Forecast: Home Style Trends That Will Be Everywhere in 2018

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This year was all about hygge, the Scandinavian concept of coziness — both as a home style and way of living. Although some of the coziness has stayed, in 2018 people will be gravitating toward more natural and earthy vibes. From earthy colors to literal recycling, adding a sense of nature […] Read more »

2017: A Year of Saying “YES!” to Life

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WRITTEN by RITA S. WILKINS My first year as a City Girl, has been like being a kid on a brand new playground. So much to do! So much to see! So much to experience! When I moved to Philadelphia just 1 year ago, I chose to say “YES” and to embrace almost […] Read more »

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

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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

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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

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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

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    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?

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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

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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

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 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

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 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 »