ON THE BOOKSHELF

On The Bookshelf | ‘The First Apartment Book’

Updated: 2012-09-02T04:03:11Z

By PAMELA E. SPENCER

The Kansas City Star

There’s a lot you don’t know when you get your first apartment. And most people have no clue where — or how — to start. They have just a bit of space, very little furniture and even less cash. Find some inspiration in “The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces” by Kyle Schuneman (Clarkson Potter, $24.99).

The 256-page book shows readers 10 real homes. Examples include “The Art Lover” in New York City, “The Roommates” in Boston and “The Couple” in Nashville. It helps readers solve problems, such as ways to change up your old dresser or sofa with paint, and ways to design around white walls that you can’t paint.

Who’ll like this book: People looking to have high design on a low budget. Schuneman, 27, incorporates many of the latest decor trends (think decals, chalkboard paint and colorful rugs) into his designs.

Who won’t: People who don’t like DIY projects or crafts. The book is full of how-tos, from installing carpet tiles to putting up temporary wallpaper. Some projects look easy, some look like they require more sweat and precision.

Words of wisdom: “Take a stroll through your favorite — inexpensive — vintage store for inspiration. Then find something similar and cheaper on eBay.”

Style in a nutshell: Martha Stewart meets Urban Outfitters.

To reach Pamela E. Spencer, call 816-234-4712 or send email to pspencer@kcstar.com.

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