Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small Cool Spaces


From designer and founder of Apartment Therapy, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, comes his 3rd book Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces.

His latest offering is an evolution from his previous books which focused on a home design cure and real homes of real people.

This book holds true to the everyday nature and small space theme but delves deeper into elements of each room such as cabinet decor, bookshelves, desk organization and nursery lighting.


We’ve enjoyed the photos and “key ingredients” Maxwell has layed-out for each room but the resources he’s pulled for each photo by asking homeowners (and renters) how they acquired each piece shown is what helps separate this book from others. He also includes a handy $ guide to give you an idea of the budget used on the room.


With the Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces, Maxwell has touched a nerve with people and presented aspirational and stylish spaces that are truly within reach.

It’s available now from your favorite book retailer.



Full disclosure: Our home has the good fortune of appearing in this book alongside many other incredible spaces and we’re happy to share some behind the scenes photos of the photo shoot by Jim Franco which Maxwell styled. For more behind the scenes details my wife, Laura Dahl, chronicled this experience on her blog.


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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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