Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dorm Rooms with Style

It's finally here, your first year as a freshman in college. As you walk into your dorm room what will you see, four bare center block walls, some basic furniture, and a window. No you are not in prison, look at this as starting new chapter in your life.

With all the other exciting new things happening on campus you still want to decorating your dorm. So how can you spruce it up to make it feel more like your room? Let this be a blank canvas for you to design a space that is unique to your personality. Take this time to create whatever you want. There is little you can do about the furniture and the white sterile walls, but don't let this discourage you.

You want a place where you can feel comfortable and make it personable. Here are some tips on how to decorate your dorm that are easy and inexpensive!

Use curtains and fabrics to bring in color, Walmart offers an excellent selection of decorating products for college students. Check your local Michaels or craft store for peel -n- stick stencils. A white board is a must in a dorm room, hang it on your door so your friends can leave messages to let you know what's happening around campus. If you can carve out space for a sofa, do it. An added area in your dorm will make it feel more comfortable and a great places to just hang out. Dorm rooms aren't that big so use mirrors to make your space look larger. Don't forget about your ceilings and consider alternative ways to hang window treatments. 

If you have a roommate determine your design together, an symmetric room will work perfectly. Play around with the furniture you have, the room maybe small but if you find the right layout it will work for you. Utilizing the walls to decorate adds more space on the floor.

Just be as creative as you want and don't forget to add personal touches to your new space.  Check out some of these dorm rooms for inspiration!

{Better Home & Garden}
Use colors and prints to draw your eye from the white walls.

Inexpensive stencils add interest to the walls.

Hang window treatments differently.

Symmetric room gives balance in a small area.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Crush

This is for all the DIY lovers.  While in Lowes this weekend flipping through all the wonderful magazines they have, I found an easy way to install Crown Molding. It's by a company called Ez-A-Peel.  In less then one hour with NO tools you can add value to your home.  

Crown Molding can add so much style and elegance, with its classic look.  It is also a great feature for those who you may want to sale your home later. 

Check out their website for more information:  Here are also some images to get your juices flowing for some Crown Molding...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday Crush

During my weekend adventures, I came across some really cool Watercolor prints at Carte & Barrel.  As I looked around other stores I notice that there were a lot of watercolor prints on various items.  This seems to be a new trend in the design world.  So here are a few of the items I saw that I'm crushing on...

Crate & Barrel Cylinder
Handmade entirely of recycled glass.

Pillows from Crate & Barrel
 Inspired by modernist watercolors. 

 Pillows from West Elm, the perfect punch
to spruce up a bed, sofa or chair.

Chair from Anthropologie.
How about this as a fun focal point in a room? 

I found this great watercolor painting at a local antique shop.

I love this spring's trend of watercolor prints! Hopefully this inspires you to add some watercolor trends to your space.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

35th Annual Richmond Home & Garden Show

A must do this weekend if you are interested in Interior Design and finding new ways to decorate your home. 

Visit the 35th Annual Richmond Home & Garden Show.  Where they showcase over 300 of Richmond’s companies specializing in decorating, landscaping, remodeling and construction.

Check out this website for more details:

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Genie in a Bottle

New Year... New Style...

"Paint in a can is like a genie in a bottle. It transforms whatever it touches. Beyond that, it's liquid gold, money in the decorating bank. For just a few dollars and a little time, paint rewards you with big decorative returns".
                                                                                                                                                             -Valley Design Co.

It's amazes me all the things you can do with just a can of paint.  It can be used on almost anything walls, furniture, and even floors. Take a look at some of these paint ideas to revitalize and refresh your space for the New Year.