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While watching design TV shows, have you ever noticed that they rarely show you how to hang things up? All you see are people hanging art up, the hooks are already in place. Why is that? Well, it’s simple, it’s because hanging stuff is HARD. It means putting holes in walls and we all know how scary that can be. It’s scary because you don’t want to miss your shot and end up with a bunch of mistake holes that you’ll have to cover up. Arghhhhh…I

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We’re about to shake up the world of picture hanging and we want you to be part of it. Picture hanging hasn’t changed in a hundred years, and we want to fix that. We’ve designed revolutionary technology that lets you simply push frames into the wall to hang them. I know – it seems impossible – but it’s true! The frames feature custom brackets in the top corners, allowing you to hang the frames quickly and securely – no need for a hammer or nail.

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Gallery wallHere's a simple tip that will save you time and headaches too. When hanging a grouping of identical frames, number the back of the frames from 1 to 9 (or however many you're putting up) starting with the one on the right, top row, second row right to left, and bottom row right to left.

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It’s early July, and if you live and work in Calgary, Alberta like we do, you know it’s Stampede time! Under the Roof’s headquarters are located only a few blocks away from the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, The Calgary Stampede, which means that we’re right in the middle of the madness. Yahoo!

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Call me old-fashioned, but I love holiday traditions and I hope that my annual November get-together with friends to make tourtières, a traditional meat pie from Québec, will continue for years to come.

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I’ll never forget October 18, 2004, when we changed my decorating business into a product development, design, marketing and sales company. The name stayed the same, we simply added “Inc” to become Under the Roof Decorating Inc. (UTR). The invention of Hang & Level, our picture-hanging tool, was the catalyst for this major change. We wanted to make picture hanging easier, so with our team we focused on developing a whole line of innovative wall decorating solutions.

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With Thanksgiving coming up this coming weekend, I thought I’d share some easy and inexpensive decorating ideas.

We’ll focus on getting the dining table Thanksgiving ready, since that’s where your guests will spend most of their time this holiday. I have hand-picked some of the best decorating ideas from our Pinterest board, so click on this link to see gorgeous pictures and “how to” steps for the following ideas:

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In 2010, I was featured on TELUS TV showcasing some innovative ways that you can create huge impact on your walls - not your wallet. We may no longer be in a deep recession, but the economic downturn had a lasting impact on how we live, shop and spend. We still want to create a beautiful and comfortable home we'll love, but we're also looking for ways to trim our spending and balance our budgets. Home décor doesn't have to be expensive. Anything from children's art to cd covers can become art. In fact, some of the most beautiful pieces that have the biggest impression are often the most affordable. Click to view the video.

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Use painters tape to determine if your art is the right size for the wall spaceIf you're not sure whether a piece of artwork is the right size for your wall space, map it out with Painter's Tape just like we did here. This will help you visualize and instantly confirm if the dimensions are right. It's easy to do and you'll be amazed at how well it works.

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