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COLESY’S BLUE MOOD DORM: REVEAL

September 19, 2017

Interiors

Blue and white bedroom dorm room design on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

It has been such a joy to translate my friends’ personalities, tastes, and experiences into living space they love. While Olivia’s room featured blush and gold accents, Colesy wanted a cooler, blue and silver color palette for her dorm room in Cornell’s new Alpha Chi Omega house. It was fun to create two different schemes from the The Mine’s selection of furniture and decor, and curate the artwork for each room with Minted. The whole space is washed in blue, and I know it will be both a relaxing retreat and fun entertaining space that Colesy will be excited to come home to!

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OLIVIA’S LUSH BLUSH DORM: REVEAL

September 12, 2017

Interiors

Pink and blush dorm room design with tufted slipper chair and gallery wall on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love putting together the mood board for a room, but there’s nothing like seeing the finished product and feeling like you’ve made something perfect for your friend. Turning a temporary, cookie-cutter space into a personal retreat has been so rewarding! I’m so excited to share Olivia’s final dorm room reveal, which I completed with the incredible support of The Mine, Minted, Framebridge, and Jennifer Squires Ross. The room is totally Olivia, and seeing her at home in the new space is so satisfying! I can’t wait to show you all the details – see how the room turned out below.

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MY DORM ROOM REVEAL

September 28, 2016

Decorating / Interiors

Dorm room decor, before and after makeover on @thouswellblog

I know I’ve been MIA for the past week, but I’ve got a big post to share (finally!). I have been working on the last couple of weeks to finish up the last details of my dorm room design, and I’m so excited to finally share the whole room today! Now that the room is done I finally feel like I have created a personal retreat for myself that has completely redefined my room and provided a comfortable ‘home’ for me here at college. Although I’ve had many late nights in the library or studio already, I’m always happy to head back to my dorm room. A huge thank you to the wonderful sponsors who collaborated with me on this project, including the bedding and area rug from Annie Selke, art prints and curtains from Minted, removable wallpaper from WallsNeedLove, and furniture and decor from At Home. Pulling these sources together, I sucessfully executed the neutral, layered vision from the design board I shared in August. Make sure to see my introductory dorm room post, and find the before pictures and the rest of the room after the jump!

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DORM DECOR: STARTING WITH THE BASICS

September 1, 2016

Decorating

Dorm room decor essentials with bedding, pouf, art prints via @thouswellblog

I finally found the time during my first weeks of class to start documenting my dorm room transformation. When I started moving in, I prioritized the area of the room I would be using the most – my bed. I do most of my homework and studying in the libraries on campus, so I haven’t spent much time in my room doing anything but sleeping. The sheets and shams have a simple trio of light grey lines on the hems, which is a simple but traditional motif that instantly upgrades the room. Another trick to an inviting bed is layering pillows – I used two euro shams, two standard pillows, and one lumbar pillow on my bed, with a puffy duvet and soft woven blanket at the end of the bed. I also brought in more layers of textiles with curtains from Minted and a neutral jute rug from Dash & Albert. Covering the wall-to-wall carpeting in my room made one of the biggest differences, along with the statement art pieces above the bed and the luxe embroidered bedding.
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MY DORM DESIGN BOARD

August 17, 2016

Decorating

Bedroom with wooden trunk bedside table via @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest Espana)

This past summer I’ve been working with several brands to bring my dream dorm vision to life, and in these past few weeks I’ve been finalizing the details of the room to share here on the blog. I’m excited to have a space to completely make my own, and I will be sharing all my decor decisions as I move in during the upcoming weeks… well more like months! I’m super lucky to have a single in a ‘castle-like’ building on campus, and although I don’t know the exact size or layout of my room, I was able to estimate it using a drawing of my floor. As I started choosing product for the room, I really leaned into a warm, cozy aesthetic that would create a comfortable space as I transition into college life and keep me happy in the long winter! The combination of warm-grey and tan is the predominate color palette, and I brought in a variety of patterns to the mix as well. While I know the room will be small, I want to elevate the space by using it efficiently and adding details that will make the space more inviting. See my design board with my main product choices after the jump!
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