Thursday, May 6, 2010

Book Reviews: Flowers Chic & Cheap and Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces

The wonderful people at Clarkson Potter recently sent me two of their newest releases, Flowers Chic & Cheap by Carlos Mota and Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan. I was so pleased with both books and found them to be rather refreshing.

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First up, Flowers Chic & Cheap. The book was written by Carlos Mota, Editor-at-Large of ELLE DECOR with photography by William Waldron, contribution from Domino’s Rita Konig, and a foreword by Margaret Russell. Knowing such a level of talent was involved in creating this book was enough to make me want to delve right into it! Not only does this lovely book feature a plethora of beautiful arrangements in every variety you could possibly imagine, it also includes many helpful tips and “recipes” for arranging flowers. Flowers Chic & Cheap book really does feature some ingenious ideas for creating arrangements that look ultra posh without costing a lot of money. 

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 Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces is a handy little manual filled with tips intended for smaller homes, but they could certainly be applied to spaces of any size. The book is divided into several sections ranging from “Cozy Living Rooms” to “Petite Children’s Rooms”. Each of the sections features tips for making the most of each space as well as a multitude of inspiring images. It is a must-read for fans of Apartment Therapy!

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This is certainly an exciting time on Apartment Therapy, as their annual Small, Cool Spaces Contest is currently underway. Be sure to stop by and vote for your favorite space.

13 comments:

ashlina {the decorista} said...

love these books!!! :)

jamigoldsmith-imagine said...

Small, creative and inventive spaces like these inspire and excite me! Can't wait to check out the book! -Jami

Design Darling said...

i definitely need to check out the book on flowers — what talent behind it! thanks for the recommendations!

Anonymous said...

I have been waiting to hear more about the Flowers book. So glad to hear you liked it! Thanks for your review. I just ordered it.

Kathysue said...

Paloma, both books sound wonderful. I am especiallly interested in the Flower book. I will have to check that one out for sure, Kathysue

Ludmila {CreamyLife.com} said...

I'm gonna buy a "Flowers chic & cheap" - that book looks amazing and incredibly useful! Definitely my fave!

The Iconic Blog.com said...

These look wonderful!x

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Wow, I wish I'd seen this earlier. My husband called and asked if I'd like to order a book on Amazon.com because he was ordering and you know the whole $25 free shipping thing. And I came THIS close to ordering that Apartment Therapy book. But there were no reviews so I didn't! Shucks!
Brenda

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Lots of pretty in the post! My favorite kind.

Karena said...

Paloma,

Beautiful images, and the books sound delightful!!

Karena
Art by Karena

Marcus Design said...

Oooh! I would love to check out the apartment therapy book, thanks for the great tip!!
Nancy

Mona Thompson said...

Love to check out new design books. Thanks for sharing!

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

Beyond thrilled to go out and get my new AT book! I've been living in small spaces for 5 years now so this will be fun!