How Our Creative Director Would Deck Out Her Dorm Room If She Could Do It All Over Again

It’s been a while since I decorated a dorm room. Over a decade, in fact. And while at the time I felt pretty jazzed on my Ani DiFranco poster, ironic Charlie Brown sheets and myriad hippie-inspired tapestries, my design sensibilities have come a long way since my days in Middlebury, Vermont. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to tell you to go minimalist on your decor — that’s simply not my style. I love mixing tons of patterns and prints, but in a slightly more organized fashion that makes for a productive and happy living space. We’ve teamed up with Walmart to share my tips and tricks for creating a dream dorm room that you can actually afford.
If only I was still a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed college co-ed. I’d like to think I’m even more bright-eyed now though ;)

DIY Painted Rope Basket

If I haven’t cautioned you about the addictive nature of sewing rope baskets, consider this your official warning. Once you start, you just can’t stop. All it takes is a foot on the pedal, and a hand to guide the rope through the sewing machine, to have a simple, yet chic, bag take shape. It’s a very satisfying experience which is why I have umpteen rope bags and baskets piled up in a corner of my office. So one night, as I was about to sit down to a glass of wine and an evening of Netflix, I suddenly had the urge to paint. But paint what? Baskets! An entire season of Stranger Things later, I had a trio of painted baskets with brightly hued patterns. And as expected, I can’t stop . . .