Millennials and retiring baby boomers find the right fit in tiny homes


America is having a big love affair with tiny houses. There are television shows: “Tiny House Nation” and “Tiny House Hunters.” There are movies: “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” and “Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary.” Pinterest has more than 900 boards devoted to tiny houses, and design […] Read more »

This Petite Cottage Will Totally Sell You on Downsizing


If there was ever a place that proved that small-space living doesn’t need to feel like a sacrifice, it’s the “Oceanside Retreat,” from the designers at Creative Cottages. Sure, the one-bedroom, one-bath abode might be a fraction your current house, but the careful design (and a healthy dose of white […] Read more »

Clean Line, Soft Finishes Update an Empty Nest


Starting from scratch may be everyone’s decorating fantasy, but most people have to work with what they’ve got. Take empty-nesters Trish and Tom Rump, who turned to designer Kelly Keiser to update the staid Mediterranean-style interior of their new San Francisco home. Graced with original arched windows, passageways, and niches, […] Read more »

Downsizing Tips for Moving to a Smaller Apartment


    Downsizing to a smaller apartment will save you money on rent and utilities, but it can be a stressful experience. Chances are, you won’t be able to fit all the stuff you’ve accumulated into a tighter space, and it’s hard to know what to get rid of and […] Read more »

Universal Design: On the Tipping Point?


If you don’t know about universal design yet — making homes more accessible to people of all ages, sizes and physical abilities — you will soon. Perhaps it’s the growing cadre of baby boomers or the number of families trying to accommodate granny as well as young children, but in […] Read more »

21 Benefits of Owning Less

Minimalist Condominium Bedroom Interior Design

Minimalist living is countercultural. It is contrary to every advertisement we have ever seen because we live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of possessions. But there is more joy to be found owning less than can be found pursuing more. Consider just some of the benefits of […] Read more »

Why House Plans Are Getting Smaller


 It’s no secret that small houses are the current trend. Perhaps you’ve seen the plethora of news articles about families downsizing into homes small enough to be built on flatbeds and hauled by pickup trucks, or maybe you’ve watched the construction of such houses yourself, as the phenomenon has spread […] Read more »

Housing Trend Moves Toward Smaller Homes with More Upgrades


 ORLANDO — They’ve been dubbed “jewel-box houses” — small homes designed with top-quality materials, upscale detailing and custom built-ins. Tailored to the owners’ way of life, smaller homes suit a variety of demographic groups, including newlyweds, young professionals, empty-nesters and retirees — the last two a fast-growing segment of the […] Read more »

Interior Design Trends 2016


Due to constant changes in modern interior design ideas, the demand for new materials and unique procedures triggered by rapid changes in technological innovations and human inventions breeds modernized interior designs which are not often enduring thereby persistently replacing the past deigns. This is due to their elegant additional features […] Read more »

What is a jewel box home?


A JEWEL BOX HOME is a small home designed with top-quality materials, upscale detailing and custom finishes. The term JEWEL BOX HOME is not new. Famed architects Louis H. Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright used the term to describe some of their favorite designs. The popularity of the JEWEL BOX […] Read more »