Quick, Budget Friendly Ideas to Update Your Space

Bring in new accents

 

 

Refresh your gallery wall

Layer a new rug

 

Update lighting

Shop your own home and rearrange


3 Desks To Inspire Your Most Productive Year Yet

Gold Metalist

Certain colors were just destined to be together and gold, navy, and pink are top of our list. We can’t help but love the way glamorous gold punctuates the classic quality of navy blue and pastel pink.

 

The subtle details like the gold-plated desk lamp and coffee mug bring the whole look together.


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Organic Minimalism

It’s hard to be a hot mess with a sleek and and minimalistic desk space. Geometric forms, clean lines and simple materials are they key ingredients in this look.

 

Add a natural boost of energy to your space with a faux grass charging station to create the ultimate zen vibes.

Feminista Glam

Complement a girly look or create a feminine focused study space with a few pink and gold accessories.

 

Featuring a sleek and pastel style, shop this look to organize your papers and supplies and get into girl power mode.


How To Create the Coziest Room EVER

Soft Textures

Anything that adds softness and texture will make your bedroom the ultimate cozy winter wonderland. A neutral colored knit fringed pillow or an over-sized mongolian faux fur pillow will instantly add cozy vibes to your space.

 

 

Cast a Warm Glow

If you ask us, string lights are acceptable all year round! Give your room a glow like string lights and candles to create a cozy ambience.

 

Try hanging your string lights behind a sheer curtain or tapestry to give your room the perfect glow. It doesn’t get any better than falling asleep under a starry night!

Layer Rugs

As they say, two is better than one! A rug will always make a room feel more homey, but two (or more!) makes for double the coziness!

 

Layer a few rugs of varying sizes and styles like the grey ombre area rug and a faux mongolian scatter rug for a cozy-chic look this season.

Invest in Warm Bedding

Back to the basics: you can’t get cozy if you aren’t warm and it all starts with your bedding! We love duvets for the winter because you can switch out your insert for something a little heavier for a great nights sleep. 

 

There is nothing better than sinking into a plush comfortable bed after a long day!

Embrace the Undone Look

If you consider your room a perfect mess, you’ve already got the undone look going for you! The key to the undone look is making your room look “lived in”! You can do this by layering rugs and mixing cozy textures.

 

The best part about this look? It’s okay if your room is a little messy. Whether it’s on purpose or not, we won’t tell!


How to Style Your Space the 2018 Way

Embracing the Undone

If you consider your room a beautiful mess, we know this new 2018 trend is one you can actually get behind. Rooted in ancient aesthetic philosophy in Zen Buddhism, Wabi Sabi, is about to dominate decor in the new year.

 

The key to this trend is to is to fully embrace the imperfections of an undone look, making your space look lived in. You can do this by layering rugs and mixing cozy textures. The best part about this look? It’s okay if your room is a little messy or if you don’t make your bed perfectly. Whether it’s on purpose or not, your secret is safe with us!


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Monochrome Spaces

On the other side of the spectrum, minimalist decor is still going strong in the new year. But lack of color does not have to mean a stark and boring space. Get tone on tone with muted pastels or layer neutral textures to create a cozy, cohesive look.

Graphic Wall Art

Buh-bye blank walls! 2018 is all about the large-scale graphic prints and cool photography. Bring your space into the new year with an oversized print on a large white wall or place a few together to create a simplified gallery wall.

Mixed Metals

If there is one old-school interior design rule to break this year, it would be not to mix metals. Mixing metals are having a major moment this year and you should not be afraid to mix a gold metallic pillow with silver decor accents.

 

The key to mixing metals is balance –  choose a dominant metal and use the other as an accent. Distributing the dominant metal throughout the space will give you give you that luxe, eclectic look.


5 Holiday Hacks For Creating A Festive Space

You may live in a tiny city apartment or dorm room but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice bringing holiday cheer into your small space. You may not be able to deck the halls with an 8 foot Christmas tree but you can create your very own holiday haven with these small space holiday hacks.

1. Switch Out PIllows

Switching out your pillows in your living room or bedroom is the easiest way to bring texture and and all the cozy vibes into your space.

 

Our favorite way to bring the winter spirit indoors is with Mongolian accessories. Their softness and warmth create pure holiday comfort.

2. Reinvent A Christmas Tree

So you want a Christmas Tree. The only problem is you barely have room to fit a small piece of furniture in your space, let alone an 8-foot spruce. Don’t worry, your holiday dreams of a festive space doesn’t have to come to an end.

 

With a little creativity, you can repurpose an item you might already have to create a chic christmas tree. A neon cactus light does just that. Simply add your favorite ornament and place your best wrapped christmas presents underneath.

3. Swap Out Your Photos

The holidays are all about the snail mail so instead of culminating a pile on your desk. place your holiday cheer on display.

 

Whether it’s some wintry inspo, your family holiday card, or your next holiday soiree, show’em off with your festive creativity.

4. Create A Christmas Tree With Washi

DIY this washi tape Christmas tree to create the perfect home for all your perfectly wrapped gifts. Simply tape your wall vertically depending on how long you want your tree to be and place strips horizontally across starting from the top with short pieces and making them larger as you go down to create your custom tree.

 

Polish it off by trimming your tree with lights, tinsel, and ornaments. And, of course, top it off with a star.

5. Add Ambiance

The warm glow of Christmas lights are a surefire way to get into the holiday spirit.

 

A string of lights wrapped around your doorway or bed frame or even bunched up in a glass jar on your nightstand will have you curled up at home listening to “All I Want For Christmas” and drinking egg nog in no time.   


5 Fall Fashion Trends to Bring Home

CABLE KNIT

Cable knit has always been a fall staple and this season is no exception! Getting cozy in cable knit has never been easier – incorporate your favorite cable knits into your decor with a knit throw or an accent pillow to up the coziness factor in any room!

FRINGE

If you think fringe was just a warm-weather trend, think again! This fall is all about brining the cozy Coachella vibes to your fall decor with a few fringe pieces, like a ruffled shag throw. It’ll be the perfect edition to any boho-girly room that needs a little added fun and coziness this season.

Image via Something Navy

NATURAL HUES

For any cool girl with a classic style, neutrals are the way to go. Whether it’s your clothing or your bedding, going “au natural” with your decor with whites, tans, and creams will create the ultimate fall look. Get all the fall feels flowing through your room with a variety of neutral colored accent pillows atop a crisp white duvet.

FAUX FUR

More of a Netflix and chill kind of gal? Then this trend is all you! Faux fur and sherpa are the perfect accents to add to your room for a cozy-cool look that’ll make all of your friends jealous. These pieces are like your favorite sweat pants, you can dress them up or down depending on how you style it.

Image via Kenza Zouiten

VELVET

Crushing on velvet? There’s no reason it’s one of fall’s hottest trends! A little glam, a little girly, velvet accents will bring all the luxe vibes from the runway to your room. Dress up any bed with a velvet ombre euro pillow and you’ll see how glam and cozy this trend really is!

Image via Diego Zuko

3 Ways to Show Greek Pride In Your Room Decor

If you’re a college freshman, you’ve probably moved in early to get ready for sorority recruitment and your dorm decorating is almost complete. After bid day, you’re going to be repping your sisterhood all over campus and your dorm room should be no different! Show your greek pride with these four sorority must-haves.

1. Add a Pillow

Make your sorority the center of attention with a custom throw pillow! Starting with the basics, layer a few neutral colored pillows with varying textures. We love to mix textures and patterns like a shiny crackle pillow with a faux mongolian for a comfy look!

 

Top it off with a color-block greek letter monogrammed pillow to bring it all together!

2. Get Cozy With A Throw

Snuggle up sisterhood style with a knit throw blanket. No bed is complete without one and you’ll definitely want your letters on it.

 

It’s the perfect way to surround yourself with comfort and style while showing sisterly pride.

3. Upgrade Your Gallery Wall

Banner

 

Sisterhood is all about spending time with your sisters and making memories. So why not show it with a cute banner? Banners are the perfect way to add some visual interest to your walls.

 

We suggest hanging a banner with some photos of your favorite memories with your sisters!

 

Wooden Sign

 

Show your sorority some love with signage adorning your letters. Our favorite way to style these wooden signs is by layering them with different prints, wall art, banners, and photos to create a gallery wall.

 


How to Style Your Bedroom With Millennial Pink

We’ve been seeing “Millennial Pink” everywhere—from runways to home décor, and we don’t see this trend going anywhere anytime soon—and we’re 100% okay with that! Both subtle and dramatic, it’s the new must-have neutral. Add one or several shades to your space for a dynamic, sophisticated look that brings softness, warmth, and a hint of femininity.

1. Pretty in Pink Bedding

Give your bedroom a warm and inviting feel with the sweet shades of a pastel pink ombre duvet cover. It is the perfect hue of pink without being too girly.

 

While this spirited style has soft feminine tones, the vibrant and sleek design can work from a modern to bohemian space.

2. Textured Pillows

Changing out pillows is our favorite way to update a space to create a glamorous edge, especially when it’s done in this sweet pastel shade.

 

Layer in mongolian or velvet accents in the lovely rose hue to warm up your look and instantly elevate your bedding style.

3. Serene Desk Accessories

Transform your vanity or workspace into a millennial pink haven with a few decor accents like the Digit Desk Unit or the Edison Letter Bin to keep your workspace clutter contained.

 

To really live that rose-colored life, add a pink faux mongolian rug to your desk chair for a sweet, romantic, and cozy ambiance. This trick can turn any dull piece of furniture into a chic focal point.

4. Pop of Art

Ease into the millennial pink movement with a piece of playful wall art, like a wooden sign or a framed print. Replacing a few pieces of your gallery wall with the subtle prettiness of soft pink tones is the perfect way to add this trend into your space without a huge commitment or going overboard.

 

From big wall changes, to small decor details, there’s always a place for a little pop of pink.


4 Expert-Approved Paint Hues For Your Bedroom

Choosing the right bedroom paint colors to match your vibe is crucial for creating the ultimate sleeping oasis. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Paintzen, a revolutionary service that makes it quick and easy to get your apartment painted at a great price, to pick the perfect paint color to compliment our favorite Dormify rooms.

1. Malibu Mood

With lots of cheerful accent colors already present in the room, you won’t want to bring anything that could potentially clash. A deep blue-gray accent wall, such as Benjamin Moore’s Deep Secret, could serve as a gorgeous backdrop to your furniture or decor. It’s like your favorite pair of jeans – just hanging on the walls.

 

Try it in a flat or matte finish for something very grounding. Want something a little more fun? Match a pale pink to your pillows, like Benjamin Moore’s Pleasing Pink, and paint the back of shelves or the inside of your closets for a surprise pop of color!

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2. Babe Cave

Bright white comforters and gold decor practically scream for navy blue walls! One of our current favorites is Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy. Whether you go all out or opt for just an accent wall, a deep navy will provide beautiful contrast to the white furniture and will make metallic pieces pop.

 

Don’t feel like painting the full wall? Go two-tone! By painting the bottoms of the walls navy and leaving the top half white, the room will seem to expand upwards, making ceilings feel taller.

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3. Palm Desert

Neutrals are very “in” – but you don’t have to stick with white walls to benefit from them. By painting walls a gray with warm undertones like Silver Fox or even a playful, feminine shade like Mauve Mist, you can stay within a neutral color palette without the room feeling too plain.

 

Want to go bolder on the walls? Try a deep purple! It’s very “in” with interior designers, so you’ll be ahead of the curve when you add an accent wall in this fun, fruity shadePurplicious!

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2. Brooklyn Loft

If you’re going for a relaxed and casual vibe, the best way to make the color in your decor and furniture stand out is by sticking to a beautiful and clean white on your walls.

 

Try a crisp, bright white like Chantilly Lace or something creamier like White Chocolate in either flat or eggshell finish to create the perfect backdrop for your space. Sometimes, less is more.

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5 Ways To Use Dorm Decor in Your First Apartment

A trunk

Your trunk was the perfect way to safe keep your belongings and move in and out of school each year. Now, keep your new apartment organized, tidy, and stylish by using it as an extra seating option, a coffee table, or as a cute accent table. Add a mongolian rug and chic tray to add major style.

A Desk Lamp

Give your desk lamp a fresh new look by styling it in an unexpected place other than your desk. Use it as reading lamp by your bedside or an accent piece in your living space.

Prints

If you were able to carefully remove your favorite college posters without destroying them, place them in inexpensive oversized frames. They will make a great statement piece on a bare wall or take a few and layer and lean them against your wall for that laid-back, city vibe.

Storage Furniture

Raise the bar on your college storage furniture by adding some libations and pretty glassware to the top to create the ultimate bar cart. More of a morning person? Transform your storage unit into your very own coffee bar with all the fixings to jumpstart your morning. You’ll be the hostess with the mostess in no time!

Take it up a notch and cover the top with marble contact paper to instantly amp up the chic factor.

Accent Rug

If you had a faux fur scatter rug to warm up your dorm room, get it cleaned and use it as an accent piece in your apartment. There are so many ways you can style this – drape over the top of a bench, chair, or nightstand to make a dull piece of furniture look fabulous!