The Best Small Space Decorating Books

The Best Small Space Decorating Books

canstockphoto0133890Give me a stack of decorating books or decorating magazines and I’m one happy lady.  (Same with cookbooks…I read cookbooks like novels.)

This isn’t to say that looking for ideas online isn’t a great way to go, of course…it’s fast and easy and there’s a myriad of choices.

It’s simply that when I relax at the end of a busy day with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, I will most often reach for one of my favorite decorating books!

And each time I look through them I almost always see something new or in a different perspective. I might be looking at window treatments or rugs or wall decor…so that’s what my eyes will focus on.

Here are three of the best:
Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home

Apartment Therapy – Complete and Happy Home.   I’ve already talked about how much I love the Apartment Therapy website and newsletter. Now you don’t have to be online to browse their suggestions.  This will become a favorite resource, for sure.  They have another book called The Big Book of Small Cool Spaces

Small Space OrganizingSmall Space Organizing – A Room by Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space.  The author, Kathryn Bechen, is a well-respected journalist living in San Diego who blogs about organizing and home decor. This book is also available for Kindle (I don’t have a Kindle but if you do, you’re sure to want to add this.  Just think…you can browse the pages anywhere!

BHG Book

 

Better Homes and Gardens publishes several books on small space decor.  New Decorating Book, 10th Edition (Better Homes and Gardens) (Better Homes and Gardens Home)is a good choice with sensible, down-to-earth suggestions throughout.

These are favorites of mine, but there are so many available that you’re sure to find exactly the resource you’re looking for.  I have a couple of Martha Stewart books on Holiday decor, too, that I can rely on every single year.

Do you have special favorite books on small home decor? Please share your thoughts with me in the comments!

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The Best Links for Small Space Decor Ideas

6 Best Online Decorating Magazines

(Updated 8/30/2018)

Buffet in Room

Decorating and organizing a small space doesn’t have to be impossible…you just have to know where to look.

I’ve been a decorating magazine hoarder for years! Honestly, I have stacks of magazines everywhere in my home…on chairs, tables, on the floor…and I love nothing better than to curl up on a couch or chair and read them over and over.

Each time through an edition, I’m looking for something different. Maybe a wall color or a certain piece of furniture or a way to repurpose something I already have.

Nowadays, there are editions of my favorite magazines online! So I just find the website for whatever magazine I’m into at the time and bookmark it for easy reference.

There are so many resources out in cyberspace that give excellent advice and that tweak your decorating creativity.

Here are links to a few of my favorite online resources:

This Old House

I often find doable tips and smart ideas from This Old House, one of the original home decorating and remodeling shows and magazines.

For example, a recent website article, 11 Foolproof Decorating Tips suggests 

 …if you have two small rooms next to each other, painting them the same neutral color helps them feel larger.

Look at a paint strip and move up or down a shade or two for a subtle variation from room to room, suggests Allen-Brett.

One of their best ideas (that I always recommend) is to use area rugs to define a space.

Place at least the two front legs of the couch and chairs on the rug. And be sure the rug is large enough for the conversation grouping.

Another tip from this article is about hanging artwork on your walls.

You should hang artwork at eye level but if your family includes tall people AND short people, average the two!

I have to think about this, often, because I’m short so I place my artwork a little higher than my eye level. Works just fine!

House Beautiful

I’ve been getting House Beautiful Magazine for years and years.  I love that magazine. House Beautiful online is just as amazing!

Dozens of articles on everything from home renovation to DIY projects to highlighting celebrity homes.

You can subscribe to the print version HERE, as well as their other sister magazines, Veranda and Elle Decor (which I also get!).

Apartment Therapy

In my post How to Personalize a Small Space Rental, I’ve included a video from Apartment Therapy showing two apartments with identical layouts but totally different vibes.

Apartment Therapy is one of my favorite decorating sites simply because it encompasses such a wide variety of decorating dilemmas…not just small space decor.

There never was a print version of the magazine but Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, a co-founder of the website, has authored several books including Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small Cool Spaces where he shares “forty small, cool spaces that will change your thinking, forever.”  Now, that’s intriguing!

Pinterest

small yardAnother fabulous site for decorating ideas is Pinterest.

Seriously, if you need ideas for holiday decor or bathroom vanities or gardening in a small space, Pinterest is a great place to search. No print magazine…yet.

Even if you don’t need decorating ideas, you’ll find all sorts of hints, tips and solutions for healthy recipes or funny quotes, craft ideas, wall art, home based business ideas…you name it and I’ll bet you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

If you haven’t already, consider joining Pinterest…you can create your own Boards and save your favorite ideas from other Pinterest friends.

Start by visiting my Pinterest Boards…I’ve got 28 boards and more than a thousand pins!  One of my boards is Small Space Solutions.

Houzz

The first decorating site I joined was Houzz.  

Houzz has thousands of decorating and DIY ideas for homes and gardens both large and small. There never was a print version of Houzz so I don’t have stacks of back issues all over my house!

But this online magazine is chock full of the best of decorating. There are videos, a forum where you can ask questions and share with other readers.

Create your own Ideabooks and save the ideas you love in whatever categories you choose.

Here’s a link to My Houzz Ideabooks. The picture here is one I saved to my Gardens Ideabook.

I have 25 Ideabooks covering every room in the house, holiday ideas, flooring, lighting…you name it! It’s a fabulous resource when I’m ready to try something new.

Better Homes and Gardens

The magazine is a favorite for multiple reasons…great recipes, all sorts of human interest stories and each issue usually focuses on a particular home improvement or decorating topic.

For example, the latest issue that I have (September 2018) is the “Find Your Style” issue showing the latest trends and ideas from BH&G experts.

So the online magazine is an expanded version with tons more ideas on just about every home living topic you can imagine. My immediate go-to is the Decorating Section on the Better Homes and Gardens site.

You can choose between a bunch of tabs…

  • DO-IT-YOURSELF
  • STORAGE SOLUTIONS
  • CHOOSING COLOR
  • SMALL SPACES
  • HOME MAKEOVERS
  • BEDROOM
  • LIVING ROOM
  • BATHROOM
  • KITCHEN STYLES
  • CHEAP DECORATING IDEAS
  • COLOR FINDER

There are many more online resources that I haven’t touched on but will add them from time to time.  But check out these links and please let me know your thoughts.

If you have favorite decorating sites, I’d love to include them.

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