Dorm Style 101: Bright & Colorful

September always marks the beginning of school and in my small college town the students roll in with packed cars and giddy anticipation.  Soon after seeing their dreary and dark dorm rooms, they flood the local Target, Walmart, Goodwill and weekend yard sales to brighten up their space and make it feel like a home for the next 9 months.  I’ve always enjoy observing the students repurpose their finds.  I thought this experience would be a great fit for the monthly themed ? room feature.  Below, I designed a college students’ first studio apartment/dorm using items from The Challenge September theme Colorful.

Postcard RnRFirst, I imagined the clients, in this case the story of the students who would create the space. Bubbly and bright young eighteen year old female freshman art students were kindred spirits from the moment they met.  Raleigh hails from the South and Vivian is a native of the North, both are sweet, sunny, and chipper.  Their space needs LOTS of color to reflect their personalities with moments of glam, and a place to relax and soak in the California sun.  The girls wanted to create a modern vibrant funky hang out lounge space by repurposing Hate This Mine Chair (color change) Rock~n~Roll spiked barrel chairs which they spray painted in fluorescent metallic colors that instantly cheer up the room.  Pop Art inspired Hate This Expression Rug, Black Tulip Color Me Cat Shelf, Wiggly Lamp & Rug, Prime’s Style Wise No 5 Wall clock and comic book framed art finish the wall.  As first year art students they understood the founding principal of proportion; when dealing with bright colors and large-scale items you need a place for your eyes to rest, such as neutral walls, or in this case softer palette bed.

Postcard Teal Bed

Their creative juices started to flow in the bedroom area where they highlighted the matching twin Art Dummy! Slumber beds (blue & birch pink), with Plethora cut out paper mobile hanging lights dangle from the ceiling; a butterfly & house mobile each denoting the different personalities of the girls (*not part of The Challenge).  The bedroom wall called for pops of color.  The DIY’rs made their own floor lamps using a bare bulb and cut out painted plywood lamp silhouettes (Sway’s Floor Lamp Silhouette) which flank the two beds, and old balls of yard were woven together and framed (Kuro’s Color Framed Art) dividing the bedroom wall area.  In need of a glam moment, the girls painted a favorite quote, framed and hung it.  The Floorplan’s Sparkle sign (*not part of The Challenge) is the perfect piece to soften the space, and complement the Wimey Shabby Chickie Vanity Set. 

Postcard beds

Postcard Glam

The young ladies are lucky to have a large deck area filled with bright colorful chairs, and more do-it-yourself craft projects: repurposed old suitcases as garden planters, recycled broken tea-cup for side tables, upcycled lanterns and branches make unique lighting display, and a salvaged shabby chic mix-match painted bistro set.  Vivian’s favorite spot to cuddle up and do her homework is on Sway’s Sydney Boomerang Chair (color change, 25% off till Sept 7).  Raleigh’s most loved area is tucked on Kuro’s Colored Stacked Chair (color change) while enjoying shutter field Suitcase Planter’s on the deck railing.  Both ladies chosen garden locations are over flowing with vibrant plants, fun and funky finds from Thaino Designs and shutter field that furnish the deck and overlook the sea.  One of the great adventures of interior design is decorating and collaborating with others to blend a space into a livable unit.  Everyone can inject a little more color in their lives, so be free, cheery and whimsical, and go check out the offerings at this month’s round of The Challenge!

Postcard Patio

Postcard Bistro

The outside front yard has a small plot of land planted with a sunflower fence and hosts a home for some rescue bunnies the girls found at their local shelter, the adorable Fence Garden and Occupied Outhouse is from The Mustard Seed and is available at The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event till September 4!!!!

Postcard tms- door open

Postcard tms- door close

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Nautical Chic!

Overview Outside Front

As everyone heads to the beach this Labor Day weekend, I wanted to share with you my secluded Nautical Atlantic beach house, which will be open to the public from September 1 to Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 12pm SLT.  This is my first open house, so pop by, enjoy, and check out the build.

Landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystical%20Estia/22/37/22

Model LM: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystical%20Estia/64/32/2 (door is short)

Suggested windlight: Coastal Afternoon

Kiddie Pool

I loved the Scarlet Creative Atlantic Home offered at June Collabor88 and wanted to create a hidden beach hideaway that’s casual, yet chic.  I envisioned the beach home to serve as a family & friends entertainment center complete with a casually sophisticated dining room furnished with Trompe Loeil’s Darya Dining Room set, formal living space appointed with Floorplan’s Sailor collection, and a family room finished with Cleo Designs’ Nautical ensemble.  The heart of the home is always the kitchen which I placed in the middle of the beach shack complete with Scarlet Creative sink, stove, and Cheeky Pea Boat Wine Bar.  The entry hall greets guests with a welcome sign and bench; turn the corner and a small office with scenic view serves as creative inspiration.  Finally, the back of our casa functions as a ‘Anchors Away’ bedroom accessorized with maritime decor, boat oars, framed nautical art, model ship & lighthouse, and an over stuffed linen cabinet.  I loved designing our beach home and can’t wait to share it with you.   Grab a burger from the outside grill, build sandcastle dreams and ‘catch the waves.’  Late dinner is served at nightfall while stargazing.  So stop on by, be inspired and let’s get decorating!

Entry:

Front Door

Ice Cream Cart

Office:

Office

Kitchen:

Kitchen Overview

Bedroom:

Bedroom Overview

Family Room:

Family Room Overview

Dining Room:

DR Overview

Living Room:

LR Overview

Structure: Scarlet Creative, Atlantic

Outside:

  • Canoe, Shower, Changing Room, BBQ, Picnic Table, Lounge Chairs & Umbrella: Cleo Designs
  • Deck Chairs, Rocking Chair, Surfboards, Ice Cream Cart, Marina Porch Lamp/Sign & Doormat: What Next
  • Kiddie pool: Dreamscape Art Gallery
  • Sandcastle Build Set & Kites: Boogers
  • Lover’s Sandcastle: Follow Us
  • String Lights: Floorplan
  • Blue Changing Room & Aluminum Chairs: Shutter Field

Entry/Office:

  • Bench: Sway’s
  • Life’s A Beach Sign: Brixley
  • Shutter Divider & Beach Hut Clock: What Next
  • Hemingway Desk: Standby Inc

Kitchen:

  • Boat Wine Bar: Cheeky Pea
  • Fridge: Culprit
  • Sink/Stove: Scarlet Creative
  • Canister: Floorplan
  • Newspaper/Coffee Cups, Toaster, Chalk Board: What Next
  • Lifesaver Clock: Intrigue Co
  • Wooden Signs: The Mustard Seed
  • Starfish Rug: StoraxTree
  • Bread & Artichokes: Apple Fall

Bedroom:

  • Bed & Nightstands: Alouette
  • Framed Oars, Hanging Oars, Whale Flag, Nautical Chest, Stripe Rug & Curtains: Floorplan
  • Linen Cabinet: Second Spaces
  • Lounger: Cleo Designs
  • Recycled Desk & Harry’s Boat: Apple Fall
  • Barrel Stool & Boat Bookcase: BellaRosa Furniture
  • Anchor Lamps: Serendipity Designs
  • Maritime Knot Art: Sway’s
  • Candles & Let your dreams sail Sign: What Next
  • Lighthouse: Hearth & Home

Family Room:

  • Nautical Sofa & Bookcase: Cleo Designs
  • Spool Table, Chevron Curtains, Hanging Oars, Woven Baskets, Wave Rug: Floorplan
  • Lanterns, Manhattan Lamp & Plants: Apple Fall
  • Coffee Table: BellaRosa Furniture
  • Sea Creature Sculpture: Heart Homes

Dining Room:

  • Dining Table, Chairs & Accessories: Trompe Loeil
  • Sailor Lanterns Hanging: Floorplan
  • Nautilus Seashell: The Loft
  • Ship Wheel: Serendipity Designs
  • Bronze Whale: Finishing Touches
  • Rug: Mudhoney (Zelia)

Living Room:

  • Sofa, Armchair (Stripe), Armchair (Navy/Wht), Coffee Table, Side Table, Stripe Rug, Captain Lantern, Anchor & Basket: Floorplan
  • Bronze Lantern & Standing Boat Oars, Harry’s Boat & Fern: Apple Fall
  • Lighthouse: Blueberry Hill

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The End of Days.

Fetch Tiffany set framed

One of my favorite monthly home and garden shopping events (& sponsor), The Collage has closed their event location and is restructuring into a store based event.  I will keep you posted and in the meantime, The Collage designers will provide the official Collage bloggers with their latest releases and offers.  But don’t worry, some other monthly home & garden shopping event I represent are The Challenge and The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event.  Hans Inshan, creator of Serenity Style and co-owner of The Feeling event (on hiatus till Fall) designed and released the cute retro frame art available for $1L at the main store.  I paired the frames with [fetch] Tiffany Chair, Rug & Dresser and Cleo Designs Tea Tray Set, both designed exclusively for The Challenge August theme Vintage/Retro.  Go grab the cute frames from Serenity Style and stay tuned for updates on new home & garden products.

Taxi to Serenity Style…

Taxi to [fetch]…

Taxi to Cleo Designs…

Scene:

London Calling!

London Calling

Quick post highlighting the Union Jack Vintage Leather Lounger from 22769 ~ [bauwerk] created exclusively for the August round of The Challenge, theme Vintage/Retro.  I designed a mini London street scene with 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Art Deco Street Lantern (released for the June Challenge theme light), Shutter Field Corner Patio, StoraxTree Police Box Closet, and Floorplan’s Abbey Road Sign (*free) & Sailor Striped Rug.  Hurry over to 22769 ~ [bauwerk] to grab this fun tribute to vintage/retro, and the United Kingdom!

California Girls

Yellow Bikini & Chevron Chair

New round of The Co-Op opened August 7 with the theme Bondi Beach.  A beautiful event sim location filled with all your summer needs including bikini’s, surfboard poses, lounge chairs, and beachy accessories.  Grab your flip-flops and head over before August 21 to grab these summer must haves!  Taxi please…

Bubblefish Splash Bikini & Hopscotch Pink Surf board

Bubblefish Splash Bikini & Le Poppycock Sea Maid Marine Crown

Moon Amore Summerkini Sirenas & Luminary Floppy Hat (Cream)

The Co-Op Presents - Bondi Beach August 7

Picture #1:

  • Bikini: Bubblefish, Yellow Floral
  • Deck Chairs: Mien, Beach Day
  • Background decor items: What Next, Ice Cream Cart & Shutter Field, Beach Shed & Chairs (Not part of Bondi Beach)

Picture #2:

  • Bikini: Bubblefish, Splash
  • Surfboard & Pose: HopScotch, The Perfect Wave

Picture #3:

  • Bikini: Bubblefish, Splash
  • Headpiece: Le Poppycock, Sea-Maid’s Crown Marine Spindrift
  • Deck Chairs: Mien, Beach Day
  • Ring: Ginchi, Kiss the Rings Gold
  • Background decor items: Follow US, Summer Love Sandcastle & Floorplan, String Lights (Not part of Bondi Beach)

Picture #4:

  • Bikini: Moon Amore, Summerkini Sirenas
  • Hat: Luminary, Floppy Hat Cream
  • Lounge Chairs: Frogstar, Seaside Lounger Cherry Pack

Ear Worm: