Category Archives: Design Tips

Make your gifts stand out: How to tie a perfect bow

In my opinion, a gift is not complete without a pretty bow to steal the show. Now that most of us are in full holiday mode, knowing how to tie a perfect bow is a very handy skill to have. If you don’t know how, don’t worry, because after watching this quick video you’ll be a pro. So let’s get some ribbon and get started!

How to decorate the perfect Christmas tree

It’s officially December, which means, the pressure is on and it’s time to put up the Christmas tree. You’ve likely already dug out all of the tree decorations from the basement, and maybe your tree is already sitting pretty in your living room. But are you stuck like sap on a branch and don’t know where to start? If you’re looking for easy tips, you’ll love this step-by-step guide on how to decorate the perfect tree. Now, let’s get to work!

How to hang a gallery wall: Your step-by-step guide

If you envy the beautiful gallery walls you see on the pages of glossy design magazines, on your favorite decorating TV shows or scrolling through pictures on Pinterest, you’re not alone. Most of us will never attempt to create a gallery wall because, let’s be honest, it can be very intimidating. Where do you start? Left, middle, right, up, down, all around?!

Branching out: What’s your Christmas tree style?

OMG! It’s that time of year again, when the house gets turned upside down to make room for holiday decorations. I absolutely love the holidays but honestly, sometimes I need a little inspiration or “a kick in the pants” to get started. If you feel that way too, you’ll love this article. I’ve been researching ideas on how to decorate my Christmas tree because I want to do something different this year. Since I’m on the research train, I thought I’d share my findings with you. Are you ready? OK, let’s go Christmas shopping together.

Pillow Talk: Switch up your home décor one pillow cover at a time!

Hi, I’m Liette, and I’m a pillow addict! I have a closet full of pillows and yet, I always feel like I need more. The reason I have some many of them, is that I like switch out my décor on a regular basis, and pillows are a quick and surprisingly impactful way to do so. Not to mention, it’s extremely easy and inexpensive, and who doesn’t like a thrifty switch-up? So, I invest in pillows.

Space It Out Right! Tips on evenly spacing picture frames without damaging your walls

Besides, what have your walls ever done to you?! There’s an easy way to avoid mistake holes while hanging pictures evenly, and it doesn’t involve juggling a measuring tape a pencil. The solution? Painter’s tape! It’s a low tack adhesive that gently sticks to walls without damaging them and, it’s easy to remove. Once you’ve tried this easy tip, you’ll never go back to your old ways.

How to hang pictures vertically using Hang & Level

Ok, let’s be honest, how long would it take you to hang 3 pictures in a perfect column like you see in this photo? Probably 15 minutes, maybe less, maybe more. Right? What if I told you you could do it in less than 5 minutes? I’m not kidding, that’s exactly how long it look me to hang these 3 frames when we filmed this video. Watch!

How to hang a mirror fitted with 2 hooks

Hanging a large mirror can be a real pain. They’re usually fitted with a pair of D-Rings to distribute the weight on two contact points, which increases the level of complexity and frustration. Let me show you how I hung this mirror without using a measuring tape or marking the wall with a pencil – and without losing my sanity.

How to keep picture frames perfectly straight

If you stopped straightening your frames because you know they’ll end up crooked all over again next time you dust, you’re not alone. But life is too short to put up with such niggly little things – here’s a cool product that is guaranteed to put an end to crooked pictures.

Guess what Benjamin Moore’s 2018 color of the year is…

If you guessed red, you’re right! I was thrilled to hear that Benjamin Moore picked “Caliente” – a vibrant shade of red – as their color of the year. A team of 7 traveled the world for a year exploring design trends to help them select “red” for their color choice. See how a pop of this energetic color can transform interiors.

How to decorate your walls with vinyl records

Framing records is a fun way to decorate your walls with something other than pictures. I framed records in black frames with white mats to create a 60s retro chic look. It’s classy, vintage and timeless. This wall decorating project is an inexpensive way to deal with a big blank wall.

How to fold a napkin into a pocket to hold silverware

Next time you have guests you want to impress, fold your dinner napkins into stylish pockets to hold the silverware. It takes only minutes to do, but shhh…that’s information you don’t need to share. Place the folded napkin onto a dinner plate, insert the silverware and you’re done!

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.