Small Home Design

Small home design is no easy task when you’re faced with cramped rooms, tiny closets and narrow bathrooms. It becomes a lot harder to figure out where everything should go.

Don’t fret, though — there are plenty of ways to make the most of modest areas. Miles Kimball has put together five design ideas for small spaces, along with affordable products and unique finds to turn these ideas into your reality. Read on to learn why we’ve been chosen by families to decorate and furnish their homes since 1935.

Picture showing a living room furnished with a couch, coffee table, and clear floor space.

Small Home Design Tips & Tricks

1) Keep the Floor Clear

When there isn’t a lot of space to begin with, you need to keep as much of the floor clear as possible. You can limit the amount of furniture in the room and place large objects around the perimeter instead of in the center.

If the room requires larger items, such as shelves, think vertically instead of horizontally. Over-door storage provides a convenient place to hang coats, handbags, books and food containers without using a single inch of floor space. Our Over-the-Door Storage Racks and Over-the-Door Hanger Set are great solutions, creating valuable back-of-door storage space.

2) Add Extra Lighting

Good lighting will make a space feel brighter, larger and more inviting. You can allow in as much natural light as possible through a window or add light fixtures to brighten up a space. Table and floor lamps, such as our Read Anywhere Lamp, provide a warm glow. If you don’t have the floor space for a lamp, consider pendant lights, sconces or other hanging and wall lights.

Picture showing a living room layout furnished with compact furniture that serve multiple purposes.

3) Use Multifunctional Furniture Designed for Small Spaces

Compact furniture is a great way to save floor space, especially if the furniture performs more than one function. Shop for multipurpose furniture, such as ottomans with storage compartments or kids’ chairs that double as footstools. Folding furniture and rolling furniture, like our Tray Table With Wheels, also make great space-saving solutions. When not in use, this furniture can easily be moved or stored, freeing up room for other activities.

4) Design with Mirrors

Mirrors are great for small spaces, reflecting natural and artificial light around the room. Not only does this make the room brighter, but it also creates the illusion of more space. You can hang one large mirror or several smaller mirrors to achieve a noteworthy effect. High-shine reflective materials like glossy tiles, lacquered white wall paint and polished marble countertops achieve a similar effect.

Picture shows a sitting area with many plants and flowers in the space.

5) Design With Plants and Flowers

Greenery is one of the best ways to add beauty, liveliness and style to a space. A few plants in a space will make you feel as a good inside as you do relaxing outside on a summer day. Just be careful not to overcrowd the space with plants, as this will make a small space feel cramped.

If you lack a green thumb and are worried about tending to your plants, artificial hanging flower baskets are another lovely option. Faux indoor plants, such as the Mysterious Air Fern®, OakRidge™ Fully Assembled Spider Basket, OakRidge™ Artificial Pothos Hanging Basket Planter and OakRidge™ False Fern Hanging Planter Basket, offer natural-looking charm without needing water or sunlight.

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Colorful Garden Ideas

Colorful garden.

Adding Color to Your Outdoor Garden Spaces

Spending time outdoors is essential for your health and happiness. With a vibrant landscape, you’ll look forward to getting outside. A colorful garden is a great way to impress guests and wow neighbors, making your home the place to be when the weather warms up.

If you want to see more than greenery when you step outside, Miles Kimball can help. We’ve come up with the five best ways to add color to outdoor spaces and we also offer lots of affordable outdoor décor items so you can bring your vision to life. You’ll be able to infuse your landscape with every color of the rainbow, while remaining on a budget, with our unique finds.

1) Flowering Plants and Colorful Pots

Begin your journey to a colorful landscape by keeping things natural. Beautiful flowers and plants come in every imaginable color. With the right seeds, roll-out flower mats or bare-root plants, you can cultivate small pops of color or a sweeping outdoor art scene. Planting your flowers in brightly colored pots is another way to create a dynamic outdoor space. If you don’t have the gardening skills to tend to real flowers or if you want year-round blooms, artificial planters and hanging baskets will also enliven your yard.

Colorful garden chairs.

2) Colorful Garden Outdoor Furniture

You’ll need a place to sit if you want to relax outside, so you might as well make your seating area a focal point of the outdoor space. Instead of another bland, tan armchair or white lounger, get furniture that’s blue, yellow or orange. Adding simple cushions to your current outdoor chairs or setting the patio table with a printed vinyl outdoor tablecloth can make a big difference visually. When the weather gets cold or rainy, some striped outdoor furniture covers will continue to distinguish your tables and chairs.

3) Colorful Garden Wind Spinners and Yard Décor

Metal wind spinners are an underrated way to make landscapes livelier. Their colorful designs are even more vibrant when the wind blows and their blades rotate and gleam under the sun. In addition to traditional outdoor decorations, like sunflower wind spinners and spiral wind spinners, we offer creative décor to brighten your yard. Just watch the Giant Flower Wind Spinner or Biking Kitten Spinner Stake in action to see how delightful they can be on a blustery day. Yard flags, decorative garden stakes, figurines and bird feeders are other unique ways to make your landscape more colorful.

Colorful garden decoration.

4) Outdoor Lighting

You can entertain long after the sun goes down with weatherproof outdoor lights. Some of them look so good you’ll want to keep them hanging during the day, too. You can keep it simple with traditional hanging lights and candle lamps or be bold by installing LED flower stakes, butterfly clip lights, spiral string lights and multicolored lanterns. By getting solar-powered lights that store energy from the sun, you won’t need to spend a cent on electricity.

5) Walls and Entryways

Adding color to garden walls, front yard fences or patio entryways will set the tone for the rest of your landscape. Paint these areas with a solid, eye-catching color to serve as a backdrop for plants and dining areas or create a mural for a fun and whimsical setting. Outdoor wall hangers and fence sitters are a fun, temporary alternative to paint. Use floral, bird-themed, patriotic and holiday welcome signs as year-round or seasonal outdoor décor.

Looking for more garden inspiration? Check out our other blogs on How to Start Your First Garden for the beginners or Summer Garden Care for the avid gardeners!

What’s Old is New – Furniture Preservation

Wood Furniture Preservation

New: Miles Kimball Has Products for Furniture Preservation

The furniture in your home is more than just functional. It also adds to the aesthetic value of your space. If you have antique furniture that has been handed down for generations, it can also hold memories of good times spent with loved ones. To ensure that your pieces continue to look good for a long time and can be used on a daily basis, you need to protect and maintain them. To that end, we’ve included a few furniture preservation tips for your treasured home furniture.

The Importance of Antique Furniture Preservation

No matter what type of antique furniture you have, whether it’s a kitchen table, couch, chairs, coffee table or other item, you want them to look good and last for as long as possible. To do this, you need to take care of them. If your items happen to have some scratches or dings, the first thing you might consider is doing some wood furniture restoration.

When it comes to furniture refinishing and repair, the most important step you can take is to oil and wax regularly. This may not completely rid the surface of the characteristics that have been added through the years, but it will make it shiny. In addition, the oil and was also add a protective layer, reducing the chances of new scratches and dents appearing in the surface.

Other options you might consider when it comes to preserving wood is to make sure you use the right cleaning products. You should be dusting your wood items on a regular basis with a soft, dry cloth, and microfiber cloths can help with that endeavor.

Products for Antique Furniture Preservation

After you have gone through the process of restoring your furniture finish, you’ll then want to protect your items. There are many different products that can help with furniture preservation, including the following:

Table Covers

When it comes to antique tables, adding table covers will help protect them from scratches, nicks and spills. If your table is exposed to a lot of light, a table cover is essential to keep the wood from fading or drying out.

Furniture Socks

The legs of your antique furniture can incur damage as well. To reduce the chances of this happening, add furniture socks to your table and chairs. These not only protect your antique furniture, but the prevent floors from harm as well.

Chair Cushions

To protect the chairs around your dining table, you might consider adding some cushions. Not only will these reduce the chances of the surface getting damaged, but it will also make them incredibly comfortable for people to sit on.

Chair Furniture Preservation

Furniture Covers

Furniture covers are a great way to protect antique couches and chairs. When it comes to wrappings for furniture, you have the option of covering all or part of your furniture. Any option you choose can help protect against fading from the sun, spills or wear and tear from constant use.

Furniture Savers

Another option is furniture savers. These vinyl-covered accessories prevent sagging that comes with age and use. Your furniture will feel new when you add furniture savers under the cushions.

Furniture That Lasts a Lifetime and Beyond

Having “old” furniture can add some personality and style to your home. After you’ve gone through the process of antique restoration, you need to maintain and protect your items so that they last for a long time. At Miles Kimball, we have a variety of products to choose from, so start shopping today!

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New Year, New Hobbies

Crafting materials for new hobbies.

A new year gives you the chance to make improvements to your life. If you’ve been thinking about picking up some new hobbies, now is the best time. Not only will hobbies keep you busy, but they can also help relieve stress, improve skills you already possess and increase your knowledge.

If you are curious about what type of hobbies to pick up, there are numerous options to choose from. Here at Miles Kimball, we want to see you become the best person possible, so we have some hobby ideas for you to consider, as well as the supplies you’ll need to get started.

New Hobbies to Consider

If you are ready to learn a new hobby this year, here are some of the things you’ll want to consider. Remember, the goal of engaging in hobbies is to help you relax and learn new skills, so look for something that is challenging but enjoyable.

Sewing Hobbies

If you’re looking for creative hobby ideas for adults, one thing you might consider is taking up sewing. There are different projects you can make, and each one will keep you busy for as long as you want. You can choose simpler crafts such as latch hook projects, or you can get a sewing machine to learn how to make clothes and other items for your home.

You might also consider taking up cross stitching, which can keep you busy for hours or days. No matter which option you choose, sewing will give you the chance to relax and fill you with a sense of accomplishment when you complete a project.

Crafting Hobbies

When it comes to crafting hobbies for adults, there are several options to consider. You might think about taking up painting. Looking for a less messy alternative? Try drawing or coloring in adult coloring books, which allows you to still create masterpieces without the mess.

If you find that coloring isn’t really your thing, then you might look into sticker by number options. Again, you’ll be able to create amazing pictures, while also reducing stress and exercising your brain at the same time!

Baking Hobbies

If you’re looking for fun hobbies for couples, why not get into baking? This is a great way to spend some quality time together and create some delectable treats and dishes. For the best outcomes, make sure you have the right baking accessories.

Man and woman baking together,

Play Games

When looking for other at home hobbies for couples, you might consider playing games. Again, this will encourage quality time spent with your loved one, and it may even bring out the competitive side in the both of you. Playing games is a great way to bond and create memories, as well as relax and increase knowledge.

The Best Hobby

When it comes to finding the best hobby ideas for adults, there are many different options to choose from. You want to find something that will keep you engaged and interested, but don’t be afraid to try out several hobbies and interests before finding the one (or more!) that you truly enjoy. To ensure you have the right products for your hobby, don’t forget to shop at Miles Kimball!

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Top Kitchen Gadgets

Two of the most important and time-consuming tasks you take on during the day include cooking and cleaning. These tasks have to be done, but they don’t have to be daunting. That’s when using top kitchen & cleaning gadgets are a must.

At Miles Kimball, we know how valuable your time is, and we want to make sure you’re making amazing food and making your house sparkle without completely exhausting yourself in the process. We offer a wide variety of gadgets for your kitchen, but we are most proud of our time-saving gadgets. If you’re looking for useful kitchen appliances that make cooking and cleaning a breeze, we have what you need.

Top Kitchen Gadgets

Food, family and friends go together, and cooking is something you do on a daily basis — sometimes multiple times throughout the day. To make the process easy, make sure you have the right products, including the ones listed below:

Baking Utensils

Once your treats have come out of the oven, you want to be able to serve them easily. In the past, you had to scoop cookies off the tray one at a time, but with the Mega Scoop, you can grab several at once. This ensures that everyone gets their goodies as soon as possible.

Mini Chopper

When it comes to time-saving technology, one gadget you should consider adding to your kitchen is a mini chopper. This appliance may be small, but it’s mighty — and it’s easy to use. Whether you are making salsa, chopping up nuts to put in baked goods or engaging in any other chopping or blending task, this mini chopper can handle it.

Onion Chopper

Onions can be a pain to chop, unless you get an Onion Chopper. This is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can have; it’s easy to use, chops onions and other items uniformly, is quick to clean and small enough to store on your countertop.

Multifunction Slicer

During your cooking endeavors, you may find that you need to cut up some fruits for a healthy snack or to add to pies. If you’re looking for some technology for saving time and money, getting the 3-in-1 Multifunction Slicer is a good option. With three blades to choose from, including a pitted fruit slicer, basic slicer and apple slicer, you’ll have all the tools you need to cut fruit up quickly and easily.

Top Cleaning Gadgets

Cleaning your house with a family is tough, but it doesn’t have to take up your entire day. With the right essentials in the kitchen and throughout the rest of your home, cleanup can be quick and easy.

When it comes to taking care of small messes and/or cleaning while on the go, a sweeper is beneficial. For carpeted areas, the Bissel® Carpet Sweeper can pick up dirt, food particles, pet hair and more. To clean on hardwood, laminate or tile floors, you need the Magic Sweeper.

Gadgets that Save Time

Cooking and cleaning are two tasks that can take up a lot of your time during the day. However, with the right products, you can save yourself a lot of hassle. At Miles Kimball, we have many different products to make cooking and cleaning as easy as possible. Check out our selection today!

Looking for other tips and tricks for the home? Check out our blog on Summer Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips and get up to speed on more gadgets for the upcoming season.