Do-It-Yourself Charm

Big do-it-yourself ideas can expand any space. Check out a tiny bungalow with Hollywood glamour, a little house with a big dance floor, a coffee table that's more than meets the eye and a modern mini-loft in New York.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionViewing several spaces from one room gives the happy illusion of a larger home.
Jamie Bush and Stephen Calipari's tiny bungalow combines Hollywood glamour with a relaxed beach house feel. In the spirit of opulence, Bush employed visual tricks to make the house feel bigger. The main room contains four pairs of doors without casings or hardware to make them appear seamless.

Want more windows? Just add mirrors. The homeowners added mirrors directly across from the windows. They copied the size, shape and orientation of the windows for symmetry and proportion. In addition, a low chair rail around the room tricks the eye into thinking the wall is taller. This effect can also be achieved by painting a horizontal stripe along the bottom of the wall.

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