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In a small space, every piece of furniture should count. Use these tips for choosing furnishings and decorative elements to maximize functionality in tiny rooms.
1. Pedestal Tables
These tables help keep the floor area below more open.
2. Doors, Walls, and Drawers
Pick pocket doors to make small or awkward rooms more functional, annex outdoor space via sliding-glass walls, and choose drawers over conventional base-cabinet doors.
3. Hanging Decor
Mount everything to the wall, from bedside tables and swing-arm lamps to faucets and toilets.
4. Rounded Furniture
Choose rounded furnishings for better circulation and flow in snug quarters.
5. Coffee Table
Two-tiered coffee tables double usable surface area.
Select a sumptuous shower rather than a space-hogging tub.
7. Vintage DecorRead More »from The Best Decor for Small Spaces
Opt for vintage pieces, which are typically
Now is the season for truly delicious tomatoes - in every variety. And this pie recipe lets you
revel in all their juicy glory.
I won't insult your intelligence by gushing on about the glories of late-summer tomatoes. I know you get it. But these days, we're all so accustomed to eating tomatoes year-round that I have to say: They are truly superior right now. August through September is the absolute height of tomato season.
Try this pie with any variety of tomatoes you'd like, and feel free to mix them up - cherries with grapes with vine-ripes with yellows with greens with beefsteaks, oh my! The ones that provide immediate variations in size, color, and deliciousness are the heirloom varieties, which is why I call this dish what I do, but honestly, there's no way to go wrong with any mix.
Another thing about this recipe is that it gives me a chance to share with you my great secret about baking. It's life-changing. Ready?
I make pies, quiches, and tarts in rectangularRead More »from Alex Hitz's Heirloom Tomato Pie
- House Beautiful Magazine | At Home – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 12:59 PM EDT
These headboard ideas - colorful stripes, cool upholstery, exquisite framework - are sure to inspire your bedroom design.
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Summer is not over yet - there's still time to update your space for the season! From a sunny yellow dining room to an outdoor kitchen, get ideas for easy, inviting decorating.
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- House Beautiful Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jul 31, 2013 12:08 PM EDT
It's summer - look up from those screens! If you've got too many gadgets demanding your attention, it might be time to take an e-vacation. Read on for the best apps to take a break from technology.
1. Clip and Save
Use one of these services to gather any interesting articles you stumble upon during a day of Web surfing. Click a button in your browser bar and the articles are saved to your account in a simplified format - all ads, banners, and other visual clutter are stripped away. Then sit down with your laptop or access the content via app from your smartphone or tablet when you have the time to read in peace. All free; instapaper.com, readability.com, getpocket.com.
2. The Choice is Yours
Enter the websites you want to avoid into Mindful Browsing, and you'll see a warning page whenever you type in one of those URLs, go to one via bookmark, or follow a link to one from another page. It makes you stop and think before you start wasting time. Free; mindfulbrowsing.com.
- House Beautiful Magazine | At Home – Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:44 AM EDT
He's collaborated with GANT and has won the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award. His fashion philosophy: Take a classic and make it better. This bedroom suits him to a T.
Barbara King: Your flair for design obviously isn't limited to fashion. Have you ever thought of doing a home collection?
Michael Bastian: Funny you should ask, because I have, and I totally think that could be an exciting next step for me.
You read it here first, folks! What was the first step you took in your bedroom?
I dropped the ceiling. It was 14 feet, and in a room this size - it's only 10 by 11 feet - a ceiling that high makes you feel as though you're at the bottom of a well. So I took it down to nine feet. Then I found the perfect bed.
What makes it perfect?
I've always envied Thomas Jefferson's bed at Monticello. It's in a tiny alcove, bound by walls at the head and foot. My bed sort of feels like that. The big, rounded headboard and footboard, plus the way the bed's pushed into theRead More »from Inside Fashion Designer Michael Bastian's Small, Cozy Bedroom
From hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains to using mirrors strategically, find out how to make a small room look bigger by tricking the eye with these design tips.
1. Window Treatments
Hang curtain rodsand draperies at the ceiling to make the room feel taller.
Pick furnishings made of glass, Lucite, or Plexiglas, which seem to disappear.
Give walls and floors the stripe treatment to expand the sense of space.
Related: 11 Ways to Maximize a Small Space
Place lighting judiciously to bounce your eye around a room.
Wallpaper or paint can bring a sense of architecture to walls - without wasting even a half-inch of floor space.
6. Hidden Details
Hidden door hardware hardware like touch latches and recessed pulls make closets and doors invisible.
Use art to fake a view or distract from architectural flaws.
8. MirrorsRead More »from Trick the Eye: 8 Ways to Expand a Small Space
Use mirrors and reflective
- House Beautiful Magazine | Shine Food – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 7:12 PM EDT
Layers of meringue, fruit, and whipped cream become a simple yet sublime dessert that's perfect for a summer evening. Alex Hitz shows us how to make this showstopping sweet treat.
Have you ever seen anything so gorgeous?! This is a masterpiece of a dessert, a show-stopper made from meringue, whipped cream, and the bounty of berries that is the great gift of summer. It's a dish that makes you say, "I just can't wait to make this!" And the elegant presentation will - I have no doubt - completely mesmerize your friends. Don't let on how easy it is. Just let 'em think you've knocked yourself out.
Pundits who are more scientific than I am about cooking make lots of assertions about meringue, so if you're interested, please do read up on it. If not, just follow my instructions and let the meringue sit in the oven overnight - without opening the oven door - to make sure it fully dries out. It'll be great. I think any meringue that isn't pearl white is just not quite right, but pleaseRead More »from Sweet Treat: Summer Berry Pavlova with Bourbon Whipped Cream