You know those people who say they aren’t good with decorating choices? Maybe you are one of them? Phooey! I haven’t yet met someone who doesn’t know what they like when they see it. So here’s the secret to good design…it’s what makes you happy. And that’s pretty much the spoiler for the new design book from Maxwell Ryan and his incredibly successful blog and brand, Apartment Therapy.
Maxwell Ryan and his co-author, Janet Laban, bring you page after page of lovable, lived in rooms that each speak uniquely of their inhabitants, and not what some corporate buyer thinks about this year’s trendy must-have style.
The rooms featured in Complete + Happy Home have worn surfaces (from actual wear, not artificial factory aging), mixed era elements, and unique style choices that speak to that family’s interests, like biking, book collecting, travel, or even a 70’s living room.
This book has a very different feel than skimming through catalogs, which are carefully engineered to highlight this season’s colors and sale items. For example, you don’t love rose gold? Too bad, because you’ll be seeing a lot of it in catalogs this year.
But if you are looking for ways on how to use a bold blue on your walls, or make your heirloom furniture mix well with your post-college modern, or trying to make peace with a carpet or wallpaper that you are stuck with, this book is a great resource. The authors give you plenty of tips and explanations, but really, it’s the eye candy that I’m after.
Can you really make a mint-green toilet a beautiful focal point?
What if your kiddo really does want an all-pink room, mixing pinky-pink shades from top to bottom?
Trying to add whimsy to your rooms on a budget?
Need to break the rules to make a multi-tasking work-space?
Trying to figure out what’s your sweet spot between comfortable clutter and spare modern?
The spreads shown here won’t all appeal equally to you, but I found myself appreciating at least a few elements of each and every design. Maxwell Ryan, besides just being a super nice guy, has great style, but this book isn’t about him. It’s about the homes and the people who live in them.
I love that the sections on organizing flow seamlessly with the decorating. You get both!
Whether you are starting your decorating journey to make your first place feel more like you, or you are a seasoned design junkie looking for unexpected inspiration, you are going to love having this book and flipping through it again and again, finding something new to admire each time.
I can’t wait to give away a book to TWO of my lucky readers at the end of June! Just comment below and share what is one of your favorite, maybe quirky or unexpected design choices in your own home or someone else’s. My standard contest rules apply, and winners in the 50 US states only, please. I’ll pick 2 winners from the comments using Random.org at the end of the month. Good luck!
Congratulations to Heather and Rebecca!