The Visual Attraction Pop of Color Love: Decorating With Red

The color red spins the visual attraction pop of color love decorating with red on the color wheel.  The color red draws the eye, envelopes a space in depth and frames the focal point.

Pierre Frey Fabric

 Beauregard ~ Pierre Frey

Red is delicious, enticing and the color most associated with Valentine’s Day.  It’s a perfect color match and palette connection with the visual attraction to love, food, interior design and decorating, home decor and home furnishings.

red paints better homes and gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Interior designer Miles Redd lets us in on the secret to decorating with the daring and delightful color combination pink and red.


Miles Redd ~ Architectural Digest

There is red velvet…


Mini Red Velvet Bundt Cakes from Overtime Cook

and then there is red velvet.

decorating with redInside Fabric

red black setteePinterest


Interior Design by  Alessandra Branca for Kip Bays Showhouse 2015 as featured on Stylebeat by Marisa Marcantonio


San Francisco Showhouse as featured on DecorPad

Immersed in or merely kissed by- decorating with the color red fetchingly emphasizes the elements of elegance, sophistication and eye catching drama.


Voutsa Lips Wallpaper 

Fornasetti tray

Fornasetti Bacio Tray

Fall in lo♥e with the Pop Art Love Sculpture Table Lamp from Lamps Plus.

love art table lamp

Be still my !  How gorgeous is a traditional and not so traditional space so elegantly well-appointed in regal red?

Edgewater, Barrytown, New York, 1825. Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.


Donald RobertsonDonald Robertson ~ Domino

How do I love thee color, texture and pattern?  Let me count the ways with these chic wallcoverings.

crocodile textured wallpaper

Steve’s Blinds & Wallpaper 

An appropriate color of the day for the day at hand- decorating with red is in the spotlight.


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DIY Dorm Room Decor Ideas

DIY dorm room decor ideas are on the project list for the pretty on a penny back to campus crowd.


Back to campus condos, townhouses, apartments, and sorority house rooms and the furniture pieces that fill them need decor love too, and decor and diy design class is in session.


Dorm decor is a study in ever evolving styles and tastes. Gone are the dorm days of cinder block bookcases and anything will do furnishings. Thank goodness the old school school of thought has taken a page from the book of back to campus diy dorm room decor ideas.

diy Dorm room decor ideas

A simple diy dorm room decor ideas equation guaranteed to result in a positive result goes like this:

Updates + Embellishments = Wow Factor



Paint covers a multitude of mistakes, yesteryear funk and gunk, and pure ugly.  I love the look of the desk in the image above, but the price may induce sticker shock.  Same goes for nightstands and chests.  What is a pretty on a penny dorm room decorista to do?  Embellish!  Appliques and decorative hardware go a long way in the fight against bland, and a can of gold spray paint or brass caster cups will color your world and furniture legs.

DIY-furniture-embellishmentsWhat You’ll Need:

  • screwdriver
  • decorative hardware
  • tape measure or ruler
  • rosette appliques- see directions below.
  • adhesive caulk
  • gold spray paint
  • brass caster cup

It is highly recommended that you paint/finish our appliques before you install them. Once installed, you can apply any necessary touch‐up paint/finish.
 Clean installation surface and back of appliques of all dirt and dust with a clean cloth or sponge.
 Make sure that the surface and the back of the applique are completely dry before attempting
 Measure and mark the location where the applique is going to be installed.

Lay the applique face down on a soft surface that will
not scratch/dent the applique detail.   Apply a 1/2″ bead of adhesive caulk all the way around  the back edge of the applique.  When pressing the applique up against the surface, some adhesive caulk will seep out. Smooth excess caulk around the applique with a finger or the putty
knife and apply extra caulk that is needed to fill in any
gaps.  Wipe off any excess adhesive caulk with a sponge or damp rag.

desk-DominoThe Emily & Meritt Bunny Ears Desk Chair

Retro chic makes the style grade.  The Emily & Meritt Bunny Ears Desk Chair from PBteen is funky fabulous and offers inspiration to the diy minded to check out thrift shops, curbside boutiques, classified ads and online marketplace sites for a gently used vintage office chair.

vintage-office-chairThis Vintage Chrome and White Pleather Office Chair listed for sale on Charish for $40 is a prime diy project piece ready to dazzle.  Chic up the style by adding a faux fur seat cushion.


Faux Fur Seat Cushion

For the diy dorm room decorista, a diy chair cushion made of faux fur fabric in choice of color is another way to go.


Purchase an inexpensive chair pad and get to covering!

What You’ll Need:

  • chair cushion
  • scissors
  • faux fur fabric
  • permanent fabric adhesive

Using a tape measure, measure the length of the chair pad from top to bottom from each bottom edge. I sourced a chair cushion from Pier 1 Imports (on sale $9.98) that measures 20″W x 20″D.  Add 2-4 additional inches to the measurements allowing for the fold.  Most of the faux fur fabrics available at run 54-58 inches wide.  Cut fabric to size.

My upholstering formula is not rocket science.  Place the fabric fur side down on a flat surface. Place the chair cushion on fabric.  Working with one-side-at-a-time, apply a line of fabric glue along the edge.  Gently fold the fabric up over side of chair cushion to desired tightness.  Fold corner (like wrapping a present) and continue with the one-side-at-a-time glue and fold technique.  Trim excess fabric from sides and corners and voilà!


Take your desk chair transformation a diy step further with a can of gold spray paint.

Vegan-Leather-Mid-Back-Office-Chair-with-Arms-348Vegan Leather Mid-Back Office Chair with Arms by Meelano

Decorative details take an inexpensive nightstand to luxe heights.  A marble contact paper diy project turns a plain piece of inexpensive furniture into a too cool for school marble top beauty.

DIY marble


Factory primed and ready for paint or faux finish molding rosettes make super chic decorative drawer front accents.  Lining the drawers with fabric or wallpaper lends a designer look.  Replace standard issue hardware with designer knobs and pulls and all that’s left to do is marvel at your marble top masterpiece.


Mad in Crafts shows us how to get our fabulous diy inspired talent on with thumbtacks and paint.  Knock off?  Knock your socks off chic, dorm decoristas!  Get the designer inspired details here.


Alexis over at Persia Lou creates this diy Marble Paper Filing Cabinet. Talk about style files!  See her tutorial here.


Unfinished forms and letters are primed and ready for embellishing.  Faux flowers, stencils, glitter, glitter paper, rhinestones, feathers, decorative paper- personalize it to reflect your taste.


Peel and stick vinyl gold foil dots mirror the designer dot craze currently trending.  Decorative print or glitter paper bring the dorm room decor chic.  No longer available from West Elm doesn’t deter the diy dorm room decor ideas decorista.  A styrofoam wreath and a hot glue gun takes diy wall decor as far and as fabulous as the inspired imagination goes. Iridescent coque feathers in fashion colors pops the diy wreath project.


Dorm room decorating days are here again.  Take a course in smart, savvy and stylish back to campus diy.

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Dorm Room Decorating Ideas 2016

Dorm room decorating ideas 2016 days are coming around again. Retailers have started promoting dorm room decorative accents and accessories needed to ace the personal style test.  Now comes the disclosure portion of this post.

Disclosure:  As it in life and disclosure policy compliance with FTC rules, honesty is the best policy. This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one of the product links and make a purchase from the retailer, I receive a commission from the sale. To read the entire policy in full (fun, fun) please read my disclosure page. 

Decoristas and fashion forward co-eds are on a mission to fabulously furnish their new dorm room digs with decor accessories with a sense of personal style.   My dorm room decorating ideas 2016 philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy. Design and decorate with an emphasis on the decor items you


in the style of what makes you


Here’s a  Back-to-School checklist to get the back to campus dorm room decorating ideas 2016 party started.

back to campus

Pops of color and pattern make the grade A+ fabulous for dorm room decorating ideas 2016.

dorm room decorating ideas 2016

Monogrammed for classic back to campus style.


IDIG on Etsy

One can do an enormous amount of walking in a college campus day.   You’re Fitbit will definitely back me up on this.

fitbitTory Burch

When the ten toe express is winding down, prop those puppies up on something comfortable and stylish.


Stylish storage solutions.

the-emily-meritt-travelers-trunk-oThe Emily & Meritt Travelers Trunk


Casual Coat Rack



A desk is a study, work and personal space essential.  One drenched in a hot designer color and going for the gold details makes the back to campus dorm room decorating ideas 2016 list. 



Looks super chic with these desk accessories.


dorm room desk accessories

dots and feelings stapler

Episode Diary Memo Pad  ||  Hello Darling Pen  ||  Crystal Gourd Table Lamp  || Pretty Little Things Trinket Tray  || Acrylic Pencil Holder  || Gold Tab File Folders  || & Letter  ||  Dots Stapler

HP PrinterHP Deskjet 3755 All-in-One Printer


Great lighting is a requirement for this area.  Floor, table, desk, string, lantern and just funky fun- shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.


Paper Accordion Lamps  || Puppy Dog Poreclain Lamp ||  Animal Print Shades  ||  Franklin Lamp Base  ||  Crystal Gourd Table Lamp  ||  Lace Tower Floor Lamp ||  Mosaic Tile Genie Lamp  || Lace Table Lamp  || String Lights


Now comes the fun part.  Check the list and let’s dorm decorate!


Movie posters and the college dorm room – a decorating tradition.

pretty in pink



hello gorgeous coffee mug

Crown Marquee Light ||  Oops Eraser ||  Lilly Pulitzer Tusk In Sun Agenda ||  Yay! To-Go Cup ||  Oliver Gal Canvas Art  || Randerup Rug    Dorm Sweet Dorm Pillow  ||  Knipsa Basket  || PS Gullhomen Rocking Chair  ||  Pom-Pom Keychain  ||  Stir Sticks  ||  Hello Gorgeous Mug


shower curtain

Bed & Bath Essentials

dorm-bed-bath-essentialsShower Curtain  ||  Panda Pillowcases  ||  Good Vibes Bath Mat  ||  Towels~Washcloths  || Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Spray  ||  Body Wrap ||  XOX Flips


I love the UO Souvenir Thank You lunch bag from Urban Outfitters.  The fun take on the take-out bag is well-insulated for hot or cold food keeping.


I hope one or more of these dorm room decorating ideas 2016 offers decorative inspiration for your back-to-campus dorm room design and decor.



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Lilly In April For May

Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right.  The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th.  Can you tell I’m excited about this collection?   I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye.  The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.


I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list.  Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.





For chic summer evenings ~


Lilly-Pulitzer-target-women_embroidered-clutch---goldEmbroidered Clutch ~ Gold




For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_drinking-glasses---set-of-4Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-glass-hurricane-candle-holder---nosie-posey-10Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder  




For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~


Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_beach-towel---giraffing-me-crazyGiraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel




For the home~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_napkins-with-pom-pom-trim---set-of-4Set of 4 Napkins with Pom Pom Trim


Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy


Nosie Posey Floor Cushion




Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.

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In Real Life Appointments, Keyboard Diversions And French Themed Home Decor

We now pause our regularly scheduled posting  for a couple of real life interruptions.  In real life priorities fought for and won top billing over my blog life on last week’s schedule.  One of the main considerations in interior design and decorating mirrors one of the main considerations in life- balance.  Stuff happens in real life that takes me away from the keyboard, and stuff happens in real life that draws me to the keyboard.

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My September to do list includes the yearly appointment I always keep- the mammogram.   As you may already know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Why is an  interior decorating, home decor, and design show and tell blog addressing breast cancer awareness?  It is doing so because what better interior design is there than our own? October will be here soon enough, but why not be fashionably early by scheduling an appointment for a mammogram now.  Design the day to celebrate responsibility, health, wellness, awareness, support, bravery and healing.  I took it a step further with a bit of shopping thrown in  for stylish measure.

breast cancer pink ribbons

Early (very early) mornings give me the chance to focus on my email inbox.  An insufficient amount of caffeine and misplaced readers resulted in me opening an email that under this morning’s hurried circumstances I may have purged. Turns out opening the email from Kirkland’s was a mighty fine way to start the day.  Call it home decor happenstance.  As I’ve mentioned before, I live in an area of the world that is retail deficient.  I’m thankful for the retailers that are located in our area, but man do I envy those of you who live in or close to a town with many retail options to shop and choose from.

major retailers

Online shopping is the only option in most cases of retail pursuits.  Dave the Builder and I have been discussing projected plans for a getaway.  Do you know one of my considerations?   The shopping.  I do love me some LasVegas, but I’m retail restricted because of the “how am I going to get all of this home?” limitations.  Have you shopped airline fees and shipping charges lately?  Thank goodness for online shopping and retailers who offer free or heavily discounted shipping charges.

French themed home decor

Retail luck struck during my post mammogram brick and mortar shopping spree in the form of a 65% off sale.  I’m a sucker for French themed home decor…  and a cow.


My fascination with cattle scenes began years ago all under this oil painting that graced the dining room at our local Piccadilly Cafeteria.  If you’re interest in the story take a look at

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

cow oil painting

Pair a cow with the word Bonjour in a white and French blue palette, offer it up as a home decor accent at a great price, and my interested is piqued.  Now the only thing left to do is add it to the shopping cart.  The Bonjour salad plates from Kirkland’s kept my mind beautifully occupied during my morning of mammography. Reasoning out and concluding a mix of pattern and color would broaden the range of use, I was thrilled to find the Sorrento serving platter and rectangular trays and Noble Excellence Ikat bowls at Dillard’s.  The border of the platter and tray is reminiscent of a Louisiana French hallmark- the fleur de lis.  What is this I see on yet another markdown display?  My eyes can scan and spot a sale table three departments deep.  I couldn’t resist the Rosanna Farmhouse Pantry covered cheese plate with the look and charm of a vintage hobnail pattern.

farmhouse home decor

Pressing engagements, responsibilities, and retail therapy occupied the latter part of last week.  The schedule may have kept me away from the keyboard, but it renewed what’s important in real life- health, awareness, and the joie de vivre.


Back To Campus Guys and Dolls: Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

The countdown to back to college times is on.  It’s never too early to consider dorm room decorating ideas for back to campus guys and dolls.


Here is a back to campus checklist of affordable, on-trend, and color splashed dorm room decorating ideas for making your dorm room or apartment look and feel like your home away from home.


High-Lights-of-New-York-Skyline-Canvas-Wall-Art-f56f82b8-73e3-4b8a-a352-50b83b66e2f2_600High-Lights of New York Skyline Canvas Wall Art 

Let’s be clear about how chic the Modern Belle Ghost armchair is.


Today’s the Best Journal Pad


gold binder clipsSee Jane Work® Binder Gold Stripe Clips


10 pc. Washcloth Set 

Shag, paisley, frilly and leopard love dorm accessories in shades of pink, green and winter white trend to be favorites among the back to campus crowd.


leaf-pattern-quiltHot Now Large Leaf Quilt Set

Campus comfort is essential to recharging one’s battery.

slipper-boots Alpine Ft from Foamtreads 

Beauty, bedding, bath and brew products storage solutions.


Four Bin Rolling Cart in Ebony and Gold

Acrylic holderLuxe Acrylic Modular

But first, coffee.



H & M

I couldn’t decide so…

chanel-mugChanel Lipstick Painting Mug


Lilly Pulitzer Bluetooth Speaker 


Speck StyleFolio


Floral Design Pencil Holder 

Find desk accessories style @dormroomdecoratingideas


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dorm room decorating ideas

Map Bedding  ||  Geo Red Throw Pillow  ||  Mercury Row Table Lamp  ||  Cube Organizer Shelf  ||  Sterling Compass Bookends  ||  Grey Gingham Plaid Cube  ||  Laundry Storage Bag  ||  Starry Night Van Gogh Travel Mug  ||  Houndstooth Rug  || Gearonic Men’s Vintage Canvas and Leather School Military Shoulder Bag  || Sigmund Freud Notepad  || Julian Modern Chair

starry night tumbler

Add a little culture to your morning joe with this Vincent van Gogh on the go cup.


Make mine Louisiana strong!

50041962Lattice Storage Crate

MondrainStorageBoxPrimary Level of Storage Simplicity

clip lightHampton Bay Clip Lamp


Houndstooth Design Throw Blankets


Keys, and change, and stuff.  Oh my.



Take note of your things to do day-to-day activities.

41iRkKZHBhLSage Advice, Dr. Freud!

Bat Man Sticky Notes

POW!Bat Man Sticky Notes



dorm-room-guysHitting the One Stop Dorm Room Decor Shopping Jackpot 


I hope one or more of these resources offers design, color and decorative inspiration for your back-to-campus dorm room or apartment design and decor.

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Check It Out: Check Patterned Fabric

Check patterned fabric is visually synonymous with the flair and finery of French decor.  Synonymous, but not exclusive to it and it alone.

check fabric dining chairsThe Swedish Furniture

Bring on the gingham style, houndstooth, buffalo and tiny squares of horizontal and vertical line beauty.

check patterned fabricTraditional Home

Checks and valances~

pink checks fabricHGTV

One of my very favorite interior design, decorating, entertaining, garden- all things house that make a home magazines is Traditional Home. Elegant examples of traditional as well as new traditional style inspire the eye each and every issue.

Tim Gunn checks

Traditional Home

These dining chairs in Tim Gunn’s New York apartment are upholstered in small check toffee fabric from Ballard Designs.

ballard designs check material

check fabric curtains1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Window treatments, textiles and upholstered pieces prove to be favored choices for showcasing check patterns.

pendant light with shadeTraditional Home

Size, stripe, line and color set the check pattern apart from its designer fabric first cousin, plaid.  Neutrals and whites tend to dominate color preference.

check-fabricTraditional Home

Pattern blocks of uniform squares, wavy lines, and at least two contrasting color choices designate the main difference between the multiple strong, bold colors and criss-crossed lines characteristic of plaid.


check-dressing-tableTraditional Home

check fabric

check upholsteryTraditional Home

A true home decor fabric chameleon, this pattern is as stunning in a formal dining room as it is charming in a country French kitchen.

upholstered dining chairsPinterest

check-french-chairAt Home in Arkansas

check fabric

Check patterns mix, match, and master the art of versatility. The check pattern stands up and stands out as the little or big square that can and does impress.

Wiser Words In The Key Of Style

I like how one word can be associated with many different areas. Life, fashion, interior design, business, music, and writing all assign a sense of style however, I like to focus on the style of home. I’m not simply referring to decorating and dinner party ideas, the construction, or architecture of a house. The decor, personality, hospitality within, graciousness, and how we as hosts handle a less than comfortable situation measures the style of home.

Designers, actors, shop owners, one blogger, one musician and two chefs reveal their sense of style through meaningful words.


“The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.”

– Michael J. Fox,  actor & author



“I learned that passion about objects and furnishings makes for fearless decorators—and that if you are comfortable in your home, everyone else will be too. That sense of authenticity is what gives a home its soul.”

Courtnay Daniels Haden, interior designer




“Turn off cell phones!”

Joan Michaels, interior designer



“A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words.”

– Barry Dixon, interior designer



“Make a home-cooked meal, even if it’s just a bowl of chili and a salad with garlic bread. There’s nothing better than simple and delicious.”

Lisa Fine, textile designer



“In case of an entertaining crisis, take a deep breath and ask, ‘What would Auntie Mame do?’ If a guest accidentally breaks something, regardless of value, simply say, ‘Thank you. I’ve been looking for a reason to replace that old thing.'”

Bryan Batt, actor/shop owner



“When I was in Italy one summer, our hosts served cashews and potato chips in crystal bowls while we sipped Prosecco. It was a revelation: right-out-of-the-bag snacks become sophisticated when they’re served in a gorgeous dish.”




“Handwritten thank-you notes after being entertained are a must.”

Grant K. Gibson, interior designer



“You can never have too many white plates, platters, and bowls.”

Cheryl Katz, interior designer



“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.”

Ina Garten, celebrity chef and author



“In life as in design, it is not perfection you should be after. There’s beauty in the faded and worn, the well loved, and the sentimental…After all, life has seams. Your home should be like a loosely woven fabric of desires, memories, practical, notions, and even compromises.”

Celerie Kemble, interior designer



Architectural Digest

“When you’re building a room, you’re building character, and character is the strength and wisdom of a home.”

Rose Tarlow, interior designer



“You should have a picture of yourself as a kid in your home so that you remember where you came from.”

John Mayer, musician



Digital Food Network

“Kitchens should be designed around what’s truly important—fun, food, and life.”

 Daniel Boulud, chef/restaurateur



“There are two things that make a room timeless: a sense of history and a piece of the future.”

Charlotte Moss, interior designer



“Real comfort, visual and physical, is vital to every room.”

Mark Hampton, interior designer


Wise words, a good sense of taste and humor, and impeccable manners are strong anchors in the game of style.

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