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Eclectic Single Dorm Room

Above: I love the collection of painted frames, gift-
wrapped canvases, and a homemade chalkboard.

Above: This nightstand is one of the most charming
I've seen in a dorm room. I love the green lamp,
vintage white box, classic silver alarm clock, flowers
in the mason jar, and books within easy reach.

Above: The desk area is well-organized with everything handy.

Above: This antique mirror belonged to the resident's
grandmother. I think it's a lovely vintage accent.

Above: Bedding from Urban Outfitters is paired with a homemade
quilt--making this bed look cozy, comfortable, and colorful.

Above: Here's another look at the eclectic wall gallery--love it!

Above: Pictures are displayed on a
"clothesline" strung across the window.

This room is eclectic, comfortable, and definitely displays the resident's personality and style. I love her creativity (the wall art, clothesline photo display), vintage style (the antique mirror, alarm clock) and comforts of home (homemade quilt). I also quite like her rich, warm, but not extravagant use of color. The reds, greens, golds, and blue work well together.

This room and the photos in this post belong to JulieBabka on HGTV's Rate My Space.




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.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.