FAIRFIELD, CT — When the coronavirus pandemic reached Connecticut in March, it caught Lattice House on unawares.

With no website and all non-essential retailers in Connecticut closed, the Southport shop ended up running the business off its Instagram account. Now, with a little help from the town’s COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program, Lattice House is investing in a website, a digital advertising campaign and an expanded social media presence.

“If there is another shutdown, we’ll be in a much better position,” owner Chris Philip said.

Since Fairfield’s small business grant program started in June, it has committed $188,000 to 52 applicants, including retail establishments, restaurants, salons and more. The program provides direct financial assistance to Fairfield businesses with five or fewer employees that have been affected by the pandemic.

“The vast majority are brick-and-mortar-type businesses,” Community & Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart said.

As of last week, about $62,000 in

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The bathroom is one of the most purely functional rooms in the home, but for many people, their bathroom doesn’t function well at all — especially if it’s very small. If you’re struggling to make a small bathroom work for you, or if you’ve got space but no built-in storage features like drawers, cabinets or an under-sink area, these tips and product recommendations from professional organizers can help you get the bathroom of your dreams…or at least close to it!

“As always, the number one suggestions for living in small spaces of all sorts is to get rid of everything you no longer need, use, want or love,” Ann Lightfoot, a professional organizer and co-founder of Done and Done Home, says. She notes that nothing should be stored in a bathroom that won’t be used this year, and takes a hard line with her clients when it comes to casting

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Staring out of the windows of my family room, which I do a lot these days, I can’t help but feel like my side yard isn’t living up to its potential. It’s basically a green blur with an ivy-covered floor, shaded from (admittedly beautiful) trees. All of this extra time at home has my husband and me ready to do something about it, though. We want to make the most of our outdoor space, even if we’re just looking at it from the couch.

Laura Osteen, a landscape designer in San Francisco, shares my sentiments about side yards. “They’re such unique spaces. They’re kind of an afterthought often, but there are so many neat things you can do with them,” she says. “And (if you can see them from your house) they’re the window to nature,” she says. If you, too, are wondering what the heck you can do with

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I’ve successfully moved from a super-small NYC apartment to an averagely-small apartment, and in an effort to upgrade my new space without filling it to the brim, I’ve been implementing the very best small apartment decor ideas as I make my new living room feel like home.

When it comes to furniture, decor and what I like to call random knick-knacks, what you put in your space can definitely affect how large it looks. My apartment’s living room isn’t huge, but it has high ceilings and big windows with tons of natural light, so knew I could implement a few good small apartment decor ideas to make it look spacious and inviting.

A few art prints, some well-selected furniture, a great rug and tons of plants later, I couldn’t be happier with my space, and I’m here to share the tips I learned that really made it all come together.

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Finding stylish and realistic en-suite bathroom ideas can be tricky, but if you are after ways you can really make the most of your en suite no matter what the size then you have come to the right place. You may be working with a tiny or awkwardly shaped room (or both!), or your en-suite may be open to the bedroom, but whatever type of en-suite you have, this is a room that needs careful planning so that you get it right.

So, whether you’re updating a tired space and need helpful bathroom ideas or if you’re designing a bathroom from scratch or even thinking of adding a bathroom to a bedroom, extension or loft conversion, our en-suite design ideas are compact, contemporary and practical in their design. 

1.  Opt for streamlined sanitaryware

a room with a sink and a window: (Image credit: GSG Ceramic Design)

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As with any small space, you need to get creative to make the most of it. That means diving deep into all of your options and boiling them down to the absolute best one for you and your space. Whether you have a super tiny apartment bathroom or less square footage to work with in a large house, these shower ideas will help you design a space that feels anything but confined. Every time you walk into your bathroom, you’ll know that you’re getting maximum function and style out of it.

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Make It Cozy

Use brass accents and neutral tile to make a small shower feel like a super cozy oasis. This shower by Cilla Bonfim Interiors has a beach view, which makes it even more comforting.

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Use Fun Tiling

No room for decor? No problem.

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Small bathrooms are a great place to do something fun! A bold tile, wall colour or wallpaper will do well in a small bathroom, as it’d likely seem too overwhelming in a larger space. That’s what <a href=”https://www.hgtv.ca/home-tours/photos/modern-meets-playful-home-tour-1913741/” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>designer Sabrina Albanese did in her bathroom in Keswick, ON</a>. However, make sure to pick just one funky pattern or colour (either for the wall or floor) as too much will be, well, too much.

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In a West Village powder room by designer Ashley Darryl, a towel bar is fastened to the side of the floating sink.

20. Upgrade Your Bathroom Accessories

Patterned towels, vintage rugs, and sophisticated lighting also add pops of personality. “Lighting and bath fixtures are like the jewelry of the room. Use them to bring a little glamour into the space,” says Los Angeles–based interior designer Sarah Samuel.

21. Rethink Your Sink

If you’re designing your tiny bathroom from scratch (or remodeling), consider a tiny corner sink. There’s no rule that says you have to have a full-size standard sink. A corner sink gets the job done just as well—plus it gives you plenty of space and less to clean.

22. Choose Compact Pieces

Hulking vanities and blocky tubs may look at home in a larger bathroom, but they can make a small bathroom feel claustrophobic. Install compact toilets and sinks

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Cost Summary of Small Bathroom Remodeling

Typical Price Range = $1,000 to $15,000+
Average Cost = $8,000-$10,000
Best/Cheapest Price = $100-$400
Typical Hourly Rate = $50-$75 per hour

When you are remodeling a small bathroom, you need to make sure that your costs are always in the forefront of your mind.

Keep in mind that although the average small bathroom remodel costs around $9,000, that your labor & materials costs will vary depending on location and quality of fixtures you choose.



One of the major influences over the small bathroom remodel cost you will have to bear is the type of layout you select. If the new layout will require you to do a lot of renovating, then your prices will go up significantly. Renovating includes taking down walls and putting up wall components like dividers.

Selecting a layout that is simple and works well

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