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Painting a door purpleOne of the best ways to add curb appeal to a house is by painting the front door. That's exactly what I did to spruce up my summer cottage and now the new purple front door is truly the focal point of the house.

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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.

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These decorating tips for small balconies will give you the confidence you need to buy exactly what's needed for your outdoor space on your first trip to the store. Shopping is time consuming, especially if you have to make many trips – so make the best use of your time by knowing what size and style of rug, chairs and tables will best suit your outdoor space.

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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.

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Styling throw cushions on a sofaThrow pillows, toss cushions, decorative pillows… whatever you call them, they take a lot of daily abuse. At my house (with kids) we sit on them, use them as back rests, shove them in corners to prop ourselves up, put our feet on them, set our laptops or dinner plates on them, and much more. With all that, they don’t always look magazine perfect, but when company’s coming we want them to look just right. So what do you do to get your throw pillows in shape?

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Have you ever acquired a piece of furniture that you didn't know what to do with, but you just couldn't say goodbye to? That's the story with this desk... we've had it since the early days of starting our company, Under The Roof Decorating. Although it's all scratched up, and damaged, we've never wanted to part with it because it's part of our story. So, we decided to give it a makeover, and we're so glad we did because we've fallen in love with it all over again.

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Considering the amount of time we spend at our desks, it makes sense to have something pretty and interesting to look at, don't you think? You're lucky if you have a window to gaze out of, but those can be limited in office settings. So, if you're staring at a blank wall all day, how about jazzing it up with art and adding accessories to your work space? We had fun with ours by hanging a trendy black glasses frame, a white canvas and a super large clock - after all you need to know when it's time to log off.

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You know that feeling you get when you spot the perfect canvas for that wall that’s been sitting bare for months? It’s exciting, right? Well, we love large canvases, especially given how affordable they are….it makes it easier to decorate a big wall without spending too much money. They come in all shapes and sizes and on just about any subject matter or expression so it’s easy to find one that you’ll like.

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Let's face it - if you're renting, you're probably hesitant to put too many holes in the walls for fear of not getting your damage deposit back, right? So how do you temporarily spruce up an apartment without sacrificing style? Do it with art! In my case, I did it with Rudolph. (He's become quite the fixture - in my blog posts, and on my wall)!

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I bought a poster 4 years ago, and it’s still sitting in the closet in its original tube. Why? Because I have not figured out how to frame it yet. While watching the Olympics, I thought I’d hang it up to enjoy it and to get inspired. (It’s a vintage-esque ski poster and I love […]

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