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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.

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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.

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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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