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Lovely Things Come in Tiny, Minimalist Packages

And by tiny, I mean 125 square feet! But puh-lease, us college students know all about surviving in such a itty-bitty space, right? In a dorm or studio it's totally a given that the tv, microwave, mini fridge, and hair straightener all share the same electrical outlet. The difficulty is not in the habitation of a small space, but the beautifying. Kristen of Seattle, whose lovely rental was featured on Apartment Therapy, has mastered the small space decor problem.

The secret to making your space resemble Kristens? Minimalism. That means as little as possible. Keeping only what you need, only what you use. No clutter. No nonsense. And that can be hard since dorms come to us as blank canvases. Our first impulse is often to clutter them with pictures, memorabilia and knick-knacks that show of our personality, remind us of home, and make the space our own.

But with minimalism, you must restrain yourself. Kristen, a twenty-two year old freelance Interior Designer that recently graduated with a BFA in Interior Design and Architecture, carefully chose pieces to fill her space and make it the most efficient.

This vintage trunk was a thrift purchase. It holds all of her "blankets, books, sheets, pillows, memoribilia and winter coats." Amazing, right? That's stuff that would ordinarily take up closet space or call for bookshelves.

I'm really digging the metallic bust because I'm a sucker for busts.

The best part about becoming a minimalist with your decor scheme? You'll have less stuff with you when you need to move in or out of a dorm. That makes moving so much less of a headache.

For more about Kristen's apartment, use of white, and process of selecting what goes into her space... check out the original post over at Apartment Therapy. (All photos in this post are from Apartment Therapy.)




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.