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Popular TV star Candice Olson shares her favorite design challenges
Candice Olson Favorite Design Challenges focuses on the tricky situations that Candice expertly handles for her clientsandmdash;the same challenges that many homeowners face. From working around architectural limitations like sloped ceilings or a lack of wall space, merging styles to ensure that a room's decor pleases all of a home's occupants, to accommodating the changes that come about when a family grows or shrinks, this book highlights those ingenious solutions that make Candice's designs both beautiful and functional.
Featuring 25-30 of Candice's stunning room makeoversandmdash;described in her approachable and authoritative voiceandmdash;Candice Olson Favorite Design Challenges provides gorgeous sketches and design boards that show you how each design took shape, while more than 200 full-color before-and-after photos offer a wealth of visual inspiration.
- Includes Candice's tips and insight into what makes each space work
- Candice shares how she overcame the predominant challenge in each case
- Provides invaluable guidance on planning your own room redos
Redecoratingandmdash;or even just dreaming about decoratingandmdash;can transform one's outlook on life, and Candice Olson Favorite Design Challenges is just what you need to dream, plan, and execute up a redo in your own home.
"New York-based interior designer Gillingham-Ryan is out to prove that even the dreariest, no-view walk-up can be transformed into a cozy urban oasis using his 'eight-step home cure.' The unflaggingly enthusiastic author asks readers to 'listen' to their apartments-appraising what he refers to as the bones, breath, heart and head of the space-before determining ways to streamline. Despite the decorator's forays into psycho-babble, his advice proves practical as he teaches readers how to determine a makeover budget, de-clutter, liberate themselves from a lifetime of accumulated possessions and choose paint hues. Gillingham-Ryan's belief that the right lighting can 'create warmth and visual movement' leads to more helpful advice on choosing the right fixtures, the different types of light and the virtues of high-end candles. No housing revival would be complete without a party, so Gillingham-Ryan shares the most festive recipes in his arsenal, including 'Orange Pant's Deadly Simple Chocolate Mousse' and 'Margaritas to Make Men and Women Giggle.' While the author's ideas may not break new ground, his ebullient, can-do attitude will appeal to readers interested in, but intimidated by, an apartment overhaul." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Decorating a home is just plain stressful! Maxwell's book offers a way out; it's like hiring a pro (without the attitude or expense). He takes us by the hand and gently guides us through the entire process, from coming up with a plan to executing it without going broke. Whether you're just dipping in for a quick hit of inspiration, or committing to the whole eight week cure, your home and life will be better because of it." Angela Matusik, Editor-in-Chief, Budget Living Magazine
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 HGTVs 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 homes physical, emotional, and energy flow issues
- A prescription with recommendations for each room based on your needs and lifestyleincluding 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 indecisionto reveal a home youll love.
The frequent makeover expert on HGTVUs "Mission: Organization" 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. Illustrations.
Candice Olson Favorite Design Challenges follows the model established by Candice Olson Kitchens and Baths (9780470889374). It features two dozen of Candice's stunning room makeovers, described in Candice's approachable and authoritative voice. Her gorgeous room sketches and design boards show how each design took shape. More than 200 full-color before-and-after photos provide a wealth of visual inspiration, while Candice's tips and insights into what makes each space work give readers practical knowledge for planning their own room redos
About the Author
"One part interior designer, one part life coach," Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan is the founder of Apartment Therapy, a unique interior design practice in the New York metropolitan area. Maxwell is a regular commentator on the new House & Garden Television show, Small Space, Big Style. Previously, Maxwell appeared on HGTV's Mission Organization. He has been interviewed in various publications including the New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Observer, and the Wall Street Journal. A former elementary school teacher, he holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a M. Ed. from Antioch. He lives in a 250-square foot apartment in New York's West Village with his wife, Sara-Kate, a food writer.