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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