Q: I have a studio of my own, but it's a weird shape. Its basically a U, with the kitchen on one side and the living space on the other. Most of the light in the living space comes from the sliding glass doors and the balcony on the far end.
Q: I have many house plants outside on my porch. But here in Maine, it is getting close to cold enough to take them in. One, a big schifflera, is quite large. I will cut it back dramatically before I move it, but it will still be pretty big.
Q: We have a long hallway in our home (15 feet) and I can't figure out if I should get a runner that takes up most of the hallway (12 feet), or one that is the length of the shorter wall on the left (10 foot wall, 10 foot runner). The hallway is a backwards "L" shape. The bottom of the "L" goes to the master bedroom. So if I'm standing in the master bedroom, do I want to see a rug poking out from that corner? Or do I want the rug to line up with the long wall? Thanks for your advice! Oh, and the rugs I am considering are from Ballard Designs (the Piper, or Tahira).
Q: I have been searching high and low for a small scale sectional sofa with bench seating — ideally something akin to Pottery Barn's Solano Sectional. However, my dimensions have seriously hindered the process. I can't go over 86 x 86. Any suggestions?
Q: I'm moving into a new apartment with one big issue: no vent hood over the stove. Is there a temporary, affordable solution to filter grease and other airborne nastiness that results from cooking? Obviously, this can't be vented and can't be permanent, since we're renting and the landlady is very strict about changes to the apartment.
Q: We are downsizing to a rental for a year, and I'm stuck on how to arrange the furniture to make the space as cozy and intimate as possible. I work at home, so my environment is important, but I don't want my husband to be bothered when I have to work until late at night. That's why I'm trying to figure out a way to create visual separations in the space without making it seem REALLY small:
Q: I've been in this attic apartment for two years, and it is finally time to make it a real grown-up home with a comfortable couch/seating area, entryway, and replacement for vertical blinds in the bay window. I feel stuck trying to decorate such an unusual space, with all its weird restrictions. I need help with sourcing affordable couches, and with layout ideas.
Q: Help! I was hoping you could help me figure out how to replace this rug. I really love it, but I got it at a thrift store and it has no tags or labels of any kind on it, and my cat decided it was a toy last night and ripped a huge hole in the center. This cat's tail is visible in the third photo, incidentally, and he is very sorry. He is a Maine Coon named Onion: