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How to Hang 3 Pictures Above a Couch

We can fly to the moon, yet we struggle to hang pictures. It’s hard to believe, but true.  To help you avoid any future struggles when hanging things up, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to hang three pictures above a couch without any fear of ruining your walls. Start by getting all the tools […]

How to Make a Chalkboard

The chalkboard trend has been going strong for many years and judging by all the chalkboards that keep popping up in design magazines and TV shows, it’s here to stay a while longer. So, when I found an old picture frame I had bought at a garage sale years ago, guess what I did with […]

Backyard Oasis – a Little Piece of Paradise

Imagine coming home to your very own private oasis after a long tiring day.  It’s something I’ve been dreaming of for many years and I finally did it.  I transformed my tiny urban backyard deck into a little piece of paradise without breaking the bank or undergoing any major renovations – and I love it. Living […]

Crazy About Flamingos – a New Décor Trend

Flamingos are trendy? Really? Who knew?  If you’ve flipped through any décor magazines lately you’ve most likely spotted pictures of the long legged bird on furniture, cushions and other accessories for the home.  And, if you didn’t know about this new trend, going forward you’ll certainly notice it. After noticing images of flamingos on Pinterest, Instagram […]

Pretty Pastel Workspace

After a long cold winter, I was ready to freshen up my workspace with pretty pastel colors. I’m not usually a fan of soft candy colors, but I was inspired by the April issue of the Oprah magazine and decided it was time to inject some pastels into my life. A change of seasons is a […]

Get Your Front Porch Summer Ready

This is my small urban front porch. It used to be a space that my husband and I would avoid, but now it’s a favorite spot to enjoy a cup of coffee on sunny mornings. Once I took the time to decorate the front porch for summer, we were keen to start making the most of it during the warmest months of […]

Videos Galore: 60 Second Tips & More

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good video must be worth 100,000. It’s just so much easier to envision an idea  or master a concept when it’s conveyed with both images and sound. That’s why we’ve decided to focus on creating more video content for you. We’ll be developing new clips every week and sharing them on our YouTube […]

How to Make Large Paint Color Samples

I usually start a painting project by shopping for colors, either looking at paint swatches from a DIY store or flipping through a color fan borrowed from a paint shop. But honestly, choosing a color for your walls from such tiny teeny paint color chips is almost impossible. What I’d recommend is that once you’ve […]

Before-and-After Bedroom Makeover

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to take the time to freshen up your home décor by simply re-arranging the placement of your furniture and accessories. It’s kind of like giving your house a mini makeover by using things you already have, which is exactly what we did with this small bedroom. We created a designer look […]

Q&A: Is This Picture Too Big?

From time to time, I like to answer our readers’ questions on the blog to help out others who may be experiencing similar design problems. One of our readers recently asked: Q:  “I have a framed canvas that I want to hang over my bed. The top of my headboard is 47″ from the ceiling. […]

Hanging Pictures at the Right Height

Determining at what height pictures should be hung around the house can be very challenging. Since there’s no universal one-fits-all rules, your pictures’ perfect height will vary depending if your art is to be viewed from a standing or sitting position. As a rule of thumb, when pictures will mostly be seen by people who […]

Look at Art Like Jewelry for Walls

When decorating, a room is not entirely finished until the art is up on the walls. Consider art like jewelry for your walls, just like a necklace and earrings would go with a little black dress to complete an outfit. But before you start hammering away, make sure to place your furniture exactly where you […]

Q&A: Centering Art Relative to Furniture vs the Wall

From time to time, we like to answer our readers’ questions on the blog to help out others who may be experiencing similar design problems. One of our readers recently asked: Q:  “I want to hang a painting above a couch in my living room. My couch is off-centered due to the fact that one […]

Tip Tuesday: Level as You Go

When you’re hanging a group of pictures, every time you hammer a nail, it disrupts  the frames already hung on the wall. You need to make sure that your frames are level as you go, otherwise a single crooked frame can throw off the entire arrangement. Rather than constantly readjusting and double checking your frames, […]

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 […]