These innovative optical illusion mirrors, will magically appear to expand your outdoor space. Read on here
A small bathroom can be an enjoyable place to spend time in, providing it is cleverly designed to ensure that it doesn't feel overcrowded. One way to achieve this is to opt for sanitaryware that you can see underneath. Read on here
When it comes to choosing a good solid chair for sitting at a table or desk go for slimline and see through, rather than chunky and fully upholstered. Find out why this works best in a small space here
Check out these innovative little barbecues, perfect for the tiniest outdoor spaces and public BBQ areas, here
Presumably inspired by the Vitra model, the Urbio is a new wall accessories organiser that is actually much more predisposed for 21st century living and ideal for small spaces. Find out more here
Is it a seat or is it a store? It's both. Stool & Storage is a multi-functional seat, designed by Design Letters & Friends in partnership with Christian Flindt. Read on here
To make a small space feel larger it is very important not to clutter it up with too many legs. Which is why pedestal tables always make a good buy for little properties, read on here
Beautiful things can come in tiny packages. I write and style for all the major homes and interior titles and tiny homes are always the most fun and inspiring to shoot. If you think that your little abode has what it takes to feature in the national press read on here
If you live with children, finding a place for every toy in your home is a never-ending struggle. Follow these strategies to keep on top of the battle here
Turn the tiniest corner of your home into a study with these diddee desks. Read on here
At last, hosepipes have been given a makeover! Check out these cool designs here
So your kitchen isn't big enough to take a rangecooker, in fact your kitchen might even be smaller than a rangecooker, but that doesn't mean you can't get an Aga in there! Another brilliantly big idea for a tiny space! Read more here
A dolls house is one of those bulky, often expensive, toys that take up floor space and have limited play life. Amy Whitworth designed the QUBIS Haus to have a dual purpose as a coffee table and a dolls house. The ingenuity of the concept combined with the sophisticated architectural quality of the design is what makes it a brilliantly big idea for a tiny space, read on here
Birthday and holiday periods create a real challenge for families living in little homes, because you have to work out where to fit the new influx of toys. And under fives' toys tend to be particularly clunky. Click here for our favourite gifts to buy for babies and pre-schoolers that won't take up too much space.
Ironing boards, vacuum cleaners, buckets and mops, they all take up valuable space in your home. And their clunky and awkward sizes means it's often difficult to keep them hidden too. But I've uncovered these nifty little pieces that can be rather more easily squirreled away:
Ikea's JÄLL ironing board, doesn't need a stand. It can be propped up on a table and hung on the back of a door when not in use.
I have to take everything out of my broom cupboard in order to get my standard vacuum cleaner in and the door to shut. So I recently tested out the Vorwerk Kobold VR100 robot vacuum cleaner. It was brilliant, it sped off cleverly cleaning up every space of my floor even the hard to reach areas such as under the sofa, which is where I conveniently stored it. You can even set it to work when you're out.
What I discovered, however, is that robot cleaners are ideal for tidy people, but if your floor is likely to have the odd bit of lego, chess piece or dog chew lying around on it you will need to get into the habit of doing an in-depth site survey before setting the thing off.
Cordless is the way to go though. Without having wires to wind around things and unplug and replug as you move from room to room you can get things done so much more quickly. The Gtech Air Ram cordless vacuum cleaner performs as well as a standard wired version and it doesn't require bags, so that's one less by-product to stock up on and store. Gtech has just launched the Multi too, a useful hand-held cordless device, which is all you need if you have a really tiny place and don't mind a quick whizz around on your knees.
If you don't have space to hide all your cleaning equipment away, don't worry, just go for products that look good enough to show off, the
Dot com gift shop has a lovely selection of Russian doll-inspired dustpan and brush sets and their hot pink feather dusters are fun too.
Whilst this Dish Wish Dish brush from Maiden will have the washing up magically clean in no time!
Maybe you don't have space for a wardrobe in your bedroom, or are looking for something more funky; perhaps you want an alternative to a traditional coat stand or hooks in your hallway; or maybe you're looking for a more attractive way of airing your washing? Read on
High-sleeper beds are great, because they add another 'floor' to a bedroom and they give it a studio-like feel, which is why they are particularly popular with teens and older children. Here's our guide to buying one and some of our favourite styles... read more
If you live in a little home, you need to minimise all the obstacles with in it. Where ever possible lose those knobs and handles. Chests of drawers, wardrobes, kitchen units, bathroom cabinets, if you're buying choose handleless.
And, although more often than not, handleless styles are contemporary in nature, you can find some more traditional looks if you search hard enough, particularly with the current fifties trend so prevalent.
In dinky homes, handles and knobs are just another thing to knock yourself on and catch your clothes on, aside from internal doors, which you need to get a firm grip on, avoid them.
The latest push to close and automatic close handleless doors are very safe and effective. They also have fewer dust traps and produce a much cleaner, streamlined look, enhancing that feeling of space that you're forever chasing.
You can take handleless to the extreme and even opt for mugs and cups without such protrusions, you'll get more space inside your kitchen units as a result!
It's lovely to be able to entertain occasionally, even if you don't have much space. You might have to push some furniture around and ask your guests to bring their own chairs, but just for a few hours you should be able to get a few people around a table for a meal.
The best way to achieve this is with a dining table that can grow. A decent extending table is hard to find, however. They tend to be dull and devoid of any style or impractical, because they require you to store the leaves somewhere. Click here for my top ten:
There is something uniquely glamourous about being in possession of a walk-in wardrobe. How wonderful to be able to walk into a room within a room where you are instantly ensconced by the costumes, shoes and accessories that you have bought and collected for every occasion in your history, some that you have yet to find an event for and a few that you wished you’d never bought. Click here to find out how to fit this extravagance into a weeny bedroom.
As the economy continues to wobble, more people are opting, or being forced, to rent rather than buy their homes. And, in particular, more young families are now renting. But even if you don't own your property, you can still stamp your personality on it and make it feel like home, without risking losing your deposit. Here's how:
Do clever things with your wallls
You need to go through your rental agreement with a fine tooth comb, before making any irreversible changes to your property. Some landlords will allow you to wallpaper or paint the walls, as long as it will be viewed as an improvement or if you agree to repaint or paper it in its original state at the end of your lease. Decals or wall stickers that peel off without a trace can be the ideal alternative.
Those bland tiles, landlords like to sensibly clad bathroom and kitchen walls with, can be jazzed up with tile stickers too.
And, you can personalise your walls with prints and photographs. Or adorn them with a piece of original art. And, if you're worried about knocking nails into walls you don't own, try 3M Command strips and picture hooks. These adhesive strips of various sizes can hold quite heavy pieces to walls and they remove off cleanly when you're done. I've tried them. I found they did the trick and came off without a mark.
If you know where to look, original art can be quite reasonably priced. Art college degree shows, Etsy and Rise Art are good places to search out. Rise Art was set up to make original collectable art affordable and you can find work on their site for far less than a £100 and they offer monthly rental and rent to buy options too.
When landlords dress their properties in preparation for rent, they tend to clothe their floors in hardwearing vinyls, engineered wood and neutral carpets. So warm and brighten up bland floors with a rug. The brighter it is and the more irregular the shape, the more individual your room will look. And it's not just living rooms that will benefit from rugs, they work just as well in bedrooms and hallways too.
You don't have to live with everything your landlord leaves you. Pack away any curtains or blinds that were up when you moved in and replace them for the period of your occupation with some that are more to your taste. Switch nasty nets with more stylish window film, think about putting on your own toilet seat and shower curtain and you don't need to live with their lampshades either.
Dress up the furniture
For the final touch, jazz up the furniture. Use cushions and throws to spruce up sofas and extra pillows and a bedspread to smarten up the beds. Then really make the place your own by filling the shelves and window sills with your pretty bits and pieces: books, vases, mirrors, photo frames and other treasured mementos.
New mums and dads are suckers. I know I was one. But when you only live in a little place, or if you're on a budget you need to distinguish between the necessary; and the nice, but not necessary. Click here for a list of things you don't need to buy for baby.
I've held back for a while, it's nice to keep some things to yourself, but now I've decided to let you in on a little secret. How to find treasures on auction sites such as Ebay and classified ad sites such as GumTree.
By treasures, I mean pieces that look great, will last and will hold, or maybe even increase, their value if you want to resell them in the future.
Any private sellers selling pieces by any of the designers or companies mentioned obviously have good and expensive taste so always remember to check out what else they are selling whilst you are browsing. More often than not, their priority is to get rid rather than get a good price. Happy hunting!