Christine Brun, Sioux City Journal

Christine Brun

Sioux City Journal

San Diego, CA, United States

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Past articles by Christine:

Photography can be used as decoration

Photography was invented to capture the moment, to capture life. And here we see a custom wallcovering made from a black and white photograph shown in Sunset Magazine's L.A. Idea → Read More

The new trend is not being trendy

It's spring, a fine time to talk about fresh design ideas. We are in a period that embraces just about anything; there is acceptance for every genre, from vintage to crisp, modern precision. Being freed from any specific look is liberating! As you arm yourself to complete a design project, this is good news. → Read More

Baby-boomer 'retirements' lead to lifestyle communities

Baby boomers, still a large part of the American home-buying public, drive a significant segment of the housing development industry. What do boomers want, and what are they willing to spend to get it? This generation is nearly as large as that of their millennial children and as diverse in lifestyle choices. → Read More

Prepare the dining room for the holidays

There is no month more appropriate than November to focus on your dining room for the upcoming winter holidays. Here are a few suggestions for those who have limited space and expect a swelling of guests this year → Read More

Companies, communities bet on tiny-house living

We've all been watching the tiny-house phenomenon for a while now. Tiny houses have become a fad since the cost of housing has skyrocketed in parts of the country and salaries have fallen behind. → Read More

Can you say goodbye to your huge kitchen island?

Let's hear it for smaller kitchen islands, please! It is time to dispel the myth that a 5-by-10-foot island is a must-have in every gourmet kitchen worth its salt. → Read More

A teenager's room can be more of a den

Storage beds are wildly popular, for obvious reasons: Their dual-purpose nature maximizes space. → Read More

Small kitchens rely on innovative storage

The American front porch is a slice of heaven. In a suburban neighborhood, there is an abundance of people walking their dog, but you must be outside in order to speak to them. → Read More

A solution to fill the space under the stairs

Sometimes helpful solutions are hiding in plain sight. It is common to become so familiar with our surroundings that we no longer see them clearly. → Read More

Ways to make a kid's bedroom whimsical

Reading magically cracks open the secret door to faraway places and mysterious concepts. After reading books together with your children, how about continuing the experience and making it last? → Read More

Add a splash of red, if you're bold enough

Whenever you have neutral walls, floors and finishing materials, a splash of Tabasco red will always work. In many ways, working red into a white and gray interior is considered a modern classical design. Italians and Germans have been doing it for generations. → Read More

How to carve out a cozy place

One big room can be boring. You could feel that way whether you live in a studio apartment, a micro-unit or even a more generously sized loft because there is no definition of space. → Read More

Enjoy whatever space is available to you

It's time to get creative so you can enjoy whatever outdoor space is available to you. Some of the most precious real estate in the country exists in the form of elegant skyscrapers in Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and other cities. In many cases, a balcony is the only outdoor space offered. → Read More

Getting ready for spring use of outdoor spaces

Want to shake the winter doldrums? Anticipating how you might invigorate your outdoor areas for warmer weather could be good for both your spirit and creativity. → Read More

World-Inspired Home Accents by Christine Brun

It doesn't take very much to add an artistic touch to a tiny home. Two or three accent items will go a long way toward establishing any creative look. → Read More

Taking care of a kitchen's little details

Long weekends are the perfect time to catch up on miscellaneous household chores. Even when the winter weather is not cooperative, many indoor tasks can be tackled. Sometimes the smallest home improvement breeds the biggest joy. → Read More

The rise, fall and rise of micro housing

Studio apartments have been around more than a century, but dense populations are giving rise to a wave of micro housing with the best in innovative design to make them livable. → Read More

Carve out a space just for the kids

One very easy way to stretch space in a child's bedroom is to buy a bunk bed. It's brilliant! This is one way to create a play area and a homework spot in a space-starved home. → Read More

When custom makes sense for your home

Certain home improvement projects will be transformative. I was staring at the sliding door in my bedroom this morning, remembering how we talked about replacing all the windows, but instead I chose to raise the bedroom ceiling and buy a taller sliding door to have as much glass as possible. It cost a bundle. I asked myself, was it worth it? → Read More

Create the illusion of larger space with color, mirrors

Call it sleight of hand or deception; we love to be fooled! Why not bend natural forces to make it appear that there is more space in one of your rooms? → Read More