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.
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.
A simple diy dorm room decor ideas equation guaranteed to result in a positive result goes like this:
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.
What You’ll Need:
tape measure or ruler
rosette appliques- see directions below.
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.
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.
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:
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 Fabric.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 ~
Embroidered Clutch ~ Gold
For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~
Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4
Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder
For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~
Giraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel
For the home~
Set 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”