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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,


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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