There is no design police force that makes never-to-be-broken rules and regulations about your home. That is the good news! The bad news is if you want a singular style, it takes skill and a sharpened sense to construct a unique and offbeat look. Before you panic, let's unpack this idea.
One of my mentors once explained design like this when I ...Read more
There is sorrow in the home when one of your chicks goes away to college. A young adult's transition away from the nest is one of the parents' proudest moments, an accomplishment and a sign of momentous change in everyone's lives. My husband wept for months every time he passed by our son's doorway.
Most experts advise keeping your child's room...Read more
Life changes in dozens of ways once the first baby joins a family. You don't have to allocate a huge amount of space for an infant, but it must be quiet and, most importantly, safe. Arrangements vary according to child-rearing philosophies; in some cultures, a baby sleeps in the parents' room well into childhood. I had an Indian client whose ...Read more
It is easy to be overwhelmed by all the decisions involved with remodeling a major bathroom. Where do you start? How do you translate a particular style into a look that fits the room size? In most small bathrooms, the tasks become even more of a challenge, and frustration grows as you try to pull all the pieces together.
This example is not ...Read more
When I walk into a small space, it takes my eyes about 15 seconds to take in the entire room and form an opinion. Granted, I am trained to observe in a critical manner and have a quicker ability to note balance, proportion and tone. But you can try it for yourself in your own home. What is your first impression, and can you verbalize how you ...Read more
Human size the basis of architectural and interior design standards. According to Scientific American, over the past 150 years, the average height of human beings in industrialized nations has increased by about 4 inches. Overall, the reasons for this are better food supply, improved diet and the control of diseases. When you visit a home built ...Read more
A small kitchen needs to perform just like a tiny galley on a boat. Every square inch must be designed for maximum function, easy utility and durability. Hinges, drawer pulls, cabinet knobs and specialty hardware with flipper doors (to eliminate clumsy swinging cabinet doors) are either made of wood or solid brass. Every moving part must operate...Read more
Sometimes helpful solutions are hiding in plain sight. It is common to become so familiar with our surroundings that we no longer see them clearly. When you pass by something dozens of times a day, it becomes invisible in a way, so we miss opportunities. What if you challenged yourself to find places with extra function?
One of my favorite ...Read more
Penny Properties 101 for DummiesTracy Phillips
If you always wanted to get into real estate investing but did not have the money. This book will show you how to do it.
This book shows you how to negotiate the best possible terms with the real estate owned (or REO) department of a bank or lender, including ...
Millennials have officially overtaken baby boomers as America's largest living generation. Those 75.4 million young people ages 18 to 34 are renting and beginning to buy homes. What do they want, and how will they change the way builders build?
First of all, millennials don't want more of the same. According to Linda Mamet, vice president of ...Read more
Barn doors are a brilliant way to conserve space. The idea has been around for a while now, so it's not the hottest news. Still, I'm a huge fan of this type of room closure in tight spaces, such as small rooms, hallway openings and bathrooms. Since the doors slide side to side instead of swinging open, you can add usable floor space to any room ...Read more
Small homes are expected to dominate some parts of the real estate market in the coming year, according to experts. Millennials are predicted to make up 33 percent of buyers soon, and baby boomers are expected to represent 30 percent. Both of these groups are seeking compact lifestyles, yet both expect fashion-forward kitchen and bathroom style ...Read more
It's here! The Fourth of July and all the community celebrations signal the official start of one of the most pleasurable times of the year. Dining al fresco is at the heart of celebrating the warm weather. Here are a few bits of advice that might add to your overall enjoyment.
First you need a table. The smallest size that will realistically ...Read more
A gigantic decorating score is using a few outsized accent pieces in a small room. Sounds like the wrong tack, right? It isn't, I assure you! The idea can make you nervous at first. That is because it is counterintuitive. The tricky part is to realize that in order to successfully accomplish the feat, you must use precision and care. No doubt ...Read more