Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions : Secrets for Making Any Room Look Elegant and Feel Spacious on Any Budget
by Libby Langdon


Overview - When someone says they live in a small house or apartment, the image that comes to mind is all too often negative--cramped, cluttered, or confining. But America's leading small space designer, Libby Langdon, knows just how to counter that stereotype.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When someone says they live in a small house or apartment, the image that comes to mind is all too often negative--cramped, cluttered, or confining. But America's leading small space designer, Libby Langdon, knows just how to counter that stereotype. In Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions, she finally offers a practical, user-friendly guide to decorating small spaces so they look stylish, beautiful, and larger than their actual dimensions. Setting out from the premise that it doesn't take lots of money to achieve a warm and inviting atmosphere, she delivers practicality and inspiration that's affordable. Armed with a bit of basic design knowledge and a few of Libby's tricks of the trade, any small-space dweller can learn how to create gracious, inviting small-space homes that are also functional to a tee. Each chapter addresses the most common problems encountered in a particular space--living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, office, or hall--and presents solutions and sample layouts, as well as numerous color photos showing transformed spaces "before" and "after" that illustrate small-space design tips. Libby also spells out the top ten mistakes people make in small spaces, and provides step-by-step instructions for painting and hanging art. An invaluable resource for apartment dwellers, first-time homeowners, and anyone looking to downsize, Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions proves that living with less doesn't mean living without luxury.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781599214245
  • ISBN-10: 1599214245
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publish Date: February 2009
  • Page Count: 175
  • Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds


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Think small

Libby Langdon, from HGTV's hit show "Small Space, Big Style," has a book that's perfect for apartment dwellers or owners of small homes. Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions offers her suggestions for, in the words of her subtitle, "making any room look elegant and feel spacious on any budget" and includes more than 300 color photos, floor layouts, before and after shots, and Langdon's design "tricks of the trade." After an overview chapter on "The Nitty-Gritty of Design," Langdon devotes a chapter to solving space dilemmas in each room of a house (there's even one on hallways) where she shows how limited size doesn't have to mean limited effect.

Forget "matchy-matchy," Langdon says, and instead "use contrast in your space." A furnished room will appear larger than an empty one, so "keep this in mind when you're moving into a new space or looking to rent/buy a space," she advises. And also contrary to what you might think, Langdon explains how a large piece of artwork can make a small room feel bigger. "If your artwork is light, paint the wall dark," and vice versa, she suggests. The contrast will make the art "pop off the wall" for a striking, eye-catching effect. As this book proves: little things do mean a lot!

 
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