Designing Eye: Big solutions for small spaces
News from San Jose Mercury News:

By Toni Berry
Contra Costa Times correspondent

Many people live in a small home, a small room or just a small space. And often these spaces can feel pretty cramped. But if you believe, as I do, that small can be just as beautiful as big, use these guidelines to maximize your space with stylish, transforming and eye-deceiving tips.

  • Go vertical. Draw the eye up with vertical lines and tall pieces. Eliminate chair rails, which cut the room visually in half and make it feel smaller. Use vertical striped patterns, and make sure your window treatments go all the way to the ceiling.
  • Look through it. Use glass tables, which don’t take up much space but also don’t stop the eye, creating an illusion of largeness. Sheer or mesh window coverings allow some sunlight in and ad…………… continues on San Jose Mercury News

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The how-tos of house painting
News from The Seattle Times:

Every summer, thousands of homeowners entrust their homes to college-age painters, possibly on the theory that if you’re smart enough to matriculate, you can smear paint on a flat surface. Seriously, how could you mess it up?

To the dozens of customers who asked precisely that question in the 1980s, soon after my college buddies and I left the job: You’re about to find out.

I recently embarked on an exterior painting job on my home, and given my experience in college and after, I had more hubris than you can dump in a five-gallon bucket. Partway into the project, I decided to call on a few painting experts — not to get advice, mind you, just to trade war stories.

Instead, I learned everything that my old bosses never taught me, tips that can easily make the difference between a two-year paint job and a 12-year paint job.

My new mentors were Carl Minchew, director of color technology at Benjamin Moore; Chris Ring, regional sales manager for ProTect Painter…………… continues on The Seattle Times
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