8/21/16

Dorm Decor Week: Rose Gold & White Marble Inspiration Board


This dorm decorating inspiration board is inspired by two hot trends: rose gold and white marble. I love how the pinkish gold metallic pairs with classic white marble. It's ultra feminine, but with a sleek, modern edge. 

Bedding:
Get girly here. Flouncy, frilly bedding in a pale pink that borderlines mauve or peach. White sheets to match the white marble. Opt for soft and billowy, then add a punch with throw pillows that feature richer shades of pink and bits of (or entire spreads) of metallic rose gold. 

Furniture:
Work with what you've got, but introduce white furniture where you can—perhaps as a desk chair or entire desk. Bring in a chic nightstand that features both rose gold and white marble—or one or the other. (Or, get your DIY on with some marble contact paper and rose gold spray paint.)

Wall Decor:
Lots of white and lots of soft, rosy hues. From there, mix and match photographs with artsy paintings with typographic prints. Throw in a rose gold frame or white marble frame for good measure.

Windows + Floor:
Keep it simple with solid white curtains—go luxurious with some silky, or easy and breezy with sheers. On the floor, opt for a rug that features both crisp white and the pale gray that mimics the fine veins in marble. A lovely geometric design will add pattern without overwhelming the space.

Accessories:
Dress up your desk in the loveliest rose, gold, and rose gold notebooks, folders, and school supplies. Use a crisp white marble box for storage, and keep pretty pink flowers on your desk. I also like the idea of throwing in one item a little out of the rose gold / pink / marble spectrum—in this case, a table lamp with a seafoam green glass base—just to balance things out and bring the girly-ness down to earth.

A little more visual inspiration:

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8/18/16

Dorm Decor Week: Schoolhouse Sweet Inspiration Board


This dorm decor inspiration board is inspired by old schoolhouses, vintage botanical prints, and sugary sweet retro colors. It's a little preppy, a little girly, and a little industrial—all at once. Balance preppy pastels with candy brights, vintage metals with retro woods, and bold typography with pretty illustrations. 

Bedding:
Keep it sweet and simple with basic, solid or subtly-patterned bedding in a vintage-inspired peach or mint green. Accessorize with pillows that add a bold punch of color (like mustard yellow) and bit of pattern (such as a printed words). 

Furniture:
Make that stereotypical dorm furniture work for you by accenting it with your own vintage pieces, like an industrial metal chair at the desk. Use an old file cabinet as a nightstand. (Bonus: it doubles as extra storage!) Add a brightly hued pouf for extra seating.

Wall decor:
The inspiration behind this dorm room is the classic pull-down botanical, educational, and map chats. Hang a few of those alongside vintage-inspired, typographic prints and illustrations. Finish off with a cute pennant and retro wall clock.

Windows + Floor:
Dress the windows in solid curtains in a bold primary color pulled from the wall art, like grass green from the botanical print. Add some visual interest (and comfort) to the floor with a cream and charcoal striped rug.

Accessories:
Stacks of old books. Wire baskets. A chalkboard. Vintage fans. A little Greek bust. Small wooden boxes to organize school supplies. These are all things that'll fit right in with the old school aesthetic.

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What's your favorite element of 
this schoolhouse-inspired dorm?


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8/16/16

Dorm Decor Week: Luxury Style on a Budget


With college starting back up, The Lovely Side is going back to its roots for a full week of dorm and college decorating ideas. Kicking it off, I want to share an inspiration board and sources for creating a dorm like this one recently featured on BuzzFeed:

8/3/16

Get the look of stained glass—affordable and temporary!


In my office, my desk sits in front of a nice bay window that faces east and looks out over the neighborhood. For six hours of the workday, I love it. But from 8 AM to around 10 AM, the sun is in a position high enough to peek over the trees, but not so high that it's over the house. So it's a really bright, sunny spot to sit in the morning—sometimes it's hard to even see my computer screen. (Now I know why the previous dwellers had a strange window blind that only went halfway down. I took that down a long time ago.)

So I've been brainstorming ideas to tame the morning sunlight a bit—without blocking up my window with blinds. I found myself inspired by the real, original-to-the-house stained glass window in our living room. It looks like this:

7/31/16

Sing Street Giveaway! #SingStreetDVD


Happy August, lovelies! Today I'm partnering up with Anchor Bay Entertainment in celebration of their new film, SING STREET—a feel-good, coming of age story written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) featuring the ultimate soundtrack of the 80's.

7/27/16

Ideas for Gathering: How to Host a Girls' Night In

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Somewhere between college and the real world, good old-fashioned girls' nights went from being a weekend given to a special occasion. Girlfriends grow up, move part, score "big girl jobs," and get our own places. It's so much fun to look back on the memories though. Gathering at a friend's apartment. Getting gussied up. And going out for a girls' night on the town.

7/26/16

How should I decorate the dining room with this table?


Our dining room is huge. Our dining table set was little. So I've been on the hunt for a nice, big dining table that will not only look more proportionate in our dining room, but also provide better seating for occasional dinner guests. (Let's be honest: G and I eat most of our meals on the couch.)

I found the above table on Craigslist for just $100! It's currently flipped over as we're re-gluing the legs for stability (the half hour truck ride jostled them loose). So it's hard to see that the top is stained a nice dark wood tone—like our trim! The rest is painted a crisp, bright white. And don't those unique legs make a statement?! I can't wait to get this thing flipped over!