Decorating My Apartment With Area Rugs and Other Decorations

While shopping for supplies for my first year of college I came across many things I would need such as notebooks, pencils, note cards, a laptop, Etc. Throughout my shopping experience with my family it never fully hit me that I would be leaving home to travel an hour and a half away to an area I knew little about to be living with and around people I did not know. It wasn’t until I went looking for bedroom furniture and bathroom utilities that I realized how different things were going to be. As a child I always loved helping my mother and family decorate the house for different seasons and holidays. It created warm memories that imprinted my heart. On my first day at college, I had many family members drive to school with me to help bring all of the things I decided to bring with me on my journey to college.

 

I admit I might have gone a little overboard on how much I bought, but I was excited, a little nervous, and didn’t want to not have anything I would potentially need and I wanted to really make myself feel at home. It took hours to unpack, but when I was finished I felt all of my precious memories go through my mind and warm my heart. I had pictures hung up on my wall, a tapestry with my favorite colors near my bed, colorful and fuzzy rugs, posters of people who inspired me, and quotes from people I admired. I also had tiny decorations that people have given me over the years ranging from stuffed animals to cards. When walking into my room, it screamed my name, it showed my personality and it had the emotional atmosphere of being “home”. As they say, “home is where the heart is” and being able to decorate my room made me feel at home.

 

Throughout each semester, I went through hard times as well as good times. Whether the time was good or bad, what helped me through was my rooms atmosphere. When I felt sad, I looked at good pictures of people I loved hung above me. When I felt great, I continued to appreciate all of what I had in my room to make my time there special. Being at school was especially hard for around holidays. by playing basketball, it wasn’t possible to come home on breaks as much as other students were able to. So for every holiday, I bought decorations, area rugs Charlottesville VA, and decorated my door as well as the inside of my room to celebrate the holidays, take part in the holiday cheer, and get the feeling of being at home. Not only has decor helped me in many ways more than one, it has also helped others in society. Decor can be as simple as one picture or one note hung up in a high school locker, it can be a plaque in an office, or a string of lights in a warehouse store. Decorations give people a way to express themselves and a description of who they are, giving them a way to speak without using words. When it comes down to it, having no decorations at all can even speak volumes for who a person is.

 

One other thing that comes to mind when I think of decor is the Egyptians. When a king had passed on, they essentially decorated the walls of their tomb with paintings that were beautiful. The intent was that only the king and the Egyptian gods would be able to see the paintings in the afterlife. They were meant for the deceased to be able to take all of the images of their life with them. To me, that shows in itself how powerful decor can be.

 

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The most important time in my life when decor mattered to me was when I moved to college. When I came college I moved six hours away from everyone and everything I knew. I was dropped off and had to quickly settle in before classes started and I was left by myself. My parents were here for two days to help me get settled. My mom put away my clothes and organized them with my guidance. My dad played with my two younger sisters and kept our adventure updated on Facebook. I did all the decorating. I wanted to make sure that since this was going to be my new home I wanted it to feel like my home.

Before coming to college during my planning and packing time I had to think about what I wanted my dorm to look like. I didn’t think it would be very important, but I still wanted it to look nice. Of course, my instinct was to look on Pinterest for some ideas. After finding what colors I wanted to do and a general idea what I wanted it to look like I started gathering items. I found tons of pillows and blankets for my bed so it look nice. Then I started to look for stuff to go on the walls. I had pictures of quotes and saying that made me smile or challenged me to live my life to the fullest. I also brought with me decor that I already had so I could have something I recognized and made me feel at home. There were also things that I wanted in my dorm but didn’t have exactly, so in the spirit of trying to save money, I repurposed some of the things I already owed to fit the theme of my dorm.

After the first week of classes and coming back to my dorm to study or after work I am so happy with how it looks. Because it is decorated how I wanted it and it looks like home, it feels home. My transition was much easier because my room was decorated and it felt like home.

 

Designerlebrities Decorate the 8th Annual Holiday House NYC Showhouse Benefitting the Breast Cancer Foundation

#TTF IN THE CITY

On November 10th I attended the 8th Annual Holiday House Gala located on 2 East 63rd Street in New York. This year there were over 20 Designerlebrities all creating original designs in their designated rooms throughout the mansion. #TTF Mag got an exclusive VIP showing hours before the gala event started. All highlights from the event were captured LIVE on our Instagram. Plus I’ve added a few “not seen” shots for your design viewing pleasure below.

The showhouse will be open to the public daily from November 11 – December 2, 2015 from 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, with extended hours on Thursdays until 8:00 pm. General admission is just $35 and all proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Foundation. Mr. Leonard Lauder once again served as Honorary Chair. Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland are Co-Chairs. Alexa Hampton, Thom Filicia, Geoffrey Bradfield and Mario Buatta are Design Chairs. A big round of applause needs to be heard for the above mentioned.

There is a lot of hard work and love that goes into producing such a fine event year after year. It takes a village so you can’t enjoy beautiful interiors without saluting the interior designers who created them as well:

Ally Coulter Designs | Antonino Buzzetta | Ashley Darryl Interiors | Archives ID | Bjorn Bjornsson | Buckingham ID | Calder Design Group | Campion Platt | Darrin Varden Design | Drew McGukin Interiors | James Rixner | JDK Interiors | Kathleen Walsh Interiors | Katie By Design | Lonni Paul Design | Marks & Frantz | Paris Forino Design | Robert Passal | Stacy Garcia | Vicente Wolf | White Webb

I had a blast sipping on champagne, schmoozing with a few of my Designerlebrity friends and taking in some pretty stylish and out of the box design work. So have your five senses come experience what I did. Visit Holiday House and share your thoughts using hashtag #HHNYC2015. Trust me Designerlebrities do read the comments. Cheers!