Have you ever wanted to unlock your door with a fingerprint? Control the indoor and outdoor lights with your phone? You can do those things and more with a smart home. We show you how to get a home with connected technology and remote-operated devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. We sift through the many options, including smart appliances, new apps, and smartphone and tablet innovation, and only bring you those that can make your life better. We give you tips and tricks for navigating the new home technologies and help you with buying decisions.See More
These rooms show you that small spaces can be super-efficient without sacrificing style.
Hang an oversize mirror in a dining area to make the room appear larger than it is. Position the mirror opposite a bank of windows to maximize the amount of natural light reflected throughout the space.
Transform the often-unused space at the top of the stairs into a destination. Built-in bench seating capitalizes on the sunny window of this second-floor landing, creating a cozy reading retreat. Divided compartments under the bench cushion provide clever storage for reading material.
Most people slap a coat of white paint onto their ceiling and call it quits, but creative use of the space can reap room-enlarging results. A beamed ceiling takes this room to new heights, while board-and-batten paneling adds substance to the room's sherbet color palette.
Turn a closet or nook into a work zone. In this space, drapery panels slide along a curtain rod to make it easy to conceal the clutter. Even without an architectural niche or bay, you can duplicate this effect by curtaining off an area across the width of a room -- just hang the drapes from a rod or thin wire suspended from the ceiling.
Nesting tables are perfect for squeezing a lot of storage out of minimum space. Pull out the lower table when you need an extra surface for holding drinks or reading material, then tuck it away when you're done. On the lower shelf, a stylish fabric-covered bin keeps DVDs accessible but contained.
Get big style from a small space through careful design. Tall cabinets stretch to the ceiling, and a mixture of light woods and reflective stainless steel keeps the space clean and open.