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Tip Tuesday: Hanging a Mirror Above a Fireplace Mantle

Hanging a mirror above a mantle is an excellent way to accentuate a fireplace as the focal point of a room. The mirror can reflect and increase the light in the room, and if you’re lucky enough to have a great view from a window that faces the fireplace, a mirror will showcase the reflection of […]

Tip Tuesday: How to Hang a Group of Pictures

Next time you’re hanging a group of pictures remember this tip, which could save you time and mistake holes in your walls too. Lay all the pieces right in front of the wall where you will display them. Imagine a vertical line running through the middle of your square or rectangular display and arrange your […]

Hanging a Wreath Without Damaging Your Door

Over-the-door wreath hangers have come a long way over the years. The choices used to be limited to brass and plastic and were very basic in design. Fast-forward to today, and you’ll find that hangers come in various finishes, styles, colors, and some of them even come with adjustable length to accommodate different sized wreaths […]

How to Drape a Throw Blanket on a Sofa

As soon as the weather gets cold we dig our throw blankets out of the closets and drape them over sofas and chairs to warm up our living rooms. In addition to keeping us warm, throws are the perfect way to jazz up a tired sofa or to inject instant color and pattern to a […]

Easy and Affordable Table-Setting Idea

If you’re expecting guests for dinner over the weekend and you want to dress up your dining table, here’s a look that is simple, gorgeous, and very easy to replicate. Here’s what we did: 1. The color palette for our table setting was inspired by these Merimekko napkins we already had. We liked how fresh the green […]

Tip Tuesday: Spacing frames evenly

It can be a real challenge to keep the spacing equal between frames when hanging pictures horizontally. Here’s a simple tip that will help solve the problem. If your frames are fitted with a picture wire, use two Déco Nails to hang them. They will allow you to easily slide your art back and forth on […]

Easy Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

With Thanksgiving coming up this coming weekend, I thought I’d share some easy and inexpensive decorating ideas. We’ll focus on getting the dining table Thanksgiving ready, since that’s where your guests will spend most of their time this holiday. I have hand-picked some of the best decorating ideas from our Pinterest board, so click on this […]

Throwback Thursday – Wall Décor on a Budget

In 2010, I was featured on TELUS TV showcasing some innovative ways that you can create huge impact on your walls – not your wallet. We may no longer be in a deep recession, but the economic downturn had a lasting impact on how we live, shop and spend. We still want to create a beautiful and comfortable […]

Jazz Up Your Door with a Fall Wreath

With the arrival of fall the beautiful flowers on your porch may be starting to look drab and dull, which means it’s time to do a little autumn decorating. Hanging a fall wreath on your front door is the perfect way to add a little bit of seasonal color to your home. The wreath will […]

Don’t Wreck Your Posters or Walls

Dorm rooms are tricky to decorate since you can’t hammer anything on the walls, but most students want to make their space “their own” by putting up plenty of cool posters. The solution is to use painter’s tape or another low adhesive tape that peels off easily without damaging the walls or wrecking your posters. […]

Hang Your Kids’ Masterpieces

If you have young kids, you know that every day they bring home artistic masterpieces they made at school. Up the artwork goes on the fridge to be proudly displayed until the next day when it gets replaced by a new masterpiece. Of course, you’ll end up tossing some and holding on to others because […]

This Kids’ Study Space Gets an A+

Getting ready for back to school is not only about the backpack and the clothes, it’s also about carving out a comfortable place in your home for your kids to do their homework.  If you have more than one child who needs a study space, why not consider a long narrow table for them to share? […]

Foolproof Tip to Hang Magnetic or Other Small Boards

Hanging magnetic boards, corkboards, and small chalkboards straight on the first try may seem like an easy thing to do — until you actually have to do it. These kinds of boards usually come with four sticky double-sided adhesive pads that you place on each corner.  While it may be easy to stick on, once […]

Hanging Pictures in a Bedroom

Whether you’re hanging three picture frames above a headboard like in this inspiration picture from IKEA, or above a couch, a table, or a desk, the hanging strategy is the same. Start by deciding how far above the furniture you want to hang your arrangement and how much spacing to leave between each frame. Once […]

Dual Purpose Room For Laundry and Craft Projects

Your laundry room is probably the busiest room in the house and also likely the most neglected in terms of decorating. So when we finished our basement (15 years ago), I made sure we’d make the over-used and under-decorated room a place that we’d want to spend time in. As a busy mom with young […]

Hanging Pictures in a Bathroom. Why Not?

Every room in your house can be beautifully decorated, including the bathroom. Create a focal point by hanging pictures over the towel bar. Here are some tips to get you started: Display one large piece or a combination of pieces that are at least 2/3 or equivalent to the towel bar’s width. Center your artwork […]

9 Tips to Decorate a Study Space

Since imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, we had no guilt recreating the cover image of this IKEA back-to-school flyer. It was easy to do since we already had some of the key pieces shown, which is part of the reason why the image was so inspiring to us in the first place. […]

Mirror, mirror on the entry wall…

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 […]

Rediscover your art with a fresh look

Do you walk by your artwork without really noticing it? If you have not changed up your wall décor for a while, it starts to blend into the background. Move your pictures around and it will feel brand new again. And the best part is, it won’t cost you a dime. In our example, this […]

Standout with BIG Bold Beautiful Art

Have you noticed how big art is popping up everywhere? From décor magazines, design TV shows and stores, big art is definitely in! Large pieces can be expensive, but if you’re looking to create a focal point in a room that’s missing one, that’s the way to go. This large scale black and white photograph dresses […]