Since we are nearing the end of the presidential election season and have been discussing all types of American dreams, maybe it's appropriate to talk about the quintessential dream of homeownership. We are a people devoted to the notion of owning our own home. It's in our DNA -- a desire that began as soon as the settlers set foot on our ...Read more
It's finally getting cooler! As we begin to drag out jackets, rain boots and hats, this is the perfect time of year to think about revamping your mudroom or creating one. In homes located in cold climates, this vestibule-like space is sometimes used not only as a place to store dirty outdoor gear but also as a barrier against extreme cold. In ...Read more
Where do you find appliances that fit in a tiny kitchen but are just like those used in luxuriously large kitchens? That is the million-dollar question that frustrates and irritates anyone who attempts a quality remodel in a micro-apartment or tiny cottage. For as long as I've been covering the topic of small-space living, I have been baffled by...Read more
Nothing says family quite like Thanksgiving dinner. Traditional or avant-guard, it's the fellowship that is most important. We have about two months to go before the food extravaganza of the year. In order to make sure that your guests will be at ease this Thanksgiving, it is time to turn your attention toward your dining room. Regardless of ...Read more
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
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
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
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
The Starseeker GambitMr. Robert E. Birnschein
The starship Eagle is part of a slowly growing interstellar fleet tasked with searching nearby star systems to find a suitable life-supporting planet for a burgeoning humanity to colonize. Crewed by daring civilian explorers and planetary scientists the ship has crossed hundreds of light ...
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.
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
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
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