Dorm Room Contests

Wait…is this really a thing??? Had I known there was potentially prize money and bragging rights, I would have pushed my daughter to take her dorm room design to the next level!

Some of the ideas in this article are very creative and inspiring. While other ideas make no sense to me. Why would I put astro-turf on the wall next to my bed? Ouch! Some of the rooms had me wondering whether or not these people had a roommate to blend their style with.

While sharing a small room with another person is challenging, you also need to make sure there’s a place for all of your stuff. Then an even bigger challenge is having appropriate storage that keeps all functional items out of sight. This becomes essential when you have a student trying to create a calm, relaxing, zen-like space. Clutter becomes chaos pretty quickly especially in a dorm room that functions as your bedroom, living room, dining room, study room and closet all-in-one!

While there’s a lot of hoopla surrounding decked out dorm rooms, the most important factor is that your student feels comfortable. I tried to steer my daughter away from an all white comforter, but that was the crisp, clean vibe she was going for. The good news is that she knows how to use a laundry machine.

Cheers to a great school year! Go Dukes!

 

Appearing Bigger is always Better

Quite often a challenge arises when a room is much smaller than the client’s vision for the space. A client sees enough comfortable seating for visiting family and friends while a designer sees all the physical parameters including window walls, a fireplace, 2 doorways entering the room, etc.  This is where the right furniture and finishes make a huge difference in helping a room feel larger than it is.

Designers use lots of “tricks” to achieve certain goals within a space. This article gives some great suggestions to keep in mind if you’ve got a tight space you’re working with.

Along with painting ceilings Bright White, I use #5 and #10 regularly. These are some of my best kept secrets!

 

Secrets for a Brilliant Bedroom

Some bedrooms are sprawling with a few distinct spaces within. Many of us would love a cozy reading area in front of a fireplace and a writing desk in front of a large window in addition to a separate area with a big fluffy bed for sleeping. While others prefer a cozy room that is a relaxing retreat for sleeping only.

Whichever type of space you prefer, this article offers excellent ideas for your bedroom design. Idea #8 is a trick I use all the time as it adds visual cohesiveness to a room or even a house.

 

Where To Splurge in Home Decor

My clients are forever asking where they should save money and where they should splurge when designing their home. My #1 answer…drum roll please…is splurge on your furniture! This is where you sit, you sleep, you work, you eat. These are the items you use daily. They need to be high quality, durable and comfortable. As a Designer I’m going to want them to be attractive, too!

I’m also big on lighting because it’s functional but can take on the form of art within a space. Lighting sets moods, conveys styles and adds depth to a room. So we splurge here, too.

This article gives a great picture of common places to splurge versus save when designing your space.

 

Inspiration While Traveling

Traveling has many benefits for me. Experiencing new places. Eating at new restaurants. Meeting new people. Seeing new sights. But as a designer, I probably most enjoy being inspired by new environments.

Staying in boutique hotels is one of my favorite places to enjoy the creativity of other interior designers. I’m constantly snapping pics of lighting, tile, artwork, fabric, seating moments, whole rooms and tiny details. I bring back these pieces of inspiration to share with others.

Check out this article where people have incorporated their hotel experiences into beautiful new makeovers in their own homes…

 

Time Is Money

I’m a firm believer in using time wisely. This is a great article for clients on being prepared for their interior design consultation meetings. For #5, I suggest clients check out my Pinterest Boards for inspiration and then create some of their own to help them find their style. The boards are extremely helpful as we design their space – a great reference tool!

 

Turn Your Closet Into A Boutique

Now that you’ve been inspired to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary, let’s move on to your closet!  Going into a dim, disorganized, over-crowded closet on a daily basis can make selecting an outfit stressful and exhausting.  It’s time to purge what you don’t need or wear and re-establish your style.  As you organize your clothes and accessories, put like things together.  Have sections for business attire, weekend-wear, fitness, jackets, etc.  Think about how you can best “shop” for the perfect outfit in your very own closet!

207306389067198838_IEYrNvHX_cSelecting clothes should be an effortless and even enjoyable experience.  For Monday’s work meeting you will be able to pull together an outfit quickly from one section of your closet.  The next step is to choose shoes, a handbag and accessories.  The best way to make these selections with ease is to see all of your choices.  Shoes should be displayed like a store, so you can “shop” for the perfect pair.  Set out handbags on a shelf, scarves and belts on hooks and jewelry can be laid out in drawers.

Excellent lighting, a full-length mirror and a spot to sit will complete the space.  A closet that is designed like a boutique will make getting dressed a joy every day!  Now who’s ready to go shop?

I found this picture on houzz.com.  A great resource for all home design inspiration.

A Resolution Worth Keeping

Ringing in the New Year is often accompanied by a few resolutions.  Well, we’ve got an excellent one to add to your list:  Make a sanctuary in your home.  We recommend your bedroom.  We all spend at least 1/3 of our lives in the bedroom so let’s make it special!  Your bedroom should be the one room in your home where you can retreat and be completely at ease.

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While creating this new retreat, your bedroom should reflect your personal style.  Your space can be cozy, romantic, sophisticated or rustic.  No matter your style, it should be minimalistic.  Think hotel-living.  This should be a space that evokes peace and calm, no piles or projects.  We want you to be able to rest and relax!

Accomplish your style through new bedding and pillows.  Add meaningful artwork.  Select a few interesting accessories like photo frames or bud vases for fresh flowers.  And don’t forget lighting…a new chandelier or the perfect bedside table lamps will really highlight your space.  Making these few changes will definitely give you an amazing sanctuary.  Now that’s one resolution worth keeping.

Enjoy 2013 in your new bedroom retreat!

For more bedroom inspiration, checkout my Pinterest Board at http://pinterest.com/intbydesign5/beautiful-bedrooms/