Small Spaces...

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Sat, 06-07-2008 - 7:27pm

We started a thread on this last July or so--- but it appears to have archived. So here's the link:
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-hgfirsthome/?msg=2367.1

and here is a new tip fron Doug Wilson, designer on HGTV and other cable channels:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/cbDecorBeyond.asp?wk=28&

De-Clutter, De-Clutter, De-Clutter

by Doug Wilson

As a major consumer nation we are constantly packing our homes with "stuff". First remove everything from your room, yes everything, and assess what’s in good condition, worth updating, valuable, or has sentimental value. Get rid of everything else by recycling, selling or donating it.

You may not need all that furniture. If a coffee table will suffice, lose the end tables or vice versa. If you just needed that end table for a light, try using a floor lamp or wall sconces instead. Small ottomans can do triple duty as seating, storage and coffee tables. If a deep bureau is not necessary, consider shallower built-in cabinets and shelving.

Window treatments should also be kept to a minimum. Wood slat blinds that can be raised for light are a good choice. Curtains with no valance on a high-mounted rod will give you height and openness.

Go with any color you like on the walls but keep it in the mid tones or lighter. Stay far away from pastels unless it’s a baby room. Patterns on furniture, upholstery, and curtains should be in a small scale as not to jump out at you. This tactic will visually keep the decor pushed back from the eye to create more openness. In order to keep the room visually interesting, bolder color and pattern choices can be put into your throw pillows, wall decor/artwork and decorative items.

Another Tip: One consistent material on the floor gives you a more open feeling. Whether it’s wall-to-wall carpet or hard wood, choose flooring that goes all the way to the perimeter of the space to give the room expanse.



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Sat, 09-29-2012 - 10:42am

Submitted by RMSer Ozymndius.

20 Small Spaces
Make the most of a tiny yard. Get ideas from amazing makeovers.



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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 12:43pm

Space-Saving Solutions for Every Room in Your Home   Creative Design Ideas for Small Spaces

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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 9:44am



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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 10:56am

Built-ins can be a good idea... if it's a small space you own, that is!

All About Built-Ins
See how you can live large in a petite space using stylish built-in storage opportunities
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Tue, 04-17-2012 - 11:11am

Cozy Spots



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Mon, 04-09-2012 - 11:12am

7 DIY Recycling Centers for Small Spaces
7 DIY Recycling Centers for Small Spaces
by Chris Gardner

Recycling always involves that crucial first step: storing and organizing your paper, glass, metal and plastic.

Find Inspiration.



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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 11:19am

Small Space, Big Design Tips and Tricks



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Sun, 02-19-2012 - 10:09am

Small Bathroom Space-Busters


Update on 2020 Alton Road

Saddled with a small bathroom? Here are 5 creative ways to enhance the space—without the cost of remodeling. Learn How



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Mon, 02-13-2012 - 9:07am



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Wed, 11-02-2011 - 1:41pm

What to do with small spaces!



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