Book Review: New York Living | Re-inventing Home


A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of the book New York Living | Re-inventing Home from the publisher.  I couldn’t wait to check it out.  When I was in college, I wanted to live in New York and pursue my love of fashion.  While I never made it to the Big Apple, my love for the city has never faded.  There is just something so magical and dynamic about New York.

This book gives you the opportunity to explore the city in a new way  and see the unique design styles of homes in the city as well as the surrounding boroughs.

The book showcases homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx.  As you turn each area you get an inside look at how these city dwellers decorate and style their homes.

The 26 homes profiled range from an apartment on the Upper West Side to a French Second Empire House in Staten Island.  Page after page, there is design inspiration ranging from the traditional and classic to the modern and contemporary.  And you it gives you the opportunity to see the New York skyline through the eyes of those living there.

One of the first things I recognized about this book was how large it is. There are over 290 pages of photos and home descriptions. The profile for each home starts with somewhat of  a history lesson about the area as well as insights into how the design of the home came to be.

Along side each photo are details about the design elements within the space and why they were chosen.

The photos are bold and bright so you’re sure to find inspiration in even the smallest vignette within a room.

Beyond living spaces, some of the owners’ studio, office and creative spaces are featured.  If you’re a creative you’ll love getting an inside look at where New Yorker’s live and work.

The last three pages of the book provide a summary of each home listing the designers, artifacts and others involved in creating the spaces.

New York Living | Re-inventing Home

“Beautiful living spaces exist in all five boroughs, and in the right hands, when they are carefully chosen and imaginatively envisioned, they indeed embody New York living!”  –Adele Chatfield-Taylor 

I highly recommend this book if you’re a design enthusiast or have a love for New York like me. New York Living also makes a great gift for someone living in the city or looking to move there.

You can purchase New York Living | Re-inventing Home here. 

disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.  All opinions are mine

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  1. I want it! Sounds incredible. I always wish I could see inside some of the houses when I am walking around the city!

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