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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

Small Spaces: Advice From a Pro

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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

Small Spaces: Barn Doors Rock

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Barn doors remain wildly popular. We see this type of door used in a wide variety of design styles, from minimalist to rustic, and for passage doors and closet doors. For several solid reasons they are here to stay, and for those with a small space, they can be the answer to a problem.

With space-challenged rooms, the obvious advantage of a ...Read more

Small Spaces: Household Tasks for a Frigid Day

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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

Consumer / Small Spaces /

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


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