Book covers don't come much better than this, do they? It perfectly sets the tone for Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan's and Clarkson Potter's latest offering - Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces - which doesn't just claim to provide decor tips and advice for actual small spaces, it delivers on its promise. And what's more, it does so to great effect. Yep, Maxwell's taken his Apartment Therapy magic and transferred it into print, giving the reader decor and storage advice for cozy kitchens and compact living rooms to small dining rooms and miniature bedrooms (trust me, some of them are tiny!). Each section starts with general thoughts and advice for making the most of the space in question and then takes you on a tour of some super tasty apartments, highlighting the details of what makes them work so well. If you need any confirmation that this book isn't just another paint-by-numbers, small-rooms-should-always-be-white-and-clutter-free kinda book, well then just check out some of the pages below. One of the smallest kitchens I have ever seen has been painted black (3) yet still appears airy and shrouded in natural, fresh light. Then there's the two living rooms that prove you can still be bold with both pattern and colour (4) in small spaces, whilst also going for an eclectic, boho look, too (5). Maxwell explains at the start that he wants "you to get so excited that you'll eventually put it [the book] down", well, Maxwell, you've certainly inspired me. Personal, practical and enlightening - this is a book for keeps.
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