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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

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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?

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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

Small Spaces: Advice From a Pro

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Wondering how you can live large in a small place? It turns out there are a few secrets that can be shared by professional designers and product designers. Some of this has to do with being able to budget enough to purchase key pieces that are multi- or dual-functional. Some of it has to do with specific tricks of the trade. Let's take a peek ...Read more

Small Spaces: The Unsettled

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Some people are rolling stones. I ran into a friend at a dance performance who had recently returned from living in Bali for a few years. She bought a home and thought her roots were finally established. As she filled me in on what was happening next in her life, it became clear that putting down roots there, or anywhere, is not next on her ...Read more

Small Spaces: Trade-Offs

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Some of the smallest homes are nestled in the most delicious neighborhoods. Surrounded by boutique shops, cafes, coffee houses and corner markets, one can enjoy a pedestrian lifestyle with ease. You may trade density for convenience, but you will fully enjoy the charm of a haphazard village.

We hear a lot about how millennials value living and ...Read more

Small Spaces: Flexible Guest Room

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There are many ways to create a flexible guest room. You can often grab inspiration from hotel rooms because they operate from the perspective of providing not only the obviously required bed but also a working desk, comfy seating and a TV. Maybe some of the surfaces are too harsh for home use, but you can adapt the basic ideas easily and turn ...Read more


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