(Post Updated 9/21/2018)
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan began his journey as an “apartment therapist” by helping a young film editor restyle his apartment after a painful break up with his girlfriend and she subsequently moved out.
Even though his apartment was very nice, the editor was miserable. The memories were painful and he hated it. He even moved his bed into the living room because he couldn’t bear to sleep in that room, anymore.
Gillingham-Ryan persuaded him to do a very deep cleaning, remove all of the personal effects and decor that she left behind and repaint the room and lighten it up. It worked! He was ready to move on.
Apartment Therapy -The Blog and The Book
If you haven’t discovered Apartment Therapy, the blog, you’re in for a treat! It’s one of my favorite sites with a multitude of ideas for maximizing small spaces.
Well, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan has written Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure, the book! If you’re frustrated with your home and can’t figure out why then this is the book for you.
He suggests looking at our rooms in a new light. Are you ready to make healthy changes…clearing out everything that you don’t need or really love. Look at the flow…is it comfortable and easily navigable? Can you feel the energy and movement in the room?
Eight Steps in Eight Weeks
There is a questionnaire to help determine your own personal taste and to determine the physical, emotional and energy flow issues.
This is the basis for the eight-step home cure and I can tell you that once you start, you’ll be motivated and eager to reach Step 8.
- Week One: Creating your Vision
- Week Two: Clearing the Path
- Week Three: The Landing Strip
- Week Four: Retail Therapy
- Week Five: Getting into the Thick of It
- Week Six: Light Therapy
- Week Seven: Sacred Space
- Week Eight: Throwing a Party!
Each guided step helps you work efficiently and affordably toward creating a more comfortable home of your dreams.
What You Will Learn
- There are floor plans. There are examples of how to turn any small space into a functional and beautiful area.
- You will learn how to declutter, first of all. And then you’ll learn how to keep it from becoming cluttered ever again.
- You’ll learn how to get a handle on paperwork. There’s a list that shows how long to keep paperwork; for example, tax returns should be kept permanently. Bank statements should be kept for seven years, etc. It’s a handy list to have for reference on many levels.
- You’ll learn how to work with color…and why some spaces should have cool colors and others should have warm tones. You’ll learn how to apply the 80/20 color rule.
- If you need to call in professional help (and unless you’re an experienced DIYer, you probably will) you’ll learn how to choose the right professional.
- You’ll learn how to choose lighting – what’s the best lighting for each area of your home and why.
This little reference book is invaluable for a multitude of reasons. Check it out…you’ll thank me! Be sure to let me know what your favorite lesson is and how it helped you solve a dilemma!