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Small Spaces: Craft a Colorful Space for Your First Child Without Breaking the Bank

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First-time parents are superexcited, and who can blame them? Their understandable exuberance often makes them easy targets for advertising about all sorts of products and ideas for their child's first bedroom. They get easily swept up in making their little one's room an ideal environment.

But trust this grandma: Any search for the perfect ...Read more

Get Ready for Fall

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A shift in seasons is delicious. You can begin to notice a change in the morning light, and some days begin with the promise of coolness. It's a wonderful pledge that the heat of summer has passed. This is the precise time to think of fireplaces.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a romantic working fireplace, or even a living room large ...Read more

Small Spaces: How To Use Strong Color

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The famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson said, "Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." When it comes to the prospect of painting a very strong color on the walls of a small room, fear is understandable. Will you grow tired of it quickly? Will you date your decorating attempt by using a currently popular hue? A firm yes...Read more

Small Spaces: A New Living Room Idea

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One of our significant rites of passage in life is leaving home. For many, this milestone begins with the journey to college and living in a residence hall. But others have different experiences. For example, I lived at home during my college years, which put restrictions on my social life, but saved a lot of money. My first home was an ...Read more

Small Spaces: Feminine Glamour in a Small Space

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You don't have to give up on the idea of a glamorous home just because your space is cramped. Many women love super-feminine bedrooms, bathrooms and closets. They adore places to read or nap in comfort, so mood and ambiance matter. If you have a feminine taste, there are many ways to spruce up your home to create your dream living space.

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Small Spaces: Fear of Unknown Appliances

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Apartment units under 500 square feet, also known as microunits, are gaining popularity in urban city centers. Builders are employing real analysis and cutting-edge design in order to squeeze more function out of every square foot of space. Affordable units in desirable locations and smart design for these units are in demand. Given this trend, ...Read more

Small Spaces: Create Your Own Private Space

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We are smack in the middle of summer, and everyone enjoys having some outdoor respite at the end of a warm day. For those living in tiny places, the space challenge can creep outdoors, too. Some of us live in guesthouses. Others live in tiny apartment courts. Still others live in high-rise condos that offer only narrow balconies. How do you ...Read more

Small Spaces: No Closet? No Problem!

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Low on closet space in your tiny apartment? No problem! While scouring an international media source, I noticed recently that a new trend that aids those with storage shortages is popping up. Instead of built-in closets, our European cousins are fond of free-standing pieces of furniture that are handsome and sophisticated.

In the United States,...Read more

Small Spaces: TV Wall Designs

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American TVs are no longer banished from the living room as children used to be back in the day. The main boon is that this trend liberates everyone who lives in a small home from feeling the need to carve out a separate media room or family room. Walk right into a living room and see the huge TV screen. Check! No one thinks twice about it. But ...Read more

Small Spaces: Tiny Houses

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With lots of media exposure these days tiny houses have earned a place at the top of the mountain. There's a TV program devoted to documenting the search for the perfect model, and print media covers the topic regularly. Yet, there are still a fair amount of obstacles facing those who want to squeeze all their belongings into a 150-square-foot ...Read more

Small Spaces: Small Spaces with High Ceilings

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If you have a small space with a high ceiling, do the decorating rules change? Can you decorate differently than you could if you were limited to an 8-foot-high ceiling? Let's dissect this example to learn a few tricks of the trade when it comes to vertical space.

Obviously, when you have 12 to 14 feet from floor to ceiling, you get the feeling...Read more

Small Spaces: Outdoor Summer Spaces

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Summer is officially here, and it's time to claim whatever outdoor space you have available. From an apartment balcony to a petite backyard, there are so many ways to convert any outdoor area into a comfortable living space for the warm months of the year. Whether you have a tiny bistro table or a hammock for two, I guarantee you can find a way ...Read more


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