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Check out past articles on design trends, DIY projects and hacks, tips on how to organize your space and all things design and décor.

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Small balcony decor ideas and inspiration

This year more than ever, we think it’s worth it to invest in transforming your outdoor area into a cute and cozy oasis. Here’s the thing – you don’t need a big balcony or backyard to create a space you love, even the smallest nooks have huge potential! Read on for 10 steps to create the outdoor space of your dreams […]

4 ways to incorporate music into your apartment

Incorporating your musical interests into the décor of your apartment could be just the thing to brighten your mood. Whether you’re dedicated to playing a specific instrument or just love playing and collecting albums, you’ll want to take a look at these 4 ways to create the ultimate playing and listening experience.

15 unique places to store books in small spaces

Are you an avid reader who struggles to find enough space for your books? We can help! When you don’t have the wall or floor space to store your library (big or small), try out these unique places to store books in your apartment instead […]

Lighting updates to brighten up your rental

If you’re a renter, one of the easiest ways to make it feel more like your own is to switch up the lighting. We’ve got 6 great lighting updates that add warmth and ambiance to your apartment (no electrician needed) […]

15 apartment kitchen space-saving hacks

If your apartment kitchen is lacking the space you need to just get organized, this post is for you. We share our 15 best space-saving hacks – so you can organize, save space, and love your cute, little kitchen all day long […]

The upside of spending so much time in your apartment

We’re here to let you know there’s an upside to all that time spent in your apartment. From rethinking to re-moving to re-decorating, this time of pause is a great opportunity to re-evaluate your space (and set you up nicely for when this is all over) […]

How to maximize your fridge space

You stuff it and stack it and shift it and pack it. We’re talking about your fridge – and it’s time to show it the respect it deserves. We’re breaking down the best tips to give your refrigerator a good clean overhaul – and with the holidays approaching, get it organized once and for all […]

Step-by-step guide for creating a hot beverage bar at home

No matter what your hot beverage of choice is, there’s no doubt that a little at-home drink station is not only cute but super practical (not to mention will save you money). If you don’t have a ton of counter space in your apartment, don’t fret. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating the hot beverage bar of your dreams (whether your space is big or small) […]

Setting up a video call space to impress

With many of us working from home these days, our meeting rooms are now our living rooms (or bedrooms or kitchens). We’ve got 6 tips to help you find the best space possible spot for your work day and set up a video call space to impress […]

Holiday decorating on a dime

If you’re like us, you’re all about creating a trendy apartment for the holidays that glistens with twinkly lights and makes cozying up with hot cocoa that much better – just without the added cost of it all. We’ve got tips for festive apartment décor that won’t break the bank – and can be reused (hello, sustainability!). Check out these simple holiday décor ideas […]

10 tips we learned from The Home Edit about organization

The Home Edit – a new show on Netflix – is all the rage these days. Not surprising, since it’s all about organizing your home beautifully (and who doesn’t love that?)! We tuned in and recorded our top takeaways from this fun, energetic show. Here are the 10 things we learned about home organization from The Home Edit […]

Tips to carve out space for a small home office

Working or schooling from home can be a challenge in the best of times, but throw in a pandemic and it’s a whole new ballgame – especially if you live in a smaller space. No office? No problem. Here’s our top tips on how to carve out a dedicated workspace that lets you focus on the task at hand […]

20 ways to add a touch of fall to your space

Are you as obsessed with fall as we are? Now more than ever, it’s the little things that matter in life – like affordable autumn-themed décor that makes us want to snuggle up indoors. Check out this post for budget-friendly fall décor ideas that will have you falling in love with your home, all over again […]

How to create a home gym in a small space

Can we just put it out there and say that 2020 has been anything but kind to us? As we narrow in on the last few months of this crazy year, we’re reminded that the one thing we can do is be kind to ourselves. We’ve got lots of great tips to help turn even the smallest space into a home gym – and put your self-care back on track [...]

6 ways to create a private outdoor space

Unless you live in the country surrounded by acres and acres of land, there’s a pretty good chance you have neighbours all around you. Urban and suburban living means space can be limited, fences and balconies are often shared and “next door” is within arm’s reach. If you feel like your privacy is lacking these days, we’ve got 6 great ways to help you take back some of your personal space. […]

5 tips for styling your shelves

What is it about bare, open shelves that freaks us out so much? For starters, they’re usually the focal point in a room. No pressure. Will they hold books, family photos or a curated collection of travel treasures (or all of the above)? Before you dive in, follow these helpful tips to create a functional and beautiful displayed shelves […]

Simple ways to refresh your space for summer

Ah, summer! It’s the perfect time to add a splash of fun colour to your décor and breathe some life back into your home. Read on for some simple and inexpensive ways to refresh your space for the warmer months ahead […]

To feng shui or not feng shui?

The more time you’ve spent in your home, the more in tune you may have become to things that feel slightly “off”. If you’re noticing a certain imbalance you can’t put your finger on, it might be time to consider feng shui. Read on to find out how you can apply the basic principles to create harmony in your home [...]

What to do with an extra room in your home

If you’re lucky enough to have an extra room (or two) in your home, there couldn’t be a better time to make the most of it. These 12 ingenious ideas may inspire you to find the space you need without adding square footage [...]

How to make your bed luxurious on a budget

There’s no question, we’re spending a lot more time in bed these days (sleeping in, working, watching TV…). And when you live in a smaller space, having a comfortable bedroom is essential. So we thought: How can we make up a luxurious, hotel-like bed on a budget? It’s easier than one might think […]

10 creative ways to give everyone their space

Sharing an apartment with roommates to save on costs? While the entire world is quarantining, personal space is definitely harder to come by. We’ve got 10 creative ways to give everyone their space (in an apartment of any size) – so you don’t have to give up every square inch of your privacy […]

10 ways to embrace your home right now

Spending more time in your apartment than you ever thought you would? You’re not alone. That’s why we’re sharing 10 ways to embrace your space and create a cozy and serene sanctuary during these unsettling times. Read on for our best tips […]

How to decorate your coffee table for under $100

One thing most renters have in their home? A coffee table! This living room furniture item is a useful décor staple in many households, so we’re exploring how to accessorize it on a budget. Read on for ways to decorate your coffee table for under $100 […]

Creative storage ideas for tiny bathrooms

Is your apartment’s bathroom lacking in storage, space, or both? Organizing a tiny bathroom can be tough without storage – and in rentals, you have to get a bit more creative with temporary solutions. Read on for a ton of ideas on how to add storage to a small bathroom […]

10 easy ways to declutter your home

The holidays, with their conspicuous consumption and overindulgence, have a way of making us want to start fresh, simplify and take a good look at all the stuff that’s weighing us down. We’ve put together a list of the 10 easiest ways to declutter your home – and make 2020 the year of the lighter load [...]

Top interior design trends of 2020

Wondering what’s “in” this year when it comes to decorating your home or apartment? Her past predictions came true, so we asked interior designer Wendy Snelgrove of Cabin Couture to share her insider knowledge on 2020 design trends with us – and we can’t wait to see how they unfold this year […]

5 ways to embrace the Pantone Colour of the Year

Love yourself a rich, dark blue? You’re in luck (and you’re not alone)! The recently announced 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year is Classic Blue – “a timeless and enduring blue”. From walls to fabrics to dishware to everything in between, we have a feeling we’re going to be seeing this hue of blue popping up all over the place. Let’s get a jump on it, shall we? [...]

Rug styling 101

Rugs have a magical way of warming up a room – in more ways than one. But let’s be honest, they’re a big investment and choosing the right one can seem downright overwhelming. Fear not! We’ve got “piles” of tips to help you up your décor game with our guide to rug styling 101 [...]

How to hang a damage-free gallery wall in your apartment

Gallery walls are fun, expressive and super trendy – but can you create one if you rent? Absolutely. Before you grab a hammer and nails, check out these helpful tips from bloggers everywhere on creating a temporary gallery wall for your apartment (no holes required) […]

Trendy pet furniture for small spaces

We love our pets and want to do everything we can to find them a space (or mini couch) of their own – even in a tiny apartment. Fret not, friends. We’ve got a few solutions for you, with all sorts of trendy pet furniture and toys that won’t take up a lot of space […]

10 ways to store clothes without a closet

A change of season means a change of wardrobe. And that means you need a place to put all the clothes you won’t be needing. No closet? No problem. Read on for 10 ways to store your clothes in your bedroom if you don’t have a closet […]

7 different ways to decorate your dorm room

Are you getting ready for your next big step and thinking "how can I decorate my dorm room?" Once we help figure out your colour scheme and décor vibe, we've got 7 different ways to decorate your dorm – including tons of dorm décor ideas and inspiration to add to your college essentials checklist […]

10 small space living Instagram accounts to follow

Sometimes all we need is a bit of inspiration (especially if we’re apartment dwellers with limited space). And what’s a better source for inspiration than Instagram? We’ve searched through this beautifully eye-catching social media platform to round-up the 10 best small space living accounts to follow for décor inspo, small space hacks, and more […]

10 ways to make your home more welcoming for guests

If you love to entertain and throw parties, these 10 tips for making your home a welcoming gathering space is for you! From the way your furniture is arranged to small décor touches, your home (big or small) can transform into the perfect place to host guests – and help you feel confident while doing it […]

What’s your interior design style?

Are you traditional or transitional? Industrial or French country? Coastal or mid-century modern? Pinning down your interior design style can be tricky, but once you do, it can keep you from spinning on decisions and help you focus in on what you really love. How do you know for sure what speaks to you? We’re here to help you figure it out […]

12 tips for decorating a small apartment

A bit stumped on how to decorate your small space? Whether you just moved in or you’re square footage challenged, we’ve got 12 small apartment décor tips to spark inspiration in every room (including bachelor and studio apartments) – and make it feel more like home […]

6 tips for a cozy bedroom

Given all the time we spend in our bedrooms, it's important to make sure they're as cozy and comfy as possible. Read on for 6 simple tips on how to add warmth and coziness to your bedroom. Happy hibernating (and Netflixing in complete bliss) [...]

Beautiful home organization ideas

"A place for everything and everything in its place”, right? If you’re totally into Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we’ve gathered lots of great ideas that will help you tidy, toss and tune in to a beautifully organized home [...]

Our 4-step guide to decorating your first apartment

With 48 apartment buildings in cities across Canada, you could say we know a thing or two about setting up your first place. From artwork to furniture to everything in between, our handy guide will help you plan what you need to decorate it just so – and make the most of your square footage (and budget) [...]

Repurpose with purpose

Have you ever had that moment where you just felt overwhelmed by “stuff”? You know, by all the things that are broken or you no longer use that are just taking up space? Before you donate, recycle or throw away, we’ve got tons of ingenious ways to repurpose household items to give them new life again [...]

Tips for keeping your kitchen clean(ish) - even with kids!

With the reality of making lunches, prepping dinner after a busy day and getting your family out the door in one piece, we have a few tips to help avoid kitchen chaos and keep your family sane before the dishes pile up. Here's how to keep your kitchen clean(ish), even with a busy family […]

Temporary wall treatments for instant home updates

Whether you’re an apartment dweller limited by what you’re allowed to change or just aren’t ready to commit to wallpaper or a bold paint colour, there are more (ingenious) ways than ever to try out the latest trends without hiring a crew. Check out some of these fun – and temporary – embellishments that can take your home from boo to oooohhhh […]

How to choose art for your home

Choosing artwork for your home can be a deeply personal and somewhat intimidating experience. Not only is it an investment (big or small), it’s also a true reflection of your personality and sense of style. So how do you choose the right pieces for your space that work with your décor (and budget) and still speak to your soul? Read on […]

Kitchen organization that makes sense

Big or small, neat or messy, we could all use a little kitchen reorg in our lives. Tidying up your kitchen can seem like quite the task, but with the right plan in place, anything is possible. Read on for some tips on how to arrange your kitchen so it makes sense […]

How to add comfort to your home

Even in the heat of summer does your home lack a certain “warmth”? It’s all in the touches you add that give it a comfort that’s all your own. Read on for ideas to help make your space even more inviting […]

Easy DIY projects for your home

Hey, guess what? Adding a bit of flair to your home or apartment doesn’t have to break the bank – you can take our word for it. Here is a roundup of some great DIY project ideas you can take on. They may need a little elbow grease, but a lot less cash […]

10 design hacks for small spaces

Don’t let a tiny home crush your design dreams. There are so many interesting ways to put together a room, no matter how big or small. Here are some clever design hacks that will help you get the most out of your space […]

Q&A: Design trends for 2018

Curious about what’s “in” this year when it comes to decorating your home? We sat down with interior designer Wendy Snelgrove of Cabin Couture to talk design trends for 2018 […]

Tips for de-cluttering your home

Feeling that urge to purge? No matter how big or small your living space is, there’s nothing quite like ridding your home of the “stuff” that’s bogging you down. Follow these tips to help de-clutter and organize your home without feeling overwhelmed [...]

The most follow-worthy interior design instagram accounts

Looking for ideas to spruce up your home or apartment? Here’s a roundup of some of the most follow-worthy Instagram accounts to give you all the design inspo you need [...]