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Hang art at kids’ level

Finding the perfect height to hang any artwork can be a challenge. But when it comes to a child’s room, the rules change again. Remember, your kids’ room is for them, so make sure to hang pictures, bookshelves, black boards etc…at their level, not at yours.

What to hang in a dining room

A dining room is the perfect place to hang art. There’s usually at least one long wall to hang a piece or a group of pieces to create the right dining ambience. Since it’s a place for your family and guests to gather to enjoy a meal together hang something interesting that will spark a conversation and that is pretty to look at too.

How to hang a mirror grouping

Finding something fun and interesting to hang above a headboard can be a challenge sometimes. In this case, I chose a grouping of round mirrors to create a playful display and relaxed atmosphere.

A New Year means a new calendar

I just love starting the New Year with a new calendar. This year I bought an oversized stylish wall calendar that plays double duty:  it keeps track of our family’s schedule and acts as a piece of modern art on our walls. This is the kind of calendar you don’t want to hang behind the pantry door […]

Hang a wreath for instant holiday cheer

If you have only a few minutes to decorate for Christmas, hang a holiday wreath. It’s a simple and easy way to add instant holiday cheer to your house. They come in all styles, shapes and colors so you’re guaranteed to find one to match your décor or holiday theme.  According to Elle magazine, these are […]

Table manners & place settings

With party season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to brush up on etiquette to avoid any embarrassing moments. Those table manners our parents taught us are always good to review when we’re rusty, and to share with children too. They’re life skills that come in handy not only for parties, but for business […]

Easy Christmas centerpiece idea

Since we eat with our eyes first, I always like to create a good first impression by dressing up my dining table with an eye-catching centerpiece. I also like to keep things simple, so creating something that doesn’t require much work is always a priority. Here’s a quick and easy Christmas centerpiece idea that can pulled […]

Easy gift wrapping tips

Have you ever received a present that was so beautifully wrapped that you didn’t want to open it? It’s a wonderful feeling to know that as much attention was given to the wrapping as it was to the gift itself. That’s why I thought I’d share some easy gift wrapping tips to kick off the […]

It’s time to get festive

I love this time of the year when stores are all decked out for the holiday season, it gets me in the mood to get my house holiday ready earlier versus later. So here are a few of the things that caught my eye this November while shopping. Let’s get festive!I took this picture at […]

Get the look of reclaimed wood

I walked past this multi-colored barnwood vignette admiring its blue gray repurposed wood finish, but as I got closer I realized it was self-adhesive removable wallpaper. It completely fooled me from a few feet away; that’s how real this faux reclaimed wood pattern looked.When shopping in Montreal at Item Maison, a trendy furniture and accessory store […]

Creating a focal point in a bathroom

In a perfect design world, a toilet would never be the focal point of a bathroom. But sometimes plumbing issues or other building challenges get in the way and you end up with less than perfect results. That’s what happened in my teeny bathroom at the cottage where I had to use art creatively to […]

Is white ever too white?

Benjamin Moore just announced their color of the year for 2016 “Simply White” and I couldn’t be happier with their choice. After months of renovating our family cottage, we painted everything white – everything from walls, ceilings, baseboards, doors to casings and I LOVE it. No regrets!

Creating a headboard with pictures

If you don’t have a headboard, don’t worry – you can create one with pictures. It can be a temporary solution if you’ll be moving or adding a headboard later. Or, you might just like it so much that you’ll decide to keep it that way. It’s also stylish and inexpensive.

Perk up a room with one accessory

In fashion, accessories can make or break an outfit. The same is true when it comes to decorating. The right accessory can make a huge style statement in a room – in my case, it’s my bathroom. Here’s my bathroom before and after. There was nothing wrong the way it looked before, but because of […]