I will start with a disclaimer. There are no wrong ways to decorate a row house (interior) of any size as long as the occupants can roam about freely. Safety is always first. Tripping over things and getting hurt is bad. That being said, the sky, or roof in this case, is really the limit … Continue reading How to Decorate a Small Row House
Recently, I've been thinking about how the little things can really make a difference and how getting off of auto-pilot consumption can really benefit not only the environment but also the budget and even personal health. It's really tricky to remember everything when so much is coming at you so I was thinking of a … Continue reading The Practice of ‘Use Half’
Originally posted January 2010. In a December 13, 2009 article in The New York Post, "Cozy-crazy couple makes tight all right in the city's tiniest studio," Angela Montefinise writes about how one New York couple is able to live comfortably in an 175 square-foot, studio apartment. Chances are, nearly all row houses are larger than … Continue reading We Experiment With a Very Small New York Apartment
It may seem off topic to talk about detached homes, but we also like to discuss small homes as well because most row homes are indeed on the smaller side. This month, Tumbleweed Founder and Small House Advocate Jay Shafer will head to Occupy Wall Street to show how small houses are a viable affordable … Continue reading Tumbleweed Tiny Homes Goes to Occupy Wall Street
Behind the Georgetown house, where John and Elizabeth Edwards lived when he was an U.S. Senator, there is a quaint row of small homes. Facing a common walkway, lined with lush container gardens, 10 row homes are painted brick, in ever-so pale shades of blue, cream, green, beige and white. Shutters and traditional-styled lamps hung … Continue reading Renewal and Renovation on Pomander Walk, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
Last time we talked about how to solve a closet crisis in a creative way. Although those solutions are fine if you have a relatively decent space to work with, you might find yourself with a small closet or armoire with no additional room anywhere else to be found. Egads! You will have to adapt … Continue reading Adapting to a Small Closet
Large closets are what everyone wants. Large closets and many of them. All you have to do is watch one home design show on cable and you'll see people just oozing with ecstasy over large, walk-in closets. I agree. Large closets are nice. Large closets mean you can have more stuff. Who doesn't like to … Continue reading Flexible Closet Solutions
Although some row houses are quite large, usually called townhouses, most are modest. At one point, I'm sure the urban row house was considered a starter home, something transitional, something for a couple without kids and certainly nothing you'd want to live in for very long. The dream goal was to move to the suburbs … Continue reading Bigger is Better? Not!
You have a fabulous collection of something. Over the years, constant attention and love for your collection has turned it into an organic entity that grows bigger every year, like well-loved things, such as children and puppies, do. You also have a small house that unfortunately doesn't grow at all. This constant tango between your … Continue reading Keeping Your Stuff
When looking for small space solutions, it's important to consider every possible source of inspiration. Craig Martin's apartment, located in Philadelphia's Queen Village neighborhood, is a superb example of how a smaller space can be expansive with thoughtful and thorough planning. When Craig was renovating his apartment, "the interior architecture had to be highly engineered," … Continue reading Beyond the Row House: An Inspirational Apartment in Philadelphia