Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a Vince silk dress and Coach sandals.
I have been helping my clients kids and my own kids do dorm rooms now for 8 years. It is always a challenge but I am ready to take on a small compact space and make it beautiful and livable. My first dorm room that I did was for my clients daughter Mary Ellen who I am going to New York City next week to help with her NYC apartment. Another small space a little bit bigger but a lot more grown up. My best friend who I call Beast who is an editor in New York was approached by one of her Yale classmates to interview me about doing door rooms back in 2012. I was thrilled at the opportunity. My style and vernacular is so different from the Northeast that she was cracking up at my "Kayism" that were in our conversation. She called two of my clients daughters to interview them for the article the whole experience was fun and exhilarating. I hope you enjoy the article and here are some examples of my dorm room design work!
Here is a picture of my daughter Riley's freshmen dorm room at TCU. The custom bedding was from Hamburg House and the mirror from World Market. I made the bulletin board and found the lamp online with Lamps plus. My fabulous drapery work room made the drapes for her. The chandelier over her bed came from Tuesday Morning and was hell on wheels to install but I DID IT!!!
Here is my son Harrison's dorm room at LSU. Not quite as fancy as Riley's.... he would have killed me if I made it too fancy!
But in my opinion still masculine and livable with a touch of home!
Here is the Living Room in Mary Ellen's apartment in Waco, Texas when she was getting her Masters at Baylor University.
We did a custom sofa knowing that she would be using this sofa for many years. The sofa is now living in its third home in NYC.
It has been a good investment!
This is Mary Ellen's bedroom in the apartment. We found the antique piece in one of my favorite "flee markets" antique stores in Dallas.
Another view of the bedroom!
She had plates that she wanted hung on the wall. This was a feet an half to get these above the cabinets. Good thing I am almost 6 feet tall!
Here is Mary Ellen in her first New York apartment!
Here is the same piece of furniture and rug that was in Waco utilized in a different way!
The rug is from Feizy and the bookcase I don't remember where we found it but it was very reasonable!
This was her Dining Table in Waco and now serves as a dressing table in New York.
There is the sofa in its second life!
For her second semi grown up apartment we ordered bedding from Hamburg House.
Her desk and lamp that originate in Waco now used in her bedroom as a bedside table and desk.
Here is my client's daughter Rachel's apartment in Waco when she was an undergrad. We found this great console at a local store and the bar stools at World Market. The painting was a wonderful gift from her grandmother! This console is now in her entry hall in her home with her husband and child! It was a great investment!
We found these chairs on sale at Pier 1 and the faux leather poof! The collection of crosses she has been collecting for years!
These lamps came from Pier 1 and I thought made a great statement especially for the price! The sofa was from Ikea not my best recommendation for comfort. I did not help them with that sofa and they were sorry that they did not ask my advice.
Steel Magnolia Tip # 2: When you have made a mistake or screwed up-- say you are sorry and move on.
Leave the old baggage on the curb where it belongs.
Love these quotes!
Dinner last night was pork tenderloin filets wrapped in bacon from Central Market and half a zucchini seasoned with Chile oil, Slam 'Yo Mama seasoning and covered in Monterey Jack Cheese. The pork tenderloin filets came seasoned but I added a little bit of garlic oil and Angelo's seasoning to them! Delicious!!
I absolutely love this song from Kenny Loggins! It reminds me of my freshmen year at Tulane!