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Small Spaces: Reading Nooks

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Reading in a cozy chair is still desirable for a lot of people. Though you may be sitting with your Kindle instead of a bound text, the expression "curled up with a book" sounds so much more appealing than proclaiming that you are getting comfortable with your iPad. Right?

Let's create areas in your home that are conducive to reading. I'm one ...Read more

Small Spaces: Photography as Decoration

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Photography was invented to capture the moment, to capture life. And here we see a custom wallcovering made from a black and white photograph shown in Sunset Magazine's L.A. Idea House last summer in east Manhattan Beach.

There are numerous internet-based companies that sell easy-to-install wall graphics in a vast array of images, from nature ...Read more

Small Spaces: Tiny Rooms with High Ceilings

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Julia Child famously towered over most people. She said that being tall always gave her an advantage in the business world; there was clean air to breathe in a crowd.

For a small room, having a high ceiling makes all the difference. You can get away with doing several things that would not be possible with an 8-foot ceiling, and a room looks ...Read more

Small Spaces: Counterintuitive Advice

Consumer / Small Spaces /

As they say, the devil is in the details. Sometimes the secret to getting a small space to feel larger is based on confusing principles that generate questions. If you put thought and care into redoing a kitchen or bathroom, you will undoubtedly encounter such issues: How far to take a countertop? Where to stop a paint color? How high to make ...Read more

Dynamic accents transform your home's look

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: How to Create a Beautiful Entryway

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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

Small Spaces: The New Trend Is No Trend

Consumer / Small Spaces /

It's spring, a fine time to talk about fresh design ideas. We are in a period that embraces just about anything; there is acceptance for every genre, from vintage to crisp, modern precision. Being freed from any specific look is liberating! As you arm yourself to complete a design project, this is good news.

Eclectic interiors are luscious to ...Read more

Small Spaces: Make Shelving a Work of Art

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Any shelving unit can be transformed into a trendy but practical display feature. You will need a theme, some interesting individual pieces and patience to convert a basic bookcase or built-ins into something unique. Do not lament the fact that you lack space for a full-size china cabinet or sophisticated glass cabinets in your kitchen. You can ...Read more

Small Spaces: Danish Concept of 'Hygge'

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Millennials as a group are likely living in more nontraditional patterns than any other American population group. They are young, but many are well on their way down their professional path. While some have not yet landed their dream job, others are working two jobs to make ends meet, as they live independently. They face challenges and are ...Read more

Small Spaces: Modern Masterpieces

Consumer / Small Spaces /

In the home furnishing world, you pay dearly for a known designer's name just like when you buy haute couture. Would you consider paying $7,000 for one dining chair? Women pay thousands for one designer handbag, but you would need six chairs for the table, and the total would be a showstopper.

I have worked with people on modest budgets who ...Read more

Small Spaces: To Swivel, or Not to Swivel?

Consumer / Small Spaces /

If you have a confined furniture layout, there are times when only a swivel chair will do the trick. When you have two focal points in a room, such as a fireplace and a TV screen on separate walls, a swivel will allow you to shift your line of sight easily. It also spares you from needing two different pieces of furniture and keeps a small space...Read more


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