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Personalize your decor with a stencil

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Before you start creating your stencil, you should have a clear idea of the final image or shape that you want the stencil to be. It is also important to consider what the stencil is to be for and the size you’ll need. A smaller stencil should be simple, while a large stencil can have a little more detail.


Plan It Out

Start by drawing an initial sketch or trace an image that will become the stencil. Next, choose the type of stencil material you want to use. There are a variety of materials available, but this is the time to consider how much use the stencil will have. Cardboard or foam board are good for large, simple stencils, paper works for single-use stencilling on flat or rounded surfaces, poster board is ideal for flat or slightly rounded surfaces, and plastic is good for creating reusable stencils for flat or rounded surfaces.


How To Make A Stencil

Create a final image of your stencil shape that is clear, has clean lines and a good contrast. It is important that the image is clear to make it easy to cut out. If you’re drawing the image, clearly outline the areas that will be cut out for the stencil. Make sure you remember to define the edges and details for your image so that your stencil is accurate to your original drawing. If you decide to use a photograph or an online image, you’ll need to use a software program to adjust the contrast and brightness of your graphic. Next, attach the paper, drawing or stencil sketch to the stencil material with tape, spray adhesive or transfer using tracing paper. Finally, cut off the areas of your image using a sharp utility knife where you want the paint to appear. For designs with more than one colour, you must create different stencils for each colour.


How To Use A Stencil

Attach the stencil to your painting surface and make sure the stencil is lying flat on the surface. Tape and adhesive sprays are the most common attachment method. Now it’s time to apply the paint. Keep the application process fast so as not to cause paint to pool or puddle. After you’ve applied the paint, remove the stencil and inspect your work. You may want to touch up certain areas that are not well covered.


Stencil Inspiration

Get inspired to stencil your apartment’s décor by taking a look at some of these inventive DIYs.



Give your old table a much-needed facelift with Design, Dining and Diapers’ DIY Honeycomb Side Table. In the place of normal stencils, this DIY opts for Scotchblue Tape.



Your reflection shouldn’t be the only gorgeous thing about your mirror. Royal Design Studio’s Stenciled Mirror On the Wall and Dream A Little Bigger’s Ed Roth Stenciled Mirror are just two sources of stencil inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.



Lamps lighten up the room with their glow and their aesthetic appeal. The Home Stories A To Z’s DIY Lampshade will make it look like you spent a ton without spending a ton.
Give your apartment’s décor a new life with the help of your personalized array of stencils.



Make your curtains do double-duty

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Keep out Light
If you’re trying to keep the light out of your apartment’s rooms, drapes are an ideal solution. Adding blackout liners to the backs of your existing curtains is an effective and cost-effective method. This fix will make curtains thicker and get you the desired effect without spending a ton of money. Another option that awards you more flexibility involves pairing a translucent curtain with a separate blackout curtain. This method will allow you to alternate between filtering light with the translucent curtain and complete darkness with the blackout fabric.


Contain Warmth

Switching up your curtains every season will extend their life and will save them from fading. Fight the cold on a budget by keeping the curtains of the south, east and west-facing windows open on sunny days and closing them at night to reduce heat loss. Drapes and curtains have been shown to reduce heat loss in winter by up to 10 percent.  Thick and heavy insulated fabrics are the best option, as they will prevent cold air from seeping into your apartment and warm air from escaping it. Located at 100 Century Drive in Orangeville, Connie’s Custom Curtains has a large selection of blinds and curtains to choose from. The Executive Suites at 908 Kelsowood Lane and Executive Suites at 912 Kelsowood Lane are a two minute-drive and an eight-minute walk from the store. The Executive Suites at 19 Victoria Crescent are a two-minute drive and a 13-minute walk, the Executive Suites at 352 Gordon Street are a 31-minute drive and the Executive Suites at 466 Elora Street are a seven-minute drive and 41-minute walk.


Block Heat

Drawing the curtains during the day is an easy and effective way to keep the hotter temperatures out of your apartment space. Curtain materials also play a role in the temperature of your apartment. Lighter, more breathable fabrics like cotton will deflect the sun’s rays while thicker fabrics will lock in heat.



With a large selection of graphic patterns available, curtains not only provide privacy, but they’ll also enhance your apartment’s personality. Drop by Mary’s Draperies & Curtains located at 764 Willow Road in Guelph and peruse their large selection of curtains and drapes. The Wellington Court Apartments are a 25-minute drive, the Executive Suites at 952 Kelsowood Lane are a 27-minute drive and the Executive Suites at 474 Elora Street are a 22-minute drive from the store. The Executive Suites at 338 Gordon Street is an 11-minute drive and 38-minute transit commute from the store.


Take these guidelines into consideration and make your curtains do more than one job. Located at 470 Elora Street, 654 Saint David Street North, 916 Kelsowood Lane, 920 Kelsowood Lane, 924 Kelsowood Lane and 342 Gordon Street, Williams and McDaniel’s Executive Suites at the Fergus apartments offer residents great rental opportunities and unparalleled customer service.




Turn your memories into accent pieces

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DIY Photo Clipboards

For a completely unique way to display your keepsakes, look no further than ‘Love Grow Wild’s’ DIY Photo Clipboards. The clipboards are made from hand stained woodblocks and saw tooth hangers and will make this display option look more expensive than it is. Drop by Dixon Home Building Centre located at 745 Saint David Street North to pick up all the odds and ends you’ll need for this craft. TheWellington Court Apartments and Executive Suites are a three-minute drive and 13-minute walk from the store. If you’re still strapped for ideas, ‘Picklee’s’ 35 DIY Wall Collages article is filled with creative ideas to inspire you.


Letter Art

This adorable option will not only display your pictures, but will also allow you to spell out your family’s last name or sentimental words that you want to bring into your space. Whether it’s for a specific party or just DIY apartment décor, crafts like ‘Home Talk’s’ DIY Photo Collage Letters are an out-of-the-box option. You can display them with miniature easels or you can hang them on your walls.


Vintage Bottles

Create a classic, vintage feel by making use of old-fashioned jars and bottles with this ‘Apartment Therapy’ DIY. Display historic family photographs and portraits in glass containers and jars and place them on the mantel in your living room or up on shelves. Try all different styles, sizes and colours of containers and glasses and find the look that works best with your space. For best results and to minimize damage to the photographs, stick to glasses and bottles that have a larger mouth and neck.


Living Room


For those perfect shots or memorable moments that deserve more than just being trapped in a frame, ‘Virginia Sweet Pea’s’ Easy Photo Transfer Pillow is the way to go. Using mod podge, a reverse-printed photo, fabric, ribbon, glue and a few other materials, you’ll be able to enjoy this personalized pillow in no time at all.


Blankets and Throws

Keep the photo theme alive in your apartment by incorporating photographs into your blankets and throws. The Snapfish.com application allows you to transfer selected photographs onto a variety of blanket styles and patterns. Fleece, woven and quilt-inspired blankets are some of the options you’ll find on the site.


Decorate your Fergus apartment with memories and noteworthy moments by incorporating photographs into the most unlikely of objects and places. Located at 455-475 Maiden Lane and 908 Kelsowood Lane, the Wellington Court Apartments and Executive Suites offer residents a spacious rental option with the finest amenities.



Overhead Lighting Alternatives

Overhead lighting can sometimes be harsh on your eyes and can lead to symptoms that may disrupt your schedule, like insomnia. Fortunately, there are a variety of calming lighting alternatives that can be easily implemented in your Fergus apartment. For those who are looking for ways to light their apartment space, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel Property Management has some lighting options that are just right.


Place lamps throughout your apartment for a lighting option that can be easily moved from room to room. Choose from a variety of lamps of all shapes and sizes for your desk, floors or tables to create an eclectic look. Offering Guelph’s largest lighting selection, Fashion Lighting located at 21-A Gordon Street is a less than

30-minute drive from Williams and McDaniel’s Wellington Court apartments, Grandview apartments and Executive Suites and is filled with decorative lamp options.  If you’re looking for some design inspiration when it comes to using lamps, the ‘Cocontest’s’ 3 Lamps For Your Home and ‘All Women Stalk’s’ 8 Unique Lamps for Your Apartment are two articles that offer up an abundance of ideas.

Lights Covers

 For an inexpensive and easy way to achieve calming lighting alternatives, drape a decorative scarf or square of fabric over lights. Howe

ver, make sure that the fabric hangs down far enough that it won’t heat up or scorch. This will soften hars

h lighting and add a colored glow to the resulting light to achieve a warm and soothing aesthetic. Among the 21 Creative DIY Lighting Ideas featured on ‘Homedit,’ the tulle pendant lamp and the globe pendant lamp are some clever ideas that will enhance the look of your lighting with unique items. For those who have an idea about how they want to decorate their lighting but need some lights, Chatelaine Lighting located at 56 Victoria Road South has a 5500-square foot s

howroom to fulfill all your lighting needs. The Fergus apartments are a mere 30-mi

nute drive from Chatelaine’s warehouse.

Natural Light

If your apartment space has been blessed with natural light and large windows, it is best to take advantage of them as much and as often as possible. Leave the blinds open to allow light to flood the room and enhance your apartment’s atmosphere. If you’d prefer to keep your curtains closed but still want to enjoy the light, investing in sheer, lightweight curtains will allow the light to filter through.
In the place of conventional overhead lighting, residents can adopt and decorate their Fergus apartment space with these soothing lighting alternatives.