Book review

Posted on Sun, 19 Aug 2012 by KiM

There is a new book coming out August 28th called The First Apartment Book that I received a copy of recently, and I wanted to share it with you all because it’s fantastic, especially for folks who are about to move into their first apartment, or for those living in a small space. The author of the book, Kyle Schuneman (whom we featured back here) provides small-budget ideas for big-style decor projects. The book features 10 homes across the U.S. where Kyle cleverly worked with residents to translate their visions into real life. Kyle shows you how can seamlessly blend the things you love into a sophisticated design scheme, and some of his projects are really brilliant I have to say. To note: there are about thirty do-it-yourself projects included in the book that allow you to customize your space, especially when you refuse to let rental regulations or limited budgets stand in the way of your dream pad.Before I get into some of these projects, I was excited to find out the stunning photos in this book are the work of one of our favourite photographers here on DTI – Joe Schmelzer. We have featured Joe’s work several times in the past, including here, here and here. (This means 2 cutie patooties were responsible for creating this book – I couldn’t help but add that). You can pre-order the book on Amazon here. So how about a little sneak peek, including a few of my favourite DIY ideas? And after the jump, there is some news from Joe as well.

Above are 2 of my favourite projects included in the book – dip-dye curtains (which I have been wanting to try for years) and the faded-paint technique. COOL!!

Love these yarn frames (everybody has frames that are less than cute that could use a makeover) and the chalkboard kitchen with an oilcloth-covered island.

The photo above is of Kyle’s own living room. That fabulous piece of wood is actually a piece of wood covered in wallpaper used to hide a hideous heater.

So fun – chalkboard decals used in the insets in the cabinets as well as the fridge, a temporary fix perfect for renters.

How about a box-spring chandelier and chevron wall to spice up a dining space?

Fabulous use of industrial furniture and vintage maps.

This book is really great, for everyone dealing with a rental, a small space, or just enjoys DIY projects. It’s got TONS of projects I’d love to try out. And the fab photographs alone are a reason to snap up this book, as all of the spaces featured are really inspirational. And speaking of photographs, Joe has a show in L.A. that started yesterday that I wish I could check out. Details below!

I know just the person to give this book too! a friend just moved to another state and her first apartment out of college.
Thanks for the intro, she will love it!

Heidi says:

Wow-I love that idea of yarn wrapped frames. Would look so rustic with twine too. What a great great DIY (and I am so not a DIY-er). Will definitely be getting this book!

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