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Crown Publishing Group, Summer 2019

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My Small Space
Starting Out in Style
By (author): Anna Ottum
9781524762667 Hardcover English General Trade HOUSE & HOME / Decorating & Furnishings Jun 25, 2019
$24.99 CAD
Active 7.31 x 8.28 x 0.75 in 128 pages 150-200 4C PHOTOS Potter Clarkson Potter
This is the ultimate guide to moving out on your own—whether that’s in a campus dorm, an apartment with seven other friends, a two-bedroom with your best friend, or your very own studio. With cool photography of city spaces and smart design tips, room-by-room checklists, interviews with renters, and more, this is an inspiring book about taking that first step toward adulting.

My Small Space reflects how urbanites really live today—in all kinds of small spaces that have limitations. Every page is packed with cool photography and tips, such as how to decorate around immovable furniture in a dorm and what to pack (leave behind) from home. Or how to get creative in cramped spaces that you share with others. A section on studio living shares what it’s like to finally be on your own—and in control of all of the decision making. With hundreds of cool, bright photographs of people living in just about any kind of situation, this is the home book that belongs on every Millennial’s coffee table.

COOL PACKAGE: With a paper-over-board format in a petite trim size, uncoated paper, and full-color photographs of young, artistic people, this feels like the little sister to Surf Shack.

DORM DRIVING RETAIL DEMAND: According to the National Retail Federation, the back-to-school category with the biggest potential appears to be dorm essentials, with students looking for more inventive ways to feel at home. Spending on bedding, furniture, curtains, and towels is at record levels with retailers like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Urban Outfitters sending checklists to potential customers and Macy’s partnering with the home brand Dormify.

THE DESIGN BOOK FOR MILLENNIALS: While older home dwellers might be investing in their homes by purchasing or building a home or renovating, Generation DIY is still living in temporary rentals and even dorms. Their nesting habits are very distinct—most live in urban areas, in small, rented spaces or on-campus housing—and they want a design book that reflects their needs.

Photographer ANNA OTTUM is known for her sense of playful spontaneity, photographing divergent characters and sceneries throughout New York City. Epic and expansive, moody and quiet, Anna’s work captures emotion with an intimate attitude. She frequently photographs for lifestyle and fashion brands, including Urban Outfitters, Refinery29, NYLON magazine, and the Modist, among others. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Portland, OR

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @annaottum on Instagram (2,500 followers)
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