Design ideas for small homes
News from Fort Worth Star Telegram:

Small may be in when it comes to homes, but that doesn’t mean a small home is easy to decorate.

A few simple guidelines, however, can turn a small space from dilemma to de-lovely.Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of the decor blog Apartment Therapy and author of The Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces (Clarkson Potter, $ 30), thinks it’s all about light.”The single most powerful influencer in a room is the lighting,” he says.Every room should have three sources of illumination, which will bounce off walls and create a visual expanse, Gillingham-Ryan says. Track lighting is a good alternative to free-standing fixtures, if space is a problem.”Track has really improved in the past few years. You don’t have to buy a big section with large lights; there are many smaller, attractive options,” he says.Rather than buying adjustable furniture for a multipurpose small space, “it’s better to find good pieces that do what they’re supposed to,” he says. For example, instead of an ottoman with a lid that flips into a tray, buy a great ottoman and a great tray. “You’ll appreciate both pieces so much more.”Gillingham-Ryan suggests limiting the color palette of a small room. He likes off-white in all its iterations, with bright white on ceilings. “Keep floors dar…………… continues on Fort Worth Star Telegram

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From Ikea to I-me-a: Ikea hackers have customizing ideas
News from Philadelphia Inquirer:

When Naomi Stein, a Bala Cynwyd interior designer, was searching for a set of nightstands for her bedroom, she ran into a dilemma: She had a limited budget and rather expensive taste.

Then she came across a blog post featuring an Ikea Rast dresser, a plain three-drawer box in unfinished pine, that had been painted, stained, and blinged out with hardware. She decided to follow the blogger’s lead, creating her own elegant accent pieces from the same unassuming Ikea structure.

“I figured, I can try it,” Stein said. “It’s only $ 30 for the cabinet, so if you mess it up, it isn’t the end of the world.”

It was Stein’s first venture into “Ikea hacking,” a practice of modifying, customizing, reconstructing, or otherwise appropriating the popular Swedish home decor staples and transforming them into one-of-a-kind creations.

And it has become an international phenomenon.

Mei Mei Yap, a copywriter from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is among the chief cultivators of the practice. She runs the blog IkeaHackers.net, which features projects as simple as transforming a stainless steel slotted spoon into a soap dish for a vessel sink and as complex as bricking a curving bathroom wall entirely with Rektangel vases (which are, incidentally, rectangle vases).

The blogger, who posts as “Jules,” says the appeal spans the globe for a reaso…………… continues on Philadelphia Inquirer

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