Friday, September 6, 2013

Decorating the Dorm

Sheffield Says: Decorating Tips: Organizing the Dorm Room

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 07:00 AM PDT
You may have a child going off to college for the first time (time goes so fast!) or you may already have a seasoned collegiate who needs some organization help. What should they bring to their dorm?  Well, if their dorms are anything like mine, they probably don’t have much room or storage, and they probably share it with another student.
My dorm room was narrow with two sliding closets, two desks and chairs and two beds. That was it. Stark simple and blah. When I went to school, they didn’t have storage places like the Container Store and they didn’t have the internet to shop around. Talk about hard! I had to go to a flea market to make my limited selections. But being a budding interior designer in the making, I got very creative with what I had.
I chose a small soft lounger – similar to the one above – which had a seablue fabric and then revolved my whole color scheme around that. I bought cheap white plastic storage crates and grouped them to form a coffee table.  Then I took some plywood - the same length as my plastic crates - wrapped it in the same blue fabric as the lounger - and laid it on top of the crates for an instant matching coffee table! In our example above, we have the Coral beanbag lounger from Joss & Main and matching QBO steel cubes from the Container Store grouped together to create a coffee table.
The crazy looking bookcase is not an illusion by Escher, it’s the Rocky Credenza by La Chance.  Rocky holds books, lamps, and knick-knacks and is available at the A+R store. For the student who loves to rock when they’re not studying, we have guitar hooks from Bed Bath and Beyond to hang their leather jacket!
Bedside Caddy and Shelf from Bed Bath and Beyond
My roommate and I also built (okay, my roommate's boyfriend built but we supervised!) a loft bed to create more floor space for our living room section.  But that was the limit of our construction for the room.  We could have used some of these space-saving devices above. The bedside caddy and shelf from Bed Bath and Beyond solves the lack of a night table for the upper bunk bed sleeper.
If you need some privacy in your dorm room - won't that roommate ever leave?! - you may consider a room divider.  This Hang It Up room divider from StacksandStacks provides privacy plus storage.  There are magazine racks, hooks, and shelves for those study materials!
Hang It Up Room Divider from StacksandStacks
Being a design student, my favorite storage device was made by Italian (of course!) designer, Joe Colombo. The ever versatile and portable Boby trolley cart held all my art supplies in a very organized fashion. The cart had swinging drawers, shelves, tall storage for those long rolls of design drawings, and it had wheels so you could move it all around your room.
Colombo's Boby Trolley Cart

Interested in learning more about organizing?  Take a look at New York Institute of Art and Design.  At NYIAD, you will learn how to transform a space, create color schemes, and select furniture, lighting, and accessories.

Monday, January 28, 2013

That's a wrap!

As an Interior Designer, people are always calling me to show me new ideas or introduce me to new stores. But this is really awesome...I went to look at these mirror wraps and fell in love!  I am soon doing a remodel of my bathrooms and eventually the kitchen and this just hits the right spot!  Mirrors are expensive and if you are just looking for a fresh look, and your mirror is in great shape, when this is for you.  I have sold several to builders to use in the new homes,  so I am hoping to get it into design centers.  You can either call the company or call me to give you the bid....I will  not mark it up, I promise!

Call me or go to their web sight and contact them...tell them that I sent you!


281 389-1218

It's a Wrap!

What is a Mirror Wrap?

Frame On MirrorA Mirror Wrap is a picture frame molding that fits directly to the surface of a pre-existing mirror already attached to a wall, transforming a plain mirror into an elegant focal point.
Mirror Wraps are easy to install! No construction... No mess!
Every Mirror Wrap frame is custom-made to apply directly to the face of your existing mirror for a perfect, framed mirror look.

The Benefits

Mirror Wraps are affordable and far less expensive than removing an old mirror and replacing it with a framed mirror.
With our diverse selection of exclusive decorative moldings, Mirror Wraps will complement your bathroom style as well as match your current hardware finishes.
Once an order is placed, turnaround is quick, and installation services are available.

Friday, January 18, 2013

January white sales

There are still January White Sales, with bedding and bath linens going on sale during the month, but it's not such an obsession any more with homeowners. We actually wish it were, as it was always a great tradition. It was nice to have an annual "trigger" or prompt to get us to change out something in our homes.

Fresh bedding and bath towels are a great way to add a necessary jolt to abedroom and bath - but today, let's get obsessed with bath towels! Here are some of our favorites, and perhaps this post will prod you into action this year. Replace some fading, fraying towels with fresh ones! Click on each photo for more product information.

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