, art, and plant choices. The middle part breaks down the living areas of entryways, living and dining rooms, kitchens, work stations, bedrooms, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces. The final section has cleaning, repairing, and organizing tips.
~ Why ~
When renting or buying a new home, it is fun to create one’s living space where he or she feels comfortable. I found this book offered a plethora of examples, explaining differences, similarities, and uniqueness when decorating. I noticed the information is very simplistic, perfect for a first-time homeowner or person moving into their first apartment.
~ Why Not ~
Due to the elementary suggestions and concepts, those that are more seasoned in decorating may find the book uninformative. As mentioned, it works best for those decorating for the first time and need to be shown different styles and options.
~ Who ~
The author of several books, Ryan is co-founder of the Apartment Therapy blog network and lives in New York. Laban is executive director of Apartment Therapy; she lives in Chicago with her family. No information is provided regarding the photographer or illustrator.
~ Wish ~
Although I liked looking at the artistic displays of rooms and features, it would be more helpful if the book centered on only apartments, not houses. Having more how-to lists and suggestions or instructions would be ideal for the beginner decorator.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that gives a first-time homeowner tips and guides on decorating, this would make a nice housewarming gift.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for offering this book to read and review for my honest opinion.
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