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
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
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
Wallpaper is one of those interior finishes that goes in and out of favor depending on the current trends. It has been around since the 1700s, although there is evidence that ornamental paper was used on walls in both ancient Egypt (as papyrus) and China, when strips were printed on by blocks of wood. The sheets were glued together to cover the ...Read more
Even the smallest bathroom remodel is costly. Because the cash investment in a proper remodel is substantial, you want to get it right the first time. Most professionals will advise you to complete things in a manner that will endure constant use. Otherwise, you may be regretful in 10 years' time.
Fortunately, several favorite design trends for...Read more
A Teenager's Room
If you are the parent of a new teenager you likely realize that it is time to make some changes to his or her childhood bedroom. This is a fine opportunity to prepare children for being neat and organized, qualities that will serve them well if they go off to college or move out in a few years to cohabitate with ...Read more
A slight hint of coolness was in the air in my area yesterday, and it provided a promise of relief from a sizzling summer. While it's far too early to be thinking of wearing a coat, it is the perfect time to turn to home improvement chores. So let's talk fireplaces.
Many who live in high-rise condominium buildings are stuck with whatever brand ...Read more
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
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 ...
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