Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

The Eight Step Home Cure

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
From not enough space and too many things to not knowing what color to paint the living room walls, many of us struggle with our homes. Now Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, frequent makeover expert on HGTV’s Mission: Organization and Small Spaces, Big Style, shares the do-it-yourself strategies that have enabled his clients and fans to transform their apartments into well-organized, beautiful places that suit their style and budget.

Week by week, Apartment Therapy will guide you to treat common problems, eliminate clutter, and revamp even the tiniest space. Here is an eight-step process that includes:

• A therapeutic questionnaire to help you get in touch with your personal taste and diagnose your home’s physical, emotional, and energy flow issues
• A prescription with recommendations for each room based on your needs and lifestyle–including tips on how to use color, lighting, and accessories
• A treatment plan, including regular maintenance schedules to ensure the ongoing health of your space
• Illustrations of floor plans and decorative examples that allow you to visualize concepts before you begin

With surprising ease and without elaborate professional help, Apartment Therapy will help you clear a path through disorder and indecision–to reveal a home you’ll love.

Baker & Taylor
Complemented by floor plans, decorative examples, and practical design tips, an eight-step process for decorating an apartment can be adapted to all styles and budgets, explaining how to transform an interior into a unique, personalized, comfortable, and stylish home. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, 2006.
ISBN: 9780553383126
Characteristics: xxii, 264 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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britprincess1ajax Apr 11, 2016

A two-stream look at curing your home of its ailments, Apartment Therapy offered decent advice, but nothing groundbreaking. We all know the vitality of throwing away what we don't need, but ideas like the landing strip are clever and equally essential and yet sometimes overlooked. Whether you're fixing one room or your whole home, I don't think any harm is being done by consuming this quick read. I'd recommend it.

Aug 08, 2013

I am also a big fan of the Apartment Therapy website, and even own a copy of Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small Cool Spaces. The format of the 8-Step Home Cure is quite different from the web site, so it's certainly more involved than brief blog-style entries or big, colorful pictures. But if you're a small-space dweller, this book can give you guidance, motivation, and a pick-me-up for re-thinking the space you live in, how it affects your lifestyle, and what you can do about capturing the feeling you want when you walk in the front door every day. I would highly recommend it!

angelalynne Sep 10, 2010

I'm a huge fan of the website but was seriously underwhelmed and disappointed by this book. There are absolutely no colour photos (although the books cover is absolutely beautiful) and there are only a handful of sketches throughout the entire book. Personally, I don't have time to sift through all the text. Stick to the website-more variety, more eye candy and more 'user-friendly'.

Jan 28, 2010

This is a great book - not what I expected at all. If you are a big fan of the Apartment Therapy website - this is an interesting book that gives you all of the theory behind the site. The 8-step Home Cure is bit involved.

Oct 08, 2009

Almost no pictures.

Sep 16, 2009

As a counterpoint to the above comment, lots of people do have a tendency to neglect their homes without realizing what's wrong, thus the market for books like this one. I particularly like Maxwell's approach because he has a very basic take on creating space that is a personal haven. Also, the "outbox" decluttering technique is probably one of the most gentle ways of easing in to letting go of stuff I have yet to see. Points too for focusing on green cleaning products. Worth a look, and not just for apartment dwellers.

Mar 08, 2009

I felt that this author's clients must not have a mind of thier own if he needs to remind them throughout every week to clean their homes, buy flowers, etc in order to be happy in thier abode. Depressing...


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