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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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Mon, 09-30-2013 - 11:27am

6 Awesome Tips For Decorating Small Spaces
Experts weigh in to help your nook feel like a palace (sort of). http://www.elizabethstreet.com/living/decorating-small-spaces-adrienne-m...



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Unusual Ways To Make A Small Bathroom Feel Big
Really easy tricks that fight the tyranny of low square footage. http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/bathroom/bathroom-d...



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Fri, 08-09-2013 - 11:17am

10 Clever Ways To Make A Small Space Look Bigger

You room will expand right before your eyes with these tricks. http://ideas.thenest.com/decor-tricks/decor-style/slideshows/10-tips-for...



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Here are a few small space storage secrets that will come in handy no matter the size of your home... http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/smart-storage-10-ideas-from-small-spaces...



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Mon, 07-08-2013 - 9:06am

Live Large in a Small Space: 10 Tips
10 Ways to Live Comfortably in 400 Square Feet (or Less)
by Elizabeth Arnold

Use a little design magic to maximize comfort and convenience even where square footage is minimal.



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The Smart Home kitchen, dining and living room

Smart Home's kitchen, dining area and living room blend and blur seamlessly.



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Make the Most of Your Dining Room
Make the Most of Your Dining Room
by Larry Bilotti

Hungry for space in the dining area? Make the most of limited square footage with helpful tips for maximizing functionality in a small room.



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Smart & Stylish Small Spaces Make the most of your square-footage-challenged rooms with these clever ideas.

Add Style to Small Spaces

Maximize Tiny Spaces in Your Home

Make the Most of a Small Bedroom

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When you tackle a small space, it's easy to focus on the challenges. But a lack of square footage allows you to be creative. Need to separate areas of a room? Create a doorway from fabric. No cabinets? Fill your walls with open shelving and show off your belongings. Afraid to try bold color in a large room? It won't be so intimidating in a powder room.



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