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Twofold Style

When you have to share a dorm with a roommate, your first instinct may be to divide and conquer. You get half of the room to decorate however you like... and she can do whatever she wants with the other side. But if you're aiming for a well-decorated space, you should rethink the strategy and decorate the whole room to suit both your tastes. Get in contact with your roomie ahead of time to plan out a decor scheme... or even better, go shopping together! This may involve a bit of compromise from both of you, but it's for the better if you want a fabulous, unified dorm.

It's not necessary to correspond every little detail of the room. You don't have to buy the same desk accessories, notebooks, folders, or closet organizers. If you do that, your dorm will end up looking like some staged room out of a commercial catalog. As for accessories, go with a color scheme and use patterns that compliment each other. But even if you don't want to get that picky, there is a very easy way to unify the dorm room...

Match your beds. Put them side-by-side. And even consider sharing a nightstand (...which is a great space-saver idea, btw!) Don't fret---your dorm won't resemble a seven-year-old set of twin sisters' bedroom. Don't believe me? Check out these matching twin beds for inspiration:

(above: ktine88)

Now, doesn't that make you wanna grab your roomie and head to Target for matching duvets? ;)




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.