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A Vintage-Inspired Home Office

My husband and I have a dream, and a very real goal, to buy a house that we can retire in. On my list of things I'd love for the house to include is an extra bedroom that I could turn into a beautiful home office. I envision a very Instagram-worthy desk, a place to store all of the PR samples I get, and some pretty tufted accent chairs: where I can enjoy coffee breaks with my husband, who luckily also works from home.

When I get inspiration from vintage home offices on the web, I'm most attracted to spaces with a touch of modern glam. My husband and I both like transitional decor - old meets new. For example, I'd pair a modern mirrored desk with one of these antique desk chairs. Seating isn't often the focal point of an office, but why shouldn't it be? We spend all day sitting in it, after all.


My husband and I take frequent breaks throughout the day, with a coffee break here and there and a lunch hour during which we watch one of our favorite shows togeth…

5 Ways to Decorate Your Dorm

Let's face it, dorm rooms aren't the easiest to decorate. They're small, shared spaces with white walls and sad furniture. And because they're temporary living spaces, you can only do so much with the decor. But when you spend time studying or hanging out with friends, you want it to be a fun, inspiring place. Here are some simple ways to liven up any dorm room.


1. Wall Decals. These temporary wall treatments are a great way to cover up a big blank wall or to add an instant headboard. They can be a little difficult to apply, so if you've never done it before, avoid decals with intricate details. The best thing is you can easily remove them! The come on all sizes and styles. You can get them in pictures or phrases, or even picture frames. You can get custom decals online at places like http://www.etsy.com/ and http://www.dezignwithaz.com/, but places like Kmart and Target are starting to carry them in stores at a much more affordable price.




2. Creative Lighting. I swear, if I see one more 3-can dorm room lamp! Mix it up with string lights or outdoor paper lanters. However, this can also look like a tacky college cliche if you're not careful. Keep the look clean and modern with plain white lights or lanterns. String the lights around a nice decorative faux plant or hang a few matching paper lanterns in a simple cluster. You can also hang string lights behind sheer curtains or ball them up inside a large clear jar or vase. Here on apartmenttherapy.com, you'll find great ways to decorate with white Christmas lights, like this great art piece pictured below.



3. Use Party Decor. Think beyond traditional decor and search party supply stores and sites. These colorful paper poms featured below mimic paper lanterns. They are inexpensive, fun and add lots of color to a blank white wall. You can even make them yourself! Click here for a tutorial.


4. Outdoors In. You might now have the best natural light in a dorm room, so real plants might be out. Still, bringing in nature will give good vibes to any space. Hang nature photos and get creative with artificial flowers and plants. At stores like Jane Joss on Esty, you'll find modern floral and plant arrangements made from fabric. The best part is they are reusable, so they're more eco-friendly than traditional flower arrangements. Click here for tutorials on fabric and paper flowers.



5. Add Color with Fabric. Curtains, rugs and bedding are all easy ways to add color and pattern to a dull space. Here are my favorite picks from http://www.pbteen.com/. You can also go to pbteen.com and use an interactive tool to design your own bedding set.






Comments

  1. I rather like that shades of blue bedcover.

    The polka dots, on the other hand... yike!

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  2. Not a polka-dot fan? Well my favorite is the purple paisley one.

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  3. I love the lights and wall decals. Talk about easy quick changes.

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