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Archive for the ‘Stoppy’ Category
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we absolutely love to see our products featured in magazines, newspapers, blogs and other types of media. That’s why we were thrilled to see our little Stoppy featured in “Home News” in the July issue of Parents Magazine. As shown, Stoppy, our cute doorstop is versatile and “can also be used to prop open windows and keep books and magazines standing upright on a shelf.” You’ll find more fun and creative ways to use Stoppy on our website along with a list of stores where it can be purchased.
Thanks to the editors of Parents magazine for including Stoppy in their summer issue!
P.S. Here at Under the Roof Decorating, we love food, so we can’t wait to try the “Lemon Crepes” and the “Not Your Average Grilled Cheese” recipes in this issue. Perfect food for our kids and also for the big kids like us!
Monday, April 16th, 2012
With a circulation of over 7 million, it’s one of the top consumer magazines in the United States and we’re thrilled that Stoppy has been featured within its pages. Stoppy is showcased in a variety of colors, making it easy for homeowners to find one or more color to match their décor.
In this issue, you’ll also find innovative products and ideas for the home as well as great tips for gardening, cooking, exercising and everything that will make life easier.
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
The May issue of Family Circle Magazine is out and Stoppy is featured in it. One of the biggest home trends this spring is incorporating character references into your décor. Things like ampersands signs on pillows, bookends in the shape of exclamation marks or colored doorstops, such as Stoppy, resembling a comma or quotation marks when two are used. It’s all about fun, decorative and functional objects and accessories for the house.
So next time you’re at the grocery store, grab a copy of Family Circle, available at check out counters, and flip to page 17 where you can catch up on this latest home trend.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Just in time for spring! Take advantage of our special web offer and order your Stoppy bundle pack before the end of April. Perfect for keeping windows open to let the fresh air in, to holding the door open while you bring groceries into the house or allowing your pet(s) to come and go.
At this price, buy one pack for yourself and give one to a friend as a gift and have a Stoppy for every room in the house!
Bundles are available in translucent, light blue, dark blue and black. Click here to order!
Hurry! Offer ends April 30, 2012
Monday, March 19th, 2012
Watching an episode of Million Dollar Listing – New York, we had a fun surprise when we spotted a pink Stoppy dangling from the handle of a 4.4 million dollar apartment. It just goes to show you, even the most expensive properties can use a little stylish help to keep pesky doors open or closed.
If you want to peek into some of the most expensive properties New York City has up for sale, check out Bravo’s new show on Wednesdays at 10/9c.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference and Stoppy is one of those things. In their March issue, Chatelaine magazine featured our decorative doorstop in their “little lifesavers”. Stoppy fits right in with the magazine’s theme of decluttering this month. It’s “little” but will safely keep any door open while furniture and other accessories are moved in and out of rooms being “decluttered.” Just in time for Spring cleaning!
Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Okay, admit it – when you go to someone’s house and there’s a mirror by the front door, you sneak a peek at yourself, don’t you? It’s all right, most of us do.
From a decorating perspective, mirrors reflect daylight which means your entrance space will appear larger and brighter than it actually is. Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes, so you can have fun picking one that will match your wall space the best. For an alternative to putting holes in your walls, consider decorating with a floor mirror, just lean it against the wall.
That being said, you don’t need to be afraid of hanging a large mirror or making those holes. It’s easy when you know how. Here’s how we did it:
What You’ll Need:
- Painter’s Tape or other low tack adhesive tape
- Wall anchors & screws
- Electric drill & bits
- Small level
- Hang & Level picture hanging tool
- A helper
1. Placing your mirror
- Have your helper hold the mirror while you step back and determine the right placement on the wall.
- Once you have the right spot, mark the position of one corner of the mirror with a couple of pieces of low adhesive tape.
2. Find the spot for the first screw
- Start with the side opposite the tape, place the D-ring onto the single hook of the Hang & Level tool. (Note: if the tool’s handle doesn’t clear the top of the frame, move the D-Rings up).
- With your helper, place the frame and tool against the wall. Line up the corner of the mirror with the tape on the wall to make sure it’s in the right spot.
- Use a small level on top of the mirror to make sure it’s straight.
3. Install the first screw
4. Find the spot for the second screw
- With your helper, place the mirror back on the wall, and hang it on the first screw. Place the other D-Ring onto the single hook of the Hang & Level.
- Place a level on top of the frame, and move the Hang & Level vertically until the bubble is in the middle, to ensure it’s straight.
- Have your partner remove the frame while you keep the tool in place, and press the single button to mark the spot.
5. Install the second screw & hang your mirror
- Repeat the steps above to install the second anchor and screw.
- Tighten both screws, leaving enough exposed to catch on the D-rings.
- With your helper, hang the mirror onto the two screws and remove the tape from the wall.
At Under The Roof Decorating, we make picture hanging easy. Our innovative products as well as helpful tips and tricks make it simple to hang pictures where you want them – the first time!
Thursday, November 24th, 2011
It sure felt like Christmas around the office when we opened House Beautiful Magazine and saw our cute Stoppy had been selected as one of “the Best” of the season. “It’s extremely exciting and what a joy to be featured in such an elegant decorating magazine” says Liette Tousignant, founder of UTR.
Since we’ve introduced Stoppy to North America, homeowners, retailers and the media have been intrigued by its unique shape and have referred to it as a tear drop, an apostrophe, and even, “a little comma to make a door pause,” by the editors of House Beautiful.
No matter what you call it, it’s a fun and stylish doorstop that will make the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list. And make sure to include a copy of House Beautiful too, so they can see for themselves how trendy their new Stoppy is.
Monday, September 26th, 2011
Our little Stoppy made a big impression with the Housewares and Appliances team at About.com. The team focuses on products that make life easier and after putting Stoppy through its paces, the overall impression was outstanding.“ It’s an innovative gadget that is both a practical home essential, as well as a safety tool. It’s also a cute conversation piece.”
Read the review here….
At Under The Roof Decorating, we make picture hanging easy. Our innovative products such as Hang & Level and Déco Nails as well as helpful ‘how-to” info and useful déco tips make it simple to hang pictures exactly where you want them – the first time!
Friday, October 1st, 2010
With the prevalence of breast cancer on the rise, almost everyone has been touched by the disease. All of us at UTR have been personally affected in some way. Many of us know someone who is currently battling cancer, and tragically, too many of us have lost someone to the disease. I know personally the toll that breast cancer can take, as my sister is a survivor. That’s why, as the founder of UTR it is so important to me that we get involved and help make a difference.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we want you to add some pink to your house and help find a cure for a disease that afflicts 1 in 9 Canadian women. For every pink Stoppy sold online during the month of October, we will donate 5% of the purchase price to the Cancer Society. But that’s not all! The UTR team will then match the total amount raised, doubling the donation.
Advances in research are being made every day and together, we can make a difference and put a Stoppy to breast cancer. Click here to shop online.
Friday, July 2nd, 2010
A few weeks ago we handed over a couple of Stoppy™ door stops to our friend Carli B. Carli hadn’t seen the product before, and much to our delight, a few days later, sent in the review of the product posted below. You can check out some more of Carli’s great writing at her new blog called “Lavish – eating your heart out in Calgary” [link].
If you’re at all like me, some poor shoe of yours has fallen victim to the old ‘hold the door open’ routine. We’ve all been there, and we all have our reasons for why we didn’t just cave and purchase a good old-fashioned doorstopper. My reason? They’re unsightly! I didn’t want some old wooden wedge sitting around my front entry looking homely and scratching my hardwood floors in the process. Sadly, this continual refusal to purchase a doorstopper unfortunately doomed my precious shoe collection to double duty: look fabulous and hold a door open when necessary
That was, until, I came across the Stoppy! This little tool is the first doorstopper I’ve encountered that is totally functional and completely pleasant to look at! It’s super affordable, comes in several different colors to accommodate decor, has a soft, rubbery surface so it doesn’t scratch floors, and it’s use goes far beyond just being a doorstopper. So far, my uses for the Stoppy include: a doorstopper for when I bring my groceries in through the garage, a flexible little wedge to keep my windows open, a doorstopper for doors on the upper level of my home (When I have windows open upstairs, a draft runs through my house that tends to slam at least one door shut a day…but thanks to Stoppy, no longer!), a doorstopper for my Jeep (Jeeps don’t have spring-loaded doors, they’re just attached by regular hinges for easy removal and tend to swing around in the wind. With the Stoppy, I simply wedge my Jeep doors open and can quickly and efficiently unload my car without worrying about the door constantly shutting on me.), and finally, my most exciting use for the Stoppy so far, is as a funky and flexible book end!
The Stoppy is a great product I highly recommend. It’s a cute little addition to my home that serves multiple purposes without the look of something that is totally functional and not at all aesthetic. Thanks to the Stoppy, my shoes have been released from double duty and can now focus exclusively on being fabulous, because now, I have a fabulous little tool to take care of the rest.
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
We just returned from the 2010 International Home Housewares Show in Chicago which was a great success. The show was very well attended this year and one of the hilights for UTR was being awarded two Design Defined Awards by the IHA, one each for Hang & Level™ and Stoppy™.
The products were selected by Design Finders, teams of young designers, experienced practitioners and educators from the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Product Development Program. They scoured hundreds of exhibitors in the Clean + Contain Expo in the North Building searching for products that exemplified a commitment to design while achieving a solution to common household cleaning, storage and home décor issues.
“The purpose of the Design Defined program is to bring attention to those companies that have placed a premium on quality design,” said Phil Brandl, president of IHA, which owns and operates the Show. “We are pleased to announce the results of this much-anticipated program.”
“This year’s Design Defined Honorees showed the continued commitment of the housewares industry to integrate design and innovation into their new product launches,” said Steven Melamed, IDSA, president of Tres Design Group and a professor in the UIC industrial design department. “It was also significantly demonstrated that many companies are now actively moving towards the manufacture of more sustainable products”.
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
At UTR we are constantly thinking about how we can improve our products and user experience, and we’d like to invite you to help us out by giving us your feedback (both positive and negative) on Hang & Level™, Deco Nails™ or Stoppy™. Any and all comments are welcome and we’d love to know what you think worked well, what didn’t work, what changes you’d like to see, or any other comments you have.
Simply follow the link here, or click the Product Feedback button displayed on most of the pages.
Friday, September 4th, 2009
From September 1st until the end of the month for every pink Stoppy purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond stores in Canada, BBB and UTR will contribute a portion of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Research. “We are very excited about this new promotion with BBB” says Liette Tousignant, founder of UTR Decorating “together we can help make a difference!”
Look for the special display in-store at your local Bed Bath & Beyond, or ask the friendly staff wearing our special edition pink Stoppy lanyard. Click here to find the Bed Bath & Beyond nearest you.
Friday, August 21st, 2009
CrossIron Mills, the first new indoor mall to open in Alberta in 20 years, has been drawing a lot of media attention recently, and UTR’s Stoppy was there for the grand opening courtesy of Calgary’s first Bed Bath & Beyond. Many thanks to the team at BBB for creating this awesome wall of multicolored Stoppys right at the front of the store! If you happen to be in the area, drop in and pick out your favorite color.
Monday, July 13th, 2009
We recently received this email from Gerry W:
…we needed to child-proof one of our kitchen drawers and found the old 3M system to be utterly useless. Check out the new “Drawer Stoppy”… works like a charm… as you can see, there are remnants of the old system still attached to the cupboard. Great product!
Thanks for the feedback and if you have any great ways that you use Stoppy, then email us and let us know!
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
We will admit that when we first came across Stoppy, we thought “oh that’s a nice little door stop” and left it at that. However, the more time we spent with it the more we realized that it comes in handy much more often, and in many more ways than you’d think:
- Liette travels a lot and uses the Stoppy as an added bit of security when she’s in her hotel room by making sure the front door can’t be opened – it also makes keeping a bathroom or patio door opened a breeze.
- Our friend Laura suggested that Stoppy can be used to baby-proof a room by keeping active toddlers from opening doors. This works great at home and you can pop it into a diaper bag when visiting friends without small children of their own.
- Another use for Stoppy is to temporarily keep that screen door open when you’re bringing groceries into the house, or for when you are barbequing and your hands are full trying to bring items to and from the house. No more struggling to keep the door open without dropping everything, or running to catch the screen door before it closes.
- Mike just got back from the cabin where Stoppy was a great way to keep the doors open to let in the cool air at nights, and to allow the dogs to come and go without having to open the door every time. You can also use Stoppy to keep doors partially open, so pets can be confined to a given area, but still see out of the room.
- Another friend has told us that she would use her Stoppy to keep the doors on her sailboat open or closed, and she was very excited that this soft tool wouldn’t damage the expensive deck of the boat.
- And finally, on those really trying days, Stoppy makes an excellent stress ball, as Kevin demonstrates in the picture above.
* OK these are only the first 6 uses, but we’re sure there are more! Email us and tell us how you use your Stoppy!
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Design expert Ramsin Khachi introduced Stoppy™ this week on Toronto’s Breakfast TV, and to a national audience on CityLine. In both segments Ramsin shared his favorite Father’s Day gift ideas.
Ramsin demonstrated different ways of using this unique and decorative door and window stop, and everyone in the Cityline audience was given a Stoppy to take home. Available at Home Hardware Stores in Canada, click here to see the clips of the segments with Ramsin.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
We’ve been traveling a lot recently and one of the items that is always in our suitcase is Stoppy. This handy little tool is used to prop open windows and doors, but when staying in a hotel we like the added security of knowing that Stoppy can also prevent the door from being opened from the outside.
Just jam the door shut using Stoppy and you can totally avoid any embarrassing incidents with the cleaning staff if you forget to hang out the ‘do not disturb sign’.