Picks and Pans Review: The Apartment Book
by the editors of Apartment Life
Living in a Sheetrock box isn't exactly paradise—what with paper-thin walls, constant rent increases, elusive landlords and incompetent supers. Tenants have to be a sturdy breed to turn an apartment into a home. That's where Apartment. Life magazine came in 10 years ago, giving instructions on how to convert mundane into moderne and cheap into chic. This is a well-balanced compilation of the monthly magazine's best ideas by its editors. The book is not just a depiction of pretty rooms but step-by-step illustrations on projects ranging from turning a coffee tin into a flowerpot to installing track lighting to building a balcony greenhouse. There are also sensible articles on leases, moving companies and tenant rights and an index telling where to find trendy things. For the star-struck there's even a peek into the pads of Richard Dreyfuss, Ali MacGraw, Jill Clayburgh and John Belushi. (Harmony Books, $27.50)
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