Our Best Rooms

Browse hundreds of decorating photos and discover fresh ideas for your home. From kitchens to bedrooms, living rooms to bathrooms, you'll find inspiration for every room in your home. Find ideas by style, from traditional to modern, cottage to eclectic.

See More

Personalize a Pillow

Put your personalized stamp on a plain pillow with this easy monogramming technique starring paint.

View Video

Weekend Projects

Give your home unbeatable character in just one weekend. These home projects offer quick, impactful solutions to fill your indoor and outdoor spaces with style and function. Whether you seek easy landscaping plans, curb appeal projects, or budget decorating ideas, these hand-picked updates are designed to bring out your inner weekend warrior.

See More

Top Flea Markets

Put on your walking shoes and stop in at America's premier marketplaces -- you'll find country primitives, midcentury modern furniture, vintage fashions, upcycled treasures, and more. Here are a few insider tips for wending your way through each market.

See More

Deck Decorating & Styling Tricks

Make your deck as comfortable and stylish as an indoor living room. These tricks show you how.

View Video
Popular in Decorating

Home Tour: Cozy Oceanside Charm in Only 800 Sq. Feet

An 800-square-foot home isn't for everyone. But this diminutive charmer shows that for a growing segment of the population, a small home may be the perfect fit.

X

    Everything in this slideshow

    • Small Home, Big on Style

      People yearning for a simple, uncluttered, and economical life may find a tiny home to be just the right size for their needs. At only 800 square feet, this one-bedroom, one-bath house on Martha's Vineyard proves that building small doesn't have to mean skimping on style or quality craftsmanship.

      Appropriate to the oceanside setting, cedar shingles adorn the exterior walls and roof, giving the home a natural, warm feeling at first sight. This house gains distinction from the eyebrow dormer that rises above the doors to the living room. To invest classic design into this home, such elements as columns, a round window, and shingle siding were included.

    • Living Room

      The living room's 11-foot cathedral ceiling with an eyebrow dormer helps create surprising volume. Around the dormer window, custom wood millwork butts up to the ceiling, forming a shadow that draws attention upward to the eyebrow's sculptural curve. Beneath the captivating dormer, a pair of French doors opens to a deck.

    • Cozy Fireplace

      Surrounded by media cabinets for attractive yet practical storage, the fireplace anchors the living room with its eye-catching cherry mantel and soapstone surround. The elongated fireplace mantel emphasizes width in the room.

    • Living Room

      Letting in lots of light keeps the house from feeling cramped. The window bay jutting out from the house offers an ocean view to those sitting inside.

      Sisal rugs top the cherry floors throughout the house, blending elegance and cottage comfort.

      Small Space Tip: Giving extra dimension to molding near the ceiling draws eyes upward, which emphasizes room volume--helping small rooms feel spacious.

    • Dining Nook Serves Double Duty

      As a space-saver in the dining nook, built-in bench seating lines the window wall. A heat vent here keeps the spot cozy on winter days.

      The window bench serves double duty, accommodating guests when an extra bed is needed.

    • Small Galley Kitchen

      Cupboards in the kitchen are tailored around appliances to use the space most efficiently. A sunny window spotlights the kitchen sink, with a dishwasher and undercounter refrigerator close at hand. Dark green solid-surfacing material was used for the counter.

    • Pretty Storage Spot

      Adjacent to the kitchen is pantry storage and a comfy window seat that stores linens and sundries. To strike a casual note, this spot for removing outdoor gear was lined with beaded board.

      Beaded-board paneling and millwork add touches of craftsmanship throughout the home; their white painted surfaces tie the spaces together for a simple and relaxed oceanside atmosphere.

    • Indoor and Outdoor Oceanside Views

      A circle window adds a jaunty seaside touch to the exterior. To invest a little formality into the design, columns and wide trim were chosen.

      Divided light windows provide panoramic views of the ocean while maintaining a hint of tradition. Architects brought the outdoors in by incorporating windows into two or three walls of every room.

    • Floor Plan

      This tiny, 29x34-foot home works because of thoughtful layout and design:

      -- Multitasking rooms. Because space is at such a premium, the main living area must serve several purposes. It accommodates gathering and dining, and acts as a perch for ocean viewing.
      -- Storage-smart kitchen. There's no getting around it: the kitchen is tight. But extra storage space was gained by putting a pantry in the entry bump-out.
      -- Compact but complete. In a house where every square foot is precious, room could still be carved out for a master suite with a bath and closets.

    • 10 of 10
      Next Slideshow This Tiny Studio is a Stroke of Genius

      This Tiny Studio is a Stroke of Genius

      Not even a 606-square-foot floor plan could keep this studio from exuding serious style. See how smart storage, simple decor, and a few pops of personality help this small space live larger than its layout.
      Begin Slideshow »

      Related

    close
    close
    close
    close
    close

    Loading... Please wait...