The secret to luxe-looking cushions
The most affordable way to make over your sofa is to swap out the toss cushions. But there’s no need to splurge on entirely new ones; keep the insert and find cushion covers you like. And here’s a trick to making your new cushions look luxe and lofty: get cushion covers that are five centimetres smaller than the insert in both height and width.
The mirror-hanging hack that’ll save your walls
Hanging a mirror (or any framed wall art) that has pre-drilled holes in the back can be a major headache. For an artful solution, run a strip of masking tape across the mirror’s back, from the left-hand hole to the hole on the right, and use a marker to indicate the position of each hole on the tape. Remove the tape and reattach it to the wall in the position you want the mirror hung; use a level to ensure it’s straight. Drive your screws into the two spots marked on the tape, then remove the tape and hang the piece. Stand back and admire your perfectly placed installation.
Even artificial plants need some TLC. To keep those everlasting leaves looking lustrous and dust-free, give them a regular blast of (cool) air from your hair dryer. This trick also works on real plants.