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Small Spaces: No Closet? No Problem!

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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

Small Spaces: Proportions and Scale Are Critical in Small Spaces

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When it comes to interior design, you've got to get the size of your ideas right! Nothing is worse than when a clueless homeowner sets out to do a do-it-yourself project and copies a design feature from a photo without giving proper thought to the size of the room. The fact that the designer's home is sized differently than the home in the photo...Read more

Small Spaces: Using Drapes in Your Home

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Fabric drapery creates design flexibility in small, architecturally challenged rooms. Some rooms, like this one, have bay windows, which makes arranging furniture tricky. But if you install a standard traversing rod, you can create the appearance of a straight continuation of the wall. In addition, a bold fabric pattern, like the one shown here,...Read more

Small Spaces: Make Room for Dining Table

Consumer / Small Spaces /

There is nothing more fun than spending a leisurely Saturday rearranging furniture. But when you're expecting your adult child to move home after college graduation, it becomes more than a dreamy pastime. We've all heard jokes about parents who immediately turn their son or daughter's bedroom into a sewing room or man cave the minute the kid ...Read more

Small Spaces: Extra Counter Space

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Most of us who plan a kitchen remodel fantasize that the results will land us in the pages of Better Homes and Gardens. You've saved enough money to finally put in a beautiful kitchen island. Perhaps, while planning, you consider different design options and negotiate realistic solutions. You may even experience sticker shock along the way. But ...Read more

Small Spaces: Use Your Walls

Consumer / Small Spaces /

If you live in a studio apartment or a micro-unit, storage space is often limited. However, you can carve out a little extra storage space by utilizing the walls of your home. You will find trendy designs and inspiration on websites like Pinterest and Etsy. Most wall-storage designs are based on the European custom of storing items in plain ...Read more

Small Spaces: World-Inspired Home Accents

Consumer / Small Spaces /

It doesn't take very much to add an artistic touch to a tiny home. Two or three accent items will go a long way toward establishing any creative look. And, when you tire of one look, it is comforting to know that you can mix it up just by removing and replacing a few pieces.

The internet certainly makes finding gathering accent items a simple ...Read more

Small Spaces: What to Do With an Old Fireplace?

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How can you fix a dysfunctional or ugly fireplace? This is often a predicament in very old homes where the fireplace was the heating system, or even more modern homes that feature an awkwardly placed or out-of-date fireplace. Some are eyesores, cloaked in out-of-date materials like slump stone; some are too rustic for taste. Let's look at some ...Read more

Small Spaces: How to Create a Beautiful Entryway

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A foyer creates a gracious entry to a home. The trouble in a tiny house is that there is rarely enough spare square footage available to create such a nicety. In most ranch-style homes built in the 1950s, for example, the front door opened right into the living room. There might have been a half-wall between the living room and the front door to...Read more


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