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Book Review | Chicago Spaces

Title: Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors from the Editors of Chicago Home + Garden Magazine

Author: Jan Parr

My Review:

I’ve read a lot of DIY & decorating blogs that have been making decorating resolutions for the New Year. It’s an interesting idea and one I hadn’t considered before.  To help with MY decorating resolutions, I’ve been looking at pinterest and magazines, but many of the ideas, while pretty, aren’t our style.  Then I remembered that I got a copy of Chicago Spaces to review.

Chicago Spaces is a large coffee table book featuring Chicago houses, apartments & lofts compiled by the editors of Chicago Home + Garden.  Chicago is an architectural Mecca.  There is a museum dedicated to it and I even saw a K-12 curriculum featuring Chicago architecture.  With such an atmosphere, there are plenty of interior designers keeping Chicago on the map.

Chicago Spaces is divided into two sections.  The first shows entire houses, the second showcases rooms.  There are notes with each picture and there is a great mix of modern, clean and contemporary right next to vintage, reclaimed and traditional.  Sometimes in the same room!   The second section is just a bunch of rooms, by type.  My favorite section in the whole book was children’s rooms.   The pictures were colorful, playful and creative and I wish it was a larger section because it was so different from the rest of the book.   The rest was very grown up and sophisticated.  And hard to pull off with children under 5 J.

If you need inspiration for your home or just love Chicago & want to see how they live, Chicago Spaces is the book for you!  And the best part, from my point of view, is the shopping resources guide at the back.   I love being able to find out where to get things I love!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*

Jen S.

Jen currently makes her home in the Great White North and is a wife and mother to 2 beautiful girls. She writes at about books, living the Catholic faith, holiday celebrations, creating beautiful & useful systems and anything else that is beautiful, good and useful at Happy Little Homemaker. She also shares deals, tips and product reviews to help save time, money and sanity at Happy Homemaker Reviews.

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