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Book Friday: Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces

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This week, I’m thrilled to share with you Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s new book, Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces. Maxwell is the founder of Apartment Therapy, a home design site, of which I’m a huge fan. The book features some fabulous ideas for furnishing small spaces. Below are some of my favorites.

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The book's cover illustrates just how much you can organize into a small space with some careful though and planning.

1 The book's cover illustrates just how much you can organize into a small space with some careful though and planning.

I really like the look of these mirror tiles and their irregularities when fitted together.  Mirror tiles are a great option in stead of installing one large mirror in a space. They're inexpensive and still add interest and light to a space.

2 I really like the look of these mirror tiles and their irregularities when fitted together. Mirror tiles are a great option in stead of installing one large mirror in a space. They're inexpensive and still add interest and light to a space.

I love a long, low sofa in the living room.  The bold colors and patterns of the pillows look great with the neutral tones.  The side table is actually a stool that was cut to work with the height of the sofa.  So smart!

3 I love a long, low sofa in the living room. The bold colors and patterns of the pillows look great with the neutral tones. The side table is actually a stool that was cut to work with the height of the sofa. So smart!

This living room's space is small but the neutral palette and furniture placement prevent it from feeling overwhelming.  The pattern on the rug is great.

4 This living room's space is small but the neutral palette and furniture placement prevent it from feeling overwhelming. The pattern on the rug is great.

These black marble floor tiles from The Home Depot make a great and easy to clean backsplash.  The open shelving stocked with tools and supplies looks great against the dark tile.

5 These black marble floor tiles from The Home Depot make a great and easy to clean backsplash. The open shelving stocked with tools and supplies looks great against the dark tile.

I really like the idea of tucking a small office into a closet.  It's such a space saver.  The bright yellow trim and vintage fabric are fun touches.

6 I really like the idea of tucking a small office into a closet. It's such a space saver. The bright yellow trim and vintage fabric are fun touches.

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