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Small Spaces: Household Tasks for a Frigid Day

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Freezing and forbidding winter weather has descended with a thud across the nation. Staying indoors in a tiny home can be the very definition of cabin fever, so how about rolling up your sleeves and tackling a few essential organizational chores? You will feel so accomplished and satisfied after you are finished.

Clutter is a negative in any ...Read more

Small Spaces: Create Coziness

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Don't you just want to move into this picture and stay awhile? A squashy cushion snuggled below a window, hopefully with a little view, never fails to attract everyone from toddlers to a sleepy grandpa! It seems that the powerful draw of a window seat is universal.

Built-in seating always looks warm and inviting. What makes it actually ...Read more

Small Spaces: Black-and-White Kitchen

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Get rid of your formal dining room as a sly way to gain an extra space. This is an idea that has gained in popularity over the last decade as busier and busier lifestyles have shifted entertainment patterns in homes across the country. Recently, I consulted for a penthouse condo high above a Major League Baseball park, and my client said goodbye...Read more

Small Spaces: Year of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

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If ever there were a year for the scrawny Christmas tree, this is it! Even though we are almost a week from Christmas Day, I was shocked at the slim pickings at the tree lot I visited today.

You may have already learned that the U.S. is facing a significant tree shortage this year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, or NCTA. ...Read more

Small Spaces: A Cozy Room

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What are the essential ingredients that make up the perfect cozy space? Fortunately for us, the first requirement is a room that's not a huge loft space with 14-foot ceilings and cool cement floors. No, we are looking for a room in a bungalow or a cottage, an apartment or an auxiliary dwelling unit.

There are people who prefer a small room to a...Read more

Small Spaces: Stuck in the Corner?

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It's never pleasant to be stuck in a corner, is it? When the only available table in a cafe is that tiny one tucked into the corner, you have to pull your coat and umbrella tight to your body and politely navigate through a sea of tables and chairs to sit down. Even in language we sometimes refer to the "far corners" of the Earth in a way that ...Read more

Small Spaces: Holiday Decorations That Take Up Zero Room

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It has been said that people who decorate the outside of their house for Christmas are happier. It follows that people who bring adornments inside, too, are willing to make an effort to create a special ambiance in their home. Both practices are subtle ways to increase satisfaction at a time of year that can be tricky for a lot of us.

Loads of ...Read more

Small Spaces: Baby-Boomer Trends

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Still a large part of the American home-buying public, baby boomers drive a significant segment of the housing development industry. What do boomers want, and what are they willing to spend to get it? The generation is nearly as large as that of their millennial children and as diverse in lifestyle choices.

According to statistics, many baby ...Read more

Small Spaces: Dining Room Talk

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Thanksgiving is the favorite holiday of all for many because it is about fellowship and a simple, shared meal. There aren't massive amounts of decorations to be fretted over or gifts to be wrapped, and there is no month more appropriate than November to focus on your dining room for the upcoming winter holidays. For some families, the festive ...Read more

Small Spaces: Take Liberties in Your Living Room

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Most people are fine having their huge TV mounted on a prominent wall in the living room. This is a beneficial trend made popular when flat-screen TVs, designed to hang on the wall like a painting, became commonplace. And when we relaxed the notion of what the primary room for socializing and family interaction must include, increased function ...Read more

Small Spaces: Tiny-House Resort

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We've all been watching the tiny-house phenomenon for a while now. Tiny houses have become a fad since the cost of housing has skyrocketed in parts of the country and salaries have fallen behind. For some people, the only way to own a home is to resort to a space that is considerably smaller than the typical home.

Some prototypes have been ...Read more

Small Spaces: No More Huge Islands

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Let's hear it for smaller kitchen islands, please! It is time to dispel the myth that a 5-by-10-foot island is a must-have in every gourmet kitchen worth its salt. Sometimes the island in a generously proportioned home is so large that you cannot even clean it properly without awkwardly crawling on top of it. And it can leave a kitchen feeling ...Read more


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