Maxwell Ryan and the team behind Apartment Therapy offer a complete home book for the twenty-first century, walking readers through every aspect of setting up, decorating, and caring for a place you will love to return to and one that will evolve with you, your family, and your priorities.
For decades, Terence Conran's Essential House books were the everyman's and everywoman's bibles for creating a residence that satisfied all of our home needs. Now, Maxwell Ryan and the team behind Apartment Therapy offer a complete home book for the 21st century, walking readers through every aspect of setting up, decorating, and caring for a place you will love to return to and one that will evolve with you, your family, and your priorities. From finding the right place (and doing a Move-in Cure when you get there!) to getting a good room-to-room flow to defining your style, from sprucing up floors and walls to choosing art and accessories, this book first teaches you how to set up your residence for everyday ease and enjoyment. Vibrantly photographed room chapters follow, drawn from 30 real-life homes, with in-depth tips and strategies for designing efficient entryways, comfortable living spaces, and even celebration-worthy outdoor spaces. Finally, guidance on maintenance--including both Year-Round and mini Home Cures and organization tips galore--will help you keep your home looking and feeling just right for years to come.
Part interior designer, part life coach, MAXWELL RYAN is the cofounder of the Apartment Therapy blog network--which gets 21 million monthly page views. Frequently quoted in the shelter and mainstream press, Maxwell has been called a "Makeover Guru" by the New York Times. He is the author of Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy Presents, and Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces. He lives in New York.
"Apartment Therapy is a trusted, go-to resource for many of us--and now it's a book. Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home is a must-have coffee table tome that shines a light on the seemingly lost art of homemaking." -Refinery29 "The most definitive title from the blog that started a digital design phenomenon is a can't miss. Filled with helpful tips, inspiring photos, and approachable advice, it illuminates the design process for recreational designers who want to turn the everyday into something beautiful." -Lonny
"The brains behind the always clever and creative Apartment Therapy website bring their expertise to the printed page with this value-loaded guide to finding and making a livable and personal home. Tips on choosing colors, floor plans--and even light bulbs--along with practical organizing and cleaning pointers make this a must-read." -Traditional Home
"Even if she has the perfect house, there are great ideas to be had in [Apartment Therapy's] new book." -Every Day with Rachael Ray
"Ryan and Apartment Therapy's executive editor, Janel Laban, have co-written a book that digs deep into the nitty-gritty of creating a home--the art of turning a few rooms full of furniture into a well-designed, livable, put-together space." -Houston Chronicle
"Readers will find all the tools needed to find, make, and maintain a suitable home. Whether you're a seasoned homeowner looking to freshen up or organize your lair, or a first-time homeowner, this book might be just the ticket for taking your living space up a notch or two in the design department." -Detroit Home
"Useful, pretty and full of information . . . It's easy enough to pick up and read 5 minutes at a time, and pretty enough to pick up and not even read a word." -Emily Henderson
"In Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban's newest and most comprehensive book, they offer practical ideas for setting up, organizing and living in whatever place you call home. The three-part book first helps you understand and evaluate your space and your personal style. In section two, you begin to train your eye by looking at 75 of the most well-styled rooms in the country. Finally, a guide to cleaning, repairing and room-by-room organizing helps you maintain your happy home all year-long." -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution