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Many of us with children of a certain age are experiencing a "boomerang generation." Whether because of a desire to save money, a change in lifestyle, a delay in landing a job after college or some other reason, the boomerang generation is coming back home to live with the baby-boom generation. This phenomenon...
A Family Steps Up to a Cheerful New Attic
A vibrant floral wallpaper in deep blue, bright turquoise and camo green beckons people up these stairs to the attic. Since moving from Holland to Portland, Oregon, interior designer Lynne...
Room of the Day: Awkward Attic Becomes a Happy Nest
In this attic renovation, it was all about the angles. Awkward roofline angles, so often found with attic walls and ceilings, can be made cozy and light with the right approach. In turning this attic into a master bedroom, interior designer Sarah...
Room of the Day: Storage Attic Now an Uplifting Master Suite
As far as cramped situations go, sharing a bathroom with two teenagers has to rank at the top. That was the situation this husband and wife were facing in their 100-year-old house in the historic Irvington neighborhood of Portland,...
11 Tips for Building a Bathroom in the Attic
Many of us don’t have room to add a luxurious four-piece master bathroom to our homes, unless we sacrifice a spare bedroom or carve into our closet space. (Heaven forbid!) But some savvy...
14 Tips for Decorating an Attic — Awkward Spots and All
Carving out extra living space in the attic can be a wonderful way to make the most of your home's square footage. But to get the most out of your newfound space, you will need to address a few challenges particular to attics — from steeply sloped ceilings...
A Dark Atlanta Attic Welcomes a Light-Filled Bathroom
With a baby on the way, this couple needed to make more room in their starter home, so they hired designer Brian Patterson to renovate their unfinished attic into...
Widen Your Space Options With a Dormer Window
Say you live in a home with one and a half stories, such as a Cape Cod. Your second-floor bedrooms and bathrooms are tucked under the roof,...
8 Tips to Turn Your Attic Into a Snug Reading Nook
Looking for an excuse to clean out your attic? These comfy reading nooks may be just the inspiration you need. Indulge your inner bookworm by converting an often-overlooked space into a place where you can get away from the distractions of the main floor....
7 Tips to Put Your Attic in Play as a Game Room
Whether you want to host family game nights or entertain guests with a rousing game of ping-pong, a game room is a great place for letting loose in your home. If you feel like your home's layout doesn't have the space for this room, there could be a place...
7 Tips to Convert Your Attic Into an Extra Living Room
If you have a growing family, you might find that it's becoming more and more difficult to agree on a living room activity (or a television channel). Appease your family by creating a second space to hang out — a living room attic. Cozy and comfortable,...
9 Tips to Turn an Attic Into a Boutique Closet
There never seems to be enough closet space in a house — whether it’s simple clothes storage or a spot for holding the kids' swim gear when fall comes. If you’ve exhausted your entire home for potential closet space, there may be one spot you haven’t...
7 Decorating Tips for an Attic Bedroom Sanctuary
Don’t let the sloped ceilings and awkward architecture of the attic throw you off — with a little know-how, you can transform this often-underused space into cozy sleeping quarters. Whether you’re in need of a guest bedroom or simply want a brand-new...
Attic Bedrooms Rise and Shine
It often has a low, oddly shaped ceiling and all sorts of weird angles, but if you are lucky enough to have an attic, you might be looking at the best place to add a bedroom. Attics are cozy and airy all at once. Warm (with all that heat rising)...
Renovation Detail: The Shed Dormer
My single-gable roofline is crying for the addition of a shed dormer or two. Like all dormers, the shed creates usable space in the roof of a home by adding headroom, windows and architectural interest. The shed in particular features a single-planed...
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