Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Dorm room decorating ideas days are coming around again.  Retailers have started promoting dorm room decorating ideas (the earliest on retail record) and the very chic and very stylish decorative accents and accessories ready to ace the personal style test.  Have you seen some of the dorm room decorating ideas galleries making the rounds on social media? Gorgeous!  Campus chic is in, and I’ve sourced a sampling of colors, textures and patterns to suit.

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My dorm room decorating ideas philosophy mirrors my all things house that make a home decorating philosophy.  Design and decorate with an emphasis on the decor items you love in the style of what makes you you.

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Form and function deliver a stylish presentation- the Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel is super stylish and announces to Miss Sun please do not disturb.

Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel

Del Ray Light Filtering Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel

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Better Homes and Gardens Grayson Linen Upholstered Twin Headboard

vintage-gate-gray-duvet-coverVintage Gate Gray Duvet Cover

When the ten toe express is winding down, rest those puppies on something plush and stylish.

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Stylish 5′ X 8′ Area Rug Blowout at Wayfair ~ $39.99

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

Audane+Square+Cube+OttomanAudane Square Cube Storage Ottoman

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Faux Leather Crocodile Trunk

Rolling+Seagrass+Wicker+Storage+Seat+OttomanRolling Seagrass Wicker Storage Seat Ottoman

Great lighting is essential in the dorm room environment.  Floor, table, desk, string, lantern and just funky fun- shine a little light on the higher education study and down time situation.

dorm-room-decorating-ideas-lightingkate spade new york Pillow ||  Paris Crystal Pendant  ||  The Emily & Meritt Fringe Table Lamp  ||  Deco 79 Ceramic Table Lamp  ||  kate spade new york Pillow  ||  Hathi Sculpture Lamp Set  ||  Puppy Dog Porcelain Table Lamp

floral-paper-lanternsFloral Print Paper Lanterns

puck-lightsBattery Operated Puck Lights

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Clothespins 16-LED String Lights

Consider customizing inexpensive bookcases to suit your choice of dorm room style.  At under $20, the AVDALA bookcase from IKEA is a great choice.

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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 list. 

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FALKHÖJDEN Desk

dorm-room-lamp-ideasHobby Lobby.  Yes.  Hobby Lobby.

Seating Options

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|| Nate Berkus Skirted Slipper Chair  ||  Flash Furniture Ghost Chair || ||  Furlicious Faux-Fur Beanbags  ||  Ming Garden Stool  ||

Super Chic Desk Accessories

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Who Run the Office? Desk Plaque

gold-Lacquered-TrayLacquered Tray

Lilly Pulitzer® Large Agenda Sparkle SandsLilly Pulitzer® Large Agenda Sparkle Sands

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Monet Weekly Planner

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Linen Message Pin Board

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Pineapple & Flamingo Push Pins

decorative-push-pinsBallard Design Signature Style Tacks

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Metal Wire Basket

Paris-trinket-dishkate spade new york paris & the single girl porcelain tray

kate spade new york Daisy pencil holder kate spade new york Daisy Place Pencil Cup

Pencils. Pens. Make-up Brushes. Paper/Binder Clips. Straws. Change. Jewelry- this vintage lady head vase makes a unique and super cute catchall.

head vaseVintage Lady Head Vase

Wall Decor

Creating a dorm room or apartment statement or gallery wall that stylishly reflects personal style is all the rage.  Photo collages, decorative groupings, tapestries, mirrors, scatter frames, poster and canvas art- you get the idea.

tapestryPlum and Bow Estelle Medallion Tapestry

The curated look is easily accomplished with these scatter frames from Hobby Lobby.  The designs, sizes and affordable price points come under the category of back to college fabulous.

decorative-scatter-framesDecorative Scatter Frames from Hobby Lobby

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Anna Sims “Waiting Dancer” Canvas

white dog canvas wall artWhite Dog Canvas Wall Decor

Pastel+by+Cora+Niele+Photographic+Print+on+Wrapped+CanvasPastel by Cora Niele Canvas

Poster art- a dorm room decorating ideas tradition.

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Poster Art

Command Brand strips and hooks follow the no holes in the walls rule on the way to making your style statement.

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Bed and Bath 

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Cinderella Monogram pillowcaseCinderella Monogram Pillowcase

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Suggestive Stilettos Fleece Throw Blanket

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Georgiana Paraschiv Metallic Triangles Shower Curtain

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Shhh I’m Sleeping Pillowcase Set  ||  Shower Curtain  || Spa Towel Wrap
You Look Good Bath Mat  ||  Acrylic Rolling Cart  ||  Towels~Washcloths    Aqua Flips  ||  Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Spray  ||  Acrylic Rolling Cart

Gadgets and Goodies

Barsone Over Ear Bluetooth Headphone Foldable Stereo Wireless Headset

Barsone Over Ear Bluetooth Headphone Foldable Stereo Wireless Headset

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Roku Streaming Stick

Epson-Expression-multi-function-printer

Epson Expression Multifunction Printer

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Recipes Every College Student Should Know by Christine Nelson

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Printed Plastic Pink And Green Travel Mugs

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Be Yourself Floral Mug

Keurig-coffee-maker-dorm-room-brewing-systemKeurig 2.0 K200 Coffee Maker in Turquoise 

Apothecary jars for your coffee, tea and beverage station stylish storage needs.

apothecary-jarsHome Essentials Terra Collection Assorted Footed Glass Canisters With Lids 

retro-igloo-fridgeIgloo Retro Bar Fridge

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

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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Miles Redd ~ Architectural Digest

There is red velvet…

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Mini Red Velvet Bundt Cakes from Overtime Cook

and then there is red velvet.

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

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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.

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Voutsa Lips Wallpaper 

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Fornasetti Bacio Tray

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Updates + Embellishments = Wow Factor

 

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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 installation.
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.

vintage-office-chairA vintage office chair found at your favorite thrift shop, yard sale or curbside boutique is a prime diy project piece ready to dazzle.  Chic up the style by adding a faux fur seat cushion.

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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.

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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 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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

 

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For chic summer evenings ~

 

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

 

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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  

 

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For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~

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

 

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For the home~

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

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-ceramic-mugs-with-gold-caddy---set-of-4

Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy

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Nosie Posey Floor Cushion

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 College 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 college guys and dolls.

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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.  Going in alphabetical order, let’s begin with dorm room decorating ideas for her.

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Les Balloons Canvas Wall Art 

Modern Belle Ghost armchair

Let’s be clear- the Modern Belle Ghost armchair is dorm room decorating ideas chic.

rose-porcelain-top-hatLove this 1940s pottery top hat from Chairish to use as a catchall holder.

Paris-notebookWe ♥ Paris Notebook

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See Jane Work® Binder Gold Stripe Clips

Gold glitter clothespins for projects, photos and papers organization.  You could diy these, but at this very affordable price point ($1.99) I’m sold.

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Gold Glitter Clothespins

Color your world cute!

tassel-paper-clipsTassel Paper Clips

Plush, glam and leopard love dorm accessories in shades of pink, gold and winter white trend to be favorites among the back to campus crowd.

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Plush Shag Rug

Campus comfort is essential to recharging one’s battery.

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 Alicia from Bedroom Athletics

Beauty, bath, bedding and brew products storage solutions.

Acrylic holderLuxe Acrylic Modular

Dash-Pillowcase-Set-Sabrina-SotoDash Pillowcase Set – Sabrina Soto™

plush-throw

Pompom Throw in Marble Blush

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Colormate 8 pack Washcloth Set 

But first, coffee.

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Keurig-coffee-maker-dorm-room

Keurig 2.0 K200 Coffee Maker in Oasis

hello gorgeous coffee cup

H & M

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COMISO Rose GoldBluetooth Portable Speakers with Flashlight Microphone, 10W Drivers Enhanced Bass 12 Hour Playtime

Desk accessories essentials in go for the gold style.

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Marble Stapler  ||  Eiffel Tower Scissors  || Gold Push Pins  ||  Hashtag Paper Clip  ||  Gold Paper Clips  || Gold Tape Measure

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Guys

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Airplane Blueprint Framed Art Print

 

Men's Vintage Canvas Leather Satchel School Military Messenger Shoulder Bag Travel BagMen’s Vintage Canvas Leather Satchel School Military Messenger Shoulder Bag 

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Starry Night Van Gogh Travel Mug 

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

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Make mine Community Coffee Louisiana Blend strong.  Geaux Tigers!

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Self Serve Laundry/Storage Basket on Wheels

Primary level of storage simplicity.

rube-boxRube Cube Box

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Fake Weighted JIF Peanut Butter Secret Compartment Diversion Dorm Safe

clip lightHampton Bay Clip Lamp

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Justice League Minimalist Wall Poster

Big Lebowski Dude Decorative Poster

Big Lebowski Dude Decorative Poster

Rustic+2-Drawer+Writing+Desk+SiloRustic 2-Drawer Writing Desk

Rustic C side table

Stratford Rustic C Side Table

Serta-black-office-chairSerta Executive Office Chair

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Houndstooth Area Rug

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NCAA Louisiana State Tigers Football Pillowcase

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Tommy Hilfiger Multicolored Plush Printed Throw

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Sports and Game Room Roulette Pillow

boxer-dog-throw-pillowBoxer Plush Photo Real Pillow

Dylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp BlackDylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp Black

Keys, and change, and stuff.  Oh, my.

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Black Faux Crocodile Tray

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Peace Hand Bookends

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

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Sage Advice, Dr. Freud!

Bat Man Sticky Notes

POW!Bat Man Sticky Notes

igloo-dorm-room-fridgeIgloo Refrigerator

Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper 

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Cowin E-7 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Over-ear Stereo Headphones

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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~

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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.

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Traditional Home

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

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

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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.

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check-dressing-tableTraditional Home

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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

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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.

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

– Michael J. Fox,  actor & author

 

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“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

 

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“Turn off cell phones!”

Joan Michaels, interior designer

 

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

– Barry Dixon, interior designer

 

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“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

 

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“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.”

Stephanie Ballardcovetliving.com

 

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

Grant K. Gibson, interior designer

 

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

Cheryl Katz, interior designer

 

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“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

 

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“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

 

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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

 

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

John Mayer, musician

 

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Digital Food Network

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

 Daniel Boulud, chef/restaurateur

 

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

Charlotte Moss, interior designer

 

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“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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