Feb 2, 2015

What I'm Reading Monday: Apartment Therapy

I have been craving a splash of color in my apartment. It's a nice contrast to the dreary weather outside. I have found new ideas in these pages.  Now to just narrow it down :)



The Nest Home Design Handbook

Carley Roney 

Potter Style 


Decorating for the first time can be completely overwhelming. How do you find your style? How do you keep expenses under control?  What esentail pieces does every home need for maximum functionality and flair? How will you merge tastes-and stuff- to create a space that feels like home to you both? Here to take the guesswork out of decorating is The Nest Home Design Handbook, a practical, gorgeous, room-by-room guide to giving your place unique and affordable style. 

Learn how to: 
-Design with your inner stylist in mind 
-Arrange your living room 
-Mix modern pieces and Mom's hand-me downs
-Choose the right paint colors 
-Freshen a formal kitchen space 
-Make a small space look bigger
-Hang pictures properly
-Jazz up your walls
-Buy good furniture on a budget
-Kill the clutter


Young House Love 

Sherry and John Petersik 



This debut book by bloggers Sherry and John Petersik is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up a home. With two home renovations under their (tool) belts, 5 million blog hits per month, and an ever-growing audience since the launch of "Young House Love" in 2007, Sherry and John are home-improvement enthusiasts primed to pass on a slew of projects, tricks, and techniques to do-it-yourselfers of all levels. Whether an experienced decorator or a total novice, on a tight budget or with money to spend, any homeowner or apartment dweller will find ideas for his or her own home makeovers here. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror, spice up plain old roller shades, "hack" your Ikea table to create three distinct looks, and so much more.

Packed with 243 tips and ideas--both classic and unexpected--every project pictured was exclusively executed for the book (so there are no photos that you've already seen on the blog). With more than 250 photographs and illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again for the creative projects and easy-to-follow instructions in the relatable voice the Petersiks are known for. Adding a little wow factor to your home has never been more fun!


Any lovely tips from you? Feel free to share! I'm open to all suggestions :)


  1. Hi! I too live in the shadow of the windy city and like your picks to escape this weather. Home design books always catch my attention and if they are coastal, even better. I can dream, right? :)

  2. Hmm, these look like helpful books for me, too. We're in the process of completely redoing our upstairs floor. I picked paint colors, but now what? Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. Decorating my apartment was much more fun than I ever imagined! I'm so ready to do a makeover on the bathroom though. Love these picks!

    Thanks for visiting my blog :)
    Amber @ Dystopian Wonders

  4. I love home decorating books -- there are always great ideas for easy ways to get a new look.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  5. What great books! I will have to check out which books my library has on the shelves. Our house can certainly use some sprucing up!


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