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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 […]

Need help picking the right paint color?

So, you’ve decided to repaint your walls. When you head to your favorite DIY store, you’ll likely be faced with thousands of tiny color swatches. Warning:  Be aware that the paint color on a small paint sample looks darker then the color itself. Here are some smart tips to help you choose: When renovating our […]

Which Look Do You Prefer?

A few weeks ago, I made my very own gallery wall  using pictures of my kids from one of our holidays. Within hours I completely transformed a boring wall into a very lively space. Since then, I’ve been having fun creating different looks for my hallway simply by using furniture and accessories I already had. Which […]

Placing a Bench Under a Gallery Wall

A nicely designed gallery wall with a bench sitting underneath is a trendy look we often see in décor magazines. It looks great, but how practical is it? If you’re not planning to lean against the wall when sitting on the bench, it works perfectly fine. But if you have kids that will be using […]

Take a Picture of Your Display Before Hanging It

Before hanging a group of pictures, place all your frames on a table or on the floor, hop on a chair to take a picture of the arrangement. This will help you determine which frame should go where, make sure the colors are well distributed throughout the arrangement, and figure out the spacing between each row and […]

When Hanging a Grouping, Number Your Frames

Here’s a simple tip that will save you time and headaches too.  When hanging a grouping of identical frames, number the back of the frames from 1 to 9 (or however many you’re putting up) starting with the one on the right, top row, second row right to left, and bottom row right to left. […]

Wallpaper Design Lovers Delight

If you have time to squeeze in a DIY this weekend, this one is for you. It’s easy peasy — no Martha Stewart skills are needed to recreate this look. As you may know, runway fashion influences everything and anything we buy for our home. Since grey has become the new white in the fashion […]

Stampede Décor on a Dime

It’s early July, and if you live and work in Calgary, Alberta like we do, you know it’s Stampede time! Under the Roof’s headquarters are located only a few blocks away from the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, The Calgary Stampede, which means that we’re right in the middle of the madness. Yahoo! During the annual ten-day […]