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Essential Small-Space Living Tips

In our September 2014 issue, we feature compact homes from British Columbia to Los Angeles that make the most of their compact square footage. Here, some of the featured homeowners share their tried-and-tested tips for maximizing a small space.
July 26, 2014
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How to Make Your Tiny Yard Feel Spacious

We can’t change the size of our backyard, but there are many simple ways to make your outdoor space feel larger than it is. Whether your yard consists of a large grassy area, narrow lot, or small deck, use these tricks to make your space feel welcoming and spacious. This article was originally posted on
July 11, 2014
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How To Remodel with Douglas Fir

Warm up a new addition or highlight existing architecture with the right choice of wood—we recommend Douglas fir, an evergreen conifer native to the western coast of North America.
June 5, 2014
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6 Minor Fixes to Help Sell Your Home

No matter how pretty your living room, when your home is on the market, you'll need to refresh your interiors to lure serious, potential buyers. New York-based real estate professional Trisha Ocona Francis shares simple fixes to help land the right buyer. (After clicking through the slideshow, check out Dwell's tips for buying and selling your dream home.)
June 3, 2014
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How To Use Color in Small Spaces

While many shy away from using bold color in small spaces, there is no reason spatial restrictions should restrict the imagination.
June 2, 2014
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8 Tactics for Renovating a Small Space

From color palettes to vertical accents, we've rounded up eight proven tactics for making the most of a small space renovation.
June 2, 2014
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Julie Fisher on How to Shop for Furniture

We tapped architect Julie Fisher—who designed the inventive staircase-slide hybrid in our March 2014 issue—for her expert opinion on how to shop for furniture. Along with Rachel Crowl, Fisher of fcStudio Inc. crafts interiors that are elegant, expressive, and functional. Here are her tips and tricks for two of the toughest spaces to stock: living and dining rooms.
May 23, 2014
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How to Shop for an Ergonomic Task Chair

Humanscale's Sacha Burn details what to consider when buying body-conscious seating.
May 20, 2014
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Shopping Tips from Design Experts

We polled some of our favorite designers—experts in rugs, lighting, living rooms, and more—on how to find just the right piece to fill out a home.
May 13, 2014