Small Spaces / Home & Consumer

Small Spaces: Must You Have Bookshelves?

Changing times create changing furnishing needs. If you don't read hardcover books any more, do you still need bookshelves in your home? Is it possible that bookshelves will go the way of the colossal TV armoire or the executive desk that hogs an ...

Small Spaces: Dual-Use Furnishings

No young woman wants to wear sensible shoes with a fancy ensemble. It's a turnoff to pair a stylish outfit with grandmotherly footwear. When sensible furnishings are discussed, one could get the hint that you might be sacrificing style and panache...

Small Spaces: The Humble Mudroom

There may not be a room in America more adored at this moment than the humble mudroom. Many older homes in regions where snow falls have been built with at least one such space, either at the back of the house or near a front entry. Even in new ...

Small Spaces: The Changing Home Office

These days, desks look more and more like simple tables. Any old one will do. Long gone are the days of Rolodex files, huge computer terminals and stacks of sorted slots for paper flow. No more rows of file cabinets are required in a home office. ...

Small Spaces: Remodeling Makes a Comeback

According to my own community, remodeling is making a bit of a comeback. Some of this could be due to a long period of deferred maintenance during the Recession and some is likely due to a welcome change in the economic climate for the housing ...

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...