Wall decals have grown up to be wonderful decor to dress the walls, even in the most elegant of homes. Since they do not damage walls they make the perfect option if you enjoy switching the decor or live in a rental or dorm room. RoomMates manufactures a wide variety of beautiful and easy to use home décor products that install easily and will beautify the abode within minutes.

RoomMates wall decals come in many styles, sizes and finishes to please all ages.

The easy peel and stick RoomMates are removable and reusable wall decals that stick to practically any surface that is smooth to the touch, even on wallpapered walls. Be creative using them on “walls, ceilings, doors, windows, mirrors, furniture, chalkboards, window shades, desks… even vehicles!”  RoomMates feature an array of amazing designs from traditional to modern for grownups and popular characters for the little ones. They even allow for a customizing option to create your own peel and stick wall decor from a favorite photo, character, pattern, artwork or by using a template and creativity.

The RoomMates decal products are very easy to install and remove within minutes.

Wait at least two weeks after painting or wallpapering to apply wall decals and make sure that the surface is smooth to the touch.

  • Fully clean the surface prior to application.
  • The designs come on a liner sheet with already pre-cut pattern pieces that have self adhesive. Depending on the choice of pattern installing the decal is as easy as following numbers.
  • To remove and store the decals simply remove carefully from the surface and place it back on the liner for safe keeping.

Special technology makes for no mess or damage, and most RoomMates products can be reused!

“RoomMates wall decals use a special adhesive that grips the wall tightly, but doesn’t form a bond. When the sticker is removed, it lifts easily from the wall without residue or damage. This technology also allows the decals to be used again at a new location without reducing the quality of their performance.”

Not just decals, RoomMates offers many other wall decor options to beautify the home.

With wallpaper & borders, peel and stick mirrors, XL wallpaper murals, clocks and Magic Hooks, one can make over any room within minutes into an entire new decor simply by peeling and sticking. Dorm rooms can now be transformed from ugly concrete blocks to beautiful walls easily and safely without harming walls.

  • Adorn the wall with a favorite quote to inspire all who enter the room.
  • Dress a wall with mirrors without the need of a hammer and nails.
  • Have fun dressing the abode to celebrate the holidays and seasons.

With the RoomMates beautiful decor choices there is a design for everyone to choose from to create a beautiful home with. Have fun swapping decor as the seasons change or surprise a household member with a new room decor for their birthday. The peel and stick options create a great opportunity for decorating any abode.

Peel and stick your way to lovely walls that express who you are and never be afraid to dance!

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Moving from a house one owns to a rental can be a challenge. There is no longer the stress about paying for upkeep, but living in someone else’s property often comes with new stresses regarding specific decorating rules pertaining to the hanging of art and shelves.

People want to make their abode a home with their own decorating touches.

Everyone would like to make their living spaces their own with lovely art and accessories. Landlords are weary of damage that may be made to their properties with nails in walls, and no one can blame them. Command products by 3M has come to the rescue making wonderful products that will help decorate and organize the abode with absolutely no harm to any surfaces.IMG_1710

Hang artwork and hooks easily for organizing with no tools nor destruction to any surface

Command products have reusable hooks and caddies that make decorating and organizing a pleasure. They are easy to install and remove without any harm to the walls. Command has beautiful decorative hooks, as well as simple clear hooks and wire management systems, picture hangers and poster clips, and caddies to organize the walls. They can hold works of art, robes, towels, etc and are easily removed, without marking the walls, when it is time to move on.IMG_1786 IMG_1807

Be inventive using Command;  Command hooks made the issue of attaining shelf space easy.

The kitchen sink in my new rented abode was longing for a shelf to be placed above it, between the two upper cabinets flanking either side. Problem is, the cabinetry is new and the property owner would probably not appreciate nails being placed in the new and clean decor.

By using an open metal shelf and Command hooks I easily installed a shelf myself in the niche between the two cabinets with no tools except for a tape measure, level and pencil.

  • Having a 36 inch opening, I purchased an Elfa 36 inch wide by 12 inch deep wire metal shelf form the Container Store. IMG_3913
  • Using the level and measuring tape, lines were made with a pencil to determine where to place the hooks that would hold the shelf up.
  • The metal shelf was easy to snap into place allowing for the hooks to hold it in position until the time comes for its damage free removal. IMG_4044 IMG_4062

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    check out the magnetic led touch lights added to the bottom of the shelf for accent lighting

  • Any pencil marks leftover were easily washed away.

I now have a beautiful place to store extra items in attractive cubbies. Two round dollar store battery operated tap LED lights with magnets attached to the bottom of the metal shelf add an accent light over the sink to finish off the new decor.

Command is very easy to apply and remove needing absolutely no tools.

  • Clean the surface first with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
  • Remove blue or red label liner on the tape to attach to hook so that the tab in easily accessible on bottom for future removal.
  •  Then remove the black labeled liner on adhesive and attach to surface.
  •  Press firmly for 30 seconds and wait 1 hour before use.

Ready to move on to a new abode, then simply take the shelf off of the hooks and then remove the Command hooks.

  • For easy removal simply hold the hook while you pull the tab straight down. Keep pulling until hook is released from the wall (Be prepared to pull the strip as much as 6 inches in order for it to liberate the hook).

Hanging artwork and anything on the walls can be tricky. everything must be hung level, straight and at the correct height. Traditional picture hangers and hooks place holes in a wall so it is necessary not to make mistakes when using these. With a rental or dorm room one might not have the option of poking holes in the walls. Command is a wonderful discovery for everyone and just about every situation. The kids can now hang the posters on the walls of their rooms without tape, thumbtacks, mess or punishment for damaging the wall’s finish.

I can attest to these products being a great invention to assist in decorating and organizing the abode. All of the Command products are easily removable and reusable; simply purchase refill strips. Command products are perfect for painted surfaces, tiled walls, wood etc. (Command states that the products should not be used on wall paper or vinyl covering).

Create a beautiful decor by thinking outside of the box using inventive products. Never be afraid to dance!

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Carmen De La Paz of HGTV fame has teamed with Scotch to create wonderful do-it-yourself decor that is imaginative and beautiful. Holiday decorating is the perfect time to have fun and be creative with DIY projects.

Just in time to get ready for the “Great Pumpkin” to arrive Carmen has created a great, fun and easy Halloween project using Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape, spray paint and a glass bowl.

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First get ready with the materials you will need

  • 1″  & 1 ½” ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with EdgeLock  (2080)
  • Spray paint specifically made for glass in chrome and frosted orange
  • Large glass bowl of your choice
  • Plastic liner or shopping bags

The only tool that Carmen highly recommends is a Respiratory Mask.

Carmen De La Paz’s instructions:

1.       Start with a glass bowl of your choice. A round bowl is the perfect choice since it resembles a pumpkin.Halloween_1

2.       Using 1” ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with EdgeLock (2080 EL), start by laying out the face.

Note:  Carmen’s design is made mostly of straight lines to help the tape ensure a good seal along the curve of the surface

  • “When following the curve and the surface, hold the tape tight as it goes on. This will ensure you have a nice even seal with the tape and the surface.  You will notice the other side of the tape may buckle – we are concentrating on a nice tight seam with the tape and the image we are trying to create. When it is right – you will know.  When it is wrong you will also know.”
  • Carmen started the eyes and then worked her way down to the nose and mouth.

Once the face is laid with the tape, Carmen added some lines all the way around to represent the wedges in the pumpkin – again with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with EdgeLock (2080 EL).

  • Exact measurements are not necessary . Create lines that feel good. “The less you think about it, the better it will turn out.”

3.       “Once the areas you want to paint are masked out – cover the rest of the surface of the bowl with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with EdgeLock (2080 EL) to ensure off spray does not find its way to the glass. Be sure to cover the top opening as well!”Halloween_2

4.       Spray paint with the chrome color for glass surfaces. Halloween_3

5.       Once paint has fully dried, gently pull tape back by angling the edge back at 45 degrees to reveal crisp edges and super sharp paint lines and corners.

6.      Spray paint the whole outside of the bowl with the orange frost color.Halloween_4

Follow the rules for spray painting to achieve a beautiful finished product:

  • Start spraying before you hit the surface
  • Don’t place the nozzle of paint too close to the surface you are spraying
  • Keep can moving to prevent build-up of paint, which will turn into drips as it dries
  • Light, even layers, is always the best with sprays

Beautiful! you are finished with your beautiful project and ready to put it on display for all to admire. Fill the glass pumpkin with yummy goodies to enjoy Halloween with.

Have fun with Carmen. Enjoy decorating for the holidays to come. Be creative and never be afraid to dance!

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Decorating a dorm room or rental can be a challenge, but it can also be a fun experience experimenting with different ideas to make the room into a personal statement of yourself. Guys might think that the girls have it all together when decorating but everyone can use a hand and some helpful advice to conquering ugly dorm room walls.

Be sure to watch me on this eHow video for a tutorial to achieving a beautiful fabric draped wall using Command hooks!


Guys, and girls, command beautiful walls using 3M Command hookscommand hooks

Command Brand by 3M has an array of useful hooks in many sizes, finishes, and colors to be used in any room. The hooks are perfect for dorm rooms since they can be attached to a surface without any harm.  The hooks and products leave no holes at all to damage a wall and can be removed in an instant to leave no marks behind and ready to be reused for a new application.

Command hooks go way beyond simply working as a hook to hold a bathrobe or towel.IMG_4350

Think outside of the box when using the hooks and you can create a beautiful wall covered with fabric. Perfect to make the decor your own and to hide old ugly dorm walls crafted with cinder blocks. Be creative using the hooks.

Command’s clear hooks are the perfect place to begin with dressing the wall in fabric.  

“These new clear hooks, clips and organization products –complete with a transparent adhesive strip – blend seamlessly into walls and other surfaces providing endless decorating possibilities. Hold 0.5 to 2 pounds, depending on product.”

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The clear hooks will blend into the wall making the fabric of choice the centerpiece of the decor. Keep the fabric choice light weight to make it easy to hang. Have fun creating a beautifully decorated wall using fabric.

Place hooks in equal intervals apart on the wall just below the ceiling.

IMG_4352Have fun playing with fabric choices to create a unique decor.

  • Drape fabric in a swag effect from hook to hook to create a soft dimensional border around the room.
  • Use readymade curtains that are 84 inches long. Attach curtain rings to the top (these easily just clip on) using the same distance between rings as between hooks on wall. Then hang the curtains flat against the wall using the rings to hang on the hooks. Dress one wall as an accent behind your bed or have fun with your roommate dressing all of the walls.
  • Use curtain rings to dress the entire perimeter of the room with a curtain valance. Get a matching curtain to adorn in the window using a tension rod.
  • A fun shower curtain will add a bit of excitement to a boring wall. Use the ready-made slits at the top of the curtain to hook the curtain onto the clear Command hooks attached to the wall. Hold the curtain on the wall and mark with pencil at the points on the wall where the holes are along the top of the curtain. Place the hooks on the wall at your marks. Center the shower curtain on the wall or over the bed.

Watch me on my eHow video series Back to School: Dorm Life” for more great tips on decorating and organizing the dorm room!

The dorm room is the first step to having your own abode to decorate. Make sure that it truly expresses who you are and that it is a place of enjoyment for you to come home to after a busy day of classes. Have fun creating dorm room fashions. Don’t forget to coordinate with roommates. Enjoy college life and never be afraid to dance!

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Filling an empty wall can be a challenge. Finding works of art to adorn the walls can be fun but can also be expensive. For those venturing into their first abode or dorm for the first time may not have the funds for the extras to dress up the home. This is the perfect time to get creative in order to dress up the living space.

The Rasterbator enables one to create free wall decor.4820

Rasterbation is a fun way to create works of art while staying within your budget. Simply go to rasterbator.net and begin the creativity.5010

  • Click on “Create your poster” to start the process.
  • Load an image from a website or upload a photo from your computer.
  • Set the paper size, standard or custom, and output size. The output size depends on the number of sheets of paper.
  • Next decide on Rasterbation options; black and white, single color, multicolor, etc.

Time to Rasterbate!  

  • The Rasterbation is turned into a PDF that is then downloaded and printed out easily on your printer.

Create multi-page posters from any image.

“The Rasterbator enlarges images to multiple pages, which you can then print and combine into huge posters”. Images can be used in many decorative options.

  • Simply attach the individual sections together with tape from the back to create one huge work of art to mount on the wall or be framed.2097
  • Be creative and use the Rasterbation created to paper an entire wall using decoupage materials.10668
  • Mount each section on a board to be mounted in a grid pattern.6679
  • Frame pages or sections of the Rasterbation to create unique pieces of artwork for a wall.6144

Rasterbation is fun, creative, and allows one to dress their abode with a statement that is all their own. Have fun Rasterbating. Invite friends and family to join in the fun and never be afraid to dance!

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When organizing it is key to think outside of the box. Whether living in a dorm room or at home employing items for alternative uses can be a wonderful chance to get your life’s belonging organized and within easy reach. Over the door and under the bed shoe organizers are perfect for many uses beyond the intended storage of shoes.

Enjoy watching me in my e-How video discussing ideas for shoe organizers beyond just shoes!

Shoe organizers can be the perfect tool needed to help keep life organized.

  • Socks need a home and the pocket in the shoe organizer will keep the socks neat and together in pairs.
  • Artists with an array of supplies and medias can use the pockets in a shoe organizer to sort out pens, brushes, paint, etc. for easy finding.

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    dagmarbleasdale

  • Homework and office supplies will be kept neatly and given a place of their own with a pocket for a stapler, tape, hole punch, post-its, pens and pencils, highlighters, scissors, etc to get work done in an orderly fashion.

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  • Media storage can be kept in control; adapters, cords, game controllers, cameras, media and devices can be kept neatly arranged within pockets.
  • Turn a shoe organizer into a heading out the door organizer perfect to keep keys, gloves, scarves, hats, sunglasses, suntan lotion, and umbrellas.
  • Use the shoe organizer as a bathroom organizer keeping a hairdryer, combs and brushes, hair fashion, toothpaste and toothbrush, soap, hair products, shampoo and conditioner, lotions and makeup in the different pockets.

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    brit.co

Now that you have a place for everything and everything is in its place you will have time to enjoy life. Grab the sunglasses from the organizer and enjoy life. Never be afraid to dance!

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Wine has been traditionally delivered in wooden crates that after the wine bottles are taken out of, they are broken down and tossed into the garbage or used for firewood to be turned into ashes. Instead of sending the crates into oblivion be creative and use the wine boxes to add new excitement for the decor.

Wine crates can be repurposed into new lovely furnishings to dress the abode with.

  • Wine crates are interesting in themselves printed with the wine companies names and logos, they instantly lend a country touch to the abode’s decor.
  • Attach the wine crates to the wall to float as box shelves to be used for everything from displaying books and knickknacks in a living room to dishes and glasses in the kitchen.

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    actual size projects

  • Stack different size wine crates in an asymmetrical fashion to create a storage bookcase.

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    casa sugar

  • Use the wine boxes as drawers to be built into cubbies.

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  • Add decorative feet to a wine crate with it’s opening facing out. Add a cushion on top for a storage foot stool.

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  • Wooden or metal legs added on will turn a wine crate into an end table or tea table.

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  • Get the toys cleaned up by adding casters to the bottom of a wine crate and using it as a place to toss the kid’s playthings into.

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  • Break the wine crates up to use the sides as wall paneling or an interesting backsplash.

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  • Reface cabinet doors with the wood from the crates.

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  • A wine crates can be turned into lovely planters to decorate a garden patio.

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  • Need bathroom storage for towels. Roll some up to store away for easy guest access out in the open in a lovely wine crate.

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Let the natural beauty of the wine crates add to the new decor. Clean them up with some natural oil or finish the crate off with a coat of clear polyurethane. For added interest leave the outside the existing rustic original wood and paint the inside a fun color or decorate the interior with a delightful wallpaper.

Stay creative and never be afraid to dance!

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