On a recent road trip to Lahaina, I took my book loving self to Barnes & Noble to do what I do best, surround myself with words (and photos!). Just as I was about to hit the Pali, I spotted the loveliest small space design and decor book (my favorite category). Living in a Nutshell by Janet Lee with photos by Aimée Herring…
In the introduction, I felt kismet with the author as she wrote “My hope is that this book motivates you to adopt a less size-ist, less traditional attitude toward small space design: in other words, focus on what you can do, not what can’t.” She goes on to say “In a nutshell, my mantra for small space design is to delight, dazzle, and divert.” I too, embrace small spaces. Large homes overwhelm me; small spaces speak to me. I find the challenge of living and decorating a modest home fun. Thinking of clever ways to maximize space, organize belongings and add a touch of personal quirky without the clutter is my idea of a good time.
Living in a Nutshell is not organized by the oh so common room category but rather by creative concept. There are chapters for revitalizing with vintage pieces, inspired couture décor, clever organization and faux real, just to name a fabulous few.
Each chapter is chock full of design tips but that is just the delightful beginning. This lovely book also has page after page of cool projects ranging from “quickies” to “one-nighters” to “weekenders”. I’m a novice DIYer and spotted more than a few ideas I’d feel comfortable tackling and others I can aspire to (or sweetly talk someone into lending a skilled hand my way).
Living in a Nutshell is filled with images of incredible rooms with a ton of personality and bright pops of color. Every room and home featured is drool-worthy without being stuffy or inaccessible. If you embrace small space design or want to bring your studio, one bedroom or pied-à-terre to life, I say two thumbs up. Living in a Nutshell will also be appreciated by large home dwellers as many of the projects and tips will also work well in a larger space.
Visit Living in a Nutshell to purchase. While you’re there check out the blog and the I want that! page (trust me you’ll want it too).