Category Archives: Design Tips

Don’t Put Up With Stubborn Picture Wire

I love IKEA’s Ribba frames: they’re affordable, stylish and versatile. The one thing that does frustrate me about the Ribba frames though, is the stiff picture wire that comes with them. It’s so stiff that it makes it almost impossible to loop it through the metal clips and to twist it tightly around itself to secure […]

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Make a Statement with Artwork over the Fireplace Mantle

The fireplace is the natural focal point of a room which means when it comes to decorating the space above the mantle, don’t be afraid to go big and be bold in order to turn it into a conversation piece. Choose the right size of artwork: Keep items in balance by ensuring artwork is at […]

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Chanel #5 for your walls

If you’re looking for art that will always be in style, think of framing Chanel #5 posters. Chanel #5 perfume has been around since 1921 and is still one of the best selling perfumes in the world, so it’s a definite stylish and safe investment for your home.  The posters will add instant elegance and […]

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Enjoy Your Front Porch… In Privacy!

Does close proximity to your neighbors stop you from enjoying your front porch? The solution is easy: build a privacy screen. Whether you live in a house, condo, apartment, or are relaxing at the cottage, privacy is a concern for most of us. And it’s not limited to the front porch, there’s also the back deck […]

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Hanging an odd number of frames is easy

Generally speaking, an odd number of frames on the wall is more aesthetically pleasing to look at. It also has the added benefit of being much easier to hang. You can center the first piece on the wall and then hang the next one either to the left or right. It doesn’t matter. It makes […]

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Budget-Friendly Drawer Knobs Makeover

I’m always amazed by how quickly you can change the look of something with a simple coat of paint.  Here’s the desk and counter in our project room at our office. We wanted to jazz up the blue knobs without spending much money. We’re leasing the space so we can’t make any major changes, but […]

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A measuring tape in your purse – handy when shopping for art!

In addition to your lipstick, wallet, phone, pen, and the million other things you have in there, make sure to carry a pocket size measuring tape in your purse. A small light weight measuring tape (they usually go to 10ft) will come in handy for measuring furniture or artwork when you’re out shopping.  Don’t forget […]

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A Picture Doesn’t Lie

Do you ever get the feeling that something is wrong with how your living room or any other room in your house is decorated but, you just can’t seem to put your finger on the problem? Here’s a tip that never fails to diagnose the problem. Simply take a picture of your room. You’ll be […]

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1,2,3,4,5 Frames Perfectly Lined Up

If the thought of hanging five picture frames above a table like we did here scares you to death, don’t worry — it’s much easier than you think! With the right tools and a few tips and tricks you’ll be able to recreate this look in no time. To speed things up, have these tools […]

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Using Triple Duty Furniture in Tiny Spaces

If you’re planning to downsize or if you currently live in a challengingly small space, choosing the right furniture is key to keeping your home both comfortable and functional. The art of living large in a small space is dependent on buying pieces that can easily travel from room to room without looking out of […]

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Build the look on the floor

An easy way to perfect a multiple frame display is to lay them out on the floor to determine the best possible arrangement before hanging.  Imagine a vertical line running through the middle of your display. Check that items on either side of that line are visually equal in weight. Balance colored items, light and […]

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How to Hang Three Pictures — It’s Easier Than You Think!

These three frames are perfectly level, which I love. Getting them up took less then 10 minutes, all without any eyeballing or extra holes made in the walls. These are the tools you need to get the job done right: a Hang & Level, painter’s tape, a Déco hammer, a small level, three Déco Nails […]

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Hanging Art at Eye Level – What Does it Really Mean?

Hanging pictures at standing eye level can be very confusing … especially if you’re 5’6” and your partner is 6’2”. For pictures that will be viewed from a standing position such as in hallways or an entryway, the best rule of thumb is to position your artwork so its center hangs at 60″ to 66″ from the […]

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Keeping Picture Frames Straight

Are crooked pictures one of your pet peeves? There are few things more frustrating than having to adjust or straighten your pictures on a daily basis. After spending so much time choosing and carefully hanging the perfect artwork on your walls, all you want is for it to consistently stay straight and look great. The […]

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Avoid Damaging Artwork with Hair Spray

Hair spray is great to keep hair in place but not so great for your artwork. Use caution when looking in the mirror and using hair spray. Artwork is often hung on the wall opposite the mirror, which means you might easily overspray and damage the art behind you. You’ll end up with a sticky […]

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DIY: Make Your Own Sharpie Art

Wall art doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you can make your own without spending much money at all, just like we did with this project. This DIY wall art is easy to make, incredibly inexpensive, and fun for kids to do on their own too. Here’s the step-by-step:  Time: less than an hour […]

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How to Cover Up Nicks and Scratches on Picture Frames

We all know the frustration of glancing at what we thought was a pristine picture frame and noticing an unsightly nick or scratch. We’ve always thought we were brilliant for using Sharpies of all colors to touch up a few dings on picture frames, but we’re sure we’re not the only ones using this trick! Although […]

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How to Attach a Sawtooth Hook to a Frame

Nowadays you’ll find picture frames that are sold without any hanging hardware, which can be very frustrating. Simply hanging your piece by the frame is definitely not an option, as it’s not safe. One way to solve the problem is by installing a sawtooth hook to your frame. Before you start, make sure to check […]

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How to patch holes in drywall

Most of us are intimidated by holes left behind by picture frames. You may try to cover them up with other frames, but at some point you will want to fix them.   And, it’s easy to do; just follow these simple steps. All you need are: Drywall patching compound or spackling Putty knife Sandpaper […]

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How to get IKEA Ribba Frames to Behave

We love Ribba™ frames from IKEA. They’re inexpensive, stylish and versatile. But they can be frustrating as well. We’ve hung more Ribba frames over the years than we can count and along the way we’ve come up with some tips and tricks to make things easier. We hope they help you too.   Problem: The […]

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