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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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. Yee haw! During the annual ten-day […]

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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe, Which Frame do I Hang First?

We recently blogged about picture frames we bought at a yard sale and how we spray painted them white to create a cozy reading corner in our post “Designer Walls on a Garage Sale Budget.” We always take lots of behind the scenes pictures for all the projects we work on and we thought you’d enjoy […]

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Hang & Level on the Marilyn Denis Show

Hey Marilyn Denis fans, did you see our picture hanging tool, Hang and Level on the July 3 episode of the popular show? We were thrilled to see Canadian Living Magazine designer Brett Walther give viewers some tips on how to display vacation photos and mention that Hang & Level was necessary to avoid getting […]

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Personalize Your Garden With a Vintage Find

When my friend Carla gave me a rustic metal ornament she bought at a yard sale, I loved it but I had no clue of what to do with it. It’s quite heavy — eight pounds to be exact — so I thought it would be perfect for the garden. Speaking of the garden, this […]

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Get Your Home Canada Day Ready With These Quick Tips!

Canada Day is just around the corner, and if you’re like most people you might be expecting guests over the weekend and you have not started decorating the house yet. Before you head out to buy some Canada-themed décor, shop in your house first, since you might already have everything you need. Look for anything […]

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How to Hang a Large Picture by Yourself

Let’s face it, you don’t always have someone around to help you hang pictures. It’s all about owning the right tools to get the job done.  That’s why we designed, Hang & Level, a picture hanging tool that makes it easy to hang pictures by yourself even when they are big, heavy or awkward. Here’s how: Find the […]

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Easy Tips to Hang Pictures Above a Couch

  Displaying pictures over a couch is an easy way to create a focal point in your living room. Here are a few tips to get the job done: Size it up To create balance, your artwork (or grouping) should be at least 2/3 the length of the sofa. Don’t have a large piece? Use […]

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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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