Small Spaces, Big Appeal: The Luxury of Less in Under 1,200 Square Feet

Ryland Peters & Small. Jul. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781800652194. $35. INTERIOR DESIGN
Stylist O’Neill’s (Shades of White) latest book showcases what one can accomplish in a home smaller than 1,200 square feet. The book includes the expected solutions for making interiors seem bigger (use mirrors, employ color carefully, avoid clutter). But O’Neill also offers sage and thoughtful advice for those who may panic at the thought of downsizing. The book’s gorgeous photography demonstrates how families can live realistically and tastefully in spaces they deem small or tight. Featured homes are styled in vintage, modern, seaside, cottage, and feminine aesthetics; several of the homes are rentals. Using white (paint and furnishings), repurposing, and recycling are common concepts throughout this work. Family heirlooms and flea market jewels are spotlighted, along with multifunctional pieces, built-ins, and furniture with storage. Through interviews with homeowners, ideas emerge: get to know the home; slowly shop for the right pieces; carry swatches; be a problem solver and an innovator.
VERDICT A smart purchase for libraries serving patrons who want to make a small home appealing and inviting.
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