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Behind-the-Scenes with Stylemaker Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

Eight years ago, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan and his brother started Apartment Therapy to help readers make the most of their limited square footage. Now, with three books under his belt and Apartment Therapy more popular than ever, Maxwell is the go-to guy for simple, clutter-free design. We had a chance to talk to Maxwell about his modern style and where he gets his design inspiration. See what he had to say below!

 

Day job: design blogger

 

Personal style: organic modern

 

Style is: Personal expression with beauty and effortlessness

 

Style advice: Try it. If you don’t like it, change it.

 

Can’t live without: My daughter

 

What inspires you: Gerald and Sara Murphy

 

Best way to spend $100: A dry aged ribeye at Florence butcher shop

 

Best way to spend $50: A midnight dinner at Ino on Bedford Street in New York City

 

Coffee or tea?  Coffee

 

What’s your perfect white paint color?  China White

 

What’s the wall color you’ve always wanted to use but never have?  Black

 

What’s your idea of a perfect meal? Saturday night in my garden in August

 

Who was your hero growing up? F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Favorite thing: My red and white Vespa ET4

 

Favorite escape: Ino at midnight after a long, long day of work

 

Secret passion: Clock design

 

Hidden talent: Surfing

 

I start my day with: Ashtanga Yoga

 

If you could have anyone else decorate your house, who would it be? Olle Lundberg, LundbergDesign.com

 

What’s your favorite decorating trick?  Removing doors whenever possible

 

What’s your favorite decorating trend?  Stripes and chevrons in bold colors

 

What’s the one trend or common decorating move you’d be happy to see go away?  Shiny fabrics and Hollywood Regency style

 

What’s your life credo/words you live by? Nothing you do for your home is ever wasted.

 

What’s your favorite book? “Living Well is the Best Revenge” by Calvin Tompkins

 

Last book you’ve read: “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron

 

TV show or movie you obsess about: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (the American version)

 

Read the full article about Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan in the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens available now!

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