Theres a lot you dont 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).
By PAMELA E. SPENCER
The Kansas City Star
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 cant paint.
Wholl 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 wont: People who dont 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.
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