7 Tricks To Turn a Tiny Bedroom Into a Spacious, Relaxing (and Romantic) Retreat

We’d all love a spacious boudoir fit for lounging in all day long, but let’s get real: This is just a pipe dream for many homeowners. Instead, we’re banging our shins as we struggle to straighten the sheets.

But you don’t need to feel constricted by the actual physical size of a bedroom. In fact, there are plenty of ways to create the illusion of more space—all by focusing on the right colors, lighting, and accessories.

For starters, make sure you’ve decluttered, since too much stuff is probably the No. 1 culprit when it comes to cramped sleeping quarters.

“All the square footage in the world won’t make a difference if your space is crowded with stuff, so keep your room picked up,” notes Marty Basher, a home design and organization expert with Modular Closets.

Multiple-use furniture and bare, spare windows are two more smart ways to create

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The Day – HGTV’s Ty Pennington on making improvements to your home

Ty Pennington, host of HGTV’s “Ty Breaker,” became a pop culture star in his hit TV shows TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and ABC’s “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition,” which won two Emmys. Pennington helped start America’s obsession with reality home improvement TV. The carpenter, craftsman and designer went on to do many other design shows, create his own line of products and write books.

His latest show on HGTV, “Ty Breaker,” helps conflicted homeowners decide whether to overhaul their home or find another property to renovate. He joined a recent Washington Post Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

Q: Do you decorate your own homes in any particular style, or do you put a different spin on each one?

A: I’ve always been partial to modern design, mid-century modern and Scandinavian design. I recently bought a house in Savannah, Ga., that was built in 1853. It’s a departure from

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Superstudio: The Architects Who Dreamt of a Future With No Buildings

FLORENCE, Italy — One recent afternoon, the architect Gian Piero Frassinelli, 81, stopped on a walk through a piazza near his home, and pointed at a fresco high above on a building’s facade.

The illustration depicts an entourage of local luminaries, including Dante, the poet, and the painters Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto. Many would view the scene as a tribute to Florence’s historic golden age. For Frassinelli, however, it represents the city’s disrespect for its creative sons.

“Until after their deaths, this city’s artists are destined to be rejected,” he said.

As the last surviving core member of Superstudio, Frassinelli should know. That radical architecture collective galvanized the design world during a MoMA exhibition in 1972, and its futuristic vision zigzagged the globe. Although Superstudio built very few actual buildings, its witty photo collages and designs, presented in exhibitions and glossy magazine spreads, opened up new possibilities for what

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Pennsylvania garden and home shows: What’s happening in 2021 and what’s not? | Food + Living

While gardens throughout Pennsylvania sit dormant in the winter, garden shows usually bloom.

This year, COVID-19 has changed each one of the shows in the Lancaster County region.

Here’s more about which shows are canceled, which ones are postponed and which ones are now virtual.


For the Love of Orchids: canceled

This annual orchid show hosted by Susquehanna Orchid Society has brought more than 1,000 orchids to Hershey Gardens. The 2021 show has been canceled. Organizers are planning for the 2022 show, says Lorna Deibert.

Here’s a tour of Little Brook Orchids, a Lancaster greenhouse that focuses on orchids.


Philadelphia Flower Show: postponed and now outdoors

The biggest indoor flower show in the world (and the longest-running) has been postponed and will move outdoors for the first time in its nearly 200-year history. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will bring the flower show to FDR Park in South Philadelphia June 5-13

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