Category Archives: Design Tips

How to hang a large clock – in no time

Are you a fan of the big clock trend? I recently bought one for a very small apartment and I love it. For me it wasn’t so much about the trend, it was more about finding the right piece to fill a large wall space between two identical windows.

Bold decorating with canvas art

Often we hear that paint is the quickest and easiest way to fresh up a room – I disagree. If you’re on a budget, pressed for time or if your house is in desperate need of a quick facelift – do it with art.

Does paint go bad?

I asked myself the question “Does paint go bad” recently when going through a bunch of old cans looking for leftovers to paint a picture frame.

Glam up a bedroom with a stylish mirror

If your bedroom lacks pizzazz, add some with a large round mirror – you’ll be amazed how it will instantly glam up your space. This brass finish mirror looks elegant against the dark coloured wall, and the matching brass knobs add bonus style points to this bedroom.

Bookshelf styling tips

Styling a bookshelf is not easy and it’s even more challenging when you have a mishmash of books. There are a few tricks, you can use to help you get those picture perfect shelf looks you see in design magazines, TV shows and on Pinterest (my favourite).

Our love-hate relationship with sectional sofas

Sectional sofas – we love them because they’re nice and big and they’re perfect for the whole family to snuggle together to watch TV. On the other hand, we hate them because they’re big and bulky, take up lots of floor space and never fit perfectly centered against a wall.

How to hang a large canvas all by yourself

I love hanging stuff by myself because I don’t have to wait for anyone to help me. When I buy something for my walls I usually hang it up right away. None of that nonsense where things sit on the floor for weeks before it gets hung.

First, place your furniture then hang your art

When decorating, a room is not entirely finished until the art is up on the walls. It’s just like a pretty outfit is not complete without earrings or a necklace. But before you start hanging things up, think of your furniture layout first – it will make it easier to find the perfect spot for your art.

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.

Spruce up a tired bathroom with checkered art

My husband and I are renting a small apartment on a ski hill and although we’re renting I still want the apartment to look inviting. The biggest challenge when decorating the apartment was the bathroom. Because it’s a rental, we couldn’t change the vanity, faucets, light fixture or flooring so what do you do to spruce it up without tearing anything out?

Add curb appeal with a brightly painted door

I just got back from Palm Springs. I was there during modernism week to participate in various events celebrating midcentury modern architecture. It was my first time in the desert city so I must confess that I had no idea that Palm Springs was full of gorgeous brightly painted doors.

Create a focal point with BIG art

If you want to create a focal point in a room that’s missing one, the best way to do so is with one large piece. It’s much easier then hanging a grouping or a gallery wall since you don’t have to worry about choosing a number of pieces that look great together.

How to patch holes in drywall

Many of us are intimidated by holes left behind by picture frames, including me. You may try to cover them up with other frames, but at some point you have to deal with it and fix them. If you’ve never patched holes before, don’t worry it’s super easy – just follow these simple steps.

Add a Valentine’s touch to your walls with heart art

I made this heart art for my daughter’s bedroom and I like it so much that I thought I’d share it with you. You can download it for FREE directly from our website – all you need is a printer. Print one heart or print them all to create the perfect Valentine gallery wall.

The easiest and fastest way to hang a canvas

Hanging one canvas on its own is usually pretty straightforward. Where things get complicated is when you want to hang a group of them together. The thought of lining up three or more canvas in a perfect row is unthinkable for most of us.

Happy New Year!

A new year means a new calendar! Call me old fashioned, but I love having a paper calendar on my walls. Although all my appointments are on my Google calendar, the paper version is like having a timeline on my walls – at a glance I know exactly where I am.