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Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan began Apartment Therapy as an interior design service in 2001. Three years later, he went online with a blog that explores single family houses and apartment design. Gillingham-Ryan and his colleagues, Jill Slater and Janel Laban, have put three years’ worth of House Tour blog posts into a lovely new coffee table book, Apartment Therapy Presents.

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It’s just as addicting as the website, showcasing “real homes and real people.” The book inspires with every picture because it shows the hits and misses of each space — like the bachelor pad with a refrigerator used as a closet.

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Apartment Therapy Presents covers all home sizes, from the 275 sq ft studio to the 2,200 sq ft ranch.  The styles range from over-the-top femininity to the “most spartan apartment we have ever seen.”  There are antique wrenches as decorations, portraits of monkeys, homemade chandeliers and extensive murals. 

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As the introduction notes, “Whether you live in a rental apartment in New York City or own a house in Seattle, your home is the one space on earth that you can call your own. You owe it to yourself to make it as beautiful, organized and healthy as you can.” Thanks to these words and pictures, we can become more inspired to start doing just that. 

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Because with every turn of the page, we are exposed to the real-life energies of people like us, making their space more beautiful, organized and healthy one antique wrench at a time.

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