Friday, July 27, 2012

Dorm Room Decor

Now that high school is behind you, you must be prepared to go to college in more ways than one.  Those drab dorm rooms can feel cold and scary but you must turn it into your personal oasis.  Here are some key essentials to make sure your room represents you well.

Before you get started, do try to communicate with your roommates on  a common color or print for your dorm room.  Look for items that aren't costly because you may have a new roommate next year.  Ideas can be found on Pininterest and there are tons of items in stores like TJ Max, Walmart, Target, Ikea, and CB2.

Personal Essentials

Make sure you come equipped with your personal bathing essentials.  Get a shower caddy to hold your matching towel and wash cloth set with your favorite soaps and smell goods.  Don't forget about a robe and shower shoes.


Extra storage is a must so that you can try to stay organized.  Whether is it cubbies, ottomans with storage or bookshelves it will be a necessity.  Cubbies and bookshelves can even serve as a room divider for you and your roommate.

Desk Accessories

Get your staplers, hole punchers, laptop holders, desk lamps and other needs so that you will be equipped with what you need to get started on the right foot.

Throw Rugs

It has been a minute since my college days. I hated to put my feet on the cold floor so a throw rug will solve that issue.  A throw rug is a nice added piece of decor to make your room feel in harmony with your roommates side of the room.

Wall Decor

Wall decals/applique, posters, and picture collages are an easy way to jazz up those unsightly walls. 

Bed Linens
Make sure you have more than 1 pair of bed linens and dress your bed to your liking.  Add in some throw pillows of contrasting colors or prints and walla....

Room Dividers

If you are big on privacy you may want to incorporate a room divider by hanging beads, a curtain or just placing a tall bookshelf in a location to separate your side from your roommates side.

Window Dressings

Drapes, Shades and beads will do the trick but don't forget about window frosting.

Other Accessories

Lighting, picture frames, wall hooks, end tables are just a few of the many options you have to add a little spice to your room.

Monique Ireland

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Joie de Design's Blog: Lower Prices and Summer Sale!

Joie de Design's Blog: Lower Prices and Summer Sale!: No one wants to spend a fortune on anything these days but that doesn't stop us from wanting quality without the large price tag.  We all w...

Lower Prices and Summer Sale!

No one wants to spend a fortune on anything these days but that doesn't stop us from wanting quality without the large price tag.  We all want to live in a home that is stylish and functional.  Don't worry.  The answer is here. Who said you can't hire an interior designer on a budget?  Not me.  Peak at my services below and see how these savings will make you feel like you've got quality services without the large price tag.

New Prices
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Room Accessorizing $50- I will help you find the accessories you need to make your room look complete.
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Here is what the savings will look like:

Free online Consultations!
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