So you finally got that giant flat screen TV you’ve been dreaming of when the prices dropped like a lead balloon this holiday season. But just as soon as you get it out of the box you realize you have to reconnect your cable box to the new TV. What a hassle!
Plus, the spectacular speakers you splurged on just seem a little out of place on your polished parquet floors. Annoying!
Your new smart phone, added to your collection of other mobile devices are creating a spaghetti monster of charging cords and you’re running out of outlets. Not exactly what you want to be tied up with come the New Year!
It’s time to face reality … your apartment has issues … your apartment needs some therapy!
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of ApartmentTherapy.com which focuses on design and home decor in 7 cities, (Chicago being one of them) and author of the new book “Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small Cool Spaces” is available to help you embrace technology and design in your home so that your space is de-cluttered and simplified.
Maxwell and ApartmentTherapy.com has teamed up with Duracell for a campaign to “Tackle Techorating.” He defines “techorating” as how to design/decorate your home with technology or around technology such as flat screen TVs, computers, phones, and all sorts of consumer electronics.
How to “techorate” Make Technology Part of Your Life and Enhance Your Decor: http://www.youtube.com/user/kemcommedia#p/a/u/2/k-Vl_Ns3WZ0
Described as “one part interior designer, one part life coach”, Maxwell has been touring the country to promote his new book, “Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces”, but also to share his website’s goal of “saving the world, one room at a time.”
That goal is based on the overall philosophy of:
• Helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.
• A calm, healthy, beautiful home is a necessary foundation for happiness and success in the world.
• Creating this home doesn’t require large amounts of money or space. It requires inspiration, connection to resources and motivation to do something about it.
• The basic elements of good home design can be learned and achieved by all.
• To connect people to the resources they need to improve their homes, while reducing their reliance on stuff.
About Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan:
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan is the founder of ApartmentTherapy.com, one of the most popular and influential blogs in the country and one of Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Blogs.” As the ultimate online destination for all things design, Apartment Therapy’s mission is to help people make their homes more beautiful, organized, and healthy.
Their family of blogs cover topics related to Interior Design, Technology in the home, Cooking/Entertaining, Parenting, and Green Living. In addition to publishing three books, Maxwell has worked as a regular commentator on House & Garden Television and has been interviewed in various publications including The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Observer, and the Wall Street Journal.
For more information: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/chicago
About His New Book “Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small Cool Spaces”:
Whether you inhabit a studio or a sprawling house with one challenging space, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, co-founder of the most popular interior design website, Apartment Therapy, will help you transform tiny into totally fabulous.
According to Maxwell, size constraints can actually unlock your design creativity and allow you to focus on what’s essential. In this vibrant book, he shares forty small, cool spaces that will change your thinking forever.
These apartments and houses demonstrate hundreds of inventive solutions for creating more space in your home, and for making it more comfortable. Leading us through entrances, living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms, bedrooms, home offices, and kids’ rooms, Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces is brimming with ingenious tips and ideas.
In each dwelling Maxwell points out what makes the layout work and what adds style. Most of the “therapy” involves minor tweaks that can be accomplished on a limited budget, such as dividing a room with sheer curtains, turning a door into a desk, or disguising electrical boxes with art displays. An extensive resource guide, including Maxwell’s favorite websites for buying desks, open storage solutions, and much more, will help you turn even the tiniest residence into a place you are always happy to come home to.
For more information: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/big-book/
Maxwell is the author of “Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure” (Bantam, 2006), and “Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions” (Chronicle, 2008).
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