I’m a DIY/home project junkie. I don’t get nearly as many projects done as I’d like due to little things like time any money, but I make it a point to do at least a few projects each year when the weather is good. Just a fresh coat of paint on some walls can go a long ways! Considering how much I love books, it will come as no surprise that I have quite a few on the topics of home decorating, organization, and management. This was the first time that I picked up an Apartment Therapy book though…
I cracked open my hardcover copy of Apartment Therapy: Complete + Happy Home as soon as it arrived. And oh, the pictures! This is the type of book Mom would have loved because of all of the beautiful photos.
Complete + Happy Home covers a bit of everything that you’ll need to know as a homeowner. The book actually starts out with advice for house hunting. Then delves into setting up rooms, picking paint colors, and putting up window treatments.
The biggest part of Complete + Happy Home is the middle section which is where all of the great photos come in! There are ideas, tips, and pictures for every room in the house! The closet-office was one of my favorites, and it’s a fabulous inspiration for turning a closet or other small space into an office. The kids bedrooms caught my eye, and I was thrilled to see rooms included that were for multiple siblings. Not everyone gets their own room when they are growing up!
We end things off with a section that touches on basic home maintenance, cleaning schedules, and some easy home repairs that you can do yourself.
At first, I was a bit disappointed that so much of the book was taken up by photos of other people’s homes, but I actually found them to be a great starting point for deciding what I liked or might want to try in my own home. No, I’m not going to replicate the rooms exactly, or even closely for that matter, but I did see a number of ideas that I do want to use! I’m glad that the book is a hardcover. A volume this size that will likely be used as a reference for years to come will hold up much better when it’s a hardcover book rather than a paperback.
All in all Complete + Happy Home would be a great book for new homeowners or newlyweds. But don’t dismiss it if you don’t fit into either of those categories! I found some wonderful inspiration, and the book makes a terrific reference for anyone.
Please note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.