Apartment Therapy: Complete + Happy Home: Book Review

Lena Elise

5 Stars

February 5, 2017

Apartment Therapy: Complete + Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban is a gorgeous collection of stories and images by Melanie Acevedo. The part that stands out the most about this book, to me, is absolutely the photographs. There are a wide range of styles and color stories all throughout the text and each one is completely unique.

I really love the way the book is laid out, in 3 parts: setting up your home, living in your home, and maintaining your home, and then broken up into smaller sections within each part. This book was very helpful for us this past year because we bought our first house together. After coming back to this book and reading it I realized I love jumping ahead to “living” in our home before we’ve really finished “setting up” our home.

This book gave us a chance to really explore different styles and color palettes and figure out what kinds of home styles we are really attracted to… Such an important thing to do before running out and buying new furniture and home accessories. I learned pretty quickly that I enjoy clean bright spaces, mostly whites and grays, with pops color. Will loves a style that is earthy a warm with primary colors sprinkled throughout and the occasional wild pattern. We both love the mid-century modern style of furniture, Will tends to lean more classic while I tend to be drawn to more whimsical and quirky pieces.

This was such a help to us in identifying what it is that we like in a style. We were able to look at the photographs that really spoke to us and read the text along with it. The text would break down the style enough that we would be able to pick out what it was exactly that drew us to a certain look. We could then mix and match our preferences.

I also adored the illustrations throughout the book. Altogether a great text that we find ourselves coming back to again and again! If you are looking for a great book that will help you turn your house or apartment into your home, this could be just the ticket! I know we loved it.

(Author Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books about a year and a half ago to review on my old blog, Tiny Painter. Unfortunately between switching that blog from Blogger to Squarespace and back, the original post was lost so I am sharing again!)