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White Space | 10 Simple, Chic Examples for Your Dorm or Apartment

When faced with the blank white walls of a dorm or apartment, it can be hard to see the potential. You linger on the "What If's" and how lovely your space could look if you were allowed even just to paint one wall. But hold it right there. White doesn't have to be boring. White walls a blank canvas upon which you can paint your style and personality. Even Rachel Ashwell agrees.

So in the spirit of all you lovely ladies moving into your white-walled dorms and apartments, I'll be featuring White Spaces that showcase a lot of different decorating styles, ideas, and ways of organizing. From the cluttered, creative, and chaotic to the modern, minimal, and tranquil... and everything in between.

To start off, I've rounded up ten rooms that are simple yet chic so that you can see how easy it really is to make your mark on the blank canvas that is your living space.

Get eclectic by forgoing a color scheme, mixing floral patterns with graphic prints, and embracing taxidermy.

Stay clean and minimal with a surprise up your sleeve. Sleek lines, a light toned curvy chair, and ta-da! A bold, gold-framed chalkboard lends a punch of black and an ornate touch.

Mix vintage and color to bring out character. Minimize clutter and let furniture do double duty.

Live in the pale. White, light wood tones, and a pop of pastel accented by kitschy knick knacks keep the colors soothing but display interesting.

Go bold. Pick a color (like red) and go for it. But not all over. Just in strategically placed punches.

Mix and match the pillows. Let black be your backdrop. And add art.

Let books work as art, bringing in visual interest and color. Keep the rest simple, but with a little mix and matched flavor.

Combine the crispness of white with bright, bold colors and patterns. Then add a wood touch here and there to bring the colors and print back down to earth.

Go glam. Metallic finishes, ladylike curves on furniture, and lush texture make for an elegant, dramatic space... even with all the white.

When in doubt, and if you shy away from color... pull the classic B&W card. It never fails.

Which of these are your favorite? And how do you deal with white walls?



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.