Small Spaces / Home & Consumer

Small Spaces: Tiny House Ideas

Tiny houses are becoming fashionable as both retreats and environmentally responsible lifestyle statements. I have been watching a variety of TV shows about families living off the grid and it reminded me to re-examine some of the hottest concepts...

Small Spaces: Room Dividers

One of the hottest space dividing concepts is actually older than dirt. Room dividers have been used since the 7th century in ancient China and the Japanese began using lighter, more portable room dividers for tea ceremonies, religious events and ...

Small Spaces: 2015 Color of the Year

It's fun to begin the New Year with the projected colors of the year. More interesting to me is to learn the philosophy behind why the powers that be think the public will accept the palette. Colors for a myriad of industries are basically "set" ...

Small Spaces: Little Deviations

Try to insert a few modest deviations of small kitchens for spice. That's right, even if you only have 10 lineal feet of upper cabinets, you can afford a few unique twists in the name of design excellence. Often storage is the biggest challenge in...

Small Spaces: Divide and Define Spaces

Repurposing space in a small home presents unique challenges. Those who live in a loft understand what I'm talking about. It is tricky to create "rooms" in one, open space. When I was studying design in college, the Buckminster Fuller geodesic ...

Small Spaces: That Time of Year!

It's time! Right after Thanksgiving we are slammed with the realization that if we want to celebrate the winter holidays, then we have to shift into gear now. Adding gift shopping and decorating homes to already-packed lives is never easy. How to ...