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It's finally getting cooler! As we begin to drag out jackets, rain boots and hats, this is the perfect time of year to think about revamping your mudroom or creating one. In homes located in cold climates, this vestibule-like space is sometimes used not only as a place to store dirty outdoor gear but also as a barrier against extreme cold. In addition to well-built homes, you will even notice such spaces in commercial buildings, such as restaurants, cafes or retail shops. I am partially enamored with mudrooms because they are not common where I live, for the climate is more temperate. Yet a mudroom seems like one of the most practical spaces to have in a family home regardless of local weather.
Where do you find appliances that fit in a tiny kitchen but are just like those used in luxuriously large kitchens? That is the million-dollar question that frustrates and irritates anyone who attempts a quality remodel in a micro-apartment or tiny cottage. For as long as I've been covering the topic of small-space living, I have been baffled by major U.S. manufacturers' apparent lack of interest in this consumer need.
Nothing says family quite like Thanksgiving dinner. Traditional or avant-guard, it's the fellowship that is most important. We have about two months to go before the food extravaganza of the year. In order to make sure that your guests will be at ease this Thanksgiving, it is time to turn your attention toward your dining room. Regardless of size, gatherings go better when everyone has a place to sit! Plan ahead with the following considerations.
First-time parents are super excited, and who can blame them? Their understandable exuberance often makes them easy targets for advertising about all sorts of products and ideas for their child's first bedroom. They get easily swept up in making their little one's room an ideal environment.
When the weather begins to chill, we observe changing leaves and shorter days. The shift is delightful for the most part. However, in many parts of the country there is a very distinct reduction in the amount of natural light available, which has been known to have a powerful effect on some people. The official name for the condition is seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. It is a kind of depression related to the change in seasons, typically starting in the fall; the brain becomes confused when our circadian rhythms, or body clock, are off due to changes in sunlight. More women are diagnosed than men, but men tend to experience more severe symptoms.
A shift in seasons is delicious. You can begin to notice a change in the morning light, and some days begin with the promise of coolness. It's a wonderful pledge that the heat of summer has passed. This is the precise time to think of fireplaces.
The famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson said, "Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." When it comes to the prospect of painting a very strong color on the walls of a small room, fear is understandable. Will you grow tired of it quickly? Will you date your decorating attempt by using a currently popular hue? A firm yes could be the answer to all those questions.
One of our significant rites of passage in life is leaving home. For many, this milestone begins with the journey to college and living in a residence hall. But others have different experiences. For example, I lived at home during my college years, which put restrictions on my social life, but saved a lot of money. My first home was an apartment by the beach with my new husband. I was 23 years old and elated to be out on my own.
You don't have to give up on the idea of a glamorous home just because your space is cramped. Many women love super-feminine bedrooms, bathrooms and closets. They adore places to read or nap in comfort, so mood and ambiance matter. If you have a feminine taste, there are many ways to spruce up your home to create your dream living space.
Apartment units under 500 square feet, also known as microunits, are gaining popularity in urban city centers. Builders are employing real analysis and cutting-edge design in order to squeeze more function out of every square foot of space. Affordable units in desirable locations and smart design for these units are in demand. Given this trend, you can count on one thing: Developers and designers will opt for smaller kitchen appliances as one way to maximize space. Therefore, the popularity and availability of more petite appliances will grow.
We are smack in the middle of summer, and everyone enjoys having some outdoor respite at the end of a warm day. For those living in tiny places, the space challenge can creep outdoors, too. Some of us live in guesthouses. Others live in tiny apartment courts. Still others live in high-rise condos that offer only narrow balconies. How do you maximize your use of the outdoors?
American TVs are no longer banished from the living room as children used to be back in the day. The main boon is that this trend liberates everyone who lives in a small home from feeling the need to carve out a separate media room or family room. Walk right into a living room and see the huge TV screen. Check! No one thinks twice about it. But that wasn't always so.
Low on closet space in your tiny apartment? No problem! While scouring an international media source, I noticed recently that a new trend that aids those with storage shortages is popping up. Instead of built-in closets, our European cousins are fond of free-standing pieces of furniture that are handsome and sophisticated.