Category Archives: Design Tips

Easy Thanksgiving table setting ideas

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, there’s a good chance that you’ve already started planning the menu. But have you thought about how to decorate your dining table? Thanksgiving table décor doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Here are some easy table setting ideas to get you started.

5 minute IKEA dresser makeover

I’m feeling quite self-conscious as I’m writing this article because I just read Is there an age when you should stop buying inexpensive (IKEA) furniture? Personally, I don’t think so and I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a proud 55.

10 Fall porch decorating ideas to add instant curb appeal

Outdoor decorating is a great way to appreciate each season and helps keep your outdoor décor fresh. I personally love decorating my front porch; it’s welcoming and inviting when family and friends come over. Keep the look simple by placing a few pumpkins on your front steps, or add layers with seasonal plants and tall grass to create a more elaborate look.

Simple design tricks to revive an old sofa

If this couch could talk it would probably thank me for the extra TLC I’ve been giving it lately. Believe it or not it’s 17 years old. I bought it for my first office, then it lived with my kids on a university campus, in their first apartment, in our garage and now it’s back at work in a small condo unit. Although it’s old it’s still in good shape, so I wasn’t ready to part with it. Instead, I gave it a new lease on life with a few simple design tricks.

Tips to create an entryway in a small space

This tiny condo is so small that it didn’t have an entryway. So where do you empty your pockets when get home from work? You do it on a shelf like this one. I created a mini entryway with a white round mirror, a funky three-tier shelf unit and a coat rack. It’s a simple, affordable and functional solution. Take a look.

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 space.

Easy Halloween decorating ideas

Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to be complicated. Even if you’re a busy person who can’t be bothered with carving a pumpkin, you can still use pumpkins in your décor.

Fall looks with cushions and throws

Every year when the weather turns fall-like, I give my house a mini makeover simply by switching my summer pillows to warmer ones. And every year I’m amazed by how quickly this pillow swapping ritual can change the look and feel of my space.

5 tips for hanging bathroom pictures

I love hanging pictures in perfect symmetry, which sometimes can be very challenging. I recently hung these two picture frames in the bathroom of our master bedroom at the cottage and thought I’d share some quick steps. I don’t like making extra holes in my walls and neither should you – so here are a few tips to avoid damaging your walls when hanging art.

Before & After: frumpy guest bedroom gets a makeover

This used to be our guest bedroom at the cottage. I know what you’re thinking: it’s ugly. It was! When friends and family would come visit with their kids in tow this is where they’d sleep. It made sense to have bunks in the same room as the parents’ – it was all about having a functional space where kids could be kids, rather than focusing on having a nicely decorated room.

Before and After: A cottage bedroom gets a well-deserved makeover

This bedroom is very spacious, but it was also very dated. After 17 years of enjoying the old cottage, my husband and I finally bit the bullet and renovated. New flooring, a fresh coat of paint and different furniture placement that’s all that was needed to transform this master into a peaceful retreat.

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. How can you possibly choose a color for your walls based on such a small paint sample?

Decorating With Maps

Decorating with maps is a creative way to decorate walls without spending too much money. I listened to my own advice and added style to a big wall without a big price tag.

Deck decorating ideas – enjoy outdoor living

When we’re at our cottage, we literally live outside. Rain or shine we eat and entertain outside because that’s what cottaging is all about. Since our deck is the most used room in the house (or out), my husband and I decided it was time to invest in new patio furniture.

How to remove stubborn price stickers from glass

Arrrggh… I find it so frustrating when I can’t peel a price tag off a picture frame by just pulling it off. Even after trying to scratch it off with my nails, I still end up with a bit of the tag leftover, sticky residue and ruined nails (I’m not a diva, but still).