The new year always begins with all sorts of ambitious ideas for change. What better time to look around your home and ready one small space for a visit from a senior parent or grandparent? It takes a few minor adjustments that might seem insignificant but can make a stay infinitely more comfortable for your guest. Here's how to start in a ...Read more
This is the perfect time of year to find a place for quirky and whimsical touches that will enliven your home environment. We know that longer and darker days of winter can be difficult for some people. These small changes take up no extra room and are guaranteed to combat the tendency to slip into a winter funk. Spread some indoor fun and ...Read more
By now, it's likely most holiday gifts have been open, but I've thought of some great ideas! I'm not an ultrasophisticated wine drinker, but I do enjoy a glass of vino with a meal. One of the basic attributes that wine has above all other alcoholic beverages is the ability to elevate a simple meal into a memorable one. While drinking a glass of ...Read more
With interior design, there are just some things you cannot ignore. Old houses often have very quirky architectural elements that have been changed over time and created even more challenges in smaller rooms. Not only are you coping with limited space but now you have to overcome these oddities. Generally, they are structures that modern ...Read more
Even those who live in space-starved studio apartments in the middle of a noisy city yearn for ways to create a celebratory atmosphere for Christmas and get into the spirit of the season. If you push yourself with a little effort, you can enjoy the results for days to come.
Let's looks at ideas for people who live in apartments, studios, guest ...Read more
The master bedroom is supposed to be the crown jewel of bedrooms in a home. We expect something more from the master; it is often a larger room or a room with an attached bathroom, the room with the view or the one leading to the yard or balcony. Even in an apartment, it often includes a walk-in closet -- or at least a larger closet than the ...Read more
One thing a chef with a tiny kitchen fears is a holiday gathering. I recall impolitely ordering relatives out of the room on more than one Thanksgiving evening, because there was not enough room to accommodate meal prep and people standing around. While I think that I am calm and have it all in hand, there seems to be a tipping point. I admit ...Read more
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...Read more
If You Leave this Farm: The Dream Is DestroyedAmanda Farmer
A Memoir about courage, hope, and resilience. The story powerfully shows the internal struggle and conflict between personal desires, the crushing weight of constant submission to a father's misguided use of God-given authority, and the need to be accepted by one's ...
Sometimes, when you live in a small place or are particularly squished for space, you can give up too easily on achieving smart style. Don't! For starters, consider purchasing a very distinctive version of whatever basic pieces of furniture you will have to buy. You need a cocktail table and a dresser anyway, so why not take the time to select ...Read more
Many folks of younger generations are obsessed with midcentury modern furniture. This style describes developments in design and architecture during the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965, though some would argue the period is limited to 1947 to 1957). What is it about this period that calls to a younger demographic?
I believe the...Read more
Everyone lusts after a huge shower. But sometimes with a small home there's just no way to make it happen. I promise that showers don't have to be grandiose in size in order to be elegant and hit the style mark. In fact, if you make the best choices, it's possible to create simple perfection in the tiniest of bathrooms. Let's look at how to ...Read more
Since we are nearing the end of the presidential election season and have been discussing all types of American dreams, maybe it's appropriate to talk about the quintessential dream of homeownership. We are a people devoted to the notion of owning our own home. It's in our DNA -- a desire that began as soon as the settlers set foot on our ...Read more