Small Spaces / Home & Consumer

Small Spaces: Alternate Living Room Arrangements

Owning a small living room does not mean that you automatically must squeeze a 7-foot sofa into it. There seems to be a tendency to buy the biggest sofa that one can push into the room; I think out of fear that there will not be enough seating. ...

Small Spaces: Meaningful Graphics

Inspiration can be written on your walls. There is appreciation these days for small signs that spell out popular sayings. Often these tiny and inexpensive signs are incorporated into wall collages that feature family photos or furniture. You can ...

Small Spaces: Small Cottage Kits

Getaway houses are considered a true luxury these days. Yet, for some families a small vacation place is a deep tradition going back generations. Depending on what part of the country you live in, and whether or not the land has been in your ...

Small Spaces: Out in the Open

A lean look can be sleek and modern. Many contemporary homes are sculptural and include an open floor plan. Yet, such a sparse look can be ruined by clutter and therefore the style isn't for everyone. While it might seem ridiculous at first, be ...

Small Spaces: Housing Multiple Generations

Many Baby Boomers find themselves sandwiched between aging parents and boomerang kids come to live at home again. A larger percentage of college-educated progeny are have returned home to live or rely on a parental safety net than ever before. One...

Small Spaces: Dorm Rooms

Millions of households in America are sending a child off to college next month. This single act dredges up numerous issues, some good and some bothersome.

One obvious effect is an empty room left in the wake of their departure. There have been ...