Nighty-night, spoiled little pup Murphy beds hit their peak in the era of flappers and bread lines. But a doggie version is an interesting...

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Murphy beds hit their peak in the era of flappers and bread lines. But a doggie version is an interesting option for anyone with a space that’s too small and a dog that’s too indulged.

The fold-down bed’s cabinet is made of ecologically sensitive rubber-tree wood and measures 2 feet wide by 3 feet high by 10 inches deep. Midnight Pass sells the Pet Murphy Bed for $199.95. To order, visit www.midnightpass.com/
petmurphybed.html
or call 877- 897-7700.

How to shape up your small space

Fitting big decorating dreams into limited spaces is always a challenge. House Beautiful offers answers with its new book, “Small Space Decorating Workshop,” by Tessa Evelegh (Hearst Books, $24.95).

The book offers scores of ideas for coping with diminutive dimensions. The solutions range from simple approaches, such as using color or mirrors to fool the eye, to more complex projects that require remodeling. The generous use of photos helps readers imagine an idea in their own homes.

“Renovation” gets one itself

One of the best magazines on home repair and remodeling is Fine Homebuilding by Taunton Press. The same detail found in the magazine — sketches, photographs and concise professional advice — is evident in “Renovation, 3rd Edition” (Taunton Press, $39.95).

Although both have the same publishing company and the creative input of author Michael W. Litchfield, the revised and updated book is not a rehash of magazine material. (Litchfield also was involved in the launch of the magazine in the early 1980s.) Rather, it’s 20 thorough chapters on subjects such as home systems (roofing, plumbing and electrical), building materials, job planning and home inspection.

Compiled from Newsday and the Akron Beacon Journal