The First Apartment Book: Cool Designs for Small Spaces by Kyle Schuneman is a visual treat of design possibilities for apartment dwellers. Good books for apartment decor- especially ones that focus on realistic budgets- are few and far between, but this one is a must-have for any apartment dweller looking to make their pad a home, rather than a temporary space to live.

The First Apartment Book does a great job of showcasing various types of apartments and apartment-dwellers. Schuneman made it his goal to make their space a reflection of their interests, personality and passions. He does this with originality and lots and lots and lots of color.

The book is kept interactive and helpful by including 2-4 project tutorials per chapter, like how to make your own gallery wall, how to dip-dye curtains (so awesome) and how to make a headboard slipcover.

I also appreciate that the apartment dwellers ranged in lifestyles: the roommates, the bohemian, the rebel, the prep, the collector and others. I especially appreciate the fact that Schuneman added his own personal space into the book as well.

I was a little bummed to see so many of the projects involved painting the walls, as I’ve never had a landlord that would even consider that. And painting the walls argyle?! A very dramatic statement that works well, but I would never consider doing something so dramatic in an apartment, especially when a person might only be there for a year or two. I was hoping for a few more solutions for adding color to your walls that didn’t include paint buckets and brushes.

All in all, this is a colourful and fun resource for apartment dwellers needing some inspiration for their space.

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.


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