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I, like Mariette Himes Gomez, have always seen apartments through glam-colored glasses. Movies that depicted impossibly chic apartments with even chicer people have filled my head since I was a child. Imagine my surprise when the first apartment I lived in had neither the Barbara Novak’s floating staircase in Down With Love nor the massive living space of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy’s duplex in Adam’s Rib — if only I’d had Gomez’s Apartments: Defining Style as a guide for maximizing a typical apartment.


Gomez celebrates the small and the spacious in Apartments, but most importantly shares her process for highlighting key architectural features, picking a color palette that complements the space, finding the right furnishings and how to pull it all together.


From classic European style to a mid-century modern design, Gomez details exactly how she created 13 apartments in New York City, London and Florida.

One of my favorite tips, found in Chapter  10: The Beauty of Line, is to “always make sure there’s something interesting to look at as soon as you open the front door.” While this is important for a house, it’s essential in an apartment where you enter your home every day through the front door.

If you’re an apartment-dweller and even if not, this is a great book for finding inspiration and learning how a talented designer makes her decisions. I’m also a huge fan of her first two books, Houses and Rooms.


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6 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    Ha! I have to laugh at the line, "Always make sure there is something beautiful…" We have a 6×6 foot Elk five feet above our front door.

    Not cool.

    Great post!

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  3. Linda Noton says:

    Hello all. I am Linda and My son John is at Basic training and will be until graduation on 8-6-2010.I'm terminal 4th stage since 2001.I'm not working.Not able to do house work.John’s room's the same as it was when he was very much younger. he'll be 20 in October on the 9th,a man who will defend our country. I'd love to surprise him with a manly / soldiers room. I want so bad to have his room done for a man/soldier and our home to reflect the care it needs so badly.He knows I'm stressed that I can't afford to do this. I live on income of 696.10 monthly. Is there any one out there that can help a mom to surprise her son upon his return home. I'd be very grateful.Would anyone make this “Dream Come True“. Take Care , Sincerely Linda N. I know you write books on these things , I hoped maybe you could find someone to help a mom in need.Thank you

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