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Small Spaces / Home & Consumer

Small Spaces: Walnut and Maple Flooring

How can you make an open floor plan feel sophisticated? The problem is that when you have a kitchen, dining and living room open to each other, you can easily end up with visual chaos. It can appear as if you are always sitting in a workspace. ...

Small Spaces: Bunk With Ladder

Think vertical. It's the best-kept secret for stretching a floor plan as we often forget about this dimension. Most people with tall ceilings are clueless about how to accomplish a new use of vertical space. The loft is likely a common solution.

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Small Spaces: Cabin Bedroom

This is the time of year when many families get away to ski. I was lucky enough for a period in my life to have access to an old cabin built in the 1920s in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. It sat high above a pristine lake and was ...

Small Spaces: Royal Design Studio

Small details can add punctuation to a much larger house. Often there are undersized places within a larger home that could not only command attention, but deliver sizable personality to a room. Don't miss an opportunity to accentuate an alcove, a...

Small Spaces: Pink Nightstand

This is an era of instant gratification. I'm learning from my designer buddies that they all have encountered folks unwilling to wait the traditional eight to 10 weeks for custom furniture. Fewer people are focused on quality over availability.

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Small Spaces: Microwave Drawer

Some of the smallest rooms in a home can be among the most rewarding to redesign. We are talking about mudrooms, butler's pantries and laundry rooms. When you have the opportunity, give these places increased function by researching new ways to ...