Today I spent some time reading “Apartment Therapy presents: real homes, real people, hundreds of real design solutions“. True to its title, the book offers a collection of wildly varied “real” apartment designs, including beds that might be described as slightly messy (love real people). Even if you don’t live in an apartment, the book provides some very creative decorating ideas.
There are some pretty “out there” ideas, including a wall covered in sticky notes (disastrous in a home with dogs and children), but it’s full of resource information (mostly U.S.) and great design tips. Each of the apartment dwellers answers a set of questions, including their biggest embarassment. It’s a relief to know everybody has an embarassing room. Mine is my laundry room–let’s just say we’re a family of accomplished mountain climbers.
If you prefer classic designs, this book may not appeal to you–the designs are rather eclectic. This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved when I was just starting out on my own. I really disliked a few of the apartments, but overall, I enjoyed seeing how creative some people are–who knew a piece of an airplane’s fuselage could look so good on a living room wall–seriously.