When someone says they live in a small house or apartment, the image that comes to mind is all too often negative—cramped, cluttered, or confining. But America's leading small space designer, Libby Langdon, knows just how to counter that stereotype. In Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions, she finally offers a practical, user-friendly guide to decorating small spaces so they look stylish, beautiful, and larger than their actual dimensions.
Setting out from the premise that it doesn't take lots of money to achieve a warm and inviting atmosphere, she delivers practicality and inspiration that's affordable. Armed with a bit of basic design knowledge and a few of Libby's tricks of the trade, any small-space dweller can learn how to create gracious, inviting small-space homes that are also functional to a tee.
Each chapter addresses the most common problems encountered in a particular space—living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, office, or hall—and presents solutions and sample layouts, as well as numerous color photos showing transformed spaces “before” and “after” that illustrate small-space design tips. Libby also spells out the top ten mistakes people make in small spaces, and provides step-by-step instructions for painting and hanging art.
Libby Langdon is an interior designer and expert commentator on HGTV's hit show “Small Space, Big Style.” She offers insights, techniques, and tips to help viewers make the most of their own small space. Previously, Libby hosted and was the lead designer on the FOX makeover TV show, “Design Invasion.”
Libby founded “Libby Interiors” in 2003 and has completed numerous commercial and residential design projects all over the country. She designed the New York City restaurant, La Masseria, which was voted as one of the top ten new restaurants in the United States by Esquire. She also designed the flagship store for Italian designer Massimo Bizzocchi in New York's Meatpacking District.
She has designed private residences in New York's Sagaponack and Southampton as well as apartments in New York City and the Rhode Island oceanfront home of PGA golfer Brad Faxon. She's recently designed the homes for PGA golfers Joe Ogilvie in Austin, Texas and Justin Leonard's home in Dallas, Texas. She's just wrapped the design on a loft apartment in Providence, RI as well as the pro shop of the exclusive Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, NY. Libby is currently designing homes in East Hampton, NY and Jupiter, Florida.
Libby just designed the Living Green exhibit for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine that showcases her design ideas and tips on Eco friendly and stylish interiors. The 2500sq foot home exhibit will travel to home shows in 15 cities across the country during 2008. She regularly shoots segments for the Better Homes and Gardens syndicated TV show, BetterTV, about her experience discovering Green design as well as general interior design tips. Her four part feature series on her experience learning about green design ran in Better Homes and Gardens issues from June-September 2008.
She also recently filmed a series of commercials for Domino Magazine in conjunction with Sherwin Williams, Ann Sacks Tile, and The Merchandise Mart for HGTV. She is also a regular on WCBS radio as an Interior Design/ Lifestyle expert.
Libby's designs have been featured in numerous national shelter magazines and on the covers of Hamptons Cottages and Gardens and Decorating Spaces. She is a small space expert to Decorating with Style, and Budget Decorating and several other design magazines. Libby regularly gives seminars about design in small spaces to furniture retailers and manufacturers, offering ways to court the small space consumer.
Libby is a regular contributor to the nation's top daily papers with design, food and entertaining ideas. For design tips, food and entertaining ideas and all things “Libby” go to www.libbylangdon.com.
Libby is a High Point, North Carolina native and now divides her time between New York City and Sag Harbor.
“Whatever Libby Langdon takes on, whether it be designing a New York City restaurant or decorating a Hampton's hideaway, you know the end result is going to be done with style. This instructive book is no exception.” —Bobby Flay
"Libby Langdon's book is absolutely packed with solutions for small-space living, from high-end custom designs to clever and affordable ideas for every budget." —Susan Victoria, Senior Editor, Architecture and Design, Metropolitan Home
“We appreciate any woman who makes small things look a lot bigger. And Libby's interior decorating ideas are awesome, too!”
—Peter & Bobby Farrelly
“Like having a high energy designer and personal organizer by your side, with this book Libby offers chic and stylish solutions for all your decorating needs. It is a must read if you are seeking to simplify, organize, and bring beauty into your apartment or small home. Sure to become a style book staple, this is one reference guide you will turn to again and again for practical advice and inspiration.”
—Bob Kerrey, President, The New School